MADLYINLOVE's SparkPeople Blog MADLYINLOVE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Truth About Exercise with Michael Mosley on PBS I saw this over the weekend. This is a very interesting PBS video about High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), the science behind it, and the physiological results that arise from just a few very short sessions a week: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> (but if interested in viewing do hurry the free viewing period expires soon) Tue, 7 May 2013 13:13:28 EST Interesting Go-or-Pay-up Bootcamp Strategy I'm going to my first Bootcamp tonight, of five. <BR> <BR> Here's what I find interesting about it: it's free. <BR> <BR> BUT, if you miss a class, you pay $20. Genius. It's at my gym, they have my credit card number, and I signed a contract. <BR> <BR> So if I haven't *firmed up* after five sessions, I'll be poorer in terms of cash flow and health! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:36:26 EST Fit into my first goal dress! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tried on my goal dress yesterday, which I bought on a trip last year to the "happiest town in the U.S.," San Luis Obispo in Central-Southern California along the coast, nestled between the ocean and a gem of a wine country. The dress is by Shelli Segal and normally I wouldn't shell out the dollars Shelli asks for, but I found it on super sale at a cute little French boutique (Anthropologie-esque). So it was my sou... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:43:19 EST Buzz Goes My Metabolism <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My body is still buzzing from yesterday's lift session! <BR> <BR> I am scorching some mad calories... I'm sore, but still functioning. I FULLY exhausted myself with an hour of lifting and bodyweight and core exercises... then I ran a 5K. I have no idea how I did it but I'm just glad I put myself into a zone and JUST DID. Utilized some momentum. It was only guys at the gym in the weights room and they were thumbs... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:40:32 EST Italy and Updates (pics)! Hey friends! BACK FROM ITALY and had a great trip! Hiked with hubby EVERYWHERE, walked dozens of miles over the course of the trip, and climbed countless staircases, including the Spanish Steps in rome (multiple times over ;) All of the activity balanced out some mighty fine eats! I needed that two week mental break from tracking - but I am SO happy to be back here on spark people and back to tracking, beginning TODAY! <BR> <BR> Here are some pics from my little getaway (there are more in my... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 22:10:04 EST Monument(al) Cherry Blossom 10 miler in DC (in photos) Where did hubby and I galavant off to this weekend? Why, Washington DC, for a view of the Cherry Blossoms and a much-needed respite from busy lives. After a month full of health achievements (like dropping 5% of my overall body weight in a MONTH), hubby wanted to treat me with a fun, active, and relaxing getaway. To a five-star luxury hotel, lucky me! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Here's where we stayed. We got mega-upgraded to the upper floor corner suite. We have no idea how! <BR> <B... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 20:28:10 EST "Lightening" Up before Bed Ugh, "deprivation" feels awful. I'm being a little dramatic here. I just never deny myself what I crave. And that's not the best strategy to see real results. So I've changed up my pattern. <BR> <BR> In the past, my biggest weight loss occurred when I ate 7am to 6pm and avoided late-night eating other than one apple and herbal tea. It really does lessen my caloric intake for the day. These days, I eat an extra 200-400 calories at night for a snack that looks more like a meal. I've decided to... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:44:45 EST Time Efficient Training <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I dusted off an oldie but goodie from my go-to shelf of workout DVDs, Jillian Michaels' 30-Day Shred (above, in the little slipcase). Whew, that is a seriously great workout, about 20 minutes of high intensity with a 5 minute warm-up and 5 minute cooldown. I started at Level One and will work my way to two and three over the next month. I felt like I had a little left in me afterward so I did the full-bod... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 13:05:44 EST