MPRILL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MPRILL MPRILL'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/ Mini Goal List Update for end of August 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772621 September is here!!! Wow - time has flown this year. <BR> <BR> August was a very productive month for my goal list. Since joining the Y I've been able to really work on the fitness goals that I had been struggling to complete. <BR> <BR> Still there is a lot to do. September will be about finishing unfinished projects. Since I am currently not working full time (looking for that new job to complete #48), there is a large swath photos to be placed in scrapbooks and a wedding quilt calling my... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:24:47 EST Mini Goal List Update mid August 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761400 Completed a bunch of goals over the last few weeks. Really starting to get a handle on some of my personal stuff now that I am not completely stress out or working full time. <BR> <BR> The big thing discovered is #65 Finding something my husband and I can do together. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we jointed our local YMCA. My husband was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. The diagnosis, although not good, has really forced us to look at our lifestyle and put our health and well being to the f... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:47:43 EST Mini Goal List Update for end of July/August 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754570 It's been a crazy month. No new job yet but I had 3 interviews. Maybe the 4th one's a charm. <BR> <BR> As for the Mini Goal list I have achieved #29, 61, 63 & 71 in July. Stargazing was great. We were visiting friends of ours in Maine who do not live near a bright city. The sky was so full of stars. I used the Skyview app on my phone to figure out what I was looking at. That was pretty neat. <BR> <BR> Working on #24 today. A New workout mix is needed as I ramp up to complete my last 3K (#14... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:40:54 EST June/July Mini Goal Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742865 Lots of changes going on in my life as I begin my transition out of an old job and finding a new one. I thought adding a challenge to my busy schedule would help but in the end I couldn't keep up. I ended up taking another break from SP for a bit. I make that mistake all too often - over commitment. I need to focus on the basics right now - eating clean, getting exercise and making time for myself. <BR> <BR> However, in my absence I have been trying to achieve items on my mini goal list. He... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:30:47 EST Another Mini Goal Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722910 Had to share this because this one one of the mini goals I have been really looking forward to. Earlier last month I got my veggie garden boxes built and in the ground. <BR> <BR> I am proud to report that veggies are beginning to grow and the fruits of my labor are paying off - literally. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1892828171.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I plucked my first strawberries yesterday! Mini Goal #33 of Eating something grown in my garden has been achieved a... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:30:26 EST Getting ready for June and the Mini Goal List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708049 May has come to an end and the Mini Goal List is looming a bit. Next month is busy and lots of changes are coming. <BR> <BR> I complete #32 this month and got my first Vegetable Garden in the ground. Hope this works. I can't wait to have some fresh veggies! <BR> <BR> I've started sending out resumes in an effort to complete #48 on my list. <BR> <BR> Joined the Spring into Shape Challenge in an effort to get me moving in the right direction. I had a big slip and gained 15 lbs. over the la... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:39:39 EST Giving yourself permission to change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693623 I've been having a bit of a rough time today. <BR> <BR> My brain has decided to beat up on me because I have let things slide post graduation and gained weight again . Additionally I'm struggling with work - dealing with current deadlines and the thoughts and emotions associated with leaving my current position. Leaving the field I am in means leaving co-workers that are like family to me (although a seriously dis-functional family) and a position that has been my safe spot (though incredib... Mon, 12 May 2014 18:30:45 EST Mini Goal List Update for April/Early May 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691526 We are a little into May but I wanted to get my post for April in and Share my Progress for May so far. <BR> <BR> I bought a Jawbone UP 24 for myself after completing my First Walking 5k of the year with a time of 60 mins (goal #13). I've set up a goal of trying to get 6000 steps in per day working up to 10,000. Right now I have been averaging between 4000 & 5000 steps a day. I also have a second 5k set for this weekend. <BR> <BR> I've set up a private inspiration board and a public motivat... Fri, 9 May 2014 19:46:15 EST Mini Goal List Update for March 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661021 So I knocked off a major milestone from my Mini-Goal List. <BR> <BR> I completed my Masters Degree in Library and Information Science! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I also took steps towards my walking goals and have set dates for my 5k walks and my 1/4 marathon walks. They are in the calendar - no going backwards only forwards. My first 3k walk is the Weekend of April 12th. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is my progress towards my 2014 100 Mini Goal List as of 3/31/2014: <BR> <BR> 1.Write a new M... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:00:45 EST Mini Goal List Update for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637762 Man this month went fast and with little results. I have been sick since January 15th. The reoccurring colds have combined into the Flu, knocking me out completely last week. <BR> <BR> I just cannot seem to get well. Needless to say the Mini Goal List didn't move very far this month but I tackled some things that were non exercise related: <BR> <BR> Here is my 2014 100 Mini Goal List as of 2/28/2014: <BR> <BR> 1.Write a new Mini Goal List <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Set up an auto appoin... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 14:41:30 EST First Mini Goal List Update Blog for January 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610449 We are at the end of the month so here we go with where I stand with the Mini Goal list. <BR> <BR> Completed 7 Mini Goals in the month of January (1, 25, 27, 28, 37, 49, 86) <BR> <BR> I was hoping to complete more but I've been sidelined with a nasty cold and work/school obligations so I decided it was appropriate for me to take some self imposed "me time" at the end of this month and rest. Hopefully by the end of February we will see the front end of the list whittled down a bit. <BR> <B... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:54:04 EST My 100 Mini Goal List for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578010 Happy New Year everyone! <BR> <BR> The new year brings new opportunity and a new outlook to what the year can bring. <BR> <BR> Last year's mini goal list taught me a few things. The first of which was that I am too focused on weight as a number to beat - it doesn't work that way. Also trying to schedule things for weeks at a time does not work for me either. <BR> <BR> This years list has a focus on experiences - and not just weight loss related. These are experiences to follow through on... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:04:54 EST 100 Mini Goal List Update End of Year Final Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577116 So December threw me a few punches and I did not finish my list but I am proud of what I did accomplish and I am starting the 2014 List to post tomorrow. I learned what worked, I learned what didn't and now I can make adjustments. <BR> <BR> Final Result: 73 Goals Completed for 2013 <BR> <BR> Here is my 100 Mini Goal List for 2013 - Final: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a new Mini Goal list for 2013. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for 10 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for 20 mins. a... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:43:48 EST 100 Mini Goal List Update November #2 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555425 Knocked a few more items off the list before December. This weight plateau needs to go. This month the focus is on getting exercise in to knock those exercise items off the list and budge that scale in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Here is my 100 Mini Goal List for 2013 - as it currently stands: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a new Mini Goal list for 2013. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for 10 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for 20 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 4. Wal... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:15:44 EST 100 Mini Goal List Update November Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544794 The end of the year is quickly approaching: <BR> <BR> Here is my 100 Mini Goal List for 2013 - as it currently stands: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a new Mini Goal list for 2013. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for 10 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for 20 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 4. Walk for 30 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 5. Walk 3 miles. <em>248</em> <BR> 6. Walk 4 miles. <em>248</em> <BR> 7. Walk 5 miles. <em>248</em> <BR> 8. Walk 6 m... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:23:55 EST Mini Goal List Update for September/October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519707 Inching closer to completing the list. Still a lot to do but I can do it if I focus! <BR> <BR> Here is my 100 Mini Goal List for 2013 - as it currently stands: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a new Mini Goal list for 2013. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for 10 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for 20 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 4. Walk for 30 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 5. Walk 3 miles. <em>248</em> <BR> 6. Walk 4 miles. <em>248</em> <BR> 7. Walk 5 miles. <em>2... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:14:04 EST 100 Mini Goal List Update - time to recommit to the list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459941 No new updates but it's time to recommit to the list and get some goals knocked off for the month of August. I've got two weeks left this month so the plan is to tackle #2, #12, #15, #16, #28 & #35. The HLC Fall into Fitness Challenge will definitely help me on my way. <BR> <BR> Here is my 100 Mini Goal List for 2013 - as it currently stands: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a new Mini Goal list for 2013. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for 10 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for 20 mins... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:15:28 EST Mid-June to Mid-July Mini Goal List update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422332 Not too many updates this month. Need to get to work if I want to get this list done! <BR> <BR> Here is my 100 Mini Goal List for 2013 - with updates: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a new Mini Goal list for 2013. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for 10 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for 20 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 4. Walk for 30 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 5. Walk 3 miles. <em>248</em> <BR> 6. Walk 4 miles. <em>248</em> <BR> 7. Walk 5 miles. <em>248</em> <BR> 8. Walk 6... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:21:55 EST Time to kick things back into gear - Mini Goal Update for May/June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398933 May and June have been crazy months and things fell a bit by the wayside. Ran into a bit of a slump, work and school took over and have been dealing with some persistent foot pain which is impacting my walking. <BR> <BR> I am about to start a new quarter so it's time to get my self back on track and back to completing the mini-goal list. <BR> <BR> Here is my 100 Mini Goal List for 2013 - with updates: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a new Mini Goal list for 2013. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for 10 mi... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:04:01 EST Mini Goal List Update for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352948 Been super busy between work and school but wanted to post an update before the end of May arrived. <BR> <BR> Here is my 100 Mini Goal List for 2013 - with updates: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a new Mini Goal list for 2013. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for 10 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for 20 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 4. Walk for 30 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 5. Walk 3 miles. <em>248</em> <BR> 6. Walk 4 miles. <em>248</em> <BR> 7. Walk 5 miles. <BR> 8. Walk 6 miles... Sat, 11 May 2013 09:59:51 EST 100 Mini Goal List Update - progress since February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281016 This is a bit late but I did make some progress last month on the list. 17 items complete - 83 to go... <BR> <BR> Big changes are going to begin happening over the next two months as I am on a quest to go Processed Foods and Sugar Free. <BR> <BR> Here is my 100 Mini Goal List for 2013 - with updates: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a new Mini Goal list for 2013. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for 10 mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for 20 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 4. Walk for 30 mi... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:37:57 EST 100 Mini Goal List Update - progress since January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234229 Had a set back weight wise this month. Been battling some old demons but I made some progress on the list and I'm very proud of it. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to starting the Getting Ready for Spring HLC Challenge tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Here is my 100 Mini Goal List for 2013 - with updates: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a new Mini Goal list for 2013. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for 10 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 3. Walk for 20 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 4. Walk for 30 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 5.... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 09:07:56 EST "What are your needs?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202772 Wanted to share this with everyone. I saw this video clip from Dr. Alice Domar and thought it was really great in reinforcing caring for yourself. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/n2ANEticYt8 </link> <BR> <BR> Do we really know what our needs are and who can give those things to us? <BR> <BR> Time for some re-thinking. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:21:35 EST 100 Mini-Goal list for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183428 Happy New Year Everyone! <BR> <BR> Here is my 100 Mini Goal List for 2013: <BR> <BR> 1. Make a new Mini Goal list for 2013. <BR> 2. Walk for 10 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 3. Walk for 20 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 4. Walk for 30 mins. a day for a week. <BR> 5. Walk 3 miles. <BR> 6. Walk 4 miles. <BR> 7. Walk 5 miles. <BR> 8. Walk 6 miles. <BR> 9. Run for 1 min. <BR> 10. Run for 5 mins. <BR> 11. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a week. <BR> 12. Drink 64 ounces of water every day... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:45:20 EST Assessing 2012 and Making a fresh start in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177695 As the year comes to a close it is time to reassess and think about the goals for the coming year. <BR> <BR> Somethings were successful - I particated in 3 challenges, bought my first home and completed a little more than half of my 100 mini goal list. Others not so much, including not being able to get to 299lbs. by New Years. Still stuck above between 310-320. So the New Year will mean some more changes will need to be made to push harder and further. <BR> <BR> Exercise needs to be a bi... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:37:57 EST "Reframe the task from weight loss to self-care" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166477 I was having a bit of a down day today and trying to deal with issues related to loss of self and self esteem. I was reading an article called "Role for self-worth in weight-loss treatments." <BR> <BR> Here is the link if you want to read for yourself: <BR> <link>www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PM<BR>C2294089/ </link> <BR> <BR> AT the end of this article the author proposes ways that physicians can help patients enhance their sense of self and change their perspective on weight-loss... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:39:40 EST Update to the Mini Goal List for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153965 100 Mini Goals - updated list - TIme to get serious december is here and I need to finish this list. The good news is that school is done for the quarter next week which means more time to get my exercise on. I need to burn through this list. Looks like you will be seeing me blog more often this week. <BR> <BR> 1. Finish my 100 things list. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a month. Dec. goal. <BR> 4... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 20:41:21 EST Update to the Mini Goal List for October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124526 100 Mini Goals - updated list - Filled in the remaining TBD's. 49 Goals to go. Over the halfway mark but need to get a move on. <BR> <BR> 1. Finish my 100 things list. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a month. <BR> 4. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 5. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a month. <BR> 6. Finish packing for our move. <em>248</em> <BR> 7. Visit ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 08:22:44 EST Update to the Mini Goal List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083027 100 Mini Goals - updated list - still have 8 TBD's to fill in - anyone have suggestions? <BR> <BR> 1. Finish my 100 things list. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a month. <BR> 4. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 5. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a month. <BR> 6. Finish packing for our move. <em>248</em> <BR> 7. Visit a Museum. <em>248</em> <BR> 8. Go to a... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 22:21:46 EST Update to the Mini Goal List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057283 100 Mini Goals - revised list <BR> <BR> 1. Finish my 100 things list. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a month. (September Goal) <BR> 4. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a week. (September Goal) <BR> 5. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a month. <BR> 6. Finish packing for our move. <em>248</em> <BR> 7. Visit a Museum. <em>248</em> <BR> 8. Go to an Art Show. <em>248</em> <BR> 9. Visit ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:01:27 EST Tried Qi Gong today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046846 Got a new thing to mark off my 100 mini goals list. I tried the 15min Qi Gong video that SP had up on the main page today. Doesn't burn a lot of calories but was very relaxing and I feel more energized than I did when I got up this morning. <BR> <BR> Spark Coach's community task for me today was to blog about the ways in which I've noticed improvements in my life since adopting healthier habits. <BR> <BR> One of the improvements is willingness to try new things and actually being able to co... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 09:59:16 EST New Month/New Mini Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039845 Time to look at the mini goal list and put some of these goals behind me. The ones marked September Goals are the one I'd like to get done this month. <BR> <BR> 100 Mini Goals - revised list <BR> <BR> 1. Finish my 100 things list. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a month. (September Goal) <BR> 4. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a week. (September Goal) <BR> 5. Drink 64 ounces of water every... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 10:32:39 EST Procrastination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018792 I started Spark Coach. I've been in a bit of a rut. Today's video was helpful and timely. <BR> <BR> This week has been a week of stress and anxiety brought on by me procrastinating. I've gotten myself into bad habits since I started working from home and I really need to change those habits. <BR> <BR> First thing I need to do is to really look at how I am spending my time. I hate this overwhelming feeling of deadlines approaching (and missed deadlines backing up). I have a calendar and I ne... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:19:49 EST 100 Mini Goal List update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008794 It has been a while since I blogged. I'm revisiting my goals again and have made some progress and some adjustments. Because I injured my foot again my plan for losing 250lbs. by the end of the year is not realistic and I want to do this the right way. <BR> <BR> So the goal is to get to 299 by years end. Need to break that 300lb. mark. If I can do that I will go further from there. <BR> <BR> On a good note finally made it to the farmers market so that can get lopped off my list - yahoo! <B... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 20:48:17 EST Thinking about goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929073 Looked at my goal of being to 200lbs. at the end of the year today and realized that to do it the right way that is just not going to happen this year - but... I reset my goal for 250 lbs. which would be doable as long as I was losing 2lbs. per week maybe a little more. <BR> <BR> I can do this. I just need to put myself first. <BR> <BR> Speaking of goals - gonna mark two off of my list next week. The farmers market starts next week on Thursday and I am going to tackle my office this week! Sat, 16 Jun 2012 14:20:54 EST HLC#1 is over -results... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913210 HLC #1 is over - Although I didn't make my goal of 10 lbs. I got damn close and I stuck it out through working full time, school part time, moving to a new home and a sick cat so I am thrilled and I got to knock some goals off my goals list. <BR> <BR> Here are the final results: <BR> <BR> 8lbs. down <BR> 3 inches off my chest <BR> 3 inches off my waist <BR> 1 inch off my hips <BR> <BR> <BR> Updated Goals List <BR> <BR> 1. Finish my 100 things list. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for a min. ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 12:51:36 EST HLC #1 Mental Challenge #8 & 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891077 Challenge #8 <BR> 1) I've made the most progress in this area so far: <BR> Exercising more regularly and with more intensity <BR> <BR> 2) What I have done best this challenge is: <BR> Trying new things - I've tried new exercises, new foods, and definitely new routines. <BR> <BR> 3) What I still need to work on during the last weeks of this challenge is: <BR> Consistency - I am all over the map right now because I have too much going on - between moving, two work projects, school and a si... Mon, 21 May 2012 10:52:46 EST Update to my 100 mini goal list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846189 Decided to change how I was tracking my pounds lost on this list. So here is my list with some updated goals met. Also getting close to completing #6 and #90 (picked up paint chips yesterday!) <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Finish my 100 things list. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a month. <BR> 4. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a week. <BR> 5. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a month. <BR> 6. Fi... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 07:30:43 EST HLC #1 - Mental Challenge Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845023 This was a tough week. One very large unexpected work deadline plus juggling school and a second project made for some very long days. Thursday I had the first part of a large assignment due. Of course work interfered as usual and meant that I was starting it late. I started to berate myself but stopped, there is no point in beating myself up. I have time before the assignment deadline. Get it together and get the assignment done. So I did and faster than I thought I would because I focused ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 08:02:04 EST HTC#1 - Mental Challenge Week 3 - My Mantra http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830589 I can do anything as long as I want to do it! <BR> <BR> Today I got my first compliment and I accepted it and was able to brag a little that I've lost 15lbs. since Christmas. It felt really good. Knock one more item off the 100 mini goal list. <BR> <BR> Now I need to keep it going. This week has been difficult so far. Hope the end of the week will go smoother. I've fallen off the exercise wagon and need to get back on. But I can do anything if I want to do it so I want get exercise in and ... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:49:43 EST Too much going on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827436 I started grad school this week. It has been a bit crazy and overwhelming for a few days now between, my personal life, work and school. As usual I've put too much on my plate. <BR> <BR> I'm considering dropping a class. It's only the first week so I really want to try and push through but the course I chose is more advanced than the other two courses I am taking and I'm having a hard time keeping up with the discussions. Also, without realizing it, I already missed an assignment in this cl... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:11:08 EST HLC#1 - Mental Challenge Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817515 1) I am worth it because: I deserve to be healthy <BR> 2) I am worth it because: I deserve to be happy <BR> 3) I am worth it because: I am intelligent and strong <BR> 4) I am worth it because: What I currently look like does not change who I am inside <BR> 5) I am worth it because: I can do anything I set my mind too Mon, 2 Apr 2012 21:01:03 EST Cross one more off the 100 Mini Goal List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815578 Thanks to the HLC #1, I was able to cross off #34 this week. I logged ALL of my food this week and hope that I can cross off #35-.37 at the end of this month. <BR> <BR> For those who have asked - My list lives on the 30 somethings w/100 lbs. to lose board /forum: Team challenges and goals/Topic: One Hundred Mini Goals, Your Best Challenge Yet. <BR> <BR> However because everyone likes instant gratification I've pasted my list below <BR> as it currently stands: <BR> <BR> 1. Finish my 100 th... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 20:03:02 EST HLC #1 - Optional Last Chance Workout kicked my butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814018 The optional last chance workout kicked my butt! I have not sweat this much since I tried the Leslie Sansone 3 mile walk dvd before I was ready. <BR> <BR> I did it because I think it will be cool to see what kind of progress can be made by the end of the challenge. I gave it all I had and here were the results: <BR> <BR> Drill 1 - Crunches in 2 mins: 64 (arms across chest) <BR> Drill 2 - Pushups in 2 mins: 41 (modified: wall push ups - unable to do floor pushups) <BR> Drill 3 - Post time fo... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 19:37:14 EST HLC Challenge Day 1 & Week 1 Mental Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4806781 First off - Thanks to everyone that sent out birthday wishes yesterday. It was really wonderful to get so many comments and goodies! <BR> <BR> Mental Challenge Goal: <BR> <BR> I want to lose at least 10 pounds in 10 weeks so that I can be a healthier me. If I reach this goal, I will reward myself by going out to a movie. <BR> <BR> I also want to keep trying to fill my 100 mini goals list. I am hoping the challenge will help me do that. <BR> <BR> I've never been good at finishing challenge... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 07:43:27 EST The Trouble with Take Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4791102 We have a refrigerator full of food but can't seem to pull it together to plan and cook. So our lives have lately has been busier than I anticipated and what my husband and I always end up doing is getting take out or delivery for dinner instead of cooking and we have been horrible about it as of late. Pizza, Wendy's, Taco Bell etc...Why are we so lazy when it comes to eating. I've been asking myself this a lot. Why can't we kick the take out habit? <BR> <BR> Issue #1 <BR> We need to be bet... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:44:55 EST Cutting back on the dairy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771901 Well I've come to a realization that I did not want to admit. <BR> <BR> I am becoming (or have been all along) lactose intolerant. <BR> <BR> The month of March will be an experiment of sorts. I've switched to soy milk in my cereal and lactose free yogurt. I will be eating less cheese ( I love it too much cut out entirely) and no real ice cream. <BR> <BR> But the good news it means less calories taken in and hopefully not replaced by other foods. Less bloating and discomfort will also b... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 12:56:29 EST Knocked two items off my mini goal list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4765419 This last week I knocked two items off my mini goal list <BR> <BR> item 43 - Lose one pound <BR> <BR> item 96 - Reconnect with an old friend - I actually ended up reconnecting with 5 old friends and it has been wonderful and has created a monthly brunch event. Which is really exciting. <BR> <BR> The bad news is my cold has gotten worse and exercise is off the docket until I get a little better. The fluids/soups are helping though since I was down one pound and I really don't feel like eat... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 13:25:27 EST I am so ready to feel better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4757221 I've been sidelined since Friday with a bad sinus bug. Luckily no sore throat and the coughing has been dry and minimal but it makes activity hard. I get tired easily and of course it's hard to breathe and sleep. <BR> <BR> Trying to keep moist - lost of herbal tea and water. Ate an entire grapefruit today . Felt better after that for a little while; probably a sugar rush but the Vitamin C won't hurt. <BR> <BR> Hoping for a better nights sleep tonight so I can actually do things tomorrow an... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 22:55:12 EST 100 mini goals challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4755544 I joined the 30 Somethings with 100+ Pounds to Lose board this week. <BR> <BR> They had this great challenge of 100 mini goals challenge. I look forward to completing these goals over the next year. <BR> <BR> Here is my list: <BR> <BR> 1. Finish my 100 things list. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a week. <BR> 3. Walk for a min. of 30mins. a day for a month. <BR> 4. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a week. <BR> 5. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for a mo... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 18:33:41 EST