MSBOOTCAMP's SparkPeople Blog MSBOOTCAMP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still in "recovery" phase Not sure how much longer this will last, but it's just the way it is. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'll try to make it to my afternoon class. Then go past the grocery. <BR> <BR> My exciting weekend! LOL! Enjoy! Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:20:07 EST Saturday night, no fever!! A busy, busy day. No hanging-out late over here... Time for bed. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:51:03 EST Shopping list <BR> 1. WHITE VINEGAR - great for so many things! <BR> <BR> I figure, maybe, if I post it here, I won't "forget"! Heh heh heh. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:51:40 EST Talking about hormones I thought I "knew everything" basic there was to know about what I needed, and needed to do, for my own health and fitness. I learned different!! <BR> <BR> It's been some time since I "hit a wall." Everything I was reading, everyone who offered advice, had me thinking there was something I was doing "wrong," and which was why I was NOT losing weight, and, a year ago, actually started gaining (and gaining fat in 'un-typical' places- mid-section, etc.). <BR> <BR> This was scary. It's STILL s... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:35:41 EST Prepping to clean the hardwood floors (I Keeping this image for inspiration! <BR> <BR> Honey, when I say "prepping," I mean, like, for doing this a few days from now - not right this moment! LOL... <BR> <BR> I'll write some more later. <em>213</em> JULY Update: I still love this photo! And find it inspiring! Go figure!! Hahaha! Anything that helps get chores done... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:41:10 EST Weekly fitness "checklist" from trainer Shaun T, on his FB page Hi, everybody! Hope you had a good weekend, and hope we're all preparing ourselves for a good week ahead. <BR> <BR> Stopped by Shaun Thompson's Facebook page, where he posted a short but useful "checklist for the week." <BR> <BR> For his whole post, here's the link to Shaun T's FB page: <BR> <link><BR>ss?fref=nf </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Make your workout calendar. <BR> 2. Try to switch things up a bit. <BR> 3. Find workout partner for the week. <BR> 4.... Sun, 18 May 2014 19:21:15 EST Raw chocolate truffles, The Rawtarian - OMG OMGoodness... A recipe for raw chocolate truffles. This is from The Rawtarian. <BR> <BR> This is so healthy. And sweetness is provided by dates - which also have lots of fiber! <BR> <BR> You'll need the following ingredients and a food processor. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ruffles-recipe </link> <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (or any other seeds you have on hand) <BR> 1/2 cup walnuts (or any other nuts you have on ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:11:12 EST Midlife Women! "The One Exercise Motivation that Really Works" (MORE Magazine) This piece really may help some of us! MORE Magazine, November 2008 - "The One Exercise Motivation That Really Works: An expert reveals the surprising ways we sabotage shape-ups and how you can — finally! — get motivated to exercise." <BR> <BR> By Virginia Sole-Smith <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cise-motivation-really-works </link> <BR> <BR> As someone who’s spent the last 14 years studying the exercise habits of midlife women, Michelle Segar,PhD, MPH, knows... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:08:19 EST About that word "NO"- it has a purpose! I started this post on the Spark 'Fitness and Exercise' forum, where someone asked a great and honest question about how to make yourself a priority more often. <BR> <BR> What I wrote on the forum was that one way to make yourself a priority for yourself is to get comfortable with telling other people "NO" more often. <BR> <BR> Not trying to be mean; just being honest, and trying to be more fair - to ourselves! <BR> <BR> Often (daily?), this is a women's issue. Most of us already are ov... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:11:55 EST As much Tibetan healing music as you could want... 11 hrs, free, online! (I've edited this post, again, and trying new, shortened link... the "share" link given by youtube.) <BR> <BR> Found this on Youtube. Never yet been to Tibet but I'm game to go. <BR> <BR> Sunday was LOSAR - Tibetan New Year - 2141, the Year of the Wood Horse. "Tashi delek," everyone. <em>425</em> <em>548</em> <em>425</em> <em>355</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Tibetan healing music. Enjoy. And share the joy. <BR> <BR> <link> <... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 14:50:42 EST Testing re-post Awards Show Link to the SparkPeople workout article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=the_awards_show_workout_game_work_o<BR>ut_while_you_watch </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople automatically re-sizes the photo, soooo... this is it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 22:44:44 EST Academy Awards on TV? Awards Show Work Out Challenge! WATCH TV, AND DO THE AWARDS SHOW WORKOUT CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OOPS! Doesn't show up anywhere near the same size as the original SparkPeople post. Guess we have to print out this workout in order to read it! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 20:56:41 EST Elliptical machine desk costs HOW MUCH?!! HOPE YOU'RE SITTING DOWN (but not for too long!!) ... <BR> <BR> This is Hammacher Schlemmer's Elliptical Machine Office Desk, with "a semi-recumbent elliptical machine with electronic resistance control. The desk can accommodate people up to 6'9", and includes rail system for mounting your computer LCD." <BR> <BR> Now for the part that might "hurt." This invention costs $8,000, plus another $450 shipping and handling. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> We can at least read about it here: <link>... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:16:38 EST Seen this from NPR's health blog?! Let's get up and keep moving ; ) Just read Linda Poon's article, "Sit More, and You're More Likely to be Disabled after Age 60," on National Public Radio's health blog, at <link> </link> <BR> <BR> OH BOY... <BR> <BR> I could sit a blt less. What do YOU do rather than sit? <BR> <BR> Do you, or anyone you know, have a treadmill desk, or maybe a bike desk? <BR> <BR> Most bike desks are much less expensive than treadmill desks. In case you're researching these, like I am, just make sure they are w... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:53:00 EST Happy Sunday! What's YOUR workout? Hi there! I love Sunday mornings. What is/are your favourite day(s) of the week? <BR> <BR> This morning, bouncing on my trusty mini-trampoline, then we'll see what else. <BR> <BR> Have a lovely day! Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:03:10 EST Who has a trainer? Check-in time for me! Going to see my trainer today (Friday). Should be fascintating. <BR> <BR> I put it off as long as possible. Not because I didn't want to, but training can seem like a LUXURY. Sometimes, though, it's really NECESSARY. At least for some of us! <BR> <BR> I'm just glad that it seems I finally did escape from the slump I was in that started around last summer. Thanks to everyone here who encouraged me! <BR> <BR> Trainer-wise, I'm sure things aren't as "bad" as I'm assessing them. It's just ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 00:25:17 EST Guess I'm supposed to be blogging... Here I am - following a suggestion of my Spark Coach Consistency and Motivatioh program! <BR> <BR> I guess I also felt like blogging just a bit. <BR> <BR> Just finished 15 minutes of jumping on my rebounder (mini-trampoline). That's a few steps/bounces more in the right direction! <BR> <BR> Really, aside from my usual walking around, the above was my first exercise session today. I fully intend to get in another 15-30 minutes of bouncing this evening, and, hopefully, also my Focus T25 w... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:40:34 EST Happy new year, everyone!! How's everyone doing? This is my first blog entry in months, and first in 2014. <BR> <BR> I've recently started Beachbody's Focus T25, Shaun T's short yet intense 25-minute workouts. <BR> <BR> I just finished Week One, and on to Week Two. <BR> <BR> Going to try to do a bit more trampoline this evening. Walked, and did 10-min trampoline cardio workout this a.m. Busy day. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone the best in this new year! <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:04:04 EST Farewell to another friend I'm on my way to New York. So glad I committed to making this trip. <BR> <BR> My friend and former boss passed away last week. The funeral is in the morning. <BR> <BR> Still cannot believe he's gone, but he'll never, ever be forgotten. I mean that in a very deliberate, concrete way. <BR> <BR> Decided to go up tonight, get a hotel, and be ready first thing in the morning. Otherwise, I would have caught a bus or train at an ungodly hour later tonight, to arrive early in the a.m. <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:13:26 EST 2013 Homestretch!! Obviously, I haven't felt much like writing for quite awhile, but I'm back. <BR> <BR> Trying to handle family matters and sort of stay on-track. <BR> <BR> Need to schedule a fitness get-together with my group. That would be nice. <BR> <BR> Really appreciate that FitBit helped me out this summer. Those little thingies can be too easy to misplace! But I LOVE seeing my daily progress. <BR> <BR> I hope things are going to get sorted out: the ones in my control, and those that aren't. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:04:39 EST Goodbye to two friends Just found out that two friends passed. <BR> <BR> One - a charismatic, talented street musician and former public school music teacher - actually has been gone since 2011, and I just didn't know, till yesterday. <BR> <BR> He was in his early 70s; played tenor sax and other woodwinds. I hadn't seen him yet this summer (nor last summer, really), and it dawned on me this wasn't like him. I always ran into him in at least one of three central locations around Washington, DC. Just outside Farr... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 23:18:01 EST Almost three thousand fitness points for April! How is everyone? I'm still "waiting" for the real Spring to get here. How about you? <BR> <BR> Am SO THRILLED I've racked up almost 2500 fitness points this month! <BR> <BR> May starts tomorrow. <BR> <BR> And the gym is calling my name.... <BR> "ms bootcaaaamp... your POST-WINTER arse is rather faaaattt" <em>33</em> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:18:31 EST Retirement party, March 9th, in Dayton, Ohio (my friend's, not mine) CONGRATULATIONS to my friend, Vernellia Randall <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> If you're in DAYTON, STOP BY! <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:10:30 EST Another nice chat Had a wonderful, fun conversation with my Uncle. That was great. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:18:42 EST Nice chat with a nutritionist today... On the way to get lunch today at work there was a nutritionist (lady, as almost always) giving away samples. <BR> <BR> Today's sample was mini-cups of spinach-strawberry salad. I'm gonna have to try making that! It was lightly dressed with oil and vinegar. Really tasty! <BR> <BR> So we chatted about food and nutrition. Then I asked if she's ever tried rebound boots - Kangoo Jumps, etc., to which she replied that she'd never heard of them! <BR> <BR> I got to "proselytize" her about reboun... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:35:58 EST Doing my best, making it through winter Thank heavens, despite bitter cold that keeps advancing, then retreating, we've had sunshine many days. That alone has made things a bit easier. <BR> <BR> It's now late February. Think I've managed to "cut my [winter] losses." November and December had so many ups and downs; and January, pretty much, was an extension. <BR> <BR> Finally, last month and first half of this one, I realised, energy-wise and otherwise, I was pretty drained. That's just the way life often goes. <BR> <BR> In the... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:37:51 EST BUSTED!! This may not mean what you THINK it means! <BR> <BR> Lets just say I got "busted" coming down a flight of stairs today at home. I FELL!! <BR> <BR> If it weren't so annoying, it woulda been funny. But it IS, and it's NOT (funny). <BR> <BR> Luckily, the worst thing I'm dealing with is one very mildly jammed finger, a slightly sore toe, and a big bruise on my left upper thigh. There's gonna be a sore bruise on that upper thigh tomorrow! 0_o <BR> <BR> The main culprits were a new pair of hou... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 23:12:45 EST Doing home workouts: A.M.? Noon-ish? Evening? I'm still doing "plateau-buster" programme with Spark Coach. <BR> <BR> Today I'm doing an evening workout. Getting ready to JUMP on the trusty mini-trampoline. After that? Maybe kettlebells. <BR> <BR> Lately my schedule's moving around, so my workouts are "moving," too. <BR> <BR> Still really want to get out outdoors and BOUNCE! Doggie loves when I combine that with his walk. So do I! LOL. <BR> <BR> A.M. workouts are great, as it's nice and quiet. Afternoon workouts rock when your body's ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 19:12:18 EST Gone Viral: 100 REASONS TO WORK OUT TODAY! Hi, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you think this SparkPeople list is useful?? <BR> <BR> I DO! So I'm posting the link and the list!! <BR> <BR> Face it, people: Winter motivation is a tricky thing, at best. : ) <BR> <BR> Thank you, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> 100 REASONS "WE" SHOULD WORK OUT TODAY!!! <BR> <BR> <link> og.asp?post=100_reasons_yo u_should_work_out_today </link> <BR> <BR> Because it makes you feel confident <BR> Because it helps you get stronger <BR> Because exerc... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:30:42 EST Fit February!! 2013 is moving right along, ehh?! <BR> <BR> Counting the weeks till Spring. Sorry, I can't help it! : ) <BR> <BR> There are things I love about Winter. But lately it's been so bone-chilling cold till I just wanna fantasize about Spring and Summer! <BR> <BR> Gonna try to get on my rebound boots indoors today. Also ready to swing my kettlebell a bit, jump on my little trampoline, and do some yoga. That, and more hot tea! <BR> <BR> Let's see which ones I get done, or if I surprise myself wit... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:46:38 EST That "drive-thru challenge" question (on SparkPeople's poll) I guess my biggest challenge at drive-throughs - or "drive-in windows" - is... NONE!! <BR> <BR> 'Cause I hardly ever go there!! <BR> <BR> After living about eight years in the Balkans, Italy, and East Africa - ALL of which have very good local food - I'm pretty sure I didn't "leave" or "lose" anything at a drive-through window. And so, you find me there only rarely. This takes a load off... literally!! LOLLL! <BR> <BR> Yes - every now and then I DO stop at one. Sometimes for coffee; som... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:26:16 EST Happy 2013! Right this moment I'm kind of winter-bummed out. Just resting, and kind of pooped. <BR> <BR> About to get estimate for possible new furnace. "_" Other than that...!!! <BR> <BR> Just thankful the cold snap's passed for awhile. <BR> <BR> Gonna drink more water. Maybe have one more Greek yogurt today. Go check on the doggie, and maybe jump on the mini-trampoline and swing my kbell. <BR> <BR> Happy weekend, everyone! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:01:03 EST "To Stay Fit During Holidays Bend, Don't Break Routine," Dorene Internicola, Reuters TO STAY FIT DURING HOLIDAYS, BEND, DON'T BREAK ROUTINE <BR> <BR> By Dorene Internicola / Reuters <BR> Source: Chicago Tribune, Dec 10, 2012 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-us-fitness-holidaysbre8b9099-20121210<BR>,0,3757366.story </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sticking to a fitness routine is not always easy, but holiday feasting, drinking and family can make it even harder. <BR> <BR> Tis the season, experts say, to bend your fitness routine so it... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:35:58 EST Check this out: Cottage Cheese 'Ice Cream' - Protein! The guy in this video recommends making this for a nutritious bedtime snack. <BR> <BR> The casein in cottage cheese (and in milk) keeps you from getting hungry during the night. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm going to try it. If you do, let me know how it goes! Of course, experiment with it... <BR> <BR> ENJOY!!! Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:02:44 EST Now wearing size 8 slacks. Just. : ) So, I guess it's been the past 2 or 3 months I was happily wearing size 10 slacks. At first they fit great. <BR> <BR> Then, awhile ago, the penny started to drop. "These are too big!" <BR> <BR> I know, I know! This is a GOOD thing! <BR> <BR> So last night, I went back to the department store, looked around, and found 1 pair of dark blue slacks in size 8. (The pair I wanted were silver gray. No size 8.) <BR> <BR> I didn't even try them on. (This may have been because it was 15 minutes t... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 12:01:07 EST No big news to report... coming up for air Just writing to say I don't have much to report. <BR> <BR> Have just been trying to keep going and stay afloat. <BR> <BR> Had a good session with a personal trainer last week, then I traveled. OH! I guess I DID have some news, about my first aerial yoga class, last Friday, in Indiana. That was a blast. <BR> <BR> I just got a bit of good news, but have been so stressed that it's kind of hard to process. <BR> <BR> Also, just got over two days of a virus. Not computer virus, either. <BR... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 19:51:25 EST Didn't I Post Another Blog Entry?? Isn't there an entry missing here?? <BR> <BR> I could "swear" I posted once since 14 September. Hmmm... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:46:53 EST Join interactive "30-DAY CHALLENGES" website!! This kind of cool "30-day challenges" website was coded by a 20-year old in the UK(!) <BR> <BR> Looks like fun for those of us who enjoy "a certain kind" of GEEKY fun... <BR> <BR> Main link: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The one that first caught my attention was graygirl's personal challenge: <BR> <BR> To lose 10 pounds in 30 days <BR> <link><BR>lose-ten-pounds-in-30-days/148 </link> <BR> <BR> ... Only thing, she didn't make i... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:39:59 EST Squeeze in a workout at work? At work today, so far, I've done 50 jumping jacks, 10 push-ups and 10 squats. <BR> <BR> All I want is an iPhone app that lets you track just these three: JACKS, PUSH UPS, SQUATS. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:04:30 EST Today counts! First day of the rest of our lives On the island of Kauai, this day in 2001, I was in shock, but already on my way to a windsurf lesson with Celeste Harvel of Windsurf Kauai. <BR> <BR> Instead of cancelling, Celeste and I moved our lesson to that afternoon. <BR> <BR> The memory reminds me of three things: How much I love sports, how good I am at some, and the saying from Mother Jones: <BR> <BR> Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living. <BR> <BR> We're blessed and challenged that today really is day one of the... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 06:42:40 EST Can't Resist This: Spas Around the World Hi Everybody! <BR> <BR> Found this on twitter! All I need, every now and then, is one closer to home. ; ) <BR> <BR> Want to Spa Your Way Around the World? Check This List Across 5 Continents - from We Blog The World (blog)  <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Re-create that 'spa experience' at home. Tue, 4 Sep 2012 02:16:43 EST Passed my fitness minutes' goal for the whole year! Heyyy!! It's now 23 July and I've passed the 7200-mark for fitness minutes for this year. <BR> <BR> Guess I'll just sit on my butt from now through 31 December. <BR> <BR> BUT SERIOUSLY... I've got kettlebells and TRX combo tonight, and an adult group VOLLEYBALL practice session tomorrow. Sounds good to me! <BR> <BR> Let's stay focused and keep moving, folks! Here's to YOU, this week. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 02:19:39 EST What a workout. What a day!! : ) Up and out early to "get stuff done." <BR> <BR> Checked today's workout schedule and saw my circuit strength class! Since I had a less than exhausting workout last night, decided to GO FOR IT! <BR> <BR> After other early meetings and calls, I arrived like 30 MINUTES EARLY for class. <BR> <BR> Was so proud of my gym bag packing. Had everything I needed. <BR> <BR> 45-minute class. This is the class that sort of "comes with a warning"! Lol!! <BR> <BR> This is the class with: BOSU (straight... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:26:10 EST Down 2 more pounds! And eating my fave carbs! This is short, for now. <BR> <BR> Lost two more pounds, about which I'm relieved. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finished the last of really tasty, WHOLE WHEAT couscous I made at home. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling better about figuring out portions of my favourite carbs! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow maybe pasta. Yummy. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 01:19:03 EST Post-Killer Workout:( Can still feel my legs, but... Part II! THE TRICKY THING about last night's "body sculpting" class is that the instructor seemed like a really, really "nice" guy. Dude didn't "bark" or anything! How deceptive. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> That was my first time in that class. I knew it was hard, but knowing and doing aren't exactly the same, are they?!! As I got into the studio, another, veteran class member warned <BR> me. "This is a tough class." O-K... Forewarned is forearmed?? <BR> <BR> Everybody was organising her or his workout... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 06:31:55 EST Post-Killer Workout:( Can still feel my legs, but... I'm so exhausted, this isn't going to be long. I'll try to add more tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Suffice it to say, tonight I finally tried this class I waited a week to go to. <BR> <BR> Not sure just how SORE I'm going to be tomorrow. Honestly, I tried not to over-do it. And for the most part, I think I did real good! I lasted the full 60 minutes! And I didn't end up like the one guy in the class who got sick to his stomach when class was over! (That, I'd never witnessed before!) <BR> <BR> I've ta... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 00:21:25 EST "Skate of the Nation" 2012: Skating alongside elite skaters Saturday, 23 June, was a unique and fun sports experience for me! <BR> <BR> I heard about this skate event and decided to register. I LOVE participatory, recreational sports, and can't get enough. <BR> <BR> Only this time, I thought this was "just" a community skate. Somehow "U.S. Olympic Committee" completely escaped my attention(!) <BR> <BR> Luckily, I was so motivated, and have enough race experience that I DID take time to pre-register online. (Note to new athletes: if you can register... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 01:24:08 EST Do you WEIGH food? My "3.5 dry oz" whole grain pasta Hi again, Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Answer is YES YES YES, for sure, I bent over backwards weighing that pasta yesterday! <BR> <BR> Seems like that is the "secret" to successfully having pasta on your plate, and NOT your hips! <BR> <BR> Pasta box recommended one serving as "2 dry ounces." So I measured that out in a plastic baggy- on my little food scale- to see what 2 oz. looked like. <BR> <BR> HAH!!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So, I added a bit more. More than 2oz; just less than four. <B... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:51:44 EST This whole-grain pasta was good!! My husband is Italian. "From Italy" Italian. So pasta is something with which we have a very close culinary relationship. <BR> <BR> In fact, trying to lose these pounds, until today I haven't touched pasta in months!! <BR> <BR> Today I did. And, boy, was that whole wheat penne good... I'll write a short "part 2" on this. <BR> <BR> At this stage with my nutrition and fitness, I think I can now bring a bit of pasta back to my monthly food menu! For me, that's progress. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:26:14 EST A Full-body dumbbell workout! I'm collecting dumbbell workouts to do AFTER some of my kettlebell workouts. <BR> <BR> Here's one I found at <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mbbellworkout.html </link> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:10:12 EST