LUCYLU22's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LUCYLU22 LUCYLU22'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/ Summertime Scavenger Hunt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723135 Checked out a cool museum today called the Cross Orchard Farms with my family... and was able to find some scavenger items. I was able to get a picture of a few, but will have to just mention the others. <BR> <BR> Flower: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l129430238.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun Glasses: <BR> LOVE to where them daily in the summer! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1327966246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sprinkler.... I lovingly call it our "rainbow" ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:23:37 EST Be Encouraged.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710534 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1646817943.jpg"> <BR> <BR> LOVE this! <BR> "An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. <BR> So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great." {So just focus, and keep aiming!} <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2069167747.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SO true! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1743292946.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <im... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:39:33 EST SHARE your success... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704543 One of my <em>223</em> s posed this question in one of my team threads: AND--I am very curious to hear YOUR responses to this. I have been tweaking my program for the past couple of months. Just like my sparkfriend, I am working on finding the right combination for ME, however, I would LOVE to hear about what works for YOU! <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> QOTD (Question of the day): <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> Whether you are trying to lose weight, or if you are in maintenance mode, what things ar... Tue, 27 May 2014 17:01:28 EST Playing it SMART! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688574 <em>194</em> I will drink 8-10 glasses of water daily! <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> I will hike at least once a week! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> I will walk/run twice a week! <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> <em>216</em> I will continue with my P90X/Insanity workout daily, including my REST day! <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> I will continue on working towards clean eating daily. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> I will NOT let the scale get me down, it is just a TOOL! <BR> <BR> Fitness TE... Tue, 6 May 2014 01:05:19 EST 1st Hike of the season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653405 YAY I really needed this!! Just needed some time by myself, listening to music, and enjoying the beautiful scenery! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1682940181.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1142917678.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My kids are off for 2 weeks for Spring Break, I know ONE thing will be doing. Here's to hoping I don't hear any complaints. <em>334</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:29:54 EST What kind of flower? (quiz) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651696 You are a Sunflower! <BR> <BR> In the language of flowers, the sunflower is synonymous with devotion because the blossoms of these mammoth flowers follow the path of the sun across the sky. In a similar manner, you are known for your loyalty and steadiness. You value meaningful relationships, wisdom, and always seek to become the best possible version of yourself. Your friends can count on you for insight and guidance, and you enjoy sharing insight as much as you do acquiring it. An idealist... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:42:30 EST UknowUwanna.... intrigued yet? (so check it out~Starts Apr. 13th) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646254 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1639576215.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you need a CHANGE of scenery, maybe a shake up in your journey to good health... or maybe just LOVE to meet NEW <em>223</em> s ! <BR> <BR> Why don't you come check out what this challenge is ALL about.... <BR> <BR> READ about it here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646233 </link> <BR> (If you decide you would like to join, please be sure to SPARK mail F... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:08:14 EST OUCH that SMARTS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630047 SMART goal 6 week review: <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> SMART goal on tracking: <BR> I was doing well for the first couple of weeks on tracking in my food journal, but have slowed down considerably! Time to refocus, and start again. I am NOT going to make my 80% of the time tracking for this 12 weeks. However, I am recommitting right now to track for the next 6 weeks for at least 75% of the time (30 total days) <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> As for exercising, I have been doing pretty well on gettin... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:24:47 EST Accomplishing it SMART in 2014... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598075 January is always a time for NEW beginnings, and focusing on a NEW start this year seems to be where I am at right now. 2013 saw lots of disappointments and frustrations, and very few triumphs, but learning from the past helps shape our futures. <BR> <BR> "Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now." <BR> ~Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> This weekend will be a time for refocusing my goals, and on what obs... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:11:21 EST Halting Holiday Helpings with a Plan of Preparedness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566030 <em>194</em> **Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> **Slow down and enjoy the food. <BR> <BR> <em>428</em> **Small portions of favorite foods, especially holiday favorites. <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> **Exercise at least 30 minutes 5 days per week. <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> **Strength train at least 2 times per week. <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> **Find ways to keep stress minimal this holiday season. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> **AND above ALL, Enjoy time wi... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:27:16 EST Monday, Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532483 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l831924285.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1301467943.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/h81Ojd3d2rY </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l445981007.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l244639320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/XbHxwFxdXXc </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1705574036.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 23:46:05 EST 100 Healthy Snack Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476660 1- 2% Greek Yogurt with Honey <BR> 2- Peanut butter on Celery <BR> 3- Apple and cheese <BR> 4- Yogurt and granola <BR> 5 - multigrain crackers with apple slices and cheese <BR> 6 - hard boiled egg sprinkled with a dusting of paprika <BR> 7 - Cottage cheese and fruit <BR> 8 - Apple and peanut butter <BR> 9- string cheese and a small handful of almonds <BR> 10. 1oz walnuts and 1/4 cup dried berries <BR> 11. 1/4 c. hummus and 1 c. baby carrots <BR> 12. Raw vegetables and hummus <BR> ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:47:17 EST Weathering the "tough" times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460491 I am actually struggling with this very thing right now. I am in a stagnate sort of place as far as losing weight is concerned. In fact, last year at this time I was about 10 to 15 lbs lighter according to the scale. However, my clothes have NOT changed sizes, I still fit into the clothes I did last year. My hubby says I still LOOK fabulous, so I am trying NOT to worry about what the scale says, and just to continue to FOCUS on what I know I need to do. Working out and eating right! I will ke... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:20:18 EST Reflection... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429871 The scale and I have NOT been great friends for quite some time! Last year at this time I was a good 15 lbs lighter, however, the strange thing is that there hasn't been much of a change in the way my clothes are fitting. I see in the mirror that I look so much more fit than even last year at this time. My hubby says I look great, but that scale just hasn't changed much. It goes down a pound here and then back up 2, back down 1.5, up a pound, you get the point. There is just NO rhyme or reaso... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:26:50 EST What a Blast!!!! ~Color Run 2013 (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391856 It was an absolutely fantastic day for a race~ beautiful blue skies, the sun shining brightly, my dear hubby by my side giving me his support on his special day! When I realized that my Color Run fell on Father's Day, I was a bit disappointed because I hadn't been able to get him into the race. With the way his work schedule is, we weren't sure if he would be off for the race or not, and by the time that we found out his schedule, the race was already sold out. My dear love, however, was so g... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:45:32 EST Seashells by the seashore.... scavenger hunt road trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335792 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l691896003.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My girls helped me find the shells, and their sea horse (like Lynn, not sure if this counts~ LOL) At first, I was just going to take a picture of the sand dollar, but not sure that would count, so I am glad that my girls reminded me of our other shells. I actually have more shells, but they are still ALL packed up in a box. <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:39:42 EST Get with the plan.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289105 3 1/2 weeks left of BLC: <BR> *4 more weigh-ins <BR> *4 more LCW's <BR> *3 more TNT's <BR> *3 more weekend challenges <BR> *21 more days for my exercise STREAK <BR> *24 more days to FOCUS on tracking my food <BR> <BR> This weekend I decided to expand on my plan for the upcoming week. Lately, I have been a bit discouraged and disheartened by what the scale has been showing me every week, so I decided until the scale starts showing me the results of ALL my hard work, I am going to FOCUS on sta... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 19:57:36 EST 13..... NOT gonna be unlucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283403 Well, 2013 is certainly NOT starting out in the way that I thought it would. I know I just need to keep pushing forward even though it seems like things are going backward. I know I need to KICK things up a notch, if I want to see some results! I realize that it may be time to tweak several things to try to get things moving in the right direction again. It is just a matter of figuring out what things I need to tweak. I have recently gotten a few "new" fitness DVD's that I am going to start i... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 01:59:27 EST BLC Cadence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273179 <BR> <BR> Healthy eating is the way, <BR> Try to do it everyday. <BR> Working out gets you fit, <BR> Try for 5 days, don't you quit! <BR> Strength training is the BEST, <BR> put your body to the test! <BR> BLC's support is GREAT, <BR> it will help you lose the weight. <BR> <BR> Sound off...... 1...2......Sound off......3....4 <BR> Sound off......1,2.....3,4......Sound off!!! <BR> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 18:50:53 EST The Unknown.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266717 Have you ever had to make decisions that were going to throw you into the unknown?? I guess it's called the CROSSROADS of life. If you go one way, it will totally change your life, if you go the other way, well let's just say your life will stay the same, but not necessarily in a GOOD way. The decision you have to make shouldn't be taken lightly, and it shouldn't be taken quickly! You need to contemplate it, and mull it around, especially when it involves so many other people. What is interes... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:17:29 EST You can't be ME?? The FUTURE and PAST collide... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227252 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1658270870.jpg"> <BR> 16 year old self: Who ARE you?? You can't be ME, except you really do look like ME?? Please, tell me who you are.....I can't really even recognize you.. What happened??? <BR> <BR> Me NOW: Life happened, my dear. I am YOU, the future you, the one who has lived your life. ALL 40 years of it, 24 of which happened after your age RIGHT NOW!! Can you believe it??? <BR> <BR> 16 year old self: BUT I mean, why can't I even re... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:58:15 EST A reminder.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169694 Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. <BR> Life is beauty, admire it. <BR> Life is bliss, taste it. <BR> Life is a dream, realize it. <BR> Life is a challenge, meet it. <BR> Life is a duty, complete it. <BR> Life is a game, play it. <BR> Life is a promise, fulfill it. <BR> Life is sorrow, overcome it. <BR> Life is a song, sing it. <BR> Life is a struggle, accept it. <BR> Life is a tragedy, confront it. <BR> Life is an adventure, dare it. <BR> Life is luck, make it. <BR> Life is too preciou... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:21:22 EST A highlight of my accomplishments for ME: (PART 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157379 DEAR SELF: <BR> <BR> Here is a list of your accomplishments from 2012! I wanted to remind you that even though you didn't quite get to your goal weight for 2012, you have definitely accomplished a good many things!! You have finally reached ONEderland, you have a lot more confidence in yourself, you are a lot more healthier, you have become so much stronger, and BEST of all you look better now at this weight than you did at 170 (your goal weight) prior to gaining all that baby weight. <BR> ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:30:31 EST My SPYtacular Secret for Surviving the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147079 **Exercise- I started a GOOD habit of working out for AT LEAST 20 minutes a day/ 6 days a week at the beginning of this year. I WANT to finish the year out in the same way. <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>318</em> <em>312</em> <BR> ~My plan is to keep that GOOD habit in working order throughout the holiday season, and get AT LEAST 20 minutes in per day of intentional fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> **Strength Training- I have increased my ST to AT LEAST 2 times a week during the last 12 wee... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:12:03 EST More Holiday Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146984 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1514058909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l618280135.jpg"> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:58:06 EST Holiday Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144155 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1378628771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1839379597.jpg"> <BR> It's not worth it, Roy! Let's just give him our noses and let him go! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy!!! Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:04:58 EST Answers for Movie trivia--Part 1,2, 3 and 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129894 1. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." {THE GODFATHER} <BR> 2. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." <BR> 3. "Go ahead, make my day." {SUDDEN IMPACT} <BR> 4. "Here's looking at you, kid." <BR> 5. "I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." <BR> 6. "May the Force be with you." <BR> 7. "Show me the money!" <BR> 8. "You can't handle the truth!" <BR> 9. "I'll have what she's having." <BR> 10. "I'll be back." <BR> 11. "If you build it, he will come." <BR> 12. "Mama always sa... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 19:21:36 EST Avoid the SLUMP.... CHOOSE to be in it for the LONG haul!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105058 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l987575478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made this statement at the beginning of BLC, and it still applies today. <BR> <BR> I DON'T MAKE EXCUSES! I MAKE PROGRESS! <BR> <BR> My life is still as topsy turvy as it was when I wrote my 12 week plan, but I must say I have followed my plan EVERYDAY~ I have followed the schedule I set. <BR> <BR> I have "rested" on Wednesdays, except for light workouts. I have done every TNT w... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:06:42 EST Spy homework on processed food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082337 Toaster Strudel Pastries-Strawberry <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> Enriched Flour Bleached, Water, Vegetable Oil, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Corn Starch, Modified Corn Starch, Dry yeast, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Salt, Whey, Dextrose, Egg Yolk, Strawberry Puree, Baking Powder, Corn Syrup Solids, Citric Acid, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Citrate, Preservatives (potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, TBHQ), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 60, Guar gum, Locus... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:15:42 EST It's chow time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078792 Meal planning is NOT always my favorite thing to do which is very weird because truly I am write it down, and plan-kind-of gal. However, I am also a put-it-off and procrastinate-kind-of gal as well. Even though I like to be in control and things to be organized, I really seem to put things off to the last minute. It really is a bad combo. This weekend as part of my challenge, I need to plan meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast and lunch is easy because I almost always eat pretty m... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:25:38 EST What's in your Favorite?? Nutrition Homework... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070826 My nutrition homework for this weekend was to show what is in my favorite restaurant meals. Here are a few examples! <BR> <BR> My family loves Red Lobster. We have been trying to be better though, and staying away from eating out so much. Our homework assignment this week is to find out what is in OUR FAVORITE restaurant foods. <BR> <BR> I love to get the Create Your Own Feast Meal, you can choose 2 or 3 different items along with a salad, and a side. <BR> <BR> 1 Cheddar Bay Biscuit: 150 C... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 21:31:09 EST A fabulous Fall full of fitness & food, oh.....and of course FUN! (My 12 week plan) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062482 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l808311184.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really had some great thoughts on this blog several days ago, but NOW I truly am at a loss.... <BR> <BR> My life got a bit topsy turvy, as life is apt to do. This is when you need to FOCUS. This is when you really NEED to buckle down, and figure out a really GREAT plan to deal with it. This is when you need to make a schedule, and really work on sticking with it, or else you END up with a lot of excuses. <BR> ... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:46:17 EST Beautiful fall hiking pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052627 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942506320.jpg"> <BR> My kiddos enjoying the hike! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579164071.jpg"> <BR> On the trail again... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60460900.jpg"> <BR> Look at all the great fall colors! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l900348257.jpg"> <BR> Hiking on Grand Mesa, home to about 500 lakes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:50:14 EST What time is IT?? Time to get fit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051856 Ok so my Sizzling Summer Schedule is almost coming to an end. BLC 20 starts next week. AM I READY? Oh YES am I ready!! I so NEED the accountability that I get from my team. I absolutely thrive on it! Anyway I thought I should probably revisit my summer plans, and see how well I did on it. <BR> <BR> [] I really wanted to get in those 3 days of ST for my summer break. <BR> ~Thurs. Total Body with heavier weights <BR> ~Sat. with Billy Blanks Cardio Sculpt with lighter weights for a couple w... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:26:16 EST My sizzling inspiration, goodbye summer~~HELLO Fall!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026573 I know summer isn't over YET, but with the kids starting back to school this week it sure feels like it! I absolutely love the fall, but with fall comes winter.... Winter means not as much outdoor time which totally depresses me. However, I am totally looking at the bright side of things! I LOVE FALL, so with that I am looking forward to finishing these last 2 weeks of break before we start up on round 20 of BLC! As of right now, I have a loss from the end of the last BLC round, and I am look... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:06:15 EST The sizzle, fizzled.... time to get back on track, Jack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017517 Time to make a NEW plan, Stan. No time to be coy, Roy. OK OK, I know, goofy right? But for some reason the song 50 ways to leave your lover popped into my head, thus the title to this blog was born! <BR> <BR> I had a pretty rough week, but not because of any specific reason. In fact, I had a great time last week with my family, including my parents, and my brother. We went camping in one of my favorite places, Ouray, Colorado. I love it there! It is one of the most beautiful places in Colora... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 01:40:41 EST It's so HOT, it's sizzling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002350 TAKE 2: <BR> Week 2 went really well for my Sizzling Summer plans. Did I accomplish everything I set out to do? No, but it was still a great week. <BR> <BR> * I did work out at least 6 days-Worked out all 7 days <BR> <BR> * I did get in my 8 glasses of water, actually probably more on most days <BR> <BR> * I did get in a GREAT day of total body ST with heavier weights. <BR> <BR> * I did try to get in a lot of freggies this past week. <BR> <BR> -Need to improve on trying to get 3 days of... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 19:17:54 EST A highlight of my accomplishments for ME: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989724 DEAR SELF: <BR> <BR> I decided I needed to clean up my Sparkpage a bit to make way for 'NEW' accomplishments, but I didn't want to forget the accomplishments I have already reached. I thought, "hey why not put them all in a blog so that I can look at them when I NEED some inspiration, or just a reminder to keep focused!" <BR> <BR> I first started really focusing on getting healthy in August of 2010. I weighed monthly at first, got a bit lost between December 2010 and May 2011 even lost my ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:33:34 EST Sizzling Summer: Take 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984070 Week 1 of my Sizzling Summer Schedule is about to come to a close! Tomorrow will be my last day for some kick a$$ fitness minutes before my Wednesday WI, which is also the start to another challenge for me. SAC3 or seasonal accountability challenges first WI is on Wednesday. It has not been a great week for nutrition or fitness, so I expect to be a bit up, but have a plan to get back on track. Today was <em>249</em> of getting back to it. I had a great workout tonight, and I am ready to wor... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 22:43:22 EST Sizzling Summer Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969421 Next week ends BLC 19. AM I a bit sad? Yes, but I have a plan for the rest of the summer, until the next round starts. Here is my plan: <BR> <BR> I have been doing good at getting at least one day of ST a week, but I really feel that the time has come to try to get in those 3 x a week ST sessions. <BR> [] Thurs.-Sat.