KIWIANN's SparkPeople Blog KIWIANN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Shooting Star badges - Week 1 ALPHA STAR - awarded for a weight loss in Week 1 (I lost 1 pound) <em>244</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DAZZLING STAR - awarded for meeting my week Challenge commitment for exercise minutes - I committed to 400 and achieved 735 <em>104</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> GLOWING STAR - awarded for posting at least 3 blogs during... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:47:20 EST Today's NSV! <em>321</em> I am giving myself a cheer! <em>215</em> <BR> <em>320</em> I am working toward a goal of being able to do 100 push-ups again (this was easy of me in my youth but I've fallen out of practice) and I managed to do 50 push-ups today! <em>334</em> That is 12 more than I accomplished on Wednesday, and 15 more than I did on Monday! 2 months ago, I could about 5. That is PROGRESS! <em>104</em> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:45:13 EST How would I know? On one of my teams we have a popular game where we answer the question posed by the previous poster with another question of our own. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> My most recent post to that thread was "How would I know?" <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Looking at those words got me thinking of the importance of both word and tone not only in our communications with one another but also in our own self-talk. <BR> <BR> What did you expect to find when you clicked on this blog? <BR> <BR> <em>28</em>... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:09:10 EST Shooting Stars Badge - ALPHA STAR For our Winter Challenge warm-up week the STARS traveled to Quebec. During the Challenge, ALPHA STARS are those who post a loss in the weekly weigh-in. For the beginning of the Challenge the ALPHA STAR badge is awarded for posting our Starting weight on time. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:40:04 EST My NSV of the day! Although I have been doing a pretty good job of avoiding sugar the last few days, this afternoon I wanted something sweet to go with my coffee. <em>106</em> I had a box of gourmet mini chocolate chip cookies <em>495</em> that came in a fancy Christmas basket. <em>144</em> The packaging gave me the impression that they were going to be AMAZING. <em>4</em> I tried one, and although it tasted fine, it was not nearly the out-of-this-world taste-bud sensation that I was imagining....... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 17:42:58 EST Ready to SOAR with the STARS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The 2017 Winter 5% Challenge starts on Saturday, January 14. Our planes are filling up fast! <BR> Here's a link to the Challenge Team page if you are interested in joining us! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=67977 </link> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:10:59 EST Week 6 Shooting Star badges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:11:19 EST Interested or Committed? This morning, I saw an interesting article that I shared with my SHOOTING STARS teammates via SparkMail. <BR> "Interested or Committed? Discover the Difference : 6 Tips for Achieving Your Healthy Living Goals" <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=2070 </link> <BR> <BR> If you are "interested" in becoming "committed" to a healthy lifestyle, you should consider joining the season 5% challenges. The challenges are made up of several teams in friendly compe... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:33:01 EST 2016 Fall 5% Challenge - SHOOTING STARS The Fall 5% Challenge is wrapping up this week! And it has been an amazing season for the <BR> <em>54</em> <em>8</em> SHOOTING STARS!! <em>8</em> <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> <em>536</em> <em>535</em> <em>536</em> We have traveled over 90,000 air miles to some fabulous virtual destinations fueled by exercise minutes (1 exercise minute = 1 air mile) and worked on creating healthy life habits (drink water, tracking nutrition, portion control/measuring, stretching, no random eat... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:10:31 EST SHOOTING STARS Honor Roll Badges for Week 5 of the Fall 5% Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 4 Nov 2016 10:02:36 EST Challenge Week 6 Goals <em>8</em> Exercise - I will log at least 700 minutes for the STARS with at least 150 minutes of strength training included. I will also continue at least 10 minutes of intentional stretching daily even though that LTGL challenge has passed. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> LTGL - I will continue my No-Snacking streak and be at day 15 by this time next week! And I am setting my bedtime for this week at 10 pm. I can easily stay up until midnight reading, but to make my 10 pm bedtime possible, I wi... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:55:56 EST Challenge Week 5 recap <em>8</em> I exceeded my weekly challenge commitment for exercise, and I did at least 15 minutes of strength training every day this week (5 days of 25+ minutes) <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I am on day 8 of my No-Snacking streak! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I weighed-in this morning at 2 pounds down from last week. That means I am almost half-way to my 5% goal (6 down, 7 to go!). Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:42:09 EST SHOOTING STARS Honor Roll Badges for Week 4 of the Fall 5% Challenge <img src=""> <BR> I earned the SUPER NOVA badge for being a DAZZLING (met my Challenge commitment for exercise), SHINING (posted for every day of the challenge week) and GLOWING (posted 3 blogs) STAR in Week 4! <BR> (Posting my badges got me the GLOWING title - let's see if I can sustain this for the rest of the Challenge, since I am done playing "catch-up" it will take more than Honor Roll to get there!) <BR> <B... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:01:36 EST Fall 5% Challenge Half-way point! The mid-point of the Challenge is a good time to evaluate my progress so far. <BR> <BR> For those unfamiliar with 5% Challenges, the Challenge consists of three parts: Exercise, Living the Good Life (forming healthy habits) and weight loss. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> On the Exercise front, I am meeting (and exceeding) my challenge commitment (minutes) weekly! <em>224</em> But I have been slacking on the strength training portion of my original plan. Beginning today, I have recommitted to ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:30:30 EST SHOOTING STARS Honor Roll Badges for Week 3 of the Fall 5% Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:06:41 EST SHOOTING STARS Honor Roll Badges for Week 2 of the Fall 5% Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:04:41 EST SHOOTING STARS Honor Roll Badges for Week 1 of the Fall 5% Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Dazzling STAR - For meeting my weekly Challenge Commitment of 400+ minutes of exercise! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Shining STAR - For recording my points for all 7 days of the week! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Alpha STAR - For marking a we... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:14:42 EST WOW On Wednesday- "Why" Am I Doing This? - Shooting Stars Team <em>38</em> What's my "Why?" <BR> I've been on SparkPeople for nearly 8 years and I am 30 pounds heavier than when I started. So why did I start and why do I stay? <BR> <BR> <em>51</em> I started because my father died young from the complications of a stroke. I have seen the toll bad nutrition takes on an otherwise healthy body and I want to avoid that. I know that I am not the one who determines the number of my days, but however many I have, I want to be able to live them fully! <... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:55:32 EST Inner Beauty I am not a very frequent blogger, but I had a strong urge to write one today, so here I go! <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> It is day one of the Spring 5% Challenge, so I started my day by stepping on the scale for my official weigh-in. 239 <em>234</em> I knew I had gained since the Winter 5% challenge ended, but after having met my 5% goal for the first time in the Winter challenge just a few weeks ago, it was very discouraging to see that I had gained back almost everything that I had lost -... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 17:57:09 EST Never Quit Pledge!! I copied this from CERIUSLY's blog for 1/1/2016, who copied it from JAZZEJR's blog from 1/1/16. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from... <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 pas... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:23:07 EST Staying strong so far! <em>104</em> It was another good day for meeting my goals! Actually the circumstances of the day don't deserve the credit, I do <em>211</em> It was a tense environment in the office today, there were donuts in the break room and it was hot and muggy outside. That combo could be a recipe for disaster as far as my health goals are concerned. I am a stress eater, donuts are a particularly strong temptation for me, and walking is my go-to strategy for avoiding stress eating but the weather w... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 22:23:26 EST Day 2 - I am still SHINING! <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> It is day 2 of September and I am still <em>67</em> SHINING!! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Exercise: <BR> 48 minutes including a 20 minute cardio-kickboxing video.... my muscles are feeling it! <em>198</em> And sweat was definitely achieved! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Nutrition: <BR> I successfully completed Day 1 of my No-Snacking Streak! And I trac... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 22:01:15 EST Ready to SHINE in September! It feels like my motivation waned A LOT during this summer, especially in the month of August. I think that the only times I broke a sweat in August were due to the external heat (ie steamy summer weather) and not the internal heat generated by a good workout. In the last two weeks in particular, I have dropped all of my exercise except for walking.... and that walking has been mostly at a leisurely pace. <BR> <BR> So to reboot, I set some daily goals for myself for the month of September:... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:16:50 EST Happy Easter!! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Easter is time of renewal and I am recommitting to living a happy, healthy, and holy life - starting right now! <BR> As a sign of this renewal, I reset my Spark account and all of my trackers, streaks and goals. <BR> <em>521</em> and I WILL do it! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 12:08:22 EST