MICHCLEARY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MICHCLEARY MICHCLEARY'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/ A great day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486061 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l697184195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you want to get and stay healthy for the rest of your life it really is a daily choice that you have to make each morning when you get up....or any moment in the day there after if you start off on the wrong foot. Don't every write a whole day off because you messed up in a few moments prior. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1752361362.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a really amaz... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:08:32 EST 4 years on SparkPeople.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475067 <em>236</em> I just passed my 4 year anniversary on SparkPeople. Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l365979219.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I guess if I wanted to pass on some type of inspiration at this milestone I would say allow yourself to be human on journey. Allow your journey to be unique. <BR> <BR> I certainly haven't been perfect over the last 5 years of my journey (4 on spark and one before). I'm not at my ideal weight or shape in my mind. Some people ... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 21:22:57 EST 2,262 mile Virtual Journey finished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459115 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2067589251.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Three years ago this month I started a virtual journey on one of my spark teams. The goal was to start from wherever you lived and journey by tracking your mileage to Forks, Washington. That was the place that started the Twilight Saga in the original book Twilight. In order for me to get there, I had to track 2,262 miles. This month I finished that journey. <BR> <BR> Here are a few pictures from along my jou... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 18:40:54 EST June 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406719 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853192636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my most faithful workout buddies over the last year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1335158949.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Race for July - Splash Dash - this was the first race where both of my daughter's did the race with me. My oldest daughter doesn't usually like these things but I think she enjoyed it enough to want to do another race with us. <BR> <BR> We're working out more -... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:13:06 EST Short Note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385156 I haven't blogged in a while but I just had to post a short note about some good health related news I got lately. <BR> <BR> My business partner and I submitted health information and lab work a couple of weeks ago because we are going to purchase key man life insurance policies on each other. I was notified that due to my excellent health I qualified for the best possible rates provided for the insurance we were asking for. <BR> <BR> That wouldn't have happened four years ago before I ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:21:23 EST Catch Up Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354389 Periodically over the last almost four years I've joked about needing a road kill emoticon! <BR> <BR> My month changed in a dramatic way. I spent last week in Brownsville, Tx packing my mother up and listing her house. We drove - or I guess I did and she rode - almost 12 hours yesterday to get her to my house. The UHaul is unpacked and returned and she spent her first full day at my house today. <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> Last Sunday May 5th - I did complete the Cinco de Miler 5 mile race... Sun, 12 May 2013 20:58:44 EST Insanity Journal - Day 2 and 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344848 Missed blogging last night due to fatigue! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197275611.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made it through Day 2 and 3 of my Insanity Asylum challenge workout. Yesterday was a strength training day with quite a few weight exercises. Today was Back To Core and man my back is going to be crazy sore tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I'm eating healthy and drinking my recovery drink. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Hot bath soon and then some zzzzz's. I'm teaching boo... Fri, 3 May 2013 22:51:38 EST My Insanity Journal - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342462 <em>244</em> I'm done with Day 1 of my Insanity Asylum workout. Man it was tough. I'm sure I will be sore tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that....etc. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1719840659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Note - this is not a beginner workout so if you're just starting your journey do not get this one. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> For those of you who followed along on my 21 Day Ultimate Reset I finished at 11.8 lbs down. I finished ... Wed, 1 May 2013 20:50:10 EST Week Review - Post Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336810 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1264693161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well I'm officially a week out from my 21 day reset and I still feel great. My weight loss is at 12.8 lbs now so I'm past the worry of what will happen when I'm done. <BR> <BR> <em>284</em> Good habits are continuing and I'm still caffeine, sugar, gluten and dairy free with no desires to go back. Well - minus the one end of pizza crust I took from my son's pizza this week. :P <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> Now... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:52:35 EST Foam Run 5k Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332289 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1318039462.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a picture of me and my best friend after the race this weekend. We got just a tad bit dirty. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of obstacles we had to get thru: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l665151045.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the obstacles that I was worried about was this slide - 3 stories tall. I put my head down and counted the steps to get to the top. Once up there I had ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:11:21 EST Day 21 - Reset Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328936 <em>250</em> I'm on the last day of my reset! Woo Hoo. