NASCAR_CHICK's SparkPeople Blog NASCAR_CHICK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 10 Days Down... Infinity to Go... So I've been motivated & on track for 10 days down... and so far, so good... <BR> <BR> During the 10 days, I have accomplished the following: <BR> <BR> 1. No soda <BR> 2. No alcohol <BR> 3. No fast food / drive thru visits until today, as we were traveling all day long <BR> <BR> To explain how significant these accomplishments actually are, you have to understand what my habits were like prior to this newfound re-focus... <BR> <BR> (1) I work 3 or 4 12-hr shifts each week as a night ... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 04:08:38 EST 10 Days Down... Infinity to Go... So I've been motivated & on track for 10 days down... and so far, so good... <BR> <BR> During the 10 days, I have accomplished the following: <BR> <BR> 1. No soda <BR> 2. No alcohol <BR> 3. No fast food / drive thru visits until today, as we were traveling all day long <BR> <BR> To explain how significant these accomplishments actually are, you have to understand what my habits were like prior to this newfound re-focus... <BR> <BR> (1) I work 3 or 4 12-hr shifts each week as a night ... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 04:06:19 EST New Highs Mean New Lows (& not in a good way)... As evidenced from the fact that my last blog was over a year ago, I obviously have not been on track or focused for a very long time! To say that my motivation train derailed would be an understatement... pretty sure it went off a cliff and burst into flames as it hit the bottom of the canyon! <BR> <BR> I have really let myself go this year... using everything under the sun as an excuse... work, my health, stress, my hubby's health, finances, lack of time, and anything else that I could pos... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:51:50 EST 2016 Recap... and Newfound Motivation for the New Year... 2016... oh how to describe this past year... exciting... frustrating... motivating... defeating... and that doesn't even do it justice... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This year saw me start out the year bouncing up & down on the scale like a ball, before (almost) getting back up to my highest weight... and then finally get back below 250 lbs (which I was unable to do in 2015)... but sadly ending the year w/ a... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:55:07 EST Challenge Week #4 Recap... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I reach the halfway point of my current challenge, I found that the above image really resonated w/ me... so far I continue to have a good challenge (knock on wood - don't wanna jinx myself), but I have had my fair share of not-so-good ones in the past (I've been participating in these challenges for almost 2 yrs now) and right about now is where I typically start to have issues. So I fe... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 18:16:26 EST Challenge Week #3 Recap... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As promised in my Week #2 recap, this one will be a short one since it's only been a couple days... <BR> <BR> This week was much better... after starting Nutrisystem as planned, I lost just under 6 lbs. since Satruday... so when subtracted from my weigh-in last week, I "officially" had a 2 lbs. loss (since my gain wasn't reported last week d/t the broken scale). <BR> <BR> Nutrition is on... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:47:15 EST Challenge Week #2 Recap... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So this blog is a little late, as I had some issues w/ internet access the last couple of days... but better late than never, right? <BR> <BR> So due to some extenuating circumstances (snow storm/internet issues/dead scale), I wasn't able to weigh in on Wednesday as I normally do for my challenge, so instead I used my weigh-in from Sunday (yes, I know one of my goals was to only weigh in on... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:17:46 EST Challenge Week #1 Recap... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So my first week of this new challenge was a success, and I will be happy about that... but as I am always my own worst critic, I also know that it could've been even better... <BR> <BR> My success: I lost 1.8 lbs. this week! Any loss on the scale is a win, so I will definitely take it! (of course I would've liked more) <BR> <BR> Nutrition was on point 6 out of 7 days... gotta admit tha... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 02:20:40 EST New Challenge Goals... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week starts my first challenge of this year... and of course, w/ a new challenge comes new goals... <BR> <BR> This is my 3rd challenge in this format, and I've been successful through the first two, losing 12.1 lbs during the 1st challenge and b/t 7.9 and 13 lbs. during the 2nd one. (not sure of actual weight loss during 2nd one since the scale showed 7.9, but I had hardware placed in... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:17:17 EST 2015 Has Been One Helluva Year... (DISCLAIMER: this is a long post, which I apologize for, but it does have a message at the end, if you're willing to read all the way through...) <BR> <BR> <BR> This year has been ANYTHING other than "my year"... I started out the year w/ the best of intentions (as I always do) and as is typical, I let life get in the way... until these last 2 months, that is... <BR> <BR> The first four months of 2015 were spent in a stalled position for me... I was fairly good about getting my workouts i... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 23:24:52 EST New Month... New Challenge... New Motivation... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't count the number of times that I have started this journey and ended up giving up... not failing, I refuse to call it failing, cuz you only fail if you never try again. I'm the queen of "trying again"... for once I'd like to be the queen of succeeding... and that is just what I plan to do this time! <BR> <BR> I have plenty of reasons to be motivated right now... <BR> 1. My first ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:13:12 EST 2nd Verse - Same as the 1st (or 3rd... or 4th... or 5th... you get the picture) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel like this picture pretty much sums up my weight loss battle... <BR> <BR> I'm that classic gung-ho NY's resolution maker, who signs up for whatever "challenge" my local gym is having at the beginning of the year to help motivate those who think they are gonna turn their life around magically on Jan. 1st. If I'm lucky, I may even keep the motivation going into February, but typically... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 02:14:38 EST BL 2015 "Spring Into Shape" Challenge... Pre-week Challenge Letter So as part of our "pre-challenge" activities, I am supposed to write a letter to myself about my goals for the challenge, as well as how I plan to achieve those goals. So, here goes... <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Self, <BR> <BR> This challenge will lead me up to my first "motivation"... my 2-week vacation to Florida at the beginning of May, which will include a Caribbean cruise! (I have a couple more throughout this year, including a huge birthday party at the lake in July, and a wedding in Veg... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 02:14:27 EST Attn: Fellow Nascar Fans... it's almost race time again... Hey there ya'll... a new Nascar season is upon us... <BR> <BR> I've had the pleasure of helping to run a "Pick Five" game throughout the Nascar season for the past 4 years, and it's been going on even longer than that. It's a great way to interact w/ fellow Nascar fans, and have a little fun on race day! <BR> <BR> It's really simple... basically each week, you pick your 5 top drivers (or fav, your choice) and then you receive the same points that your drivers do. <BR> <BR> We'd love t... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 03:48:52 EST "Decluttering" Challenge... So this week as part of the Biggest Loser Challenge that i'm participating in, we were given a "mini-challenge" to DECLUTTER OUR INNER SPACE... <BR> <BR> The challenge included several daily activities, including: <BR> - taking 15 minutes to breathe & meditate each day <BR> - getting 6-8 hours of sleep each night <BR> - walking 30 minutes per day <BR> - going outside to get in touch w/ nature for 10 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> Along w/ those activities were the following assignments: <BR> <BR>... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:56:32 EST Happy Sparkversary to me... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow... 6 years... where has the time gone??? It's hard for me to believe that I have had SP in my life for that long! <BR> <BR> Even though I haven't reached my goals in that time frame (completely my fault), I believe that I have received some irreplaceable gifts from Sparkpeople over the years: <BR> <BR> 1. First & foremost, I have discovered the errors of my way w/ my nutrition & fitness mindset. I now k... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:45:42 EST Time to start anew... (& 2014 recap) So the last couple of months have been a rough one for me... not only emotionally, but even more so on the scale. As I posted in my August blog, I had been on a roller coaster ride for the first 7 months of year... well, that coaster derailed, went off tracks, and I'm pretty sure is in the bottom of a lagoon right now! <BR> <BR> Not only have I gained some weight, but I have completely UNDONE everything that I've accomplished over the past 6 yrs here on Sparkpeople... my total measurements ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:44:19 EST The Ultimate Roller Coaster Ride... