ITS_MY_TURN_NOW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ITS%5FMY%5FTURN%5FNOW ITS_MY_TURN_NOW'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/ My Next 100 Days - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241210 I will be recording my workouts and steps from the previous day. Thank you for stopping by. <em>247</em> <BR> I can do this! <em>311</em> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7dc6a8a0-b36a-4341-8161-e63384fa5e54.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 3 - 20 minutes of yoga, 30 minutes on the rebounder, 30-30-30 and my step goal of 5000+ steps. <BR> Day 2 - Final step count 6412 <BR> Day 1 - Final step count 6280 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:24:39 EST My Next 100 Days - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240752 I have been inspired by AMIEMICHELE's 100 DAYS OF EXERCISE blogs to begin one of my own. Thank you again, Amie! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> This is going to get boring to read very quickly! I will be recording my workouts and steps from the previous day. Thank you for stopping by. <em>247</em> <BR> I can do this! <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e15c7193-b0ce-4ce6-87f4-c8f28735b602.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 2 - 20 minutes of yoga, 30-30-30 and my step ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:49:46 EST My Next 100 Days - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240249 I have been inspired by AMIEMICHELE's 100 DAYS OF EXERCISE blogs to begin one of my own. Thank you, Amie! <em>334</em> <BR> The last few months have been rough and I am trying to get my head back into the game. Exercising every day for the next 100 days will definitely help me to reestablish an exercise routine. Today is the first day of Autumn <em>465</em> and there are 100 days until the end of 2016. So here I go. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 20 minutes of yoga, 30-30-30 and I... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:16:24 EST The Next Few Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963835 As part of this weekend's WEC, I am supposed to write a blog about the first 9 weeks of this round of the BLC. This is my first round as a Honey Badger. The Honey Badgers are amazing! Tough, no excuses with an emphasis is on exercise and nutrition. Just what I need! I have learned a lot this round, the most important thing being that I have to make THIS body stronger and not give up when I can't keep up with people that are more fit than I am. I will get there one burpee at time. <em>33... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:15:06 EST Winter is Wonderful Scavenger Hunt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886222 As part of a team challenge I have to hunt down the following items. I will be posting pictures as I find them. Wish me luck! <em>334</em> <BR> 14/20 so far! <BR> 1. Cozy Pajamas <BR> 2. Skates-ice or roller <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1433158561.jpg"> <BR> 3. Winter Hat/Ball Cap <BR> 4. Roaring Fire or Bonfire <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l919192505.jpg"> <BR> 5. Snow tube/Sled or Water sport <BR> 6. Rosy red cheeks <BR> 7. Favorite ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:45:20 EST My Goals for the 12 weeks of BLC25: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687942 I have returned to the Amber Amazon Warriors and the BLC for round 25. The Warriors have welcomed me back with open arms and I am very grateful. Thank you, Ladies, it is good to be home. <BR> <BR> My goals for this round: <BR> 1. Exercise - 10,000+ steps and yoga every day, ST - 3 days/wk, hiking at least once a week. <BR> 2. Plan my meals each week and stick to my plan. <BR> 3. Between inches and pounds get into a size 12 jean by the end of this round. <BR> 4. Try to meditate every day. <B... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:56:12 EST Lifestyle Action Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672913 Mindset ~ I am excited and hopeful that I will be successful in this challenge. I am motivated to stick to my plan. <BR> <BR> Support ~ I will seek the support I need from my family and Sparkfriends when I need it but I am working on being kinder to and more supportive of myself. <BR> <BR> Visualization ~ I see myself getting stronger and lighter. <BR> <BR> Acceptance ~ I accept the fact that I have Hashimoto's but I will never stop seeking wellness. <BR> <BR> Obstacles ~ Hashimoto's <BR... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:32:30 EST My New Year's Wish For You... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576472 My New Year's wish for you... <BR> <BR> "May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.  <BR> I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you are wonderful,  <BR> And don't forget to make some art...  <BR> Write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.  <BR> And I hope, somewhere in the next year,  <BR> You surprise yourself." ~ Neil Gaiman  <BR> <BR> And may you have a happy and healthy New Year. Cheers. <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247<... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:48:45 EST My Story (so far) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505160 As part of the Weekend Challenge for BLC23 and National Storytelling Weekend we were asked to share our stories about our weight loss journey, this is mine. <BR> <BR> I have been battling with my weight my whole life. I did Weight Watchers with my mother at age 10. I thinned out a bit in my teens and twenties but I was always heavier than my 100 pound friends. I was also walking around with an undiagnosed case of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis for 25+ years. My thyroid went wonky after the birth... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 11:53:13 EST An Early Morning Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466652 Hiking has become a way for me to clear my head and center myself. It is my favorite form of exercise. On Sunday morning DH and I escaped our full house and went for a walk in one of my favorite parks. The trail is not difficult or particularly long (about 2 miles) but this park puts me back together every time. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l922446265.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1555294619.