KIWIANN's SparkPeople Blog KIWIANN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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