MICHIGANLORI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MICHIGANLORI MICHIGANLORI'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/ New Challenge starting soon...Camp Wannabefit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648354 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2062230787.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Hi friends. I want to let you know about a project a few of us have been working on for a couple months. We have selfishly combined what we think are the best parts of a few challenges we've participated in here on Spark. (So, thank you to all those great teams for the ideas.) <BR> <BR> The team is almost full (a few spots remain). I'm just going to post the "Welcome" post here. It does a good j... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:17:37 EST You know you had a good yoga class when....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642775 You know you had a good yoga class when after class….. <BR> <BR> 1) You can not comprehend anything <BR> 2) You grab the wrong coat <BR> 3) You do not remember the car ride home <BR> 4) You love your body and no longer care about the #$%@ number that displayed on the scale <BR> 5) You walk into the house with a big smile <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1326805670.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2079958274.jpg"> <BR> Not only do... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 10:07:40 EST Ain't nothing gonna to break my stride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631614 One of my favorite actors, Will Smith, appeared on the first episode of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Will Smith discussed growing older with Jimmy. What he said resonated with me, so I transcribed this: <BR> <BR> Will Smith (age 45) ~ “With the state of modern medicine, we are probably going to hit ninety. Ninety is like a real thing now, so this is like halftime. When you come out for the third-quarter in any sporting event, this third-quarter is an important quarter. That’s no... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:54:08 EST Hit Goal Weight…62 lbs gone forever!!! (w/pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533730 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1987629831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I thought this day would never come…but here it is! This has been a 2.5 year Spark journey and I’ve finally reached my ultimate goal weight. Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight, that’s for sure. I’ve learned along the way to be patient and to forgive myself. I’ve learned to jump back on the Spark wagon when I fall off. I’ve learned that we are all in this together and we can learn from each other. I’ve le... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:24:56 EST Eek! Scariest Halloween Candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528413 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l351261523.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1 treat/fun size - Calories <BR> --------------------------- <BR> Take 5 - 105 <BR> Butterfinger - 100 <BR> Whoppers - 100 <BR> Reese's Nutrageous - 95 <BR> 100 Grand - 95 <BR> Peanut M&M's - 93 <BR> Almond Joy - 91 <BR> M&M's - 90 <BR> Babe Ruth - 85 <BR> Milky Way Dark - 81 <BR> Reese's PB Cup - 80 <BR> Skittles - 80 <BR> Heath Bar - 77 <BR> Milky Way - 76 <BR> Kit Kat - 73 <BR> Snickers ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:44:05 EST Cathe Friedrich's 2013 DVDs just arrived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500614 I'm a huge fan of Cathe's Xtrain 90 day strength training program so in March when pre-orders of her 2013 DVDs were being accepted, I jumped at the chance to save some money and get her new DVDs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2060675203.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For those who think they know me, which one will I be trying out first? Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:03:16 EST BLC 22 ~ A SUCCESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467835 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l663873733.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Did I hit the top 100 for weight loss this round? NO <BR> Did I lose any weight? A tiny bit <BR> Did I hit my goal weight? NO <BR> <BR> Was this round a Success? ABSOLUTELY YES <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> The scale is not always the best measure of success. <BR> <BR> Here is why this round turned out a huge SUCCESS for me: <BR> <BR> 1) I had many FIRSTs <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> <em>364</em... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:51:46 EST ‘cause I can’t help but smile at mile two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442092 During my Spark journey to a healthy and fit me I would always find myself smiling around mile 2 on my walks. Now my smile is coming out much sooner since I’m RUNNING to mile 2. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l505816396.jpg"> <BR> I was never a runner and the thought of running would made me chuckle. I had every excuse in the book for avoiding running. Here are my top 10 reasons for not running: <BR> <BR> 1) Only skinny people can run <BR> 2) I’m not built for runni... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:59:54 EST 5K Race with daughter ~ Can't ask for a better morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390999 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1502701725.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1740597394.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is Father’s day today however it felt like Mother’s day for me. I ran a 5K race around the Detroit Zoo with my daughter, fellow sparker <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as<BR>p?id=THISISMYTIME123 </link> <BR> <BR> My only goal was to run the entire race non-stop. Okay…I’ll be honest, my other goal was to beat my daughter. <... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 16:37:47 EST BLC22 - My S.M.A.R.T. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382354 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1131303727.