KIMCOLLINGS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KIMCOLLINGS KIMCOLLINGS'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/ Mudder and Kayaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714320 It was a busy weekend and TONS of fun. I did my first mud run on Saturday...the Survivor: <BR> <BR> Before <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1426516385.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1608762264.jpg"> <BR> <BR> During <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l128578270.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2021520005.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My teammates were great. We helped each ot... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 15:28:29 EST Fun Facts....it's been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695716 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1207739691.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I posted a fun facts blog. Instead of food, I'm going with interesting health/body fun facts today: <BR> <BR> Fun Fitness Facts About Exercise: <BR> <BR> -There is only one type of exercise that requires you hold your breath in order to accomplish the exercise. What is it? It's swimming underwater. <BR> -If you had every single muscle in your body work together at the same time, you could... Thu, 15 May 2014 13:04:27 EST Half Marathon Complete (yayyyy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555079 Sparkie IRP1114 and I completed our first half marathon yesterday! We were so excited! There were about 15,000 entrants between the four races (full marathon run, full marathon walk, half marathon run, half marathon walk). <BR> <BR> Here's the starting line: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2136352000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We ran down 5th avenue <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2093508738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and then up the express ramps t... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 13:06:45 EST Leg Press Lunacy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502540 Good workout today. I wanted to post this particularly because of the leg press. It was a killer workout and my legs feel like jello :) Here's what M&F has to say about leg press lunacy: <BR> <BR> *Leg Press Lunacy (different leg/foot positions): <BR> <BR> "Position #1: <BR> 8-10 reps—Feet placed low and shoulder width apart on the platform in order to place the emphasis on the lower quads. With no rest switch to: <BR> <BR> Position #2: <BR> 8-10 reps—Feet placed narrow (a few inches a... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 13:45:46 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482925 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l420753360.jpg"> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:58:48 EST Tons of Zucchini and Lentil Fun Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450077 So, I had some leftover lentil stuff from dinner. It wasn't enough for a meal on its own, so I broke out the handy dandy "spiralizer" and spiralized up a mess of zucchini. <BR> <BR> Spiralizer: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1673712405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love this thing. I eat it raw which retains all of the nutrients and it has a texture similar to al dente spaghetti. It is great with tomato sauce and chicken too. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here is what it looks like with... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:42:49 EST Rough Day at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437455 So, my boss decided we had to do a special project at the end of last week. It was tough, but our small office rallied and came together to complete the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Leave early Thursday afternoon. <BR> <BR> 2. Travel with our significant other to the Oregon/Washington border on the Columbia River. <BR> ........this would be my significant other (he looks concerned, doesn't he) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171257820.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 3. Check into... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:50:12 EST Exercise can be FUN!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429543 Mr. W and I just got back from our annual Potholes trip with the neighborhood. It was so much fun. Potholes is an area in Eastern Washington, also known as the scablands because the ice age left hundreds of carved out "potholes" when it retreated which became lakes. We actually go to the reservoir which is a damned up area used for irrigation as E WA is very dry. It's also used for recreation during the summer months and is a great bass fishing area as well. They have a ton of fishing tournam... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:15:06 EST How to share a coke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421831 A fellow sparker shared this with me. It's not a total sparkie topic but very cool! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEBJmZL8G1E </link> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:38:22 EST FUNNY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366734 This isn't really spark related, but maybe it could be in the stress relief category. It was just so funny I had to share: <BR> <BR> <link>www.flixxy.com/wedding-ceremony..htm </link> Fri, 24 May 2013 13:04:46 EST New Diet - Stressed spelled backward is desserts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365844 My new diet: <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> 1 grapefruit <BR> 1 slice whole wheat toast <BR> 1 cup skim milk <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> 1 small portion lean, steamed chicken <BR> 1 cup spinach <BR> 1 cup herbal tea <BR> 1 Hershey's kiss <BR> <BR> Afternoon Tea <BR> The rest of the Hershey Kisses in the bag <BR> 1 tub of Hagen-Daaz ice cream with chocolate chips <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> 4 glasses of wine (red or white) <BR> 2 loaves garlic bread <BR> 1 family size supreme pizza <BR> 3 Snickers Bars <BR>... Thu, 23 May 2013 15:39:02 EST Homemade Muesli http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364649 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1218228139.