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:15:51 EST BLC22 and What Comes Next http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466624 BLC22 is coming to a close and as part of this weekend's challenge we were asked to evaluate and reflect on the last 12 weeks and make a plan for the 3 or 4 weeks we have off until the next round starts. <BR> <BR> There are lots of things I need to work on but the two things I keep tripping over are emotional eating and consistent menu planning. I need to work on how I handle stress. I have been using food as a stress management tool. Emotional eating is an ongoing struggle for me. It is... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:01:08 EST Day 3 of the 5% LTGL Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273496 Day 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> (The habit I am working on is finding alternatives to emotional eating.) <BR> <BR> Encouraging myself has always been tough for me. I can cheer on everybody else but when it comes to me I tend to be critical. So I am working with positive affirmations, using my journal to vent and encourage myself as well as drawing inspiration from my Sparkfriends and team mates. <BR> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:22:53 EST Marching On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271281 I have been trying to shake off a case of the winter blahs with little success. In the last week I have added some new challenges in an effort to get my act together. Why I find it easier to push myself for other people and teams than I do for myself is a question for another day. For right now I laying out my plan for March and fulfilling two assignments. <BR> <BR> I have only changed up a few things from last month like adding more cardio, (I can see you shaking your head, Jan LOL) incre... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 15:09:13 EST February Game Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233000 Because it is the first day of a new month and I find myself with a major case of the winter blahs, I have set some goals for myself for the 28 days of February. Hopefully it will help me shake off the lethargy and get the scale moving again. <BR> <BR> Weight loss goal: 5 lbs <BR> 10,000 steps/day <BR> Minimum of 250,000 steps for the month <BR> Minimum of 7 hours of sleep/ night <BR> Kitchen closed by 8pm <BR> <BR> February Exercise plan: <BR> Yoga - 20 minutes/day <BR> Cardio - 30 minu... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:20:16 EST Moving Forward, Going On... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106027 For BLC20 I laid out the plan that I intended live with, a way for me to step out of my comfort zone. But old habits die hard. Pushing my limits in some areas has been easier than others. During the last 6 weeks I have done really well with some things (I am exercising 5-6 days a week, still doing my little yoga routine and I finished my first 5k!), just ok with a big one (the JE food plan is very structured and I struggle with that) and nothing at all with a couple of them (journaling and m... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 13:11:01 EST Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone for the next 12 Weeks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064000 Originally I was going to stick with what I know and go back to basics with the South Beach Diet and add more cardio to my workout. At the suggestion of one of our team leaders, (thank you, Jan) I took a look at Jamie Eason's LiveFit Plan and I decided to shake things up a bit and give it a try. I have added more ST for the next twelve weeks and changing up the way I eat. Getting stronger is something I want to do for myself so this plan seems a good fit so far. If I have a theme for th... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:51:18 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998688 Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Sunday, April 29, 2012 <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 21:58:06 EST My Favorite Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683333 Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene <BR> <BR> <BR> To me this quote is about living in the moment… <BR> Enjoying my life now. Time passes so quickly that waiting for the "perfect" time to do something may mean I may never get to do it. I can make it happen. <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:16:26 EST 2.2 Pounds.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4313155 I have 2.2 pounds to lose by July 2 to meet the goal I set for myself at the beginning of the 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> Now to most of you 2.2 pound loss might be easy to do in a week and a half. It would have been for me, 20 years ago! But today I do battle with hormones of all kinds and an autoimmune disease that likes to flare up with little to no warning. If I have a flare between now and July 2 all bets are off. Because I swell and can't move much and I hurt and I'm whining… sorry. <BR>... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:25:50 EST My First Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4230329 We were asked to blog about what we got out of this week, what we enjoyed and how we benefited from blogging. <BR> <BR> Ok, what did I get out of this week? I have never been so determined to get my exercise time in everyday! Seems when I am doing it for a team (and me of course!) I am less likely to find a reason not to do it. I have been brutally honest with my food tracker all week and I have been drinking my water. I hope that I can make these changes stick even after this challenge i... Fri, 13 May 2011 13:05:54 EST Borrowing Ideas..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4227935 Assignment # 4 <BR> My assignment is to discuss what foods and situations are triggers for me and how I plan to cope with both during the 56 days of the Spring 5% challenge. First of all, I would like to point out that I am an emotional eater. For most of my adult life I didn't know I was an emotional eater. Of course, I also smoked cigarettes for most of my adult life. Now I use food instead of cigarettes to soothe myself. <BR> <BR> When I first read this assignment I had no idea how ... Thu, 12 May 2011 12:13:53 EST Why Do I Want to Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4223417 I am taking part in the 2011 Spring 5% Challenge. This entry was written for Assignment #3 "List all the reasons you want to lose weight ". There is actually a series of assignments that were meant as prechallenge warm-up but for some reason I got bogged down in this one. I was overthinking it... anyway I am posting as is. I will be posting the rest another time. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you want to change? <BR> *my relationship with food…. <BR> *make exercise a part of my... Tue, 10 May 2011 15:21:11 EST