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are my top three S.M.A.R.T Goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevent, Time-Bound) for the BLC 22 challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> <BR> S-pecific ~ I will reduce my maximum heart rate during a 1.5 mile run <BR> M-easurable ~ I will reduce maximum heart rate by 10 points. <BR> A-ttainable ~ I will research ways of reducing my heart rate during runs by following a different training plan if necess... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 11:13:34 EST Because We Can ~ My first Half Marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339848 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1277874984.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I crossed the finish line at my very first half marathon at the young age of 50. Two years ago if someone had told me I would become a runner, I would have laughed and said "I will only run if being chased by a bear (a big bear)". <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the week I wasn't sure if I was going to do it. I had a very difficult month with losing a family member and the Boston Marathon tragedy just knocked ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:44:32 EST 50 lbs gone FOREVER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246775 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l765886144.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I look down at the scale and instead of thinking "it's never going to happen"; I’m thinking "holy cow, it’s right there in front of me". And truth be told, I never in a million years expected to be looking down at the scale and be seeing a 50 pound loss. <BR> <BR> I hit my 50 pounds and still can’t believe it. I was happy when I hit 20, elated when I hit 30, shocked when I hit 40 and thrilled when I hit 45. ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:13:13 EST Registered for my 1st Half-Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194586 I love the saying: “STOP talking about it and just DO IT!” I give this advice to others all the time. Now it’s time for me to stop talking…. <BR> <BR> Last year I kept mentioning to my DD that I wanted to walk a half-marathon. I’ve cheered her on running her half-marathons and I’m ready get off the sideline. <BR> <BR> I just registered for my first half-marathon!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1279622824.jpg"> <BR> Detroit Free Press International Half Mar... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:23:53 EST Woo Hoo...I've been awarded Spark Motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189898 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l438206159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> OMG....I'm doing the happy dance right now (gangnam style). I just received the following email: <BR> <BR> Subject: You Are A Motivational Member <BR> <BR> The SparkPeople Community thinks you are a motivation to others! <BR> <BR> SparkPeople Members can vote for SparkPages that are motivational, based on Community involvement, personal accomplishments and more. You have received enough votes to become a "Spa... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:19:45 EST 1,100 miles...great way to end 2012! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182484 I put on my under armour and strapped on my snow boots and headed outside for my last walk of the year with my furry buddy. <BR> <BR> I hit 1,100 miles of walking this year. Yikes! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l725745346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My goal for 2013 is 1,500 miles. Can I do it? <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:02:26 EST I will FIGHT Holiday Weight Gain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144981 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1660452502.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I Will Not Gain this Season!!! <BR> <BR> My fighting plan: <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> I will not turn Thanksgiving and Christmas into a full month feast fest. <BR> <em>408</em> Thanksgiving and Christmas days are the only days I allow myself not to track food. I will enjoy these days. <BR> <em>52</em> I will enjoy some holiday treats in moderation throughout December but will track them honestly. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 10:28:23 EST Eek! Scariest Halloween Candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119146 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l868351675.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a re-post from last year. <BR> <BR> 1 treat/fun size - Calories <BR> --------------------------- <BR> Take 5 - 105 <BR> Butterfinger - 100 <BR> Whoppers - 100 <BR> Reese's Nutrageous - 95 <BR> 100 Grand - 95 <BR> Peanut M&M's - 93 <BR> Almond Joy - 91 <BR> M&M's - 90 <BR> Babe Ruth - 85 <BR> Milky Way Dark - 81 <B... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:17:19 EST 6 week checkup for BLC 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106845 I hit the mid-point for the BLC 12-week challenge. <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 165 <BR> 12-Week Goal Weight: 155 <BR> Current Weight: 157.2 (-7.8) <BR> <BR> After reviewing my initial BLC goals, I have: <BR> <em>334</em> 11 goals that I'm achieving. <BR> <em>234</em> 5 goals I need to work on. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> FITNESS GOALS: This challenge, I will: <BR> 1. <em>334</em> Target 300-500 fitness minutes a week <BR> 2. <em>334</em> Focus on quality ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:27:38 EST Raise the Roof....It's Party Time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084810 It was June 2011 when I got serious about losing weight. I hated being in the 200s. At that time I thought if I got to 170 I would really be happy so that is what I set my goal weight. <BR> <BR> One pound before hitting 170 in December 2011, I changed my goal weight to 160. I thought I was crazy to try for 160 but I wanted to go for it! <BR> <BR> I’ve been working hard this year to get out of 160-ville and I finally did it!!!!! <BR> <BR> I think it's time to celebrate hitting my goal... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:10:10 EST How many calories in that gourmet cupcake? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071397 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l807975491.jpg"> <BR> Before starting the BLC20 (Biggest Loser Challenge), I’ve been indulging in gourmet cupcakes. These gourmet cupcakes stores have been popping up everywhere the past couple of years. <BR> <BR> I’ve been trying to find the nutritional information with very little success. I wonder why? <BR> <BR> Myfitness pal has a couple entries: <BR> Red Velvet Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting – Calories 400 <BR> Vanilla Stuffe... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 11:37:45 EST BLC20 - 12 week plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058701 I'm rockin' with the Spies. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l122136919.jpg"> <BR> “Bounce, Bounce Nothing's gonna keep me down <BR> Bounce, Bounce Stand up, shout it out <BR> Bounce, Bounce I play hard, I play to win” ~ Bon Jovi <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> FITNESS: This challenge, I will: <BR> 1. Target 300-500 fitness minutes a week (walking, elliptical, strength training, and yoga). <BR> 2. Focus on quality of fitness, not quantity. I think this is wh... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:16:03 EST Jungle Gym XT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049928 I splurged today. I didn't splurge on food but a suspension system. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l377224806.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Jungle Gym XT is a in-home/out-door suspension training system that can be used in a doorway, on a bar or even over a tree limb. I'll be using it in my doorway. <BR> <BR> I'll let you know how it works out. I just hope I don't break my door. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Now, I still need to get new workout shoes. Ugh! I ha... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 16:09:39 EST Vision Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032089 So call me crazy. I signed up for another challenge, the BLC20. This is on top of the 5% Community Challenge that I also participate in which is on break now. I’m determined to hit my goal weight....so I'm doing what it takes. <BR> <BR> One of the assignments for the BLC20 is to create a vision collage. I've been wanting to do this for a long time so I made it a priority this weekend and just completed it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l34184672.jpg"> ... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 19:08:29 EST High-risk to Low-risk in 1 year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993272 My father passed away from heart disease. My mother takes 10+ prescription medications, most of which are heart related. All my siblings are all on cholesterol and blood pressure medications. You could say the writing was on the wall for me. <BR> <BR> A year ago my doctor wanted to put me on cholesterol medication. He said I was at high-risk for heart disease based on my total cholesterol. I asked him to give me a fighting chance to lower it by making healthy lifestyle changes instea... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:13:27 EST Vacation planning...what a difference a year makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987452 I'm planning a trip to Chicago with my family. We love big cities and will be staying downtown. <BR> <BR> What a difference a year makes. Over a year ago I would be planning what restaurants to hit. Now I'm planning how to get my exercise in. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> - We could rent bikes and ride along the lake shore. Bike tour sounds fun. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> - We are walking everywhere (except nighttime) Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:25:01 EST Mutual Friend Lookup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933611 I'm always searching for this page since it's tough to find, so I thought I would blog about it. <BR> <BR> Every wonder who hasn't added you as a friend? <BR> Every wonder who has added you as a friend but you haven't? <BR> <BR> To find out everyone who has added you as a friend, everyone you've added as a friend, and all of your mutual friends: <BR> <BR> 1. Select 'Friend Feed' from the 'Community' option in the Toolbar. <BR> 2. In the first paragraph on the Friend Feed page, find 'Clic... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:36:43 EST My reasons for losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929888 It’s been a year since I started my spark journey. Most of my reasons for starting the journey are no longer the reasons for continuing it. I have achieved most of my initial goals and I'm damn proud of it! <BR> <BR> So as of today, my reasons for losing weight and improving my fitness level are: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l628329851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550540552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 10:14:00 EST OMG...Ran for the first time in my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915249 After one hour of walking I had the need for some speed. So I thought I would try and run for a few minutes. I ran for 4 minutes followed by more walking. When I reached my home I decided to run some more. I ran around the block for another 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> I was so excited. I told my husband that I ran for the first time in my life. His reply (with concerned look): "Did you have to?" I said NO, I WANTED TO!!! <BR> <BR> Even if it was for a few minutes, it felt great. <BR... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:13:49 EST 12 steps to living longer and stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909829 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l430039940.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I picked up a copy of July's Prevention magazine and found an article about 12 steps to living longer and stronger. <BR> <BR> Here are Dr. Sanjay Gupta's 12 steps: <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> 1. Don’t think of exercise as optional <BR> <em>26</em> 2. Pump your heart to better your brain <BR> <em>416</em> 3. Move it or Lose it <BR> <em>342</em> 4. Get your kids in the act <BR> <em>227</em> 5. Stop eating bef... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 10:41:58 EST Back to Day 1 for Healthy Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870583 I’ve been struggling the past few months with a family situation which is now getting under control. Unfortunately, I’ve broke some of my healthy habits: daily tracking, eating healthy, drinking water and exercise. For me, once good habits are broken they are hard to get back. So I feel I’m back to square one. <BR> <BR> Today is day 1 for me. Now this is the 5th day one for me this past week. I’m hoping to make it to day 2. I’m not giving up! I’ve come so far to give up. I will... Mon, 7 May 2012 13:11:07 EST Daughter just finished her 1st half marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856267 I was so proud watching her round the corner and head to the finish line today!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805208107.jpg"> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 13:11:59 EST STRESS in SPRINGTIME equals POND http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845255 This is what I do when my life feels out of balance. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l322053262.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I dig in the dirt. Carrying rocks and digging really makes for a great workout. Oh, my legs still ache. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to add the fountain, water plants and fish. <BR> <BR> Stay tuned for my next project. <em>198</em> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 11:10:45 EST My Hottest Non-Scale Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815252 I had a little bit of free time today, so I went shopping. <BR> <BR> When I was walking past an Ann Taylor store I went to a complete stop. My jaw hit the floor when I saw my dream dress in the display window. You may know my dream dress….it’s the one that is low-cut, sleeveless, and clings to your body. It’s the dress I would never try on a year ago. After 5 minutes staring at this dress, I got the courage up to walk into the store and grab that dress. I think everyone in the dressi... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 16:13:19 EST Spring 5% Challenge Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4783156 This 8-week Spring challenge starts on March 17th. The challenge is to drop 5% weight. <BR> <BR> Here is my COMMITTMENT to me and my Beautiful Butterfly team: <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Target: <BR> • 8.3 pounds (I will hit my goal weight with this loss! ) <BR> <BR> Target Calories: <BR> • Eat between 1260 - 1610 calories per day <BR> • Burn 2720 calories per week <BR> <BR> Fitness Target: <BR> • Move 2 hours a day! <BR> • 700-840 minutes a week (if no injuries or unexpected events) ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 07:38:02 EST My favorite fitness equipment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777012 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l235577839.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My favorite exercise equipment is called the "owner leash". It's awesome. You just hold onto one end and attach the other to a furry animal. The key is to go outside and follow your furry friend around. Oh, the places it will take you. I've visited other furry friends, favorite rocks, little kids, and sometimes I say hello to cars passing by. <BR> <BR> The great thing about this leash is that it can be us... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 09:01:44 EST Foam torture roller of death http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766641 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l580427510.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After two weeks of knee discomfort in both knees, I saw my personal trainer and he said my IT bands were way too tight. He showed me how to stretch out my IT bands using a foam roller. <BR> <BR> All I have to say is: <BR> <BR> OMG… <BR> Holy Smokes… <BR> Oh man!.... <BR> Yikes… <BR> (fill in the blank)..... <BR> I want my mommie!!!..... <BR> <BR> I have a couple of spots that bring me to tears. <BR> <BR> W... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 07:44:02 EST I survived one week without SUGAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759139 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l476201110.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Over a week ago I listened to a snippet of a radio broadcast from a doctor saying that sugar should be classified as a drug. He feels that sugar has contributed to the obesity epidemic. Years ago during the low-fat craze when fat was removed from food, the food industry replace fat with sugar. <BR> <BR> So I thought this was very interesting and since I was feeling horrible after a 4 day sugar binge around Valen... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 07:17:13 EST What a great surprise today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4745898 Last week was a rough week. My dog and I were having some issues. My dog has a pinched nerve in his neck and I’ve been having knee problems. So we didn't do our normal daily outdoor walking. I also cut back on my gym workouts last week. To add to that, I took a break and gave up on tracking my food. I still tried to eat a good healthy breakfast and lunch but lost it around dinner time. <BR> <BR> So today I got the courage up to get on the scales. I jumped on the scale and lost .... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 10:40:17 EST Top 10 Favorite Bruce Lee Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741593 <em>216</em> "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> "Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind." <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> "The measure of the moral worth of a man is his happiness. The better the man, the more happiness. Happiness is the synonym of well-being" <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> "Real living is living for others." <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> "Defeat is... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 10:33:57 EST Always dreamed but never achieved…until now (w/pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732707 I never thought I would lose more than 20 pounds when I first joined Spark People last year. I've always been on the weight loss roller coaster. It all started when I was a teenager. My mother took me to my first Weight Watcher meeting at the age of 13. Now some of you may have an idea of when that was when I mention three things: liver, tuna fish, and melba toast. To this day, I avoid those three things. My history with Weight Watchers through the years has been…...lose 20…..gain it... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:49:28 EST Chocolate milk best post recovery drink? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701036 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591233533.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I met with a recommended personal trainer since I've been having some annoying issues with my feet during workouts. Within an hour he figured out what my problem is and gave me some heel stretches and glute exercises to work on. Grumble...Grumble...I hate squats! <BR> <BR> During my conversation with him about my workouts, he recommended eating exactly 15 minutes right after a strenuous workout. The recovery ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:03:10 EST SP Listened to us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683990 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l84242257.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today SP announced that they removed the "Share and Save Options on Member Blogs". It's great that they listened to our concerns and took action. <BR> <BR> Announcement: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683820 </link> <BR> <BR> It's funny that I received my first "Voted Popular Blog Post" award on my only negative blog (Not Happy with Facebook 'Like' Button). I'll... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:33:48 EST The Yoga High http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682657 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843382196.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some people get a high from drugs, others from exercise, and maybe others get that feeling from other activities. I get a high feeling from Yoga. I've been doing yoga for 4 years and last year I started noticing a high feeling after yoga class. <BR> <BR> When I’m on the "Yoga High": <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> My body just tingles <BR> <em>414</em> I have a sense of inner peace and happiness <BR> <em>414</em> I ... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:30:55 EST Not happy with Facebook 'Like' button showing up on blog post! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678559 If you haven't noticed it yet, view one of your blog posts. There is a new Facebook 'Like' button option on your blog posts. <BR> <BR> I think this was a bad move for Spark People. I know my blogs are public, but I want to keep separate Facebook and Spark People. If someone ' Facebook Likes' my blog post, I'm assuming my blog will go on that person's Facebook feed. I don't want any of my blog post links showing up on Facebook feeds. <BR> <BR> TO TURN OFF FACEBOOK LIKE OPTION: <BR> <B... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:49:05 EST New ways to get in healthy olive oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4675598 The past 6 months I have gotten my overall cholesterol level back to a normal level by diet and exercise, however my good cholesterol is on the low side. So I have been focusing on getting more healthy oils in my healthy lifestyle diet. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids that control LDL levels while raising HDL (the good cholesterol) levels. <BR> <BR> I found some new ways of adding that wonderful healthy oil instead of just using it on a salad. I now: <BR> <BR> 1) Drizzl... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 08:56:00 EST Where's Lori? - Mackinac Bridge (hit my virtual walk goal) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4670583 If you are a new spark friend, you should know that I’ve been walking off my weight. However, I needed a way to stay motivated, so I started a virtual walk to the Mackinac Bridge in July. <BR> <BR> I’m a little behind on my blog update. I actually made it to the Mackinac Bridge on January 2nd and lost 25 lbs along the way. <BR> Woo Hoo! I am 3 months ahead of schedule. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915083239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I still can’t believe I have ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 07:11:02 EST Revised my goal weight..am I crazy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4661354 When I started Spark People, I set my goal weight to 170. I've always been comfortable with that weight. Well, I'm 4.6 pounds away from my original goal but crazy me just changed it today to 160. I'm thinking that I have the tools and support available that will allow me to hit my new goal. Another 10 pounds would push me out the overweight BMI category into the normal one. <BR> <BR> How am I going to accomplish this new goal? I will finish my 5% Winter Challenge strong and ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 08:13:23 EST Winter 5% Challenge – December Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646189 December turned out to be a great month for me. I hit my goal for the year of 25 pounds and walked 500 miles. This month was not easy, so I had to push myself extra hard by: <BR> <BR> 1. When it was too cold outside to walk, I bundled up and hit the cold pavement anyway. Only wiped out once on the ice. <BR> <BR> 2. When I wanted to sleep in on the weekends, I would lie in bed and think about how good yoga makes me feel. That would always get me out of bed and off to yoga class. <BR> ... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 10:16:03 EST A MUST SEE youtube Video !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629075 My husband just found this youtube video and it is awesome. It covers what is the single best thing we can do for our health. After watching it, my husband got up from his chair and went to the gym. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo&<BR>feature=player_embedded </link> <BR> <BR> This will motivate you! <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> Sat, 17 Dec 2011 10:52:06 EST Where's Lori? – Virtual walk update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622330 I’m way overdue for my “Where’s Lori?” blog update. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l615815440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you are a new spark friend, you should know that I’ve been walking off my weight. However, I needed a way to stay motivated, so I started a virtual walk to the Mackinac bridge (pronounced ‘Mackinaw’). <BR> <BR> My journey began in July. I decided to take the scenic route by walking along Lake Michigan’s coastline. I stopped by my alma mater W... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 08:36:09 EST