JAZZEJR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JAZZEJR JAZZEJR'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/ Fitbit says Tidying up around the house can help you lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147832 More suggestions for our week of decluttering in the 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> We know that "Heavy Housecleaning" is included in SP's list of acceptable exercise for fitness and calorie burning. However, in this short article, Fitbit is not talking about "heavy" chores or just burning calories. They present other weight loss benefits to 5 specific cleaning and decluttering activities: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>blog.fitbit.com/how-tidying-up-aroun<BR>d-the-house-can-help-you-lose-weight/ </lin... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:14:02 EST Declutter All Aspects of Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144206 Here are some of Deepak Chopra's thoughts on the advantages of one of our 5% Challenge activities this week: <BR> <BR> Clear Clutter and Enhance Your Environment <BR> by: Deepak Chopra, M.D. <BR> <BR> When we are awake to our essential self, we feel happy, light, and at peace. In contrast, unhappiness is a state of complication and imbalance in our body, mind, and environment. Complications take many forms, including a non-nurturing lifestyle, toxic relationships, hidden emotional debts, re... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 12:26:21 EST How I spent Easter with my family... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128876 Thanks to my sweet daughter, who always tries to include me when she and my son and his family are thousands of miles from me on holidays, and thanks to the wonders of technology (remember when we had to take film to be developed?), I received texts and "Happy Easter" recordings with pictures and descriptions of the church service, that was also attended by the O'Bama family, the after-church brunch and my grandson's photography featuring the Cherry blossoms. I fixed one of my favorite dinne... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:37:40 EST I must say... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099210 ... that I am humbled by your generosity of spirit in naming me a Motivator. I feel we all encourage each other, and I have benefited so much from all the info that you guys have shared on Sparkpeople and from the warmth of the friendships I have made here, if I said something that ecouraged you, I am truly happy. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 17:54:51 EST Laugh if you want to be happy and healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089750 In my 5% Winter Challenge, this week we are logging points for keeping our mood elevated. Research apparently shows that being happy helps us lose weight - we will eat less and move more. One of the articles listed laughing as an effective way to do this. I received an email today that had me laughing out loud as I read it, so I thought I'd pass it along. Maybe only the Seniors will find it true, but funny... but if you have older parents, you may be able to crack a smile as well: <BR> <B... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 01:53:07 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056716 I was looking through some of my old blogs for a link to a walk/jog audio aid. I haven't found it, but I did find this pledge which it just seems fitting to resurrect on January 1. <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> Taken from BBonet's blog <BR> <BR> Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:54:10 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055977 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60d0be5f-f8a5-4b0f-bd51-3faf41f636da.jpg"> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:29:21 EST So glad to still be here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051980 ...happy and healthy! Another year down, 70 more to go! Hey, why not? I come from a line of long (and short) "livers." I'm trusting that my genes, if I happened to get the long-living ones, medical science, and my good common sense about caring for my body will add many more healthy years to my life. <BR> <BR> Either way, so far so good--nothing hurts, and my days are cheerful -- I'm thankful and feeling highly favored by my Creator. <BR> <BR> Here's to me, Happy 70th Birthday, Jonnie! ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:11:49 EST I made brownies for the office Christmas party... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049493 ... and did not eat a single one. Well, we won't count the crumbs that stuck to the knife that just happened to fall off when I was cutting them. <BR> <BR> You see, brownies are one of my favorite desserts. Unfortunately, the older I get the more favorites I seem to be adding. And don't even chime in with, "Well, you could have gone the moderate route and had just one." Well, that's just it. No, I CAN'T have just one. After one, I become a chocolate cookie monster and just keep comin... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:58:34 EST Yes, I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035310 I'm looking at 133 on the scale, no matter how many times I step off and step on. There's satisfaction in attaining my goal. <BR> <BR> But now I'm starting to worry. Next week is Thanksgiving, and nothing I'll be eating is low-cal except the green beans. <BR> <BR> I hope the struggle to get to my goal weight will take some of my appetite away. <BR> Naw.... No use counting on that. At my age, I'm not good at denying myself fun with family and friends. And in my culture, fun always in... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:04:47 EST This time, I think I'm gonna make it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033083 This is the last week of our Fall 5% Challenge. Yesterday I weighed in at 134.4 and today at 134 (just checking to be sure that it wasn't going to be one of those "down one day and up the next" deals). My goal, not just for the challenge, but my overall goal is 133. Usually I get close but never quite there. <BR> <BR> Will I look any different 1 lb lighter? No. Will my clothes fit any differently? Probably not. It's the principle of the thing. I want to hit goal. I hit it a few mo... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:08:26 EST Oh, NO! Not my pizza coupons! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026500 One of my challenges "The Fit Food Challenge" featured this article on how to make our environment more conducive to the changes we say we want to make. I was all for cleaning out and organizing the fridge and pantry, etc. Then it got serious -- "NO pizza coupons." But .... those are the only ones I actually look through the flyers for... from my favorite pizza place.... <BR> <BR> Then I remembered how guilty I felt last nite when at a meeting I attended I ate 3, yes 3 pieces of that fav... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:47:27 EST I think I'll buy this one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025468 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77d7a68d-7316-4ece-9cbf-7731554673c7.jpeg"> Mon, 2 Nov 2015 14:59:29 EST No, you don't have to clog your arteries to get adequate protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016648 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/528b6a91-3ff1-46be-acab-42a59ce0017b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9ad5d1d-193d-4d91-80cc-e78a5a5ca11a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And you'll have plenty of energy to live your life! <em>216</em> Sat, 17 Oct 2015 19:00:13 EST Live in the moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013769 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac1d2807-7514-4da3-aa31-acb803b5ee6d.jpg"> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:27:00 EST Pics from Paris... and the French Riviera http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964136 For 2 weeks my daughter Lisa and I did a lot of just roaming around Paris, Nice and Cannes... and they were having big sales, so ... shopping too ... and eating... and eating. Just proves walking really cuts the calories: I returned home 2 lbs lighter! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e34debc-4248-4d6d-8e88-09a4ec688ee7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f8cd454-1cc1-4986-901b-730ceb7ae2e7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 03:40:31 EST A wonderful birthday--69 and not counting :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837921 <BR> I feel so blessed today -- 69 wonderful years! Yes, I'm calling ALL of them wonderful because they got me to where I am today, content with my life and grateful for all the friends and family that love and support me. All I want is to keep living so that I can have even more of that! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>236</em> <em>248</em> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:46:54 EST Count-down to retirement--WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830787 Even though I won't be "officially" retired until December 31, my semester will be done December 16, so I have only 6 more days--less than a week, after 47 1/2 years of college teaching. Last Friday evening, our president gave me a retirement dinner party at the local country club to which were invited 25 people of my choice. <BR> <BR> We had a blast! See for yourself: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1678513557.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:34:19 EST Math is taking a beating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808867 The following came in an email from Pinterest as a post I might have interest in. The suggestions are good, at least not full of curse words, as another was. But look at the first suggestion--don't try to make this fit on a 7" plate. :) OK--at least I didn't comment about subject/verb agreement. (Well, I guess now I did....) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1494059550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Second paragraph: <BR> <BR> Eat at least 1100 cal per day <BR> Your ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:19:34 EST Now pay attention... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807253 Why did my doctor tell me today not to lose any more weight (what WOULD she have said if she had seen me before my vacation where I put back on 7 lbs. while still trying to eat healthfully)? It's because I've been following a VERY low carb diet and am 15 lbs lighter than when she saw me last year. <BR> <BR> You'll hate it the first 3 days because most of us are carb addicts and don't know it. But after that, you'll adjust, and your body will start burning fat like crazy. <BR> <BR> It's... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:59:10 EST Oh Happy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748931 I have just returned from an overnight stay in the hospital after a longer-than-expected surgery...but since it was completely successful, I am truly happy. I just wanted to give you, my SP sisters and brothers, a quick report before I head to my bedroom for more bedrest. <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Much love, <BR> <BR> Jonnie Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:07:58 EST How much exercise is REALLY needed to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745529 Apparently the people who do all these studies have done some more and determined that 30 minutes five times a week will not usually do it for most of us. Here is the SP article that explains the new guidelines. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=how_much_exercise_you_really_need_t<BR>o_lose_weight </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:46:19 EST Homemade Sugar-Free Drinks (3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744635 From Joan & Lydia Wilen's Household Magic Daily Tips <BR> <BR> Delicious Sugar-Free Iced Tea <BR> <BR> This is just a basic way to make deliciously brewed sugar-free iced tea. If you’re trying to remove sugar from your life, try this: <BR> <BR> Steep four black tea bags (any brand is fine) in four cups of just-boiled water for at least 15 minutes, but no more than an hour. We like to do this in a four-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Slice one-quarter lemon into smaller slices. Squeeze the lemon ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:19:11 EST Homemade Sugar-Free Drinks (2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743978 From Joan & Lydia Wilen's Household Magic Daily Tips <BR> <BR> Watermelon Raspberry “Ade.” Watermelon is everywhere in the summer! This lovely blend was inspired by the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Here’s a version without the sugar… <BR> <BR> Mix three cups of seedless watermelon cubes, one-quarter cup of raspberries, one-eighth teaspoon of salt (optional) and one cup of filtered water. Put everything in a blender, and whirl until smooth. Pour over ice, and add a lime-wedge garni... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:27:04 EST Homemade Sugar-Free Drinks (1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743356 From Joan & Lydia Wilen's Household Magic Daily Tips <BR> <BR> We love homemade lemonade. What we don’t love are all those lemons (buying, squeezing) and all that sugar it takes to make it! So we have moved on to a sweeter fruit and some ingenious help from a root to make delicious, no-sugar-added beverages—all without artificial sweeteners. These are quick, easy and super-refreshing drinks that you can make yourself. The following recipes each make two to three generous servings (two more ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:34:41 EST Over 50? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736113 Have you had your colonoscopy? I just had my 2nd or 3rd one today, with a favorable result. <BR> <BR> The prep (to empty -- COMPLETELY clean out -- your intestinal tract) is the hardest part. I was asleep during the "scope," which apparently only takes about 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> It's a very important test that you don't want to put off. They say that colon cancer is very slow growing, usually developing from benign polyps, which if discovered during the colonoscopy, are snipped off, com... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:07:25 EST Ready to smile? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729502 Here you go! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4QzHeUE-CM </link> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 01:09:24 EST A Wonderful Tribute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727589 Hey Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> You'll want to check this out. Another Sparker wrote a very timely tribute to the phenomenal founder of Sparkpeople, Chris Downey. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726181 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:32:26 EST Social Media to the Max? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716933 I'm posting this mainly to share a site I happened upon, Woot! -- an offshoot of Amazon. They offer a lot of tech stuff at sometimes unbelievable prices. I recently bought a 46-inch TV for my guest room for $250 (new, not reconditioned). <BR> <BR> Anyway, this scale probably appeals to the tech savvy, but the possibility of sharing the results on Facebook makes me laugh. To be fair, it tracks a lot of other information in addition to weight, but still...results on social media? Naw...I d... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:20:10 EST Adios to the Spring 5% Challenge, Hola to the Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706625 Just want to say <em>304</em> to all the Leaders of the Spring 5% Challenge and to all my fellow Teddy Bears for another successful 5 % Challenge. Did I achieve my 5% goal? No, thanks to all my away-from-my-routine trips, I missed it by a few pounds. But without the support of my fellow challengers, I would have PUT ON pounds. <BR> <BR> You guys keep me at least running along-side the track even if I'm not staying on it, so I'm still in the game. I did accomplish my goal of walking ... Fri, 30 May 2014 08:54:08 EST One of my heroes is now an angel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705862 Maya Angelou died yesterday morning. I met her once on my college campus, after reading her first book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," for an English class. I was hooked on that woman as the kind of strong, compassionate, life-loving person I wanted to be. She lived a great life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. <BR> <BR> Her last tweet was "Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God." <BR... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:11:55 EST I am a BD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704944 While celebrating Adrienne's Teddy Bear day in the Spotlight, I read one of her blogs that referenced a quiz showing your Exercise Personality. I decided to take the quiz...and true to form, my answers were all over the place regarding my preferences. But equal numbers of B and D types makes me wonder how I get any exercise in -- I sound like a schizo-socializer. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Mostly B's: Social Sweater <BR> <BR> Pros: You are most motivated to move when there are others movi... Wed, 28 May 2014 07:18:53 EST When the doctor says... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704569 "Aw, it's nothing -- just wait a few more days, it will be over," Why aren't we happy? I'm telling you, it took me a few moments to get to my happy place. My first thought was, "What! I'm paying $90 to be told THAT!?" <BR> <BR> But after asking myself, "Well, what did you want her to say--'We can run some tests, but I'm pretty sure you won't survive this?" Of course not! You paid the money, and you got good news -- you were afraid she was going to say, "Why did you wait so long to com... Tue, 27 May 2014 17:58:46 EST A training program for extending your walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703253 A big part of Sparkpeople's helpfulness to me is keeping me motivated...keeping me moving. I tore my Achilles tendon last July and although it's "healed," the scar tissue is thick, and it gets very sore when I walk more than a few minutes. By the end of my walking sessions, I'm limping. But the more I've walked, the farther I've been able to. Still, because it doesn't feel good, I've been wimping out on doing it like I would like to. <BR> <BR> New day! I just signed up to do a virtual r... Mon, 26 May 2014 05:27:49 EST I Can't believe it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702771 ...the universe seems to be sending me toward discussions on...you guessed it ...Happiness. I always watch Oprah's Super Soul Sunday discussions with various wise people. Today the discussion was on the Pursuit of Happiness. <BR> <BR> It seems most of us think we'll attain it when we've reached an important goal--get the job, get the raise, lose the weight, etc. etc. Whereas that moment of jubilation is just that...a moment. It is much more rewarding and the goal is attained more quick... Sun, 25 May 2014 12:07:49 EST The Importance of Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701871 For the last week of our 5% Challenge, we are assigned to blog everyday. My SP Friends know that as much as I like to talk, I only blog when I feel I have something worthwhile to share. I just read an SP article that brought this thought to mind: <BR> <BR> I was blessed with a natural inclination toward "happy." I know this isn't the case for everyone because some of my longtime friends, and even my own children, seem not to have this inclination -- for them it takes more work to attain ... Sat, 24 May 2014 04:57:27 EST A big, hearty Thank You... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681309 For the time you took to stop by my page and fill it with Goodies and statements of good wishes for my day in the spotlight. Love reading those things! <BR> <BR> And remember: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1043043763.jpg"> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 01:15:49 EST Believe this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666273 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l767497664.jpg"> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:25:29 EST YooHoo!! Returning 5% Challengers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655994 I have a feeling some of you have forgotten something. You must sign up TWICE to actually be a member of the challenge. After you indicated which team you want to be on in the Winter page sign up, you must still go to the Spring 5% Challenge page and join to be considered an official member. Then you can be put on your team. <BR> <BR> I don't want anyone to miss out on looking and feeling good for the summer! And on the great fun and comraderie that we have while working toward that goal... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:42:20 EST A Lifestyle lift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652111 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l594257224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nuff said! <em>211</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:23:18 EST Just a beautiful, WARM memory... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646120 OK, so I'm snowed in today and a few of you asked for pictures of my trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, an old fishing village still with cobble-stone streets, made into a tourist town. So here you go, pics of warm temps and some proof that I really did get my daily exercise! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l551523786.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l667948485.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:15:08 EST Community + incentive = results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643164 Even as I'm sitting here listening to the waves lap the shore outside my balcony window, I'm checking on my 5% Challenge team, marveling at their tenacity and fantastic weight loss and vowing that I will not return next week with a weight gain to negate all their efforts. <BR> <BR> I'm making sure that I watch my portions even if I am indulging in delights I don't normally have. And I'm in every exercise class they offer. <BR> <BR> My commitment to my team gives me the incentive to make be... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:09:34 EST 30-day ab challenge completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638966 <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>320</em> <em>406</em> <BR> <BR> Well, as we do with challenges, I learned ways to get all those sit-ups, crunches, leg raises and planks done each day. I doubt if the organizers of the challenge intended for them to be broken up into 4 and 5 sessions per day, but I don't know if they intended a 68-year-old woman to do them either. Well, I did, and I gained new respect for myself. <BR> <BR> I ended with 125 sit-ups, 200 crunches, 65 leg raises and a ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:05:32 EST 21 Days of the 30-day ab challenge completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630431 Well, now, except for the plank, I have to divide each exercise into two parts. Still my recovery time is good. I'm usually wiped out after completing the sit ups, then after a minute, I'm ready to do the crunches. They're the easiest. The leg raises could be easy too, but I do a little butt lift at the top to make them more challenging. <BR> <BR> I'm up to 90 sit ups, 130 crunches, 52 leg raises, and a 150 second plank. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Representin' all the 'ole la... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:17:07 EST 16 Days of the 30-day ab challenge completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625795 Not a day missed! I'm proud of that. Can't say I look forward to it, but I'm getting stronger. I'm at the point where I have to space them apart now. I'm at 70 sit ups, 95 crunches, 42 leg raises, and a 120 second plank. Two whole minutes up on my elbows and toes. That's the tough one! But I hold my stomach in and huff & puff my way through it--mentally begging my timer to go off. <BR> <BR> OMG--is this going to double by the end of the month?!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>406</... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:20:15 EST 1 Week into the 30-day ab challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618037 Day 7 and I'm still going strong. I'm at 40 sit ups, 20 crunches, 20 leg raises and a 45 second plank. I'm also doing the plank challenge so it's for more seconds each day. The combination is working great. I'm SO much stronger than when I began! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>406</em> <em>320</em> <em>402</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 17:01:51 EST 30-Day Ab Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612053 I began the 30-day ab challenge today. There's an app on my phone that checks me off for each day completed, so knowing me, I'll want to see the checks with no gaps. That should keep me going. <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <BR> <BR> There are lots of other challenges if you want to take a look. I ran into this on Facebook, but this is a regular internet link. <em>320</em> <em>406</em> <BR> <BR> <link>30dayfitnesschallenges.com/30-day-ab<BR>s-challenge/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:02:35 EST My commitment to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598138 We kicked off the Winter 5 % Challenge today. I am pledging to myself to regain the serious commitment I had when I did my first challenge 3 years ago and attained my goal weight. I will for this challenge achieve my 5% -- 7 lb weight loss. I'm going to put it out there and be accountable. I will chart my progress for all my SP Friends to see. Please feel free to beat up on me if you see me slacking. <BR> <BR> This is not the place to be all kind and forgiving if I come whining with e... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:29:55 EST Out with the old, in with the new... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592319 Thoughts and beliefs, that is... <BR> <BR> I know how I should eat, but I just can't resist a good ____.... <BR> <BR> I know all the wonderful benefits of exercise, but I just can't get up off this couch.... <BR> <BR> YES YOU CAN! <BR> <BR> Steve Siebold has written a myriad of books on training minds to think better thoughts in order form a belief system to will propel us toward achieving our goals in life. Another Sparker in her blog Erasing and Replacing, listed the following as some ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:57:22 EST Some viable ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580370 In case you didn't see a fellow Sparker's blog: <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12098/the-7-<BR>things-i-did-to-lose-220-pounds-withou<BR>t-dieting.html </link> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 06:43:55 EST