- Mon.: ST days <BR> ~Thursday-ST: Total Body with heavier weights-5 lbs. and 10 lbs. <BR> ~Saturday-Billy Blanks: Cardio Sculpt-2 lbs. weights for 2 weeks <BR> ~Mon... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 23:46:35 EST GREAT day for a hike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964733 This week I have only half my family here. Two of my daughters are hanging out with their grandparents this week. My dear husband is unfortunately working hard in North Dakota. It is sad not to have the whole family together, but the three of us left here to our own devices decided it might be nice to take a hike together, just the 3 of us! We really should have done it earlier in the day, but it still was a great day. We took some really fun pictures, and I thought I would share them with yo... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:22:21 EST SMART goals revisited with my DREAMboard.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937884 <em>495</em> *Find positive ways to relieve stress that doesn't include food <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> ** I have been doing well on NOT using food to relieve stress. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> *Drink at least 8 glasses of water, more if needed. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> ** I have been doing really well on getting in at least my 8 glasses of water in. During all the packing, and moving, I actually felt a bit dehydrated through it all. I had to increase the amount of water I was drinking for q... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:26:39 EST Today's Funny.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929135 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291354131.jpg"> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 15:28:50 EST There's a time for all things; it is OUR time to DANCE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908184 Ok I changed the title a bit from a quote from the movie Footloose, but you get the idea! I have always been a BIG fan of dancing. I used to love going out to the clubs with my friends, and dancing my little heart out. Obviously, before I was married, but hey I actually met my awesome hubby, what else DANCING! Well, this weekend's challenge in the BLC is all about DANCING. It is a Dance Party theme, and as you can see from my sparkpage I am all about this theme! I truly LOVE dancing! I though... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 23:36:58 EST My end of the year challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896404 For TNT (tighten and tone) in BLC (Biggest Loser challenge) this week, we were given a BONUS exercise challenge! Below are the links to 2 of the exercises that could be attempted. I really thought my arm strength was getting pretty good until I attempted these. My goal is going to be to work towards being able to complete 2 sets of at least 10 reps of each of these exercises by the end of this year. There were actually 3 BONUS exercises, but I was having difficulty trying to find a way to lin... Thu, 24 May 2012 16:01:29 EST I am so close I can taste it.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873968 Ok so after today's weigh in I am 8.6 lbs away from ONEderland. I am so very excited about that, but I am also very terrified about it as well. It has been a very long time since I was this close to being in the 100's. I am soo very afraid of falling down, and sabotaging just how close I am. I know that even if I do fall, that I will just pick myself right back up and start again, but it is still frustrating to know that I am thinking this way. I have been working sooo hard to get here, and i... Wed, 9 May 2012 12:51:28 EST Do or Do not, there is No try... 12 is the MAGIC number http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859854 Ok so I thought I would use Yoda's quote from The Empire Strikes back to help me focus on my plan for the next 12 weeks..... <BR> <BR> My life is going to become increasingly busy for the next month and a half. Our landlord is deciding to sell the house that we are renting, so for the last month or so my husband and I have frantically been looking for a new place to live, and packing stuff that we are not using right at this moment. It has been quite crazy. Luckily, for me my husband has bee... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:47:16 EST Are you up for the challenge?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808790 12 Weeks ago, I started on a journey to help me reach my goals. I was looking for something that would challenge me, and also something that would keep me accountable, not only to myself, but to my team mates. I found it in the Biggest Loser Challenge. I will warn you this is a BIG commitment to make for 12 weeks, and it is not always easy to do when life tries to throw a wrench into your plans. However, it is a great way to stay on track with exercising, and with nutrition. There are challen... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:54:00 EST The "true" start of transforming ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708129 My story doesn't begin with being overweight. Throughout my childhood, I was tall and thin, usually the tallest or one of the tallest girls in class, even taller than most of the boys. I remained tall and thin through middle school and into high school. I was always very active, and involved in sports, like volleyball and basketball, and in the spring I ran track. My trouble with weight started after high school, probably with the freshman fifteen. I tried to remain active beyond high school,... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 03:00:34 EST Borrowed from a friend, who borrowed it from a friend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704058 If you read #40, it is ok to borrow this!! Important things for ME to remember! Hopefully, good things for you all to remember, too! <BR> <BR> LIFE BOOK- AGENDA 2012 <BR> <BR> Health: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink plenty of water <BR> 2. Eat breakfast like a Queen, lunch like a princess and dinner like a beggar <BR> 3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants (factories) <BR> 4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy <BR> 5. Make t... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 20:18:40 EST