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did a backpacking blog a little while back and was asked about my muesli so I thought I'd do a quick blog. To start, here is the recipe. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> Raisins, 1 cup (not packed) <BR> Sunflower Seeds, without salt, 0.75 cup, hulled <BR> Walnuts, 0.50 cup, chopped <BR> Pumpkin Seeds, raw and unsalted .75 cup <BR> Date pieces rolled in oat flour, 3/4 cup <BR> Rye Flake, 1 cup <BR> Thick... Wed, 22 May 2013 13:39:23 EST Shrimp Fun Facts (of course shrimp can be fun) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363792 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1785868176.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1549119387.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806507326.jpg"> <BR> <BR> K...First, the thing that isn't exactly fun about shrimp is their very high cholesterol level. Everything else is great. High in protein, low in calories, tastes great, you can skewer them, you can blacken them, you can make them into smiles with veggies for eyes----they're fun... Tue, 21 May 2013 18:42:03 EST "Getting off track and Auto-Correcting" Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359574 This was posted on facebook by Lauren (AKA "sparkgirl32"). I asked her if it was OK if I post it to Spark and she said sure. I thought it was such a good reminder that I wanted to be able to refer back to it when I have a "bad day": <BR> <BR> <BR> It isn't getting "off track" that really keeps us from losing weight..it's what we do while we're waiting to get back on track that does all the damage! Quit telling yourself you're going to start over tomorrow, Monday, or the first of the month.... Fri, 17 May 2013 17:56:28 EST I got a SPIRALIZER!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353063 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l927191864.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, 4 ounces - 137 cal <BR> Onions, raw, 2 cup, chopped - 122 <BR> Green Peppers (bell peppers), 1 cup, strips - 38 <BR> Zucchini, 1.25 cup, sliced - 36 <BR> Dinner TOTALS: 333 <BR> <BR> This is the coolest thing. It was just about $20 and you can make "noodles" out of zucchini. I've actually made these and put marinara on them and it really seems like pasta. You don't have to cook ... Sat, 11 May 2013 11:50:57 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352362 Document every day with one photograph and one paragraph <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1837019022.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For 30 days bring a camera with you wherever you go. Do your best to take one photograph that represents a standout experience from each day. Then, before you go to bed each night, write one paragraph in a notebook or journal that highlights your day. If you do it all digitally you can unite your daily photograph and paragraph in one digital sp... Fri, 10 May 2013 16:39:30 EST Backpacking with the scouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351095 Last weekend our scout troop went to Potholes, WA. It's an area in Eastern WA that is somewhat desert like. Tons of sage brush and dust! We left Friday and were hoping to get there before dark, but we got there right at dusk. By the time we were at the site it was dark. That's usually how it ends up though. We used headlamps to see. This is such a great spot. You drive in on dirt roads for about 5-10 miles and then backpack in. No one else is around. We always have the area to ourselves (exce... Thu, 9 May 2013 14:48:42 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350996 Publicly forgive someone who deserves another chance <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1373908899.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes good relationships end abruptly because of big egos and arguments based on isolated incidents. If there’s someone in your life who truly deserves another chance, give it to them. If you need to apologize too, do it. Over the next 30 days give your story together a new chapter. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.marcandangel.com/ <BR... Thu, 9 May 2013 13:07:55 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349748 Let go of one relationship that constantly hurts you <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2120995584.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Keep people in your life who truly love you, motivate you, encourage you, enhance you, and make you happy. If you know people who do none of these things, let them go and make room for new positive relationships. Over the next 30 days, if relevant to your situation, gradually let go of one person in your life who has been continuously hurting you an... Wed, 8 May 2013 11:25:18 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348903 Pay down debt and don’t create any new debt for 30 days <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l710389699.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Live well below your means. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. Sleep on big purchases. Create a budget and savings plan and stick to them. For the next 30 days pay for things in cash and micro-manage every cent you make and spend. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.marcandangel.com/ <BR> 2011/12/25/30-challenges-f <BR> or-30-days-of-growth/ <BR>... Tue, 7 May 2013 17:28:30 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347565 Have a conversation every day with someone you rarely speak to <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l709439427.jpg"> <BR> <BR> People are interesting creatures, and no two people are exactly alike. Interacting with different people will open your mind to fascinating ideas and perspectives. So for the next 30 days strike up a conversation daily with someone you rarely speak to, or someone you’ve never met before. Find out what makes them tick. <BR> <BR> <BR> http... Mon, 6 May 2013 15:10:53 EST It's the little things that count http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344529 It's so easy to take things for granted. I recently had a pulled Ab muscle which took about a month to heal. When I first got it it came on suddenly and hurt like crazy. I was afraid I could have had something much more serious going on and it made me think about what is really important. <BR> <BR> 1. Living for today. Right now. Every moment! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l674607044.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We get so busy in life that we put things off that are joyf... Fri, 3 May 2013 14:58:51 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344333 Spend 10 minutes every evening reflecting on what went well <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1129638063.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the next 30 days spend 10 minutes every evening pondering the small successes that occurred during the course of the day. This process of positive reflection will remind you of all the tiny blessings in your life, and help you to celebrate your personal growth. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.marcandangel.com/ <BR> 2011/12/25/30-ch... Fri, 3 May 2013 11:53:01 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343170 Cook one brand new, healthy recipe every day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1694576532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cooking is fun, challenges your mind, and if done correctly, provides vital nutrients to your body. Win-Win-Win. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman is great tool for this challenge. Packed with 900 pages of simple instructions on how to cook everything you could ever dream of eating, it’s pretty much the greatest cookbook ever written. Prepare one new... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:30:55 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342151 Get uncomfortable and face a fear every day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2091134850.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With a strategy of continuous small steps into uncomfortable territory we are often able to sidestep the biggest barrier to positive change: Fear. Sometimes we’re afraid we’ll fail. Sometimes we’re subconsciously afraid we’ll succeed and then we’d have to deal with all the disruption (growth) and change that follows success. And other times it’s our fear o... Wed, 1 May 2013 15:11:05 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339438 Exercise for 30 minutes every day for 30 days <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1214113963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Your health is your life. Don’t let it go. Eat right, exercise and get an annual physical check-up. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/25/3<BR>0-challenges-for-30-days-of-growth/ <BR> <BR> Image: http://amazingasset.com/2012/10/12/guest-p<BR>ost-10-healthy-ways-to-be-good-to-your<BR>self/funny-pictures-aquatic-mammal-doe<BR>... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:16:16 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336603 Go alcohol and drug free for 30 days <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l803984190.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This challenge depends on your individual circumstance. If you are a heavy user of alcohol or a particular drug it is not recommended that you quit cold turkey. You need to see a physician and ease off of the substance slowly. But if you are a casual user, quit right now for 30 days. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.marca... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:04:24 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335286 Do something every day after lunch that makes you laugh <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1450717088.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Watch a funny video clip on YouTube, read your favorite comic strip, or find a good joke online. A good chuckle stimulates the mind and can give you a renewed level on energy. The best time for this laugh is during the lull in the mid-afternoon, when you need it most. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/25/3<BR>... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:29:11 EST 30 Challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334100 Every morning, watch or read something that inspires you <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l425734096.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes all you need is a little pep talk. For the next 30 days, before you eat breakfast, or leave the house, watch a motivational video or read something (quotation, blog post, short story, etc.) that inspires you. <BR> <BR> P.S. Did you know Spark has a terrific list of inspirational quotes at <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quotes.<BR>a... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:59:22 EST 30 Challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333260 Read one chapter of a good book every day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1332391845.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With the Web’s endless stream of informative, easy-to-skim textual snippets and collaborative written works, people are spending more and more time reading online. Nevertheless, the Web cannot replace the authoritative wisdom from certain classic books that have delivered (or will deliver) profound ideas around the globe for generations. Books open doors, in y... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:21:07 EST 30 Challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331683 Define one long-term goal and work on it for an hour every day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l125611998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Break your goal down into bite-sized pieces and focus on achieving each one piece at a time. It really is all about taking baby steps, and taking the first step is often the hardest. Spend an hour every day for the next 30 days working toward something you’ve always wanted to accomplish. Take a small dream and make it a reality. <BR> <BR... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:49:56 EST 30 Challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330433 Watch less than 30 minutes of TV every day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1723117459.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Entertain yourself with real-world experiences. Great memories are the product of interesting life experiences. So turn off the television (or the computer if that’s how you watch your TV programs) and get outdoors. Interact with the world, appreciate nature, take notice of the simple pleasures life has to offer, and just watch as life unfolds in front of yo... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:01:15 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328629 Ditch 3 bad habits for 30 days <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1087483825.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you eat too much fast food? Do you play too many video games? Do you argue with your siblings? You know some of your bad habits. Pick 3 and quit doing them for 30 days. <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenge source: <BR> http://www.marcandangel.com/ <BR> 2011/12/25/30-challenges-f <BR> or-30-days-of-growth <BR> <BR> Image Source: <BR> http://www.hypnosisdownloads.com/bad-hab<... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:19:40 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327715 Wake up 30 minutes early every morning: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l766989120.jpg"> <BR> <BR> OOPS, WAIT, WRONG ONE.......... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1938435977.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There we go.....that's much better! <BR> <BR> <BR> Get up 30 minutes earlier than usual so you don’t have to rush around like a mad man. That 30 minutes will help you avoid speeding tickets, tardiness and other unnecessary headac... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:41:00 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326351 Don’t tell a single lie for 30 days <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2023796613.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With all the seemingly innocent, white lies that trickle out of us, this is way harder than it sounds. But you can do it. Stop deceiving yourself and others, speak from the heart, speak the whole truth. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/25/3<BR>0-challenges-for-30-days-of-growth <BR> <BR> Image: https://encrypt... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:30:10 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325490 Create something brand new in 30 days or less <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1307488167.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Creation is a process like none other. Putting to use your innovative faculties and constructing something with your own two hands will leave you with an indescribable sense of wholeness. There is no substitute for it. The only caveat is that it must be related to something you actually care about. If you are creating financial plans for clients all day ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:17:24 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323993 Get rid of one thing a day for 30 days <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l117977054.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have so much clutter surrounding us at any given moment (at the office, in our cars, in our homes) and we’ve become so accustomed to it that we no longer notice how it affects us. If you start cleaning up some of this external clutter, a lot of internal clutter will disappear as well. Choose one needless item each and every day and get rid of it. It’s that sim... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:26:27 EST 30 Challenges for 30 days of Growth - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322188 Pay attention and enjoy your life as it happens <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1023487924.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I watched the Academy Awards a few months ago I realized that most of the speeches actors and actresses make when they accept an award go something like this: “This means so much so me. My whole life has been leading up to this moment.” But the truth is, our whole lives have been leading up to every moment. Think about that for a second. Every si... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:14:36 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320837 Address and acknowledge the lesson in inconvenient situations <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1721361939.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s important to remember that everything is a life lesson. Everyone you meet, everything you encounter, etc. They’re all part of the learning experience we call ‘life.’ Never forget to acknowledge the lesson, especially when things don’t go your way. If you don’t get a job you wanted or a relationship doesn’t work, it only means somethi... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:45:10 EST Chayote Fun Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319830 So, I added a blog a couple days ago showing my mystery item. It was spiky. It was scary. It was in the fruit section. It called to me and said, "take me home". I was intrigued and felt a little sorry for it, sitting there amongst the beautiful smooth grapes and non-lethal safe and sane strawberries. So, here he is: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2000774662.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you notice the cabbage patch end, that was what somewhat gave it away. It's a chayot... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:10:26 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319643 Concentrate on being positive at all times <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1499653661.