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think this picture is a perfect example of what my weight loss journey has been like (& many others that I know of as well)... an unending roller coaster filled w/ ups & downs, twists & turns, loops that toss your world upside down & inside out, and just when you think you might hit a plateau, here comes the next "bump in the road"! <BR> <BR> I say "unending" because I have literally been fighting this "battle... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:00:12 EST Squat & Push-up Challenge... I have had several people ask about the Squat & Push-up Challenge that I did in February, so here it is... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 14:34:29 EST Attention: Nascar Fans... Hey there ya'll... a new season is upon us... <BR> <BR> Once again this year, we've got a "Pick Five" game going for the Nascar season. We'd love to have some new people join in on the fun... the more, the merrier! <BR> <BR> It's really simple... basically each week, you pick your 5 top drivers (or fav, your choice) and then you receive the same points that your drivers do. <BR> <BR> This is year #5 for this game and it is a blast for all involved... hope to see some new fans join in th... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:16:22 EST Biggest Loser Winter Challenge: Special Challenge for Week #8 So this week's special challenge is to blog about my goals & action plan, so here goes... <BR> <BR> <BR> SHORT-TERM GOALS: <BR> I have my short-term goals broken down into 5% weight loss goals. So far I've reached 15%, and by the time I reach my "ultimate" goal, I will reach 45%. I also have a couple of "milestone" goals thrown in for good measure. So my upcoming short-term goals are as follows: <BR> <BR> 20% Loss (218 lbs) <BR> 25% Loss (204 lbs) <BR> "ONE"derland (199 lbs) <BR> 30%... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 03:34:54 EST January 2014 Results... So this has been a pretty good month for me... I've done a great job w/ my nutrition, and stayed on track "fairly well" w/ my fitness. <BR> <BR> So, here are my results for January: <BR> <BR> Weight: 7 lbs. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 1.1% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 0.75 in. lost <BR> <BR> Thighs: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Calves: no change <BR> <BR> TOTAL: 2 inches lost <BR> <BR> <BR... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:28:57 EST New Year, New You poem... (I can not take credit for writing this... and I'm afraid that I can not give credit to the person who did as I don't remember who shared it w/ me last year... but I wanted to share it w/ all of my Sparkbuddies on this first day of the new year!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Twas’ the day after Christmas and all through the house <BR> are enough dinner goodies to tempt any mouse. <BR> <BR> Momma in her nightie and Dad in his tee <BR> share cookies and candy with brother and me. <BR> <BR> The feasti... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:15:46 EST 2013 in Review... 2013 was a roller coaster year... <BR> <BR> The first 1/3 of the year I was all gung-ho... participating in a Lifestyle Change class at my gym w/ my future DIL. We worked w/ dietitians, personal trainers & a lifestyle coach to help us get on the right track w/ diet & fitness. I did very well w/ it, and was very focused. <BR> <BR> Then the middle 1/3 of the year was one of injury, indulgence & laziness... I'll admit it: when I wasn't injured, I didn't feel like working out, so I just did... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:17:09 EST Results from BL FALL INTO FITNESS Challenge... Back in September, I joined the Biggest Loser "Fall Into Fitness" challenge... and I am so excited about the results I've achieved from it! My goal was to lose 15 lbs. during the 10-week challenge... and not only did I meet that, but surpassed it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are my results: <BR> <BR> Weight: 17.9 lbs. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 1.9% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 0.75 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.75 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 1.5 in. lost <BR>... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:22:21 EST Things That I Love... Had a fellow BLC team member post a blog like this earlier, and I liked it so much that I decided to do one myself... <BR> <BR> <BR> Things that I love... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My loving hubby... <BR> we will celebrate our 10th anniversary this NYE! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My wonderful boys... who agreed to "retake" this pic for me... <BR> Back row: ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 03:27:18 EST My Top 10 "Good Things" List... I accepted a challenge from KALISWALKER's blog... to write my own version of "My Top 10 Good Things" list. I'm always looking for new ways to inspire myself & keep myself motivated! <BR> <BR