MOWINELADY's SparkPeople Blog MOWINELADY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Fitness Journey in Pictures My new year resolution is to blog and journal. <BR> <BR> Spark coach talked about what 3 bucket list items would you do if anything was possible. <BR> <BR> 1. Walk the Grand Canyon rim to rim. <BR> <BR> 2. Castle to Chateau -- Disney 1/2 marathon one in the US and one in Paris <BR> <BR> 3. Run a marathon <BR> <BR> I know all of these things are possible but I have to work at it. Right now I am walking about 3 to 3 1/2 miles per hour. I have also done some 5 Ks and plan to do more... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 01:35:23 EST BLC Week 2 Day 2 So far so good. I spent 2 hours today weed eating before it started raining. <BR> <BR> Today I did a beginner plank for 30 seconds and then an intermediate plank for 27 seconds for my <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I walked for 4.1 miles on the treadmill this afternoon and walked a total of 18,000 steps for the day. I also did an arm workout with dumb bells on SparkTV. <BR> <BR> Working hard to eat healthy but slo... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:56:56 EST BLC Week 2 Day 1 Today I spent 3 hours mowing are yard (we have a big yard). It is surprising how tiring sitting on a lawn mower can be. <BR> <BR> Even so I did a mile and a 1/2 on the treadmill and did a Leslie Sansone DVD for 3 miles which included strength training. <BR> <BR> I also drank my water today and right now enjoying a cup of tea before going to stretch before bed. <BR> <BR> In the past I would have said that I deserved a break after spending so much time mowing but I know that is why I ... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:50:49 EST BLC -- Beginning Goals My goals for this challenge are: <BR> <BR> 1. Walk 13,000 to 15,000 a day. I have been consistently walking 10,000 steps but I read that to lose weight you need to walk more. <BR> <BR> 2. To drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day <BR> <BR> 3. Strength train 3 times a week <BR> <BR> If I do these, I should reach my goal of losing 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:53:23 EST One small step at a time Don't be afraid to take one small step at a time - they'll add up to great strides! - Denise <BR> <BR> I have been taking some steps backward last year by trying to do to much at once. <BR> <BR> This year I am taking it one small step at a time. My goal is to lose 50 + pounds but instead of concentrating on that large amount I am looking at 5 pounds a month which is doable. <BR> <BR> I have also written down that I want to walk 10,000 steps a day. To do this I need to move more through ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:25:01 EST Commitment and Interest I am making a commitment to make working out and eating healthy a daily habit. <BR> <BR> The quote by Kenneth Blanchard -- There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something you do it only when it's convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. <BR> <BR> This was a definite eye opener to me. I feel that is how I have been approaching my healthy lifestyle as just an interest and not a commitment. <BR> <B... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 19:40:58 EST Day 1 Streaking to Summer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I have already done 35 minutes on the Wii and plan to add additional walking / DVD's this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Today's thought: I will rejoice at the example of others who have lost weight! <BR> <BR> This was from an email I received today from Devotions for Dieters. <BR> <BR> It really made me think that sometimes we get jealous of the fact that others are reaching their goals and we have not. However we... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:33:47 EST Streak into Spring Day 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was a great jumping board to getting my streak going again. My next goal is to continue the streak through the first day of Summer which is 92 days away. <BR> <BR> Today I did 35 minutes on the Wii as well as some walking. Also we racked our Blackberry Mead today so that was a lot of work as well as cleaning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img sr... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:16:07 EST Streak into Spring Day 18 & 19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I worked out yesterday on the Wii and also did some walking. I had to go in town yesterday to drop off some paperwork and do some shopping. It was later when I got back so decided not to post. <BR> <BR> Today I did 40 minutes on the Wii and also walked a mile. <BR> <BR> My quote for today: "When a man is sufficiently motivated, d... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:38:48 EST Streak into Spring Day 17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A cold wet day today. It rained off and on almost the whole day. So I did get in some extra workout time today. I did 60 minutes on the Wii as well as doing some strength training. <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day:"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."– William C. Durant <BR> <BR> It is so easy to remember what we did wrong but we need to forget the m... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:03:35 EST Streak into Spring 16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't believe that Spring is only 4 days away. Still going strong with doing 30 minutes on the Wii and adding additional exercise. I did Part 1 Leslie Sansone Walk at Home 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk a 12 minute mile walk today as well as her 3 min mini walk and T-Tapp Hoe Downs: 3 minutes of carb busting all of these were available on YouTube. <BR> <BR> It is surprising how much is available on it. This will m... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 00:04:54 EST Streak into Spring Day 15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I did 30 minutes on the Wii and did some exploring on YouTube for some different exercises to do. I found a couple of Leslie Sansone a 3 minute mini mile and a 500 step video. A fun one I found is from the No Excuse Workout. <link> </link> <BR> This was for the upper body and he had some interesting moves but I could feel it working. <BR> <BR> Just something to add... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 01:14:10 EST Streak into Spring Day 14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am definitely feeling better when I workout and I am starting to sleep a little better. My sinuses are still bothering me but not as much. <BR> <BR> Today I did 45 minutes on the Wii and 10 minutes on a cardio glide. <BR> <BR> My quote for the day: "Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them." – John Updike <BR> <BR> Dreams do come true but we have to work to make ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 23:50:12 EST Streak into Spring Day 13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is one of the reasons I am trying to get healthy. While my kids are grown, I have one granddaughter right now and hopefully more in the future. I want to be able to walk with them and play with them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:25:35 EST Streak into Spring 12 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was a busy day at the winery. We racked one of our wines and had lots of visitors for a Tuesday. I did not sleep well last night due to sinuses so I decided to only do 30 minutes on free step on the Wii today. Normally I only do 20 minutes and do balance exercises. Since I did not feel like doing a cardio blast video today I decided I would do the additional minutes. My body need a little bit of a rest s... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:49:56 EST Streak into Spring Day 11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My quote for the day: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."– Helen Keller <BR> <BR> I love this quote because we have to have optimism and hope that we can reach our goals. It is so easy to get discouraged when we hit a plateau or eat something that we shouldn't but if we can keep our optimism up and realize that mistakes do not define us. We will h... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:45:12 EST Streak into Spring Day 9 & 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 10 days to Spring <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had internet problems so I was unable to blog. <BR> <BR> For day 9 I did 30 minutes on the Wii and the cardioblast walk it out video. I did not do an additional video as my sinuses were bothering me due to the rain that we had yesterday evening. <BR> I treated myself last night to a bubble bath to help my sinuses as well as my muscles. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:28:36 EST Streak into Spring Day 8 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Starting week 2 of the Streak into Spring Challenge and I am challenging myself to add another exercise this week. Today I did the 80's Aerobic video and the Cardio Blast from the 28 day bootcamp DVD. I also did 30 minutes on the Wii. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My quote for today:"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 00:26:01 EST Streak into Spring Day 7 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One week and still going strong. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did the Cardio Blast Kick Boxing Video again. This one is still a challenge for me. I have trouble with the jump jacks so I do the modified version. I want to get fit enough that I can do the regular jumping jacks. <BR> <BR> I did 37 minutes on the Wii again. I have been challenging my... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 00:04:21 EST Streak into Spring Day 6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My motivation was a little low today but I told myself I need to at least do 15 minutes on the Wii. I did that this afternoon. Then after dinner I was watching the Iowa State Men's basketball game and during the second half I decided instead of just sitting here and watching I would do the free step on the Wii. There was only about ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 00:25:36 EST Streak into Spring Day 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't believe that it is day 5 already. I did the cardio blast 80's aerobic video again today as well as 37 minutes on the Wii. The Wii is so much fun and it is really helping my balance. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Found another great quote today. "What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere." – Ovid <BR> <BR> This made me think about how many times I hav... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:43:33 EST Streak into Spring Day 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is Day 4 and I did the Kick Boxing Routine from the cardio blast DVD. This was definitely more challenging than the other videos. I had trouble getting the rhythm with some of the routines but I did not quit. I may not be perfect but no one saw but me. I also did 37 minutes on the Wii. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Watched Biggest Loser Tonight ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 00:36:03 EST Streak into Spring Day 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oops I hit the wrong button and closed my blog by mistake. <BR> <BR> So short and sweet, today I did the Walk it out video again and 30 minutes on the Wii. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 01:20:00 EST Streak into Spring Day 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did the 80's Workout from the Cardio Blast DVD today. I also did my Wii Fit Plus. <BR> <BR> "Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is.… It's your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best." <BR> – Sir Laurence Olivier <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This quote really hits home for me. I... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:29:44 EST Streak into Spring I have accept the challenge to Streak into Spring. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While I have been working out this winter it has not been as consistent as I would like due to a chest infection. <BR> <BR> I am have working out on the Wii and really have been enjoying it. <BR> <BR> I am going to add one video exercise from the SparkPeople Cardio Blast DVD. Today I did the 10 minute Walk It Out <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 23:45:32 EST Facing your fears. Monday night's Biggest Losers show was about facing your fears and leading by example. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was trying to decide what my biggest exercise fear was. Then yesterday in the Spark Springfield MO - the Official Team it was posted that on March 23 there is a Pitter Pat 5K/10K/Mile and I realized that is one of my fears. I have always thought about doing one of these but never did anything about it. I had opportuni... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 15:49:15 EST Just Start "We cannot do everything at once but we can do something at once."– Calvin Coolidge <BR> <BR> Received this quote today and it made me think about how often we wait to do something. <BR> <BR> The excuses are endless - it's to hot - cold. I don't have time. I need to do something else. <BR> <BR> ETC ETC ETC. I have used all these and then some. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all want better days but we have to make ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:41:29 EST Day 29 & 30 This fall weather has been so chaotic Monday and Tuesday was so cold and yesterday and today has been much warmer than normal and it has effected my sinuses. While I am not really sick, I have been stuffed up and sniffling, which makes it much more difficult to workout. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had to go into Springfield and do some errands. While I did not do the 28 day workout, I did find a new park and took a 12 minute walk around the path. I definitely want to go back and check out Doli... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:13:27 EST Day 26 / 27 / 28 Monday was day 26 and it was a day of rest for the 28 day plan however I did have my bowling league so I bowled for 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was day 27 and it was a combo of the Total body challenge and the cardio-sculpt videos. I did not get the workout done in the morning as I was getting ready to drive to Columbia MO to pick up some wine. This is a 3 hour drive one way so 6 hours round trip plus the time to load the wine etc. It is surprising how tiring just driving can be. Whe... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:08:31 EST Day 24 & 25 Yesterday was the cardio burst workout. I did it in the morning before I left for another tasting. It was a slow day and there was Christmas music playing. Since I was kind of hidden where I was station I did a few dance moves to the music. While not a true workout, I did feel like I got some stretching in and was not just standing or sitting the whole time. <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> Today was the total body workout again. I did not get it done in the morning but did it in the afterno... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:12:28 EST Day 21 - 22 - 23 Wednesday was a day of rest and preparing for Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Thursday was Thanksgiving and the start of week 4. I did part of the workout but not the whole workout. There was just so much to do for Thanksgiving and I did not sleep well Wednesday night so I felt extra tired. However I did not want to not workout so I told myself to just do what I could and so I did the Short Cardio Sculpt workout. <BR> <BR> Today I decided that I did not want to just skip the first day of week 4 ... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:37:27 EST Day 19 & 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I received this quote as a tweet today and it made such a great impact that I made it into a photo to share with everyone. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the cardio burst video and bowling. I am getting better at the boxing routine but it is still difficult. I never thought of myself as uncoordinated but I really have trouble getting the arms and legs correct but I keep trying and eventually I will get it down. I als... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:31:27 EST Day 17 & Day 18 Yesterday was a day of rest. <BR> <BR> Today was the tone and burn workout. Today I seemed to have the routine down and so it was easier to do the workout. <BR> <BR> My motivational saying: Today is a new starting point. Begin! <BR> <BR> This is something that Spark has taught me that no matter what has happened in the past is in the past. This really hits home for me since I have a tendency for perfection and when things go wrong I dwell on it. <BR> <BR> As long as I keep moving an... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:17:42 EST Day 16 total body challenge Today was definitely a work out. I am glad that the video has the time as you are working out so you know how long you have left. <BR> <BR> Going into this day I know that it was going to be challenging from the comments everyone had posted. And I have to admit it was some of the moves where hard especially the shoulder moves. As I was going through I told myself to just go as long as I could. At one point at about the 15 minute time I said just 5 more minutes and then I got my second ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:05:26 EST Day 15 Today was a great day. I did the cardio workout. This afternoon I had to run into Springfield to drop off a package at Fed Ex. I decide that since it was such a nice day to find a park and add a walk to my program. <BR> <BR> I found a nice park with a walking path. It was the Phelps Grove Park. It has a nice 7/10 of a mile walking path with lots of trees. <BR> <BR> I think I will look for different parks to walk each time I go into Springfield. <BR> <BR> Another thing that I have d... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:07:18 EST Day 14 Today was the last day for week 2. I can't believe that it has already been two weeks since I started this program. Short Cardio Sculpt routine again. The routine is getting a little easier in that I am getting the movements down but it is still a great work out. I am still doing most of the beginner moves but with consistency hope to be able to move up to the medium movements shortly. <BR> <BR> I received a tweet this morning with a quote from Napoleon Hill: "Patience, persistence and... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:38:20 EST Day 13 To day is a day of rest for the 28 day plan. I am glad because I woke up with a sinus headache and just haven't been able to get rid of it. Plan to go to bed a little earlier tonight and hope to feel better tomorrow so I can do the cardio-sculpt routine. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good day. <BR> <BR> "It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life." <BR> – Queen Christina <BR> <BR> I love this quote because too often we try to be... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:33:25 EST Day 11 & 12 Sunday was a day of rest for the 28 day plan. That was nice since I had church and then my final tasting. It was also a cold rainy day. <BR> <BR> Monday is the tone and burn for 32 minutes. I also bowled for an additional 40 minutes. <BR> The boxing section is still difficult but I keep trying. <BR> <BR> A quote I received today by Dale Carnegie: "One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living." <BR> <BR> Made me realize that is one of... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 23:05:29 EST Day 10 To day was the Cardio Burst video again. I was a little tired this morning so only did 6 minutes before getting ready for my wine tasting event. I did do another 6 minutes when I got home this evening as well as doing wine glasses. We wash them by hand in a commercial 3 sink unit. This takes awhile to get them done. I did 6 trays of 16 glasses each. That is washing, rinsing and sanitizing. <BR> <BR> My tasting event is from 11 to 4 each day and for the most part I am on my feet the ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 23:56:58 EST Day 9 Today was the 30 minute tone and burn video. <BR> <BR> I am glad that she showed different levels for the exercise. <BR> I did the beginner for most of them but did do a few medium level <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I wasn't sure I would be able to keep up but I did. <BR> <BR> This weekend is a good test for me as I have a wine tasting everyday. <BR> I got up a little earlier so I could workout before I had to leave. <BR> My goal is to continue to workout first thing in the morning. <BR... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:58:23 EST Day 8 - Happy Birthday to me Today is a special day for me it is my Birthday. I have been getting lots of goodies and birthday wishes from friends here on Spark People. It is so nice to be remembered on this day. <BR> <BR> I have also received emails from friends and businesses wishing me a Happy Birthday. One in particular was from Day Spring. I really enjoyed the message and want to share it here. <BR> <BR> You Are Special <BR> <BR> There is no one else like you. <BR> You have gifts that only you <BR> can give... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 12:44:31 EST Day 7 Today was the cardio-sculpt workout again. <BR> <BR> I feel like certain exercises are getting easier but still have a long way to go. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 23:21:10 EST Day 6 Yesterday was a day of rest on the 28th day plan. <BR> <BR> I also felt like I need a day to relax. A lot of my emails that I received yesterday was about taking time for yourself. <BR> <BR> <em>32</em> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 23:19:04 EST Day 5 I received this email from Devotions for Dieters on Monday. However, Monday and Tuesday were busy for me and I didn't get a chance to blog. My thoughts about the email is after the email. I hope you enjoy this also. <BR> <BR> I did do the Cardio-Sculpt from the DVD and bowled Monday night. I am on a 2 person bowling team. With only 4 people on a set of lanes you are always getting up and down. There is not much time typically between shots. We bowl for almost 1 1/2 hours but I only ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 10:10:53 EST Day 4 I did day 4 which was the Cardio Burst video again. I still had problems with the boxing section but I did seem to get the arms down a little better than I did on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I did the video before I got ready for Church this morning. <BR> <BR> It was interesting that the sermon today was about our walk with the Lord and how we need to change our lives. Our minister mentioned how we have a tendency to try and throw out everything from our old lives but not replacing it complete... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:56:39 EST Day 3 Today is either a rest day or cross train for the 28 day boot camp schedule. <BR> <BR> I did the Classic Kathy Smith Starting Out Aerobics Video. I did 15 minutes plus the warm up. <BR> <BR> I like this video besides a great workout she shows close up of the foot movements to make it easier to get the routine downs. It is a little distracting however once you have gotten the steps down but not to much. <BR> <BR> I also did day 3 of the Fit Firm and Fired Up Call on your core. Still havi... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:16:08 EST Day 2 I did day 2 Short Cardio-Sculpt of the 28 day Plan. <BR> <BR> I feel good after this workout. A few of the moves were not as easy but I like that Nicole shows the different levels from easy to hard. I did the easy version for most of them especially the pilate moves. <BR> <BR> I also did day 2 of the fit firm and fired up dvd which is strength moves for the arms. <BR> <BR> I know that I am fitter than when I joined Sparks but not as fit as I can be. <BR> <BR> I did not put the weight ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 12:11:30 EST 28 Day Boot Camp DVD I have started the 28 Day Boot Camp DVD. <BR> <BR> I have never been one to keep a journal but everything I have read suggests that it is a good way to realize what is positive or negative in your life. So, I am going to journal about this month. <BR> <BR> I did day 1 on the DVD and really enjoyed it. However, the boxing section was difficult to get correct. I did the best that I could and did not quit. That is a positive for me as I know that I am a perfectionist and have a tendency if... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 14:31:26 EST Stress I just read the article about is Weight Loss Stressing You Out. <BR> <BR> Two major points that I got out of this article for me were the following two questions and the response to them. <BR> <BR> When I am having problems sticking to my plan, I usually get on the message boards or the phone and talk about it with other people. <BR> <BR> I have many stressful situations in my life right now, but I'm determined to be successful at weight loss. <BR> <BR> I am naturally a quiet person and i... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:30:19 EST