LEANNROCKS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEANNROCKS LEANNROCKS'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/ The big WHY of every breath I take http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304478 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c505f4c5-ce65-4a18-9e22-c9dd90c9fd2c.jpg"> <BR> When life's storms hit, it is just my nature to pull up my big girl panties and face them head on from my knees. During the monsoon season, I know God has put a limit on the downpour - and it is easiest to trust Him at the beginning. Several simultaneous storms tend to make me weary, even as I confess His saving grace. But there is no where else for me to go; and I find my faith stronger as I hav... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:50:57 EST Lynne and the Terrible, Ugly, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301639 I know - I stole that from a children's book title, but it describes my day perfectly. My week has been the brewing of a big storm and I got hit with a squall line today. Living with people brings so much joy and fulfillment and happiness, and it can also be a b*tch! The last squall line to hit me happened almost 2 weeks ago - and it has taken me all that time to pull myself together after I drove my nutrition and exercise plans right off the rails. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:36:24 EST Line in the Sand Challenge - Day 9 of 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262472 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d388894-ecb6-4a92-b67f-14681d52bcdf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Past few days has had me battling the illnesses in my home. While some improvements are noted, discussions have revealed otherwise. I am determined to win and this discouragment will just be a sidebar. Planning a new reporting format next time. <BR> <BR> Sleep - over 7 hours <BR> <BR> Water - 2 glasses <BR> <BR> Carbs - 362 grams <BR> <BR> 25 minute bike ride in the delicious, cool mist... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 20:38:54 EST Line in the SAnd Challenge - Day 8 of 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262468 All I gotta say is it was not pretty. <BR> <BR> Sleep - 7 hours <BR> <BR> Water - 4 glasses <BR> <BR> Carbs - 312 grams <BR> <BR> Exercise - elliptical <BR> <BR> Fighting the emotional eating again. Not only does food not change anything, it makes me feel like crappola! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32bc09c2-cd3a-4b1c-a878-99e258a4d8fd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Nov 2016 20:29:38 EST Line in the Sand Challenge - Day 7 of 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261954 If nothing else, my accountability posts are revealing some patterns in my week. I start strong, but I become irritable and fizz-out by the weekend. Knowledge is power. <BR> <BR> For Thursday: <BR> <BR> 4 glasses water <BR> <BR> failed on calories after 7 <BR> <BR> failed on calorie tracking <BR> <BR> sleeping good - consistently getting over 7 hours <BR> <BR> Had to scrap bike ride due to the front that brought the wonderful rain, so I got on the elliptical instead. <BR> <BR> I have... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 16:03:34 EST Line in the Sand Challenge - Day 6 of 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261129 Learning new ways to tweak my eating. I wanted to eat only at meals without snacks. Seems logical to me that the less time I spend eating the better. Only I need snacks until I can handle bigger meals. <BR> <BR> Also learning that when I don't have any caffeine after 6pm, I go right to sleep and wake up without an alarm. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <BR> Water - I quit counting after 6 <BR> <BR> Calories - only counted carbs today - 235 grams <BR> <BR> 5-day streak of no calories after 7pm <B... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 22:01:12 EST Line in the Sand Challenge - Day 5 of 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260557 <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> My accountability blog is helping me to stay on high alert through the day. I was diligent yesterday about late day eating/drinking, which did help me to sleep 8 hours. When I got up this morning, I was hungry. A BeachBody coach once told me that waking up hungry was a good gauge of my meals. That meant I wasn't eating too much, too late in the day. I hit the ground running this morning - went for my first bike ride in 2 weeks and did not eat until lunch. By that ti... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 21:17:50 EST Are you Punting Already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260538 I follow way too many blogs: productivity blogs, fitness blogs, blogging blogs, food blogs, Bible-teaching blogs. My inbox overfloweth. I have slowly been unsubbing from them - culling the herd that returns to my inbox each night. I may rejoin their mailing lists but truth is, by that time, I will probably have replaced them with something else shiny & new that caught my eye. <BR> <BR> My favorite subject is productivity. I think it is an area of my life that is lacking, so I devote massiv... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:45:15 EST Line in the Sand Challenge - Day 4 of 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260009 I need a KUDOS emoticon - the fact that I have done 4 consecutive blogs is quiet the progress for me. Today was somewhat better - I think because of my teammates Nancy & Peters prayers helped me to keep my eyes on Him. <BR> <BR> Calories today: 1,399 - only 142 g carbs <BR> <BR> Drank 5 glasses water today - compared to my usual zero. <BR> <BR> Pre-tracked meals before eating. <BR> <BR> No calories after 7pm. This should also help me sleep better. <BR> <BR> I've just learned that my Fit... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:31:42 EST Line in the Sand Challenge - Day 3 of 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259396 Yep, one of THOSE days. I know I have a good life. I am not bound taking care of an elderly parent 24/7 with no help. It can always get worse. I wonder what lesson God wants me to learn from these hard days? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a408a65-f1a3-48b2-98b2-fe71e721a742.jpg"> <BR> I'm really not complaining; I'm just weary from it all. Actually, I'm too tired of the struggle to complain. And I'm tired of hearing all the complaints. Really? You are gonna bust a gas... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:45:31 EST Line in the Sand Challenge - Day 2 of 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259000 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b434e29-e6d3-4f1a-b7e0-cde0c7e3feec.jpg"> <BR> Another day of 'awareness'. Just to add a little flair, I may work to limit my carbs to my body weight. Without soda, it would be no problem. I haven't eliminated it from my day, but it is drastically reduced. It is no problem for me to drink 1,500 calories a day. <BR> <BR> My primary focus right now is calories in. I want to get a handle on what I eat. On days without exercise, I want to make s... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 20:06:51 EST Line in the Sand Challenge - Day 1 of 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258577 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/653c0545-caac-44ce-a21e-9337c413599e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 1 of my challenge was mostly about planning and scheduling. My calories were under 1600, and I take victory in knowing what I did have and that I recorded it! <BR> <BR> Was an insane day - stress-wise - and I need a back up strategy for these days that happen entirely too often. I think the best place to start would be to take a walk down to the lake. <BR> <BR> I can do this. I WILL d... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:20:54 EST My non-negotiable ultimatum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258032 Bill Phillips has said that change comes with a decision. A decision to change. A conscious choice. "Mindfulness" as Nancy calls it. A deliberate act. Nothing really works unless you have a plan. I would not need to shed bodyfat if I had been following a plan. This is something that has to be done "on purpose"! If I want to improve my health, I have to work from a calculated plan. I have to have an intentional strategy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efb66d19-c9... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:21:49 EST Pro - Something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257457 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c56db93-3ad4-4531-bd3c-989cde0eca7b.png"> <BR> <BR> It seems to happen all at once. Even the weeks when I weigh myself daily, I did not need that number to tell me that I am eating too many calories. I was rewarded for ignoring that fact with ten more pounds that I will have to lose. Do you ever wonder if you are brain dead? I certainly do - I see what is happening; I KNOW what is happening because this ain't my first rodeo by a l-o-n-g shot;... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:27:34 EST God's Plan for Seniors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239563 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57c22349-a980-42eb-a0c6-4443f168f490.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Most seniors never get enough exercise. <BR> <BR> In His Wisdom, God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good. <BR> <BR> Then God saw there was another need. In His Wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend,... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:42:58 EST Commitment: Does yours have roots? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148645 Albert Einstein has said, "The very definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results." Is this where you are? Does this personify your behavior day in and day out? You know what to do; move more and eat more of the right choices and less of the ones that are contrary to your goals. <BR> <BR> But knowing is not the same as DOING. Knowing does not magically manifest itself into DOING. How do you change that? What does it take for you to b... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:58:43 EST Movin' On - Pitiful January Results - Better Habit Building http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082641 January started off with very few bumps. I went cold turkey off the Dr Pepper, tracked my calories daily, wore my FitBit daily, and posted on Spark weekly.Five pounds gone in two weeks; then not only did the loss stall, it reversed. I was not doing anything different. I thought maybe my calories were too restrictive, so one day I bumped them by 300 and gained 2#. The beginning of the end. <BR> <BR> I had a medical procedure a week ago and I've been disgusted with my lack of motivation <BR> t... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:06:20 EST Mid-month slump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077315 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ea67ea8-c7b2-46be-92a7-75e579a4ea4d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are lots of quotes that assure a person they are closer to a victory when they want to quit than they could possibly know. I know that results will come. Eventually. <BR> <BR> A quickie medical procedure has derailed me, which really wasn't much of a push. I've been logging calories and activity every day, plus walking 10,000 steps almost every day with no result for the month. I need... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:49:27 EST Day 9 Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065957 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16d5a1e3-67d9-42e6-9553-9963f14a4676.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have changed my strategy of late, preferring to say what I've done vs what I plan, which never develops. Big victory in that I have not had any soda this year and I have tracked my food each day. I've been following my friend Nancy's method of calories in/calories out and have burned MORE calories each day than I'm eating. I have stayed within my calorie range each day. <BR> <BR> I'm get... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:52:32 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059306 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a13ebcf-df19-467f-8fcc-51c732ab36eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yep, my rewards jar received another earned dollar for Jan 2. I'd be lying if I said it has been easy - but I'm not quitting. I know that with each successful day, it will be easier. I'm setting myself up for failure if I believe it will ever be easy. Banished fat only stays banished with diligence for like, forever. I can do this. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 20:38:57 EST Day 1 Success and Reward Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058191 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f501454-9f23-4fa8-bee5-b5a03c523866.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, I'm the kinda girl that works well with visuals, charts, sticky notes. I saw this neat idea on Pinterest where this person fed her jar $1 for each workout she did. To follow her lead, I wanted to focus on the positive and the things I'm doing right day after day. I have enough negativity coming at me without focusing on funding a jar because I missed a workout. <BR> <BR> My biggest nem... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 17:12:53 EST My Weight Loss Binder Part 1 of 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056237 Yes, I finally did it. I sat down and set goals for myself and a plan to accomplish my goals. I've read that if you think about something all day, you should do something about it. I love quotes, charts, lists, papers, binders, highlighters, gel pens, graphs, and my new discovery - washi tape! I have tried to include all these in my weight loss binder (which is really a composition book with grided paper). I have spent way too much time on Pinterest as I dig for printables, ideas to replicate... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:44:38 EST My Weight Loss Binder Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056236 This is part 2 of the weight loss binder I am sharing today. I have always kept a fitness-type record of exercise I did or what I ate - usually in a leftover spiral from my kids classes. I always have a yearly planner. In my more recent searches, I have seen where others add bling and flair to their planners with stickers and tape and colored EVERYTHINGS! I had color designations in my planners - red ink for do it now, orange for anything school-related, blah blah. Boring. For me, it will be ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:44:25 EST The Good The Bad The Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054508 Don't just those words generate the lead-in flute-ish music for that? Iconic music for sure, but that isn't what this post is about. <BR> <BR> The Good : I did not gain any weight this year. <BR> <BR> The Bad: I did not lose any weight this year. <BR> <BR> The Ugly: I already have a fitness plan in place and goals on the calendar for 2016. It will get a lot worse before things get better - but things WILL GET BETTER! <BR> <BR> And all that UGLY fat will be history! <BR> <BR> My plan inc... