MYJUNIEMOON's SparkPeople Blog MYJUNIEMOON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Health Eating Horoscopes Healthy Eating Horoscopes <BR> Your Perfect Diet is in the Stars <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> When it comes to cooking and eating healthy foods, you might not reach your goals if you're following a plan that goes against your true nature and personality. If you're spontaneous, then meal plans might make you feel stifled, while an outgoing personality won't stick to a diet plan that involves cooking a lot of meals solo, for example. If you're strugglin... Wed, 6 Jun 2018 14:20:24 EST Getting More Calcium As I age, calcium is one nutrient that I try to make it a point to reach daily. <BR> 15 simple ways to increase your calcium consumption <BR> There are many easy ways to boost your calcium intake by sneaking these foods into your daily diet: <BR> <BR> 1. Add beans to soups, chili, and pasta dishes. <BR> 2. Grate low-fat cheese over soups and salads. <BR> 3. Enjoy a smoothie made with yogurt . <BR> 4. Use milk instead of water in soups, breads, sauces, or salad dressings. <BR> 5. Add milk t... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:12:30 EST Coach Dean's Tips <BR> <BR> Mind Over Body <BR> 10 Steps to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Put the “I” in Your Weight Loss Plan. Learn how knowing the answer to one simple question can improve your chances for success by up to 100%. <BR> <BR> 2. Take the stress out of weighing in. Is your scale making you crazy? Read about three things you can do to take the stress out of your weigh-ins. <BR> <BR> 3. Tame your " toxic guilt" before it wipes out your will power . Learn how to exercis... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:47:27 EST 50 Ways to Feel Happy Borrowed from A NEW OLD LAURA <BR> ======================= <BR> 50 WAYS TO FEEL HAPPY <BR> <BR> 1. If I haven’t exercised yet, do it NOW! <BR> 2. Take a shower. Brush my teeth. Get completely dressed with lotion, nice clothes, hair fixed and make up. <BR> 3. Say an out-loud prayer. <BR> 4. Read scriptures. <BR> 5. Write down 5 things I’m grateful for. <BR> 6. Call Hubs. <BR> 7. Send a funny text to the kids. <BR> 8. Clean and disinfect off kitchen counters. Pause and look at the resu... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 12:41:53 EST December Challenge re's a Quick Link to the DECEMBER CALENDAR TRACKING THREAD! <BR> -- This starts now through December! <BR> -- Read the TLC Calendar Challenge information here, then Head Over and join everyone on the Tracking Thread: <BR> <BR> <BR> sa <BR> geboard_thread.asp?board=31740x25339R>x6<BR>8021761 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> emoticon Take care of Yourself through December & the Holidays <BR> <BR> Looking for just a little something, just a little bit mor... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 08:05:59 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR: 2014 I read this and thought I'd share it. Let us shine in His Glory! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are eight ways to view the coming year and every year as a year of: <BR> <BR> 1. New Beginnings <BR> <BR> Start out the new year with a fresh point of view to new experiences, memories, and blessings, having an open mind and heart to wherever the Lord may take you, with full assurance and confidence that He is with you (Matt. 28:19-20). <BR> <BR> 2. New Possibilities <BR> <BR> There is no limit ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:08:10 EST Motivation Collage <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:46:30 EST Wednesday Pawse - Day 21 Now is the time to step it up! <BR> <BR> It seems I am working so hard to just maintain....and it's such a struggle. <BR> <BR> Some strategy for the coming week: lower sodium, carbs and snacking. Up water, cardio and protein. <BR> <BR> Let's Do This! Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:07:12 EST Wednesday Pawse - Day 14 I did it! I did everything I should. Mixed it up - ate plenty of fruit and veggies, lean protein, drank tons of water, logged 587 fitness minutes for the week. <BR> <BR> And I lost 1/2 pound. <BR> <BR> Something's got to give! I don't want to live the rest of my life at 180 pounds! At 5'8", I think 150 is a doable goal. Why can't I get past this? <BR> <BR> What can I tweak? I will just keep on keeping on....One foot in front of the other. <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:57:53 EST Wednesday Pawse - Day 8 They say that anything you can do for 21 days becomes habit. My goal is to log 500 minutes a week of exercise and a daily CICO deficit of 800 a day. <BR> <BR> I can do that. <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone for their support - cheering me on my journey. <BR> <BR> We're in this together. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 23:04:01 EST Weekend Challenge Blog My expectations for myself over the next 12 weeks - Get my head into the game. I do not want to maintain... or worse, gain weight. I have lost my dedication...small things have crept back in. Snacking...not exercising every, carbs and it's keeping me from my goal. <BR> <BR> My goal is to get in the 150s and maintain. <BR> <BR> I have to start today. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 01:00:50 EST Wednesday's Reflection <BR> Ok -I am not a blogger, but I'll try to on Wednesday for the next 12 weeks. In fact, I'm not really much of a sharer..... That's why I don't write long messages on the chat thread - usually I'm good for the basic facts on the subject at hand. Exercise and food management and my capability or inadequacy. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> That said, here goes: <BR> <BR> PAWSE Wednesday: Generally a day of rest! Does that mean devouring everything in ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 21:59:34 EST Jungle A B C's OK - It's time to get serious about weight again and get that darn scale moving downward! It's summertime - tank tops - shorts - cute little dresses and sandals! I have gained a few pounds and it stops here - TODAY!!! <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? Yes -- I like to see who's in front of the pack and match their stride. <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 18:23:00 EST It's a Head-Heart Thing I'm struggling with the balance. <BR> <BR> If you have ever tried to shed pounds and get healthy, then you know the difference between success and failure is the mind-body connection. You have to get your head in the game to be successful. No excuses. It's nobody's game but your own. You have to do it for yourself. And it's all or nothing. When your mind is focused on your goals, nothing ~ temptation, bad weather, injury, holidays.... can stop you from achieving the goals you set. Y... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:27:26 EST Running on Empty - Just Do It! In the middle of the night you hear it's joints popping. You sometimes hear the motor kick in. Water just isn't as cold as it was during summer.... Then your ice melts and refreezes. I cleaned the bottom grill and used the vacuum hose under it. I dumped a 32-ounce jar of Duke's mayo yesterday with a 7/21/13 expiration date. It was accompanied by whole wheat flour, panko bread crumbs, eggs and milk. Bottled water is just barely cooler than room temperature. <BR> <BR> It's time to adm... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:50:27 EST Ways to reduce stress during the Holidays (and every day) My Number One stress-reducer is exercise. I have a very high-stress job and almost daily come home worn out, frustrated and anxious. After 45 minutes of cardio/stretching/strength training POOF! It's gone! I feel in control, like I've accomplished something, and relaxed. It's good for me AND it's free! <BR> <BR> My Number Two stress reducer is eating right. If I eat out, I am so thirsty from the sodium and fat. If I get my huge salad and fruit in, I feel so much better. My digestive... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 14:26:06 EST Staying Motivated During The Holidays (Updated) UPDATE - I have decided to join the Biggest Loser Winter Challenge to keep me accountable. It starts December 12. GO, Team Amethyst <BR> <BR> I can certainly say one thing... I have been working way too hard to get fit and lose weight for the past 4 months to just throw it away on a few weeks of high-calorie food and sitting on the couch. <BR> <BR> My plan is to get 100 minutes of cardio a day. I'm shooting for 750 minutes a week. Yes, it's lofty, but if I made it easier, then I wouldn't... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:14:41 EST Staying Motivated During The Holidays I can certainly say one thing... I have been working way too hard to get fit and lose weight for the past 4 months to just throw it away on a few weeks of high-calorie food and sitting on the couch. <BR> <BR> My plan is to get 100 minutes of cardio a day. I'm shooting for 750 minutes a week. Yes, it's lofty, but if I made it easier, then I wouldn't be working as hard. I think you need to strive to do more, when you hit that goal, keep increasing bit by bit. Last week , I logged between 7... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 11:25:29 EST Six Weeks - 12 Pounds I am not very good at taking photos - nor am I very photogenic hehehehehe! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I been sticking to my plan and trying to work it every single minute. Any body that has undertaken weight loss knows how it seeps into everything... food choices, time-spent decision-making, conversation.... It begins to own you. <BR> <BR> My plan is and has been to workout a minimum of 60 minutes a day - every day - a... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:28:57 EST Three Good Qualities Money Can't Buy There are some characteristics we are drawn to more than others; certainly more we are attracted to. Do we often see them in ourselves? Do we value them? If we do, is it because others do, too? <BR> <BR> I am old-fashioned. In all areas of my life. I believe in good, core values. Here goes ~ three things I love about myself. <BR> <BR> 1. I have a strong, dedicated take-ownership work ethic. If I say I'm going to do it - I will communicate what, how, where and when. And by gosh, ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:12:39 EST I've Hit The Wall You read about it. You hear about it. You listen about it. Until you have actually experienced it, you truly do not understand the frustration it causes. Sure, the experts admit it. They all coach the same thing: Stick with it. Keep on keeping on. Work through it. <BR> <BR> If I could find that towel, I'd throw it in. I'll keep looking for that towel while I continue to walk 4.5 miles a day. I'll search for a towel replacement while I keep my calories right about 1300. Maybe, i... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 15:03:45 EST Simple Math or (CI/CO) My Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is 1600 calories. That is the amount I expend just being alive. So if I eat 1200 calories a day: <BR> <BR> EXAMPLE A <BR> Nourishment 1200 calories <BR> BMR - 1600 just lying around <BR> =400 calorie deficit <BR> <BR> A pound is 3500 calories. It would take me approximately 9 days to lose one pound. (and I have lots of excess pounds) Sigh! <BR> <BR> EXAMPLE B <BR> Nourishment 1200 calories ... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:26:40 EST Before Photo How embarrassing - Only for BLC 20 would I even consider this! That, and the knowledge that I will NEVER look this way again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:46:45 EST 12 WEEKS -- 20 POUNDS I have been working toward getting healthier and eating clean for about 20 years. The problem with my weight mainly consisted with my love of crunchy, salty carbs, daily doses of wine, and almost no exercise, well, except for the daily walks with Zoe. About 2 months ago, that all changed. <BR> <BR> I started working out 3-4 times a week, completely cut alcohol, and gave up chips. I have lost 8 pounds! WOW! Small changes. I brown bag every day and only eat out 1 meal a month. So many f... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:22:11 EST My Goal/Motivation Collage <img src=""> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:58:14 EST Shhh-hhh-hhh! It's a Secret! When I work out 30 minutes (or more) a day, every single day, and watch my food (don't give in to cravings) - I lose weight! How simple is that? <BR> <BR> Increased activity + less empty calorie food intake = weight loss <BR> <BR> Gee..... I might be on to something revolutionary here!!! <BR> <BR> Five Pounds GONE! Keep it up, Girl! Just 15 more to go..... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 09:12:08 EST Plateau - Something's Gotta Change! This has to change - the scale hasn't moved for three months. That tells me that I am just maintaining - And I need to be losing! I'm getting lots of fruit, veggies and tons of water in every single day - So what else can I change? <BR> <BR> I need to up my game, scrutinize my diet - just giving up wine will spare me 200-400 empty calories daily. I'll replace it with skim milk. And I need the extra calcium anyway. <BR> <BR> I can do this - I know I can. Daily workouts - If I eat th... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:30:15 EST It's a struggle to stay motivated It's easy for me to get off the exercise mode. I get up at 5:30 as it is... and after a 10-hour work day, I am so tired and brain dead. I KNOW that's exactly when the ellipical/treadmill is calling my name - to destress, gain energy, tone up and lose the fat. BUT IT'S SO HARD. I am a morning exerciser - but when I have to be at work at 7:00am - it's hard to fit in. I work until 6:00pm most days. <BR> <BR> So, I signed up for a Salsa class on Wednesdays! That leaves me 3 more days to ... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 10:14:50 EST 2012 and a New Blank Page I have always liked ringing out the old and bringing in the new year! I guess it's a time to reflect, rejoice and refocus. For me, the new year is an opportunity to start fresh, begin anew, wipe the slate clean. <BR> <BR> So, what exactly do I want to accomplish in 2012? Lose 30 pounds? Workout 3 days - off 1? Focus on clean eating and cutting out processed foods? Take up a new sport/fitness activity? <BR> <BR> Hummm, if I know myself, I'll try to start on all and by Valentine's... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 10:16:33 EST Sping Bootcamp Challenge I was very pleased to discover that SP is organizing a Spring Bootcamp! I participated in the first Jan 1 Bootcamp and managed to stay with it for about 2 weeks. I was so out of shape that it was hard to completely execute the cardio videos. Also, it was brutally cold and wet outside, so adding fitness walks a few times a week was nearly impossible. <BR> <BR> This time will be different! I just finished the Day 1 kickboxing video (entirely) after my morning walk/jog of 42 minutes! The S... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 11:28:04 EST Gym Membership It's been two weeks since I joined 24Fitness. I joined for a couple of reasons.... first, it's getting just way too hot in Houston to jog outside (miserable, in fact). Money's tight, so I also knew that if I paid for it, I would be geared toward making it worth that monthly fee. Next, I tend to be kind of isolated, so I thought a gym membership might help me meet a couple of workout buddies. <BR> <BR> I'm really surprised at myself - I have gone to the gym 7 out of 14 days! If I can mai... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:53:28 EST Warmer Weather As the warmer weather approaches, I find that my desire to run, play and get in shape is increasing. My bicycle has had a flat tire for 3 years and I stopped by a bike shop yesterday to get a new inner tube. The plan is to work on it Saturday morning. I like to ride ~ it's not exercise to me.... fun! <BR> <BR> Sometimes I take Zoe (mini-Schnauzer) on lease with me - she loves it! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to this weekend! :) Thu, 8 Apr 2010 10:49:43 EST Reality Check I need a Reality Check. While I have been exercising more, drinking less alcohol and trying to eat less ~ I KNOW I can do much better. I have lost 3 pounds, and some of that roll of middle fat ~ I KNOW I can do much better. <BR> <BR> So WHY don't I? WHAT is the mind-body connection? WHEN will I get that connection? HOW do I get that connection? <BR> <BR> One thing I DO know for certain: Consistency is the key. It's what you do every day and continue to do. <BR> <BR> Stay on it! Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:48:51 EST Jumpstart the New Year! I have been determined - just one thing since before Thanksgiving - to not GAIN weight over the holidays. Just maintain. So far, so good. I have splurged - a total of 3 pumpkin and 2 pecan pie slices over six weeks. And a couple of candy canes - that's it. I've been keeping to a salad for one meal a day. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm off work until Monday, January 4, 2010. And I have to decided to jump-start my fitness/diet program by working out every day I'm off. Day two and I feel so much be... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 11:56:58 EST Getting in a rountine Having finished my first month back at work after a 7-month lay-off, I am finally getting back into a routine! And the weight is starting to come off. I don't sit around all day, munching and thinking about what I can eat next. And I am starting to get up earlier to exercise - starting my day off in a positive mode. <BR> <BR> All "good things"!!!! SMILE! Thu, 16 Jul 2009 08:01:04 EST This month has become a challenge for me. In spite of starting a new job on June 15, I am hoping to complete 64 miles this month. I have 14.25 miles to go. I think I can make it.... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 09:29:37 EST May Done ~ June new challenge I finished 60.5 miles in the month of May. I am committing to 64 miles in June, a shorter month. I can do this! 4.5 miles down.... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 13:32:24 EST I just might make it.... I have completed 46 of my 60 miles this month. I am going to finish 14 miles in the remaining 6 days of May. I can do this. Mon, 25 May 2009 20:07:24 EST It's so much better to run in the mornings. Poor Zoe! She just can't take the heat. I had to carry her home yesterday after a mile ~ well, it was 96 degrees at 1:00pm. This morning we went out at 7:30am and it was 79 degrees and we ran for 4 miles. BIG DIFFERENCE! <BR> <BR> <em>200</em> Sat, 16 May 2009 10:18:37 EST Staying on track With all that is going on in my life right now, I have made my diet and exercise my first priority. Well, actually my second. First is getting a job. (talk about anxiety...) <BR> <BR> I put in 20 miles last week! I walked, jogged and/or ran 20 miles! Maybe this week it will be 22 miles.... I don't know, but I'll try. <BR> <BR> I need something good going on..... Mon, 11 May 2009 09:37:34 EST I'm Challenged for May I have committed to 60 miles in the Roadrunners Team for the month of May. This is just 20 miles a week. Hopefully, this will help keep me on the fitness track. The new team I've joined, Quickfire is kicking my butt! (in a good way) My goal this month is to continue with the daily Quickfire Challenges, along with my cardio. <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> <em>198</em> Fri, 1 May 2009 20:13:03 EST I feel fabulous! I just finished 3.4 miles around the trail. It was very cloudy, threatening rain and windy. After stretching, I feel fabulous! I also did hops over a stretched-out resistence band. I saw that on a video a few months back and couldn't even do one without feeling like I was breaking my ankles - today I did over 70! Fitness progress! <em>250</em> Scale progress, ah no. <BR> <em>15</em> Sun, 26 Apr 2009 19:31:34 EST Great Workout Today! I jogged 2-3/4 miles, walked another, and did floor exercises for about 15 minutes. I feel revived! ;-) Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:00:17 EST OK~ enough time off I've had computer difficulties, depression problems, lack of sleep and I'm still jobless! Well, computer problems withstanding, all the other reasons for my lapse are exactly why I need to be here!!! <BR> <BR> My weight has increased a couple of pounds.... even though I have been exercising a few times a week throughout. It's my food intake! Being home all day just makes me snack.... all day! It's time to get back to my journal accountability. If I eat it, I write it ~ every morsel. <BR... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 19:26:08 EST OK ~ I've slept It was still a struggle. No alcohol. Just Aleve. I actually slept 7 hours! BUT....(a big butt) Sleep only came after 2:30am and I slept until 9:30am. I am used to farmer's hours.... 9:30 to 5:30am.... Dusk to Dawn, that's where I need to be ~ Used to be.....Never used an alarm clock in my life. <BR> <BR> Seven hours is still more than I've had in a few weeks.... <em>102</em> Fri, 13 Mar 2009 17:53:35 EST Sleep Deprived For almost four weeks now, I just can't sleep. Never been a problem my entire life. I have leg cramps and muscle spasms. I thinks it's old man devil trying to derail my running motivation. Last night I was up at 1:30am cleaning out my t-shirts and shorts drawer. At 3:00am, I went outside and rocked in the swing. At 4:30am, I took a warm shower. This is getting to be a way of life.....ZOMBIE <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 10 Mar 2009 10:42:56 EST Went to a different park to run this morning. Sigh..... such a beautiful day! Zoe will have stay home next time, though. Too much of a distraction! Dogs will be dogs.... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 11:55:34 EST New Two-Month Challenge started - Day 2. Jogged 4 miles and my time is getting better. <em>182</em> Mon, 2 Mar 2009 18:47:58 EST I wasn't able to run in the CP 10K yesterday. A death in the family..... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 19:33:08 EST 5 days to go until the 10K. I've been reading Nancy Clark's nutrition book, hoping to get some insight on additional energy I desperately need. I haven't been sleeping nights..... and I have terrible leg cramps. Gotta stay on it! Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:54:38 EST