MSBOOTCAMP's SparkPeople Blog MSBOOTCAMP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Coupon to try "new" gym. When am I going? WHAT WILL I WEAR?! I've signed up for a (voluntary, nobody forced me) complimentary pass to a gym not too far from home. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else also noticed these days when you do sign-ups like this, not just for the gym, very often, someone CALLS YOU BACK almost before you hit "send" on the computer?!?? <BR> <BR> There it was in my inbox. A friendly email from one of the trainers at the new gym, introducing himself and placing himself at my disposal for the short duration of my gym trial. I haven't quit... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:32:30 EST Snowshoeing, 2016, part 2: "Challenges" of an Active Lifestyle - House Keys, Anyone? Just call them the "challenges" of an active lifestyle! Feeling much better than I thought I would after overdoing it - just a bit - yesterday. Daughter spared me the hike a mile or so back home, and after dark. Outside, things also were icing up. Due to snow-blocked streets, as I requested, she dropped me off a couple of (very walkable) blocks from home. Got to the front door, searched my pockets, and thought I'd lost my keys! So, I spent another 20 mins, and another fraction of a mile, walk... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:24:43 EST Snowshoeing, January 2016! DC's Big Snowstorm Greetings, everyone!! Haven't updated in months and months. Now it's January. We finally had a great snowfall on the U.S. East Coast, including Washington. Finally got to use my snowshoes I got in March, 2015, but they arrived a week too late to use at the end of last winter. Ten months was a loooong time, but finally got the chance. More soon! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:00:28 EST Switching back to my "found" Fitbit; looking for workout challenges After getting a replacement Fitbit, the 'old' one finally turned up. Why does it work like that? LOL. Then, I noticed SparkPeople would not connect to the 'new' Fitbit. And if I did connect it, I would lose all my earlier data. Frustrating. So, I've decided to switch back to the 'old' Fitbit and pick up where it stopped logging my activity here on SparkPeople. Meanwhile, I'm looking for new fitness challenges for this Spring and Summer. Especially races- that kind of thing. We'll see what com... Thu, 7 May 2015 19:27:25 EST Cinco de mayo already! It's the fifth of May, already!! Tue, 5 May 2015 23:59:07 EST A Month of Decluttering! Erin Whitehead via Sunshine5268 Found this useful Spark post through SP member Sunshine5268. Thanks, ladies! <BR> <BR> Anybody else getting rid of "stuff"? <BR> <BR> Our goal is to clear away more items before the holidays! <BR> <BR> Declutter Your Home in 30 Days <BR> <link><BR>st=declutter_your_home_in_31_days </link> Sun, 5 Oct 2014 23:53:15 EST Big problems with SparkPeople software; SparkPage won't update! In case anyone thinks I don't know what season it is, just a note to say I have tried updating my Sparkblog all summer, and now into fall 2014. I have reported the problem to SparkPeople, but so far, no one seems too motivated to assist! This has been really frustrating. <BR> <BR> I'll try to post something more fitness-related soon. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 22:25:21 EST Using Spark Coach, and Staying the Course! Considering that we subscribers pay for this service, the biggest thing that Spark Coach could do is simply provide users with the previous day's challenge! I NEVER remember, and it's too complicated to try to look it up. The challenges are not chronologically linear, making it next to impossible to locate. <BR> <BR> To reach or maintain fitness goals, maybe the two biggest things many of us need are patience and continued motivation. <BR> <BR> Getting in shape, or back in shape, or maintai... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 23:41:52 EST Doing the 21 Day Fix Been doing the 21 Day Fix for three weeks, and today is day 21. Tomorrow I start round 2! <BR> <BR> Clean wash to hang and put in dryer. <BR> <BR> BOSU push-ups and planks. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 14:49:10 EST 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