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:44:28 EST Indiscriminate Prattling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043983 Just some random musings as I look back at this year and forward to the new one. <BR> <BR> 1. Just because I don't know what/where this gypsy husband of mine will be/do, is no reason for me to NOT have a plan for the year. ( I actually found I had written this in my planner January 2014) <BR> <BR> 2. I lost more weight during my 3-week hospital stay - anchored to a bed - than I have all year prior to surgery. In fact, I've GAINED 10 pounds in the past 4 months. <BR> <BR> 3. I have to tr... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 20:50:38 EST A New Week - Another Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997366 While my heart is gung-ho to get my body moving and making the best food choices, the rest of me lags. I was a good girl and Saturday morning, I did one of the workouts from PiYo - not in the correct order as it was an off day, but I wanted, no, I HAD to do something for my body. The workout in this program was a low impact cardio from TurboFire. (Love that series!) Except my knees didn't like it - too soon? The rest of my body was just as sore. <BR> <BR> I googled 'best home workouts'. Y... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:23:28 EST The Fighter in Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995466 I am 13 weeks post op from my first knee surgery, 12 weeks from the second. I left a three week hospital stay with a few new eating habits; salad with each lunch & dinner, very small portion sizes, no soda all day long. I continued this for the first month home. Then I dropped my guard - kinda like when your anti-malware program is out of date, the negative stuff crept in. Now it has piled up and the weight is coming back. <BR> <BR> I am gonna reboot! I am not gonna dwell on my failures or ... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:51:37 EST Aug Accountability Day Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972191 While I may not be happy with my goal adherence, I am pleased with the success of my day; gathered paperwork for phone calls I'll make after getting home from Austin. <BR> <BR> No calories after 7pm .... done <BR> Soda restricted to 2 cans daily .... no, had 3 <BR> Wear FitBit - increase by 100 steps daily ....4,022 (+884) <BR> Continue daily Physical therapy .... no <BR> Begin upper body strength training .... no <BR> <BR> Pain slightly increased today, probably because I was on my feet s... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 20:25:32 EST Aug Accountability Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971613 I discussed my high pain level for the past three days with my physical therapist this morning and she suggested that I wait a few more weeks before cutting back on my pain meds. Taking one every six hours has made a huge difference today. She also told me that she has never seen any patient - single or double knee replacement - who can squat as deep as I can on the Total Gym. Since that may also be a source of added pain, she watched me so that I bent only 90°. <BR> <BR> I am also drinking... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 20:08:01 EST Aug Accountability Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971047 A couple of my good Spark friends are posting daily blogs to be accountable. I'm not sure if I have the discipline, or the desire to do this every day, but wanted to give it a chance and see what it does for my success. <BR> <BR> My August goals: <BR> <BR> No calories after 7pm <BR> Soda restricted to 2 cans daily <BR> Wear FitBit - increase by 100 steps daily <BR> Continue daily physical therapy <BR> Begin upper body strength training <BR> <BR> I am gonna work to lose 8# so that I am und... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:43:21 EST Another Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962865 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05cd25ad-674b-43aa-8bab-be89a8d868fa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This poster says it all for me today. It has always been my 'go-to' verse when I am overcome by the tsunamis of emotion, despair, and fear. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:45:07 EST Gotta Say That I'm Excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933603 I've done lots of online research. The wait is draining, but I am now 2 weeks out from my first knee replacement surgery; the other knee 7 days later. I went from seeing 2 different orthopedics telling me that I am too young and should wait until I am 65, to a doctor who says that my knees will only continue to deteriorate, making recovery and rehab much harder. We talked about it - after all, this is a family decision, and agreed to get this behind us. It is in my future, now or at 65. The t... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:49:07 EST My 'hate-affair' with Spark People. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932081 This is not a new conversation. For my closest Spark friends, Sheila, Jane, Nancy, and Anita, they have heard me threaten to close my Spark account and delete my Spark page before. I've been here for Y-E-A-R-S, literally. I did have some success in 2011 when I dropped 37#, but what have I done lately? Well, I've gained a lot of it back and no REAL plan to regain control of my life. I'm all talk and no action. <BR> <BR> I got back on Spark this month to say goodbye to these four faithful fri... Thu, 21 May 2015 15:46:50 EST Ten things you must tell yourself today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464853 10. IT'S NOT TOO LATE. <BR> No matter who you are; no matter what you did; no matter where you've come from, you can ALWAYS change and become a better version of yourself. <BR> <BR> 9. I AM PRICELESS IN SOMEONE'S EYES. <BR> Focus on those who love and accept you for who you are, and shower them with the love and kindness they deserve. Cherish the people who saw you when you were invisible to everyone else. <BR> <BR> 8. THERE IS ENOUGH TIME TODAY TO DO SOMETHING I LOVE. <BR> You will find h... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:06:52 EST Moov-In at the 40 acres and Dr. Sexy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464392 Dropping a kid off at college is both emotional and exhausting. He wanted to know why we did not load the car yesterday evening and I promptly asked him how secure he felt with leaving his expensive, high-powered gaming computer in a locked car outside his window. ‘Nuff said. <BR> <BR> We have a small car and it usually takes us two trips to get everything in his dorm that he wants to have, at least that is how it worked last year. Somehow his housing contract got screwed up and he got tosse... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:27:28 EST The Awesome Goodness of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456534 My life mostly reflects a cycle of exercising and healthy eating and then, well, not. We finally upgraded our bicycles at Christmas and were enjoying the challenges of riding in the Texas Hill Country. We are excited for our daughter’s plans to spend her vacation with us in August. Our son is finishing his first year at UT; life is better than good. Then came my husband’s diagnosis in early May – diabetes. Earnestly, I read everything I could on his treatment and what meals I should be feedi... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:46:00 EST Is All or Nothing my Ball and Chain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805646270.jpg"> <BR> Chaos. Pandemonium. Ground Zero. <BR> <BR> I once read a book entitled “Does this clutter make my butt look fat?”. It discussed the parallels of a disorganized, tumultuous home and body issues, primarily dealing with weight. Since then, I've read a plethora of other articles that communicated the connection of how all parts of our life are inter-connected. It caused me to ponder if I was a bad employee because I was in... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 12:01:10 EST Time to Re-assess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224556 <em>222</em> <em>486</em> <em>473</em> <em>480</em> <em>262</em> <BR> <BR> While I AM eating more of the good stuff, I'm not eating or drinking any less of the crappy stuff. And every Monday, I start strong with the exercise, only to succumb to my bad knees until Monday rolls around again. My eating seems to be centered around getting rid of the bad stuff so we can start clean. Yada, Yada, Yada. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> In two weeks, I'll make the trip to Houst... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:45:27 EST What My FitBit Says About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195769 <em>311</em> <em>104</em> <em>17</em> <em>320</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> I splurged on myself and received a FitBit One right before Christmas. Cute little gadget, but I wasn't as impressed as I thought I'd be. Didn't wear it for a week because I've been traveling and also laying around with a sinus infection. I had decided to send it back. I can get lots of apps on my new phone that will do almost all the same things. But, I have to start whatever app I want to use, whereas t... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:41:42 EST So That I'm Not a Liar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192670 My DH told me that when I got ready to start Insanity again, he'd try to do it with me. Well, tomorrow is that day. My allergies are still making me absolutely miserable, but I am also miserable as I watch the days tick away while I lay with a heating pad on my face. <BR> <BR> I am posting this week's workout plan and commit to you that I will do them. <BR> <BR> Monday : Fit Test (me), Cardio Power & Resistance <BR> Tuesday: Pure Cardio <BR> Wednesday: Plyometric Cardio Circuit <BR> Thursd... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:52:23 EST When We Knowingly Harm Ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190027 We know without a doubt to never use our cell phones while driving, yet accidents happen daily because this warning is ignored. New generations of smokers think they can quit any time they want, despite the mortality rate that proves just how dangerous smoking is. Our families are laced with smoking-induced illnesses and death. Excess alcohol consumption is a social travesty - ruining families, jobs, and lives. No dollar amount can be put on the damages here. <BR> <BR> A couple of years a... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:42:03 EST I'm Really Developing An Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188759 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l161161564.