LAURA1970's SparkPeople Blog LAURA1970's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community BLC 24 Goals 1} Lose 24 pounds: <BR> a] Stay Under 1800 calories x4 days/ week <BR> b] 5 Freggies x5 days/ week <BR> c] 20 Minutes Cardio x 6 days/ week <BR> d] 10 Cups of water x 6 days/ week <BR> <BR> 2} Get 10k Time Under 120 Minutes <BR> a] Strength training x3 days/ week <BR> b] 10K practice x2/ week Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:23:31 EST BLC 21 Goal Review Here are my goals and update: <BR> <BR> * Lose 24 pounds (2 pounds/ week) - As of last week, I was over this goal by .6 of a pound, so I am hoping to catch up this week. I am so close, that I'm not going to change this goal. <BR> <BR> * Eat 5 freggies everyday - I am reaching this goal about 5 days/ week. I would like to push it to 6 days/ week for the rest of the challenge. <BR> <BR> * Get to next trophy level - On track with 60 points/ day average. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:51:37 EST New Committment I really need to curb the binges at the end of the week. I'm doing excellently Monday and Tuesday. If I could even stretch that to Saturday through Monday, I would be losing a lot more weight. <BR> <BR> My committment for this week is: <BR> <BR> I will allow myself one binge a day Wed, Thur and Fri. The rest of the meals will be healthy. <BR> <BR> I will exercise every single day. On the insanely busy days, I will get at least 10 minutes. It's 10 minutes - even I can get that done! Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:11:20 EST My Little Craft Master! <img src=""> <img src=""> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 23:32:44 EST Father/ Daughter Dance Yesterday was Embri's Father & Daughter Dance at school. She has always gone with her uncles and never seemed bothered by it. She didn't even tell me about the dance this time. I found the information crumpled up in the bottom of her backpack. But we went out and bought a cute new dress. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning, I woke up just before 6 to the sound of crying. I went to Embri's room and found her clutching the new dress and crying hysterically. I asked her what was wrong and she t... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 22:25:40 EST Goals and More Goals So, Christmas is almost here again and BLC ends well before the holiday, so I am trying to get goals in place to take me through the holidays without faling apart. <BR> <BR> I love to bake for the holidays and now that my grandmother is 89 and has been in poor health, I am taking over her knack for making dozens and dozens of delicious cookies. This is a big downfall for me. <BR> <BR> I need to make small, attainable goals. <BR> <BR> There are 2 weeks left in November. I have two goa... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 14:02:19 EST Mid-Challenge Tune-Up This is a tough thing to do... I am on track with everything but the weight loss, but I set the weight-loss high because I work harder if it is higher. I am off by a few pounds. So, I will change that goal to 2 lbs per week for the duration of the challenge, so that I am at 263 by challenge end. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 13:37:54 EST 10 Things I'm Thankful For 1* Embri <BR> 2* Tyler <BR> 3* God/ Church/ Christian Faith <BR> 4* A good job <BR> 5* A successful home business <BR> 6* A safe place to live <BR> 7* A great support group <BR> 8* Supportive family members <BR> 9* Free gym membership! <BR> 10* Yummy food Mon, 1 Oct 2012 19:14:45 EST More Motivation <img src=""> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:00:29 EST My Motivation <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:57:50 EST BLC 20 Before Pic and Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My goals for this round: <BR> <BR> 1* Lose 3 pounds per week or 36 pounds over the challenge <BR> 2* Get back to 8 cups of water EVERY day <BR> 3* 30 minutes of cardio, 5+ days/ week <BR> 4* Get to spin the bonus wheel on spark 5 days/ week <BR> 5* 80 grams of protein 5 days/ week Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:34:40 EST Plans to Stay on Track Wednesday, July 18th is the final weigh-in for the BLC 19 Challenge. The next challenge doesn't start until September 12th. Here are my plans to stay on track: <BR> <BR> 1* Check in with the team at least once a week. <BR> 2* Continue weigh-ins on Wednesday and track them on SP <BR> 3* Continue with M2W Bootcamp through July and join August, if they offer one <BR> 4* Work out at least 2x/week with friend on XBox 360 games. <BR> 5* Keep up habits already established, ie: Water - 64 oz... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:36:19 EST Calorie Allowances I am getting really frustrated with my calorie allowances. On the days that I eat well, I can't even come close to my calorie amount. It doesn't make sense. I can lower that amount, but then everytime I enter fitness time, I get that stupid message that says I can't lose weight if my calories are too low. It's just retarded and I thought I'd write about it! Sat, 12 May 2012 20:37:54 EST BLC 19 Plans Seems every time I make these great, detailed goals and as soon as I make the smallest mess-up, I quit everything and give up. <BR> <BR> I'm trying something new this time around. My biggest saboteur is my night binges. I can eat perfectly all day, and exercise like a wild animal, but when I am home after the kids have gone to bed, and stressing out about how much there is to do and the fact that I will never be caught up in this world, I start eating.... AND I DON'T STOP. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 02:52:23 EST She's heeee-rrrrr-eeeeeee Hey Ladies, I took off the month of December to get through the holidays. Managed to gain 12 pounds! Actually, that's LESS than usual. I'm just glad to be back and ready to start up again. I probably won't try to keep up on 2 teams for the next couple of months. It was too hard to keep all of the different activities straight. <BR> <BR> I hope you all had great holidays! And that you're ready to go - cuz I need all of you! <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:58:25 EST November Final Update 1) 420 mins!/ week of cardio - 410 minutes this week. Very close! <BR> <BR> 2) 10 pounds lost = 2 lbs/week - Lost a few pounds this week, but just what I gained last week. Didn't make this goal. <BR> <BR> 3) Participate in a community 5 or 10K -Didn't do anything towards this goal this week <BR> <BR> 4) Cook 1 healthy, wholesome meal/ week - Thanksgiving <BR> <BR> I have all but given up this weekend. I am having problems with my car and I expect it will take a good amount of money t... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 23:43:30 EST All In “There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There’s no such thing as life in-between. <BR> <BR> It's 4 weeks until I hope to be in Arizona with my family. I'll be darned if I'm gonna be this weight when I get there. There is NO reason I can't be below 250. I'm all in - no turning back. Who's with me?? Fri, 25 Nov 2011 00:46:58 EST Laugh Out Loud “If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.” <BR> <BR> Tyler decided he was going to jump off of the trampoline today, on to the concrete, which is too long a jump for him. Graciously, I was not more than a few feet away. I jumped out to catch him, so he wouldn't land on his butt on the concrete. I missed my step and although I caught him, I landed on my hip, which already has bad arthritis from prior injuries! It hur... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 23:53:05 EST Thinking Big “You've got to think about 'big things' while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” <BR> <BR> This is a great quote for me because I have so much weight to lose, and even if I am just looking at clothing sizes instead of pounds, I still have so far to go. But if I can think of myself being a much smaller size, it will help me win the battles to the next size down. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 23:45:22 EST Update Blog 1) 420 mins!/ week of cardio - 205 MIns this week - less than half, but MUCH better than last week <BR> <BR> 2) 10 pounds lost = 2 lbs/week - Gained 6 pounds this week! <BR> <BR> 3) Participate in a community 5 or 10K -Didn't do anything towards this goal this week <BR> <BR> 4) Cook 1 healthy, wholesome meal/ week - No, not this week Sat, 19 Nov 2011 22:56:15 EST Update Blog 1) 420 mins!/ week of cardio - Not even close this week <BR> <BR> 2) 10 pounds lost = 2 lbs/week -On target for this one <BR> <BR> 3) Participate in a community 5 or 10K -Didn't do anything towards this goal this week <BR> <BR> 4) Cook 1 healthy, wholesome meal/ week -Didn't do this for this week Sat, 12 Nov 2011 17:35:50 EST Competing Against Myself "The principle is competing again yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before" <BR> <BR> These last two days I have been slipping. I need to consider that I won't be 160 lbs in a day. As long as I am keeping my focus and eating right and exercising, then I can make myself better than I was today. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:13:09 EST “A ship in the harbor is safe. But that’s not what ships are built for.” Had a really tough day today. I was so tired and dragging my butt everywhere. And then, Tyler was so wild tonight. I didn't get much sleep last night, although I went to bed at a decent hour. I'm so stressed about finances and work and what to continue and what to drop. I've been praying all day long about my schedule and my priorities. <BR> <BR> So this evening, my MIL gave me an idea. I currently do her billing for her private practice. I don't charge her anything, of course, but ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 23:45:29 EST “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could…” This is a great theme for the end of the day. There's nothing more I could have done today, so it's okay to rest peacefully and start again tomorrow. Tue, 8 Nov 2011 23:23:43 EST Enjoying the Journey “Stop living life for what’s around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday, it was just me and my kids. Usually, either my kids are with their cousins, or their cousins and friends are here. It's rarely just them and I. I had a million things to do. People waiting for scrapbook pages, people waiting for November newsletters, people waiting for the shipment of items they bought on eBay, pictures to correct/ enhance for the real job, etc... <BR> <BR... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 00:37:20 EST For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe <BR> <BR> It's really too hard to take care of everyone all the time. I'm chronically exhausted, because I'm trying to figure out how to fit everyone's needs into my schedule and it's too hard. It's just too hard. Sun, 6 Nov 2011 20:34:45 EST Weekly Update Blog This week was pretty darn good. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) 420 mins!/ week of cardio * We haven't had a full week, but I'm right on target to make this goal <BR> <BR> 2) 10 pounds lost = 2 lbs/week * Lost 3.2 pounds this week, so I'm ahead of target on this one <BR> <BR> 3) Participate in a community 5 or 10K * Need to choose a race this week <BR> <BR> 4) Cook 1 healthy, wholesome meal/ week * Cooked delicious lemon, herb chicken and green beans yesterday Sat, 5 Nov 2011 15:30:49 EST November Goals Here are my November Goals: <BR> <BR> 1) 420 mins!/ week of cardio <BR> <BR> 2) 10 pounds lost = 2 lbs/week <BR> <BR> 3) Participate in a community 5 or 10K <BR> <BR> 4) Cook 1 healthy, wholesome meal/ week Tue, 1 Nov 2011 23:58:33 EST October Wrap-Up Blog Okay, so here's my goals and the final results.... <BR> <BR> * Finding and participating in at least one 5K: I did several 5K's on the treadmill, but none in the community, like I wanted. I planned and registered for one, but was feeling sick the night before and the morning of. <BR> <BR> * Losing 8 pounds (Goal for 10/31: 248.5): This one is tricky because I changed scales mid-month, so the numbers are different. I ended up losing 6.6 lbs, which is good, but no, I didn't achieve this... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:41:01 EST October 30th My period arrived today. BLAH!! At least I know why I've been feeling crappy for the last several days. All I wanted the entire day was chocolate, my soft blanket and lots of Kleenex! (So I could bawl about everything and anything!) And, of course, the worse I feel, the crazier my kids were. Poor kids are probably traumatized! One minute, I'm screaming at them for being purely insane and the next minute, I'm bawling because Tyler somehow managed to get two major chunks of toothpaste on... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:21:55 EST October 29th Today has been a good day to this point. I have an opportunity to go out with some friends tonight. I rarely out, and I'm not sure I want to tonight, either, but I wanted to get this blog done in case I want to go. <BR> <BR> I ate pretty well today. I did eat 3 Airheads Sour Belts - they are sitting in my trunk and I got sugar cravings! Other than those, I did a really good job getting protein and veggies in. I really fought not to eat fast food today, although the kids were eating it... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 19:45:29 EST I LOVE my Rangers The World Series Game 7 just ended and we lost. I'm actually crying about this. Wow! Super emotional. <BR> <BR> Today went pretty darn well. My eating was better than it has been for the past week or so, but not as good as I would like. I am, moving towards clean eating but I'm going to have to go step by step, because it's a lot of changes. <BR> <BR> I did my 60 minutes of cardio today, plus my ST. I am super proud about that! I'm gonna push for 90 minutes tomorrow and Sunday, dep... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:34:28 EST World Series Game 6 Day I am sitting here watching the 10th inning of this crazy game. It is all over the place. Rangers are up 9 to 7, but Cardinals have 2 guys on base and only 1 out. <BR> <BR> Anyways, today was pretty good. I ate a little bit of candy - nothing too bad. I did a whole 30 minutes of exercise! Better than nothing, but not as much as I would like. I probably would not have done that if not for this game lasting forever! <BR> <BR> I am pushing for 60 mins/ day cardio tomorrow through Sunda... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 00:16:41 EST October 26th Today went by fast, but it was good. I ate good and I worked out and did my ST. Would have been better if I hadn't eaten at McDonald's, but I couldn't find anything worth eating at the grocery store I was working in. I know, poor excuse, since it was a GROCERY store. But the only thing that caught my eye were the cupcakes and I knew that was a bad idea! Thu, 27 Oct 2011 01:16:54 EST October 25th I tried really hard today to eat clean, to give my body a chance to clean itself out, in case that is the reason I feel so exhausted. Well, I had to supplement with Boost and Slim Fast, because I couldn't reach anywhere near my calorie range. That was frustrating. <BR> <BR> My LCW was a whopping 30 minutes! I'm not gonna beat myself up for it, though. I have been doing really good and I have just had an exhausting week. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:12:58 EST Monday I'm about ready to throw in the towel. I ate fine today, but again, another day of no exercise. Two days in a row. My body is absolutely exhausted. I don't know what's wrong. I just know that I'm too tired to move. Tomorrow promises to be just as crazy. <BR> <BR> I'm so far behind, I think I'm at the head of the race! Mon, 24 Oct 2011 22:47:26 EST Sunday I'm so far gone right now, that it's making me miserable. Right now, I would anything to go to bed, but I have a good 2 more hours of work to complete. I can't do this all! I'm losing my mind... as if I ever really had it. <BR> <BR> Wait! Do I even have to be posting a blog for any of my challenges??? If I only had to time to figure out what it currently part of my challenges! Sun, 23 Oct 2011 23:43:45 EST Weekly Update Oh man! It's 11:30 and I'm never gonna finish all of my work. This week has been crazy. The last couple days have been bad. I have been eating with no attempt to be healthy whatsoever. Thursday, I had to work out of town and worked all night, which threw me off both yesterday and today. I'm gonna try to get back on track tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Run a 5K - I was supposed to do this this morning, but I couldn't get myself or the kids going early enough. I need to look for another one for ne... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 00:37:52 EST Friday Today was tough. I didn't get home from out of town until about 4 in the morning and I had to go to my MIL house at 6 to get this kids so she could go to work, so I didn't end up going to sleep at all. Needless to say, I'm exhausted. This is usually the time I go to the gym, but I'm checking in here and hitting the hay! I'll make up for it tomorrow. The kids are going to the Fort Worth air show in the morning with their cousins and will be gone all morning, so I'll be living at gym. I'm... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 23:18:55 EST Thursday It's morning, so I won't be able to talk about how I did today. However, I have to travel up to Oklahoma today, so it's not likely I'll be back on the internet before this day ends. <BR> <BR> I have everything planned out for my food today, so I am expecting good results there. I MIGHT eat at a restaurant tonight, but lately, I have been really not hungry in the evenings, so if I do go, I will probably just have a little side salad. <BR> <BR> I'm probably not going to get much exercis... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:20:52 EST Wednesday Today has been okay. I didn't eat enough and I am sick of eating, so I'm not gonna make my calorie range again! I had 3 healthy meals.... It's really hard to get to that high level of calories. I can change it as though I didn't work out at all and it would be 1200, but then I have to see that warning every time I log my exercise! <BR> <BR> Lots of changes in my businesses today. None of them were my choice, so I know that God is working to make things best for me, although I don't un... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:49:03 EST Tuesday I was hoping to get more exercise in tonight, but I got caught up on eBay and now it's nearly midnight and I have to work tomorrow, so it's off to bed for me. I did well today, though. I got a little over 2 hours of cardio plus ST. I didn't eat hardly anything today. I think I ended up with like 150 calories. I was so mad about the candy yesterday, that I took the day off from food. Crazy me. <BR> <BR> I'm going to weigh-in on both old and new scales tomorrow. I will gauge my weight... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:43:15 EST Monday Today was completely awful. I ate candy the entire day and I have been sicker than a dog! I bought a new scale last night and it turns out I am about 10 pounds more than I thought. I was pushing so hard to get under 250 and now it's gonna be that much longer. I just sort of gave up. I have an awful headache, too. Don't know what that's about. Emi spilled her beads all over creation and I'm still stepping on them with every step. It's just been that kind of day. Tomorrow has to be bet... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:01:54 EST Sunday Today was a little crazy. It's just been busy and typically non-typical. My eating was extremes. I ate lots of veggies for my BLC weekend challenge, but I also ate lots of Air Heads from my work stash. I can't wait to get rid of those things! They are way too much a temptation for me, even though I have put them all in the trunk of my car. Half of the stores I can do tomorrow, the other half I can't do until next Monday. I can do this. Just leave them out there. <BR> <BR> I got my ST... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 22:05:57 EST October 15th Update Blog Ok, so I can't remember if I'm supposed to do this blog as an update of my goals or a reflection, so I'll update my goals and reflect on my progress?? <BR> <BR> Run a 5K - Scheduled for next Saturday and I'm super excited. <BR> <BR> Lose 8 lbs - Lost 2 pounds this week, so I'm right on track on this. <BR> <BR> Cardio 4 x 60 mins and 2 x 120 mins: Made this goal exactly <BR> <BR> Combo Video: I didn't try a video this week. With Tyler sick, I didn't have time alone home <BR> <BR> Ref... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 23:03:42 EST Thursday Reflection “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” <BR> <BR> Will this ever change? Someday, I'll be a retired elderly woman, and it'll be too late to do all the things I want to do. It's about priorities and right now my priorities are my babies and doing the best for them, which means working and running two home businesses and getting thinner and healthier, which takes a... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 22:03:08 EST Wednesday Reflection If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.” <BR> <BR> This is so true for me today. The scales didn't show what I was expecting. I worked really hard this week and didn't binge - even once! All I lost was 2 pounds. For some reason, I clicked on the button to show the graph and I noticed that in the past, I was up and down around the same weight, but in the last few weeks, there is a steady loss! It's day by da... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:29:05 EST Tuesday Reflections “Know your limits…but never stop trying to exceed them.” <BR> <BR> I think the first part of this quote is very meaningful for me at this moment. It's so important to know my limits... and SO difficult. Surely I can manage my family, my job, my friendships, my extended relatives, and SP all at the same time... unless something goes a little wrong. Then never mind control! I have to acknowledge what I can and CANNOT get done. And it's all good. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:18:33 EST Monday Reflections There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. <BR> <BR> I really believe this quote. And it's perfect as the quote of the day. Even when things are going terribly, I know that life, itself, is a miracle. We are all here, alive, happy (mostly). <BR> <BR> It finally rained, which feels GREAT. The weather is so comfortable this morning. Another miracle. Something God gave us. <BR> <BR> Embri went to school this mor... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:09:22 EST Reflections for Sunday “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” <BR> <BR> This past week, I have felt this quote from both sides. My whole world starts coming apart at the seams and I see how I am a piece of everyone else's world. My son is very sick, I have to stay with him at the hospital. My daughter won't leave my side. I have to keep her with me at the hospital. My uncle dies. My dad needs support and encouragement. My best friend's son loses his mind and make... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 23:17:20 EST