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> this morning I was down 11.8 lbs. Tomorrow morning will be my final weight in, pictures and measurements. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> A celebration in my journey today - I was going through the back of my closet looking for stuff while packing for my Foam Fest 5k and found a nice workout jacket my husband had given me several Christmas' ago. At the time it was too small and I couldn't wear it. It's been han... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:26:50 EST Why I do what I do.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326548 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1923409418.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a picture I have shared before of me on the right and my best friend on the left. I think this might have been the heaviest weight for both of us. <BR> <BR> We've both been on our healthy lifestyle journey for just about four years now. Here are a couple of pics during that journey: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1396420514.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite just... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:03:37 EST Day 18 - Reset Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325796 <em>334</em> Day 18 is done! I did not weigh in this morning - I was at my best friend's house and I don't use anyone's scale but my own so tomorrow will be an interesting weigh in. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> since I knew I was going to Susie's house last night, I packed up my food for today. In my purse when I left was an apple, mango, tangerine, and a baked sweet potato. I stopped at the store near her house and got a container of mixed fruit and a spinach salad from the salad bar. <BR... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:46:34 EST Day 17 Reset Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324602 <em>334</em> Day 17 of my reset is in the books and I stayed strong. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Weigh in today and I'm down 11 lbs. <BR> <BR> <em>488</em> Breakfast was 1/2 an apple, some cantaloupe, and strawberries. <BR> <BR> <em>373</em> Lunch was a Morracan carrot salad over 3 cups of greens with some pumpkin seeds. <BR> <BR> <em>478</em> My afternoon snack was my Tropical Shakeology with frozen pineapple and my supplement. <BR> <BR> <em>367</em> Dinner was a baked sweet... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:20:45 EST Day 16 - Reset Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323282 <em>248</em> Day 16 is done and I'm on track. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> My weigh in this morning was 9.6 down and that is my max so far during the cleanse. I'm hoping to shoot past that tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>289</em> Breakfast was strawberries, 1/2 pear and I think in my haste to get ready for church I may have forgotten my other fruit. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> Lunch was my large salad that I had prepped before church. I had a meeting this afternoon and knew I would be racing so ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 22:00:18 EST Day 15 - Reset Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322242 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2054860675.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wanted to share this picture I found about the benefits of Kale. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Another day in the books of my 21 day reset and the time is flying by! <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> I'm down 9.4 lbs so far. I had hoped to reach somewhere between 10-15 lbs so I'm close to at least entering that space. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> Breakfast - typically way too early for me on Saturday's because I teach a wom... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:10:51 EST Day 14 - Reset Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321322 <em>248</em> Two weeks into my 3 week cleanse and it's been an amazing experience. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Weigh in and I'm back down to 9.2 lbs lost. If you have been following my blogs, I was up yesterday 1.6 lbs for whatever reason. I dropped 1.4 of that overnight. <BR> <BR> <em>289</em> Breakfast was another fruit plate and I had apple, orange, and cantelope. We were running out of produce so this was what I could scrape together. <BR> <BR> <em>373</em> The morning was c... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:55:32 EST Day 13 - Reset Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320231 <em>334</em> News flash - I'm human and not superwoman. I just thought I'd get that out there in case you were worried. <BR> <BR> I was far from perfect today as I spent about 5+ hours in crisis tax mode researching things for my accountant. So here's how my day went: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> I weighed in with a gain of 1.6lbs. Who knows why? This is why I don't recommend weighing on a daily basis because your body can fluctuate as much as 7 lbs and it could be related to water reten... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:03:07 EST Day 12 - Reset Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319023 <em>244</em> Another day in the books and I stayed on track! <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> I weighed in this morning 9.6 lbs down. <BR> <BR> <em>491</em> Breakfast was 1/2 grapefruit, 1/2 large apple, and 1 cup strawberry, blackberry, raspberry mixture. <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> Lunch was a very large salad and hearty vegetable miso soup. This was the first time for this soup recipe and I really liked it. <BR> <BR> <em>478</em> My afternoon snack was my Tropical Shakeology with 1 cup... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:56:37 EST Day 11 - Reset results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317761 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l6908132.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 11 - eating for my health. I weighed in this morning and I'm down 8.4 lbs. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> I woke up in the best mood I can remember in a long time and carried that through most of the day. <BR> <BR> <em>289</em> Breakfast was 1 cup of fresh raspberries, 4 large strawberries, 1/2 a large apple and some cantalope. <BR> <BR> <em>373</em> Lunch was a new recipe for me. It was a quinoa, lentil, a... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 22:51:19 EST Day 10 - Reset Notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316445 <em>4</em> Today is day 10 for me on my reset. I was not at my house this morning so I did not weigh in. I don't like to use any other scales than my own so I'll post my weigh in tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>210</em> Breakfast - 1 kiwi and 3 cups of organic fruit including honey dew melon, cantelope, blackberries and strawberries. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> Lunch - large salad with toasted pumpkin seeds and homemade dressing. So much it took me an hour and 20 minutes to just eat it all. <... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 22:06:36 EST Day 9 - Reset Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315193 <em>248</em> Day 9 is now in the books and I stayed on course despite some challenges to schedule and meal plan. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Weigh in - down 7.2 lbs. This is an additional .4 lbs from the day before. <BR> <BR> <em>478</em> Breakfast - I got up and just could not talk myself into chickpeas for breakfast so I did the optional Tropical Shakeology with frozen pineapple and water. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> Lunch was my huge salad and a black bean/rice mixture. I'm totally ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 22:50:22 EST Day 8 Reset Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314110 <em>205</em> Today's workout was a participation in the Dandy Walker 1 Mile Fun Walk to help raise awareness for Dandy Walker Syndrome. I posted a couple of pictures on my FB page (Michelene Cleary). I've got an issue syncing my phone to my computer right now so I can't upload those yet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1125869103.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found this image on FB today on the page of a fellow trainer. I wanted to share it since this week's cleanse f... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 22:45:17 EST Day 7 Reset- Week 1 Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313060 <em>192</em> Day 7 and I'm down 6.4 lbs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1139847086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm done with week one of my reset and feeling really well. Here is what I had today: <BR> <BR> <em>254</em> Breakfast was serving of oatmeal with 1/2 chopped apple and 1 T ground flaxseed. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> Lunch was a huge salad with pumpkin seeds and a cup of miso soup. <BR> <BR> <em>367</em> Dinner was 1/2 a large sweet potato, and a black... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 21:31:13 EST Day 6 - Reset Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312013 <em>104</em> I'm through Day 6 of my reset and I'm on track. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> Breakfast was 2 eggs with 1 1/2 cups spinach and 1/4 of an avocado and then in the car on my way to a client's office I had orange mandarin tea. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> Lunch - since I was commuting an hour each way to see a client, I packed my lunch to go and was prepared when I got out at 12:15 to sit in the car and eat before I got back on the road. I had a large salad and brown rice. I didn't ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 22:58:59 EST Day 5 - Reset results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310660 <em>192</em> Day 5 weigh in and I'm down 5.6 lbs <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> I followed the meal plan and did all the supplements <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> breakfast was oatmeal with 1/2 chopped apple, 3 T walnuts and 1 T maple syrup. I never could find farina even though I went to four stores so I opted for oatmeal instead. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> I had a very healthy lunch of quinoa salad, hummus and veggies. I looked at the serving size multiple times to make sure I was getting ever... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:14:35 EST Day 4 - Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309368 <em>192</em> Day 4 weigh in and I'm down 4.4 lbs. Little bit more of a loss this morning. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> I'm ending the day and at a 100% compliance as far as staying within the meal plan and taking all my supplements. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> I did walk for 13 mins and got in .75 miles. I'm going to end the evening with my pushups and my foam roller. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> Breakfast was a very nice fruit plate with blackberries, kiwi, cantalope, orange, and apple. With ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:48:29 EST Day 3 - Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308052 <em>192</em> I weighed in today after 2 full days on my reset program and I dropped 4.2 lbs. Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> I stayed on track with food today and took all my supplements. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> Breakfast was a repeat of Day 1 with 2 brown eggs, 1 1/2 c spinach and 1 slice whole wheat toast <BR> <BR> <em>210</em> Lunch was something I've never made before - lentil and carrot salad. I liked it fine, but my husband made it and didn't realize it had to marinate ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 20:59:23 EST Day 2 - Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306699 <em>380</em> I've completed day 2 of my 21 day reset program. I'm happy to say that I've been 100% compliant with the meal plan and all supplements. So here is the food I had today: <BR> <BR> <em>289</em> Breakfast - 1/2 c plain yogurt, 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 c oatmeal, 1/2 t maple syrup. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> Lunch - greek salad and a medium sweet potato. <BR> <BR> <em>180</em> Afternoon snack - apple and 15 raw almonds <BR> <BR> <em>370</em> Dinner was a veggie taco w... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:20:48 EST Day 1 Resest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305749 <em>492</em> Today was day 1 of a 21 day reset that I'm doing. It's a non-fasting cleanse. I'm making notes here of my 3 week journey: <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> The nice thing about this right now is my husband and I are doing this together so I'm not making different meals. My BFF is starting hers on Monday and hopefully she will have the benefit of my notes. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> As we close out the day we have been 100% compliant with the meal plan and the supplementation. <BR... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 21:35:29 EST Dash Down Greenville 5k Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290107 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l144692061.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bring on the headgear and get the St. Patty's day celebration going. Apparently that was our motto this year. Rachael and I ran yesterday with my BFF and this was our third year doing this race. This particular race happens right before a local parade so people come and line the race course - kind of feels like you are on parade. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1654515222.jpg"> <B... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 17:25:11 EST Why so hard on yourself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283140 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l572483145.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dear People who binged recently, skipped your workout, lost your self-control at a party or restaurant, didn't follow your meal plan, were sabotaged by the cookies at work, stood in the dark eating out of the refrigerator...you know who you are.... <BR> <BR> Don't give up to self-pity, frustration, anger, doubt, fear, someone else's put down of you or any other bad emotion you need to insert here. <BR> <BR> If I ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:02:15 EST Reflections on life.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271590 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2070799875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have a new perspective on life today. A friend of mine passed away yesterday after a two year battle with cancer. Not a close friend since we haven't lived in the same area for 25 years, but someone I've obvisouly known a long time. Although he was bad, the death was sudden an not expected. He got an infection from his pic line and wasn't strong enough to fight that off. He leaves behind a wonderful wife an... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:18:46 EST Review - Coach Nicole's Total Body DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268189 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1791190544.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've talked about this a couple of times in various places, but I want to make sure I did one blog that specifically reviewed this DVD. I was a recipient of a FREE DVD from SparkPeople and am following through on my commitment to review the DVD and blog about it. <BR> <BR> First of all a brief historical perspective - I have been on SparkPeople as a regular user for over 3 1/2 years now. I love the website and ... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:30:31 EST Feb 18th - Life happens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255395 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l811275710.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love this picture sometimes - life just happens and the wheels fly off in different directions and you have to learn to modify anyway and land on your feet. <BR> <BR> I'm still hanging in here - eating pretty well, working out a lot and managing in the sometimes mayhem of 5 kids between 17-21 living under my roof. My husband just got laid off and tomorrow is his last day. Fortunately he's been interviewing for... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:08:39 EST Feb 9 New things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244356 <em>380</em> Well the weekend is almost gone and I'm really proud of the way I made it through the marriage retreat and managed to stay on track. <BR> <BR> <em>418</em> We checked in at the venue yesterday at 5:30 and didn't have to be anywhere till dinner at 7:00. My husband is so used to me that he did even blink when he came back from relocating the car to the correct parking lot and found me in the middle of burpees. I set up my tabata pro app on my phone for a quick 10 minute wor... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 19:59:06 EST Jan 27 New Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226309 Okay - time for a food blog. One of my weekly goals is to try a new recipe so tonight's recipe is a variation of one I found in this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l465212878.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made a breakfast for in the morning: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265885143.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The recipe called for rice but I used Quinoa that I made in vegetable broth. 1 egg, about 1/3 shredded cheese and 1 cup cooked Quinoa with som... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:28:36 EST Jan 23 New Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220848 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l461018574.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First of all I wanted to share a couple of pictures from this weekend's Electric Run. Top picture is my BFF Susie1109 in the back and we in thefront. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l740693441.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I loved all the glow in the dark decorations. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2018678149.jpg"> <BR> My Bff and my daughter Rachael who picked the ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:24:18 EST January 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219467 Checking in.... <BR> <BR> Finding balance and a better way to track my goals this year....spark people Other Goals tab. So here's what is new and what is tracking... <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> I just did my first 5k of the year. I need to upload my pics and post some here. It was called the Electric Run and there were over 6000 people there. It was a glow in the dark race and the environment was very fun. I jogged with my BFF, daughter and a few others. I've decided to log at least one... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:25:12 EST January 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198607 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1473877407.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christmas 2012 with me and the girls. One of my daughters is a freshman in college and the other is a senior in high school. Our cat - Heather. <BR> <BR> I'm having success tracking my stuff on the Other Goals page here on SP. Helping me keep my goals in front of my face on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1111433520.jpg"> These are my boys. Red shirt - my son a... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:00:36 EST January 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193829 Following through on my goals that I set at the beginning of the year: <BR> <BR> <link>noblepig.com/2012/12/southwestern-bl<BR>ack-bean-quinoa-and-mango-medley/ </link> <BR> <BR> I want to try new food/recipes each week to keep my healthy eating interesting so above is a link to a recipe that I'm making tonight. I'm getting it ready for lunch tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I'm also making an "ice cream" for a treat tonight - 1 medium smashed banana, 1 single serve size container of Fage 2% plain... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:02:06 EST January 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192204 <em>361</em> Today was the start up of the boot camp that I colead after our winter break. Great 50 minute workout together. I did the warmup, ab, and short cool down and my coleader did the upper and lower body part of the drills. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> We always start with a brief teaching session before the workout and today's lesson came from Joel Osteen's book called It's Your Time. Part of what I liked in that chapter was the thought of what are you chained to? So frequently... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:12:19 EST January 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189835 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l819336637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This picture always makes me laugh. My BFF and I comment sometimes about how we lose focus and are like cats who are easily diverted by shiny objects. One of my goals this year is to stay focused and lose the 15 lbs that I gained back over the last 18 months. <BR> <BR> So review of Monday - Friday: <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Doing really well on my 8 cups or more of water a day. One thing that I found that help... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:43:53 EST January 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185055 Good health day today. Working on staying on track with my goals: <BR> <BR> <em>355</em> I did Day one of my minimum of at least 300 days of fitness. I had 30 minutes of a Turbo Fire DVD, and 10 minutes of stretching. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> I accomplished my first day of 10 burpees a day for the year. <BR> <BR> <em>380</em> I did read my day one of my Joel Osteen book on 31 days of Declarations. I also spent time praying about my health and other things in my life. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:59:20 EST 2013 Big Stones First http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181264 <link>www.knowledgebase-script.com/demo/ar<BR>ticle-755.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'm sitting here pondering my goals for 2013. I have a link at the top of this blog to the story that I named my post after. If you've never heard the story about putting stones, pebbles, sand and water in the jar, take a minute and read that. <BR> <BR> The end point is that you have to start with the big rocks if you have hope to get everything into the jar. I lost focus on this for the last part of 2012 a... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:10:41 EST Daily Log Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169619 <em>244</em> I set out today to accomplish my five step plan for a successful day and here are the results: <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> I had 9 cups of water so I exceeded my goal of 8. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> My goal was to workout - completed my P90X2 shoulders, back, and arms DVD, the Ab Ripper X workout and I did one mile on the treadmill in 20 mins after the workout. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> I committed to blog and here it is so that is accomplished. That helped me stay on track t... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 22:56:24 EST Okay Seriously http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168514 <em>40</em> My December fitness minutes are too low for the month. I am getting my act in gear to try and get those up this week. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>495</em> I've been on a sugar free fall the last couple of days and I'm working my way out of that. I got in my home gym tonight and did the P90X2 Recovery & Mobility DVD. Since I haven't worked out in four days I know that it was a smarter strategy to make sure I'm all stretched out before I bang out a hard workout. I then did 25 minu... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:39:19 EST Middle of the night - not sleeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159884 I've been up for a couple of hours now in the middle of the night so I'm just spending a little time sparking. <BR> <BR> Some of you know from my last blog that I have a friend in the hospital with cancer. The very worst of news came yesterday that there is nothing the doctors can do this time. The cancer has spread and the tumors cannot be removed. Depending on recovery from this surgery there is weeks to possibly 9 months to live. He will be leaving behind a wife and three kids - a 12 ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 04:56:06 EST hanging in there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158695 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l170762588.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I thought I should stop and write a few words for my friends who check in on me to let everyone know that I am fine even though I haven't blogged in a few weeks. <BR> <BR> My mom came to visit for Thanksgiving and we had a good time. I think she is actually going to retire and move in with us within the next 90 days. She is 81 and still works full time - crazy. So we're busy rearranging rooms and moving stuff t... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 22:24:20 EST Color Run Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141394 My daughter and I did the Color Run 5k this past weekend. I wanted to share a few pictures from the race: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1073485234.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was the first time we did this race and it was at the request of my daughter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1517426077.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They have colored dust of some kind that they throw at you during four points of the race and most racers use the ones that c... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:35:04 EST