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 19:18:38 EST Words are nothing but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186873 Along with you, I have many things I'd like to see change before the end of 2013. My dreams and goals stay the same from year to year - I know them so well that the list that used to be taped to the bathroom mirror is ragged, curled, and water-stained; at least I think it is water. <BR> <BR> Truly, I wish my more intransigent nature would emerge with the force of a charging lion. I know I have an obstinate side to me - just ask my husband who swears there is no one on the planet as stubborn... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:55:10 EST If You Do Only One Thing In 2013 . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177060 . . . . put yourself at the top of your list. It takes a deliberate effort to make time for you and your health. This is the one thing that should be set in stone because so much depends on you and when you aren't at your best, everything is a struggle and robbed of joy. Why do you keep putting this off? Once you are flat on your back, you will realize all those excuses you used were just that and you will start pondering how things can be better. Change that before the inevitable happens. <... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:49:39 EST I shouldn't dread this time of year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129514 . . . but I guess I do. Temptations are everywhere. Opportunities to eat are abundant, many disguised as obligations to see family or to just be festive. Food gifts have the potential to goad me into ‘just one bite’ that never ends. Instead of just saying that I will do my best to restrain from excessive indulgences - which I am only kidding myself, by the way – I have decided to have a PLAN. A plan on paper, on my wall so that I will see it everyday. <BR> <BR> I know there are things I si... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 11:58:33 EST 17 Day Diet Compliant - Egg Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119089 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l278566359.jpg"> <BR> This is a wonderful breakfast recipe that I tried this morning. I found it on http://www.kalynskitchen.com/. She has loads of South Beach recipes. Since I am on the 17 Day Diet, she has many recipes that I can tweak. <BR> <BR> Next time I make it, I will use more whites than whole eggs and probably add broccoli. The beauty of this recipe, you can add what you have. I added some leftover taco meat, made from ground tur... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:25:57 EST Insanity - Second Day - WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118296 Not ONLY did I do Insanity's Plyometric Cardio Circuit, I went for a bike ride in these steep hills. I did pace myself better during Insanity, which probably did not amount to doing half of the workout. This is exactly how I completed P90X. As long as I am faithful to give my best efforts, I will get stronger every day. <BR> <BR> And then I came home and took a nap. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:35:28 EST Insanity - Day One - Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116816 If I’d had the energy, I’d have taken a chill pill. They do make them, don’t they? Seriously, I refuse to suck. I deny it a place in my life. It is just gonna take more effort to keep it away than I had expected. I don’t suck. I don’t suck. I don’t suck. Gonna fake it til I make it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846665148.jpg"> <BR> One problem with repeatedly restarting Insanity is the Fit Test is always day one. I substituted Pure Cardio for today’s workout. I kno... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:38:19 EST Habitrail Contraption Adversity, or, just my Obstinance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114923 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1521522076.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While it is true that we live in a society that is technological, I am anything but. And by the time I learn to use a program or connect a device, the technology or equipment is outdated. My mental keyboard is always short a few keys, if you get my drift. When we left Houston, we downsized by half and I lost my video players. I thought, no biggie, I’ll always have a computer and my exercise videos play flawlessly.... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:29:53 EST Insanity is my Poison. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110557 I can’t help it. I am an all or nothing sorta person. When I struggle for that balance signifying control, I ultimately find myself brought to the same, empty end. It is time to allow myself the freedom to do things my way. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l784143807.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “MY WAY” is to push myself to my limits. It means to grab hold of something so fiercely that it demands my best efforts. I am dissatisfied with these apathetic, weak exercise videos that ar... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:25:19 EST