MINNESOTAMAG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MINNESOTAMAG MINNESOTAMAG'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/ Final Leaping Daffodils Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352194 Non-Fitness Challenge: Recap! How have you been doing? Have you met the goals you were wanting to accomplish? Were there things you didn’t reach? What would you change? Write a blog on how you did this challenge and what you want to accomplish in the future...how will you do it? <BR> <BR> Since I came back to Spark in late February, I have made some major changes in my lifestyle. I have made it a priority to exercise several times each week, and I have made a big effort to learn new healthy ... Fri, 10 May 2013 13:17:20 EST Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338074 Yesterday I faced a new challenge. This was not a challenge for health or for fitness, but it is something I literally had to MAKE myself do. I had signed up to be part of a walking team from my work for a local event: Crazylegs Classic. It is right in the middle of downtown, and the roads there are (in my opinion) really screwy. I never drive there (there isn't really ever a need for me to) and in addition, things were going to be nuts because of Farmer's Market, the race, and a convention t... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:48:22 EST Motivational Poster Pics Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335758 Leaping Daffodils Challenge Week 6: Create and post a motivational poster. <BR> <BR> I don't know why mine is showing up in black and white - it is actually quite colorful, but oh, well. <BR> <BR> I wanted to choose images of people doing the things I want to do in the places I want to do them. I think I will have this be a work in progress and keep adding to it and changing it over time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l546329418.jpg"> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:09:37 EST Leaping Daffodils Mid-Challenge Accountability Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325548 Leaping Daffodils Non-Fitness Challenge: <BR> <BR> Accountability report! <BR> <BR> Are you reaching your goals? <BR> Yes. My goals were all related to continuing to make positive steps towards a healthy lifestyle, and I have been meeting them. The expected outcomes like lower weight, smaller measurements, and increase in fitness are all improving steadily. <BR> <BR> Are you making changes in your lifestyle? <BR> For sure!!! Since we started, I have learned how to make 15 new healthy r... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:54:50 EST Woohoo and Yogilates Uncertainty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315202 Ok, so good things first: I have two almost identical black skirts in my closet. The only measurable difference (no pun intended) is the size. One is a size 14/16 and one is a size 12. Today, I had a special event I wanted to wear a black skirt for. I was in a hurry and just grabbed one, put it on, and left. It wasn't until I got home that I saw the tag . . . I had been comfortably wearing the 12! Yes!!! <BR> <BR> Now, on to the uncertainty: This week my team challenge involves doing Spark's... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 22:59:58 EST Weekly Leaping Daffodils Food Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312962 I am on a Challenge Team called Leaping Daffodils, and one of our weekly challenges was to track everything we ate and make a food journal, either daily or weekly. I chose to enter foods daily but make one blog for the whole week, so here it is: <BR> <BR> Whole Week: My approved calorie range is from 1200 to 1550. I ate within that calorie range every day except Saturday, when I was only 30 calories over. I stayed within my carb, protein, and fat ranges ever day this week. If you want to rea... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 19:35:14 EST Leaping Daffodils Challenge Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304173 This challenge started in March and will finish up around the first week in May. <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> <BR> 1) I will continue to track my calories and fitness daily. <BR> <BR> a. I will continue to eat within my selected ranges on at least 5/7 days. <BR> b. I will continue to do a minimum of 20 minutes of cardio 5/7 days. <BR> c. I will do a minimum of 10 minutes of strength training 3/7 days. <BR> <BR> 2) I will continue to walk daily with a goal of 10,000 steps ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:18:16 EST Whew! What a whirlwind! - LONG BLOG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301165 Typical day for me: Get up and immediately eat cheerios for breakfast, sandwich, apple, and yogurt for lunch, healthy dinner, workout, snack of nuts, bed. Repeat. <BR> <BR> I am a teacher. The last time I was really sick was Christmas vacation. Last Tuesday/Wednesday I started coming down with something just in time for Spring vacation which started on Friday March 22 (my birthday). <BR> <BR> FRIDAY: As we usually do for long vacations, we planned to go home and see family. "Home" is about ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:24:06 EST Spark Coach Task 3/16/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290158 Spark Coach Task: Spend a few minutes writing about the reasons behind your fitness and weight-loss goals. <BR> <BR> Q) What is your true motivation? What do you hope to achieve or experience after reaching your goal? <BR> <BR> A) I want to be healthy enough to live a long and full life. Several of my family members have health issues that are related to lifestyle choices they have made. My mother has had both knees replaced, is Type II Diabetic, and has some other various issues that migh... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:25:58 EST Woohoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288176 This time I have been back since 2/15/13. <BR> <BR> Since that date (exactly one month ago) I have: <BR> <BR> - Logged into Spark every day. <BR> <BR> - Not had a soda. <BR> <BR> - Had at least 8 glasses of water per day. <BR> <BR> - Had 8 hours of sleep 80% of the time. <BR> <BR> - Not gone above my calorie, fat, protein and carbohydrate plan. <BR> <BR> - Worked out a minimum of ten minutes each day. <BR> <BR> - Planned to (and followed through on) exercising 40 minutes 5x/wk. <BR> ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:31:24 EST I Have a Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279870 Spark Coach recently asked us to post about what kind of fitness do you dream of doing that you haven't been able to do. I have never ever in my life thought of myself as an athlete, however I have always been competitive. I want to be at least a little good at everything so that no matter what sport or physical activity people are doing, I can just jump right in and not look like an idiot. I want to be good at it all. Unfortunately, that is not exactly the best SMART goal, and it certainly ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:02:03 EST Spark Coach Task http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276725 Today's action step from Spark Coach asked us to write about the ways we feel we can measure our success so far besides our weight. I KNOW there are many, many, MANY ways to do so, and in fact, I often encourage other Sparkies to do just that, but surprisingly, when I tried it on myself I really had to think. <BR> <BR> This time around, I have only been Sparking for what seems like a few weeks. I guess it has been almost a month! Here are some things I noticed: <BR> <BR> Fitness Then: When ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 23:16:52 EST I'm baaaack . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269977 I started Spark around my birthday three years ago, not for myself, but to help my mother who is not so good with technology. Then I got into it. I got so into it, in fact, that between March and August, my weight went from 190 all the way down to 156. I was eating better, running 5-7 miles, 5 days a week, running in 5k races, and down from a size 16-18 to a size 8-10. <BR> <BR> Then I just lost it. Not the rest of the weight. The program. <BR> <BR> I could make excuses for any number of e... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 16:10:11 EST Weight gain - sort of! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4439873 So today, I did it. I gave my old analog scale to St.Vinnies and entered into Spark the weight that my new digital scale gives. The weight that is 5 lbs heavier than my last recorded weight (was 160, now 165). When I got the scale, I thought I would just leave my Spark weight the same (analog) until I caught up with it on the digital because I vainly didn't want to enter a weight "gain." Although that seemed like a good idea at the time, that also meant I didn't get to enter losses as they ha... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 12:46:54 EST Stoughton's Java Jog - My First 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4424604 Well, although I have been running a lot on my own, this is the first 5k I have ever "raced" in and the first race I have been in since about 10th grade! I guess I did it "wrong" in that I didn't really have a pace planned out prior to going. Looking back on it, that is about the pace I usually go, just a little faster but less distance. <BR> <BR> My hubby came to support me and took a few photos, one before we left, one at the first 1/2 mile or so, and one as I came up the last few hundred ... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:00:07 EST Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4412297 Shortly after joining Spark in March of this year I purchased Spark People's Cardio Blast DVD. I used that DVD nearly every single day as my workout. It started with doing just a few 10 minute segments to make 20 minute workouts, and soon I was doing all of the workouts it had. Near the end of the school year, I purchased a heart rate monitor. It showed me that I really wasn't burning many calories (or at least not nearly as many as I thought I was) and so I was determined to find something e... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 12:45:43 EST What to wear to the ball . . . or water park anyway? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4409158 I grew up in Duluth, MN, but now I live in south/central WI about an hour away from the famous Wisconsin Dells (home to a million themed water parks). When I was in middle school, my family and I visited the Dells. It was proclaimed by my parents at the time that water parks were awfully expensive (and without it being explicitly stated, it seemed as though I heard "not worth it"). This is probably true. Between the money you spend to get in and the money you spend to eat and the time it take... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 15:04:50 EST What has Spark done to me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388275 The last week or two has been insanely hot here in Wisconsin. I have the feeling we aren't the only ones. As luck would have it, this past week is also the week I came home from vacation with the promise that I would "get back in the swing of things" when it came to exercising. (I believe I put it a bit more sternly in my goal list.) Of course I would have a goal to work harder when it is like a million degrees outside, even in the middle of the night. <BR> <em>198</em> <em>67</em> <em>259... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 20:33:46 EST Photos - Where has MinnesotaMag been in July?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4374878 First, let me say that to all of you who had grown accustomed to having me comment on your pages and posts on a regular basis, I'm sorry! I really do still adore being your SparkFriend, but this month has been a bit of a zoo. I hope you have time, cuz this is a long one. Where to begin . . . <BR> As July started, I was in Duluth, MN. Every year for the 4th of July, we go home for about a week (plus 2 weekends) to see family. On the 4th, we went to the my in-laws' cabin and my now 2 year old d... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:20:46 EST 50 Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4353639 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Yes, a "great" relative (I think great aunt?) <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> Today! My hubby and puppy dropped me off at school out of town for the week! <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> Sometimes. Mostly I get lazy and write quickly, but I can write nicely. <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> Pepper Turkey from the deli. <BR> <BR> 5. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? <BR> Yes!... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 18:45:04 EST Shirtless Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342805 As most of you know, over this past weekend I was home visiting family in an area about 30 minutes outside of the city. Since the area is so remote, it makes it a nice location for activities like getting in my daily running and/or walking steps. One of my favorite parts is going on the road along the lake, however there are lots of walking options. What was unique about my trip this time was that it was pretty hot for that area. Since I was on vaca, I wasn't getting up as early and so I was ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 14:54:51 EST Pics then and now . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333912 Ok, so here I am posting some progress pics from then and now. Doesn't look like much change, but I can feel it! Sorry if it doesn't work right, I've never posted pics in a blog before! <BR> <BR> THEN & NOW: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452969368.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l988241138.jpg"> <BR> <BR> THEN & NOW: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l117716282.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l3... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:38:09 EST Trouble Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311626 Greetings, everyone! <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I started Spark in March, and have been working my butt off (literally 30lbs, gone!) ever since. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by amazing, supportive friends with great attitudes and fantastic information and tools to help me along the way, and I have been able to celebrate successes. What you may not know is my dirty secret - the way I actually got started here at Spark. <BR> <BR> As part of the "Diet Stage" I'm in with Spark, th... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 20:28:48 EST Step 2: Make Positive Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4185979 Last time I blogged, I admit to having been in a bit of a slump because I felt like I was doing what I needed to, but I wasn't getting the results I wanted. I resolved to start making better choices about what I did eat and to try some new things to reach my goal. Since then, a lot has happened: <BR> 1) I lost 5lbs. <BR> 2) I got a new set of Coach Nicole DVDs. <BR> 3) I started reading "The Spark." <BR> 4) I got bad news at work and have had to advocate for my position and program, attending... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 17:08:02 EST Step 1: Don't Get Discouraged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4156238 When I started with SparkPeople about six weeks ago, I weighed in at 190 lbs. Never one to do anything half way, I immediately started using the nutrition tracker, trying to eat better portion sizes, drinking more water, trying to get to bed on time, going for walks every day, and doing cardio and aerobic 3 days per week each. In the first week, I lost a "miraculous" ten pounds. I thought the scale must be broken, or maybe I was just imagining the 180 that stared back at me from the scale. As... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:47:09 EST