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The real winners in life cultivate optimism. They have the ability to manufacture their own happiness and drive. No matter what the situation, the successful diva is the one who will always find a way to put an optimistic spin on it. She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life. People who think optimistically see the wo... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:25:16 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318351 Treat everyone nicely, even those who are rude to you <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264089560.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Being nice to someone you dislike doesn’t mean you’re fake. It means you’re mature enough to control your emotions. Treat everyone with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you – not because they’re nice, but because you are. Do this for 30 days and I guarantee you’ll see the rudeness around you dissipate. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> h... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:01:02 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317059 6. Dedicate an hour a day to something you’re passionate about <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l555537226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Take part in something you passionately believe in. This could be anything. Some people take an active role in their city council, some find refuge in religious faith, some join social clubs supporting causes they believe in and others find passion in their hobbies. In each case the psychological outcome is the same. They engage themselve... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 11:19:26 EST Does anyone know what this is? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316246 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380986962.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1659514774.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They get some interesting things at my little downtown grocer. This must have just came in as it didn't have a sign. I thought it would be fun to try but the cashier didn't know what it was either. It's prickly like a cactus. Really prickly. It has a "cabbage patch" end like a chayote. It's going to be interesting to peel (ouch). It's... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 18:50:34 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315771 5. Teach someone something new every day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2026464773.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We all have natural strengths and talents that can dramatically help those around us. What comes easy for you is no doubt challenging for others. We tend to take these gifts for granted, often hardly noticing what we have to offer, and thus we rarely share them with others. Inner happiness and zeal come from using these inherent gifts on a routine basis. What... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 11:36:48 EST 30 Challenges for 30 days of growth - day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315214 4. Learn and practice one new skill every day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l478523341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life. To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades. Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one. And besides, learning new skills is fu... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:11:14 EST 30 Challenges for 30 days of growth - day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313740 3. Perform one selfless act every day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326578133.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In life, you get what you put in. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. Do something that’s greater than you, something that helps someone else be happy or suffer less. I promise, it will be an extremely rewarding experience. One you’ll likely remember forever. Obviously your options here are li... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 14:47:21 EST Week 1 Push Up and Squat Challenge Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312898 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l298528726.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1524805532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Week 1 day 3 of hundredpushups.com. Barely got the last one out without breaking form but I did it, shaking all the way!!! I used a close grip handwidth that is between 3-4 (above), keeping elbows close in. <BR> <BR> Week 1 day 3 of single-leg squats too. Check it out and sign up. <BR> <BR> GREAT CHALLENGE......it's YOU against YOU and YOU get... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 18:04:07 EST 30 challenges for 30 days of growth - day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312620 2. Try one new thing every day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1259024297.jpg"> <BR> <BR> *Variety truly is the spice of life. You can see or do something a million times, but you can only see or do it for the first time once. As a result, first time experiences often leave reflective marks in our minds for the rest of our lives. Make an effort to try something new every day for the next 30 days. It can be a whole new activity or just a small experience, su... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 12:29:31 EST A run that turned into so much more....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311604 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1652928406.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just read the newest Nerdfitness blog today. It asked, at the end, to comment on one thing that went well yesterday. I thought I'd post my response here. It felt soooooo good! <BR> <BR> My thing that went well yesterday. I ran 3.4 miles, but that's not the good part. I'm typically a 11 1/2 -12 minute/mile average runner. When I had just 1/2 mile to go in my run I saw that I had a 10.47 minute average. Not bad,... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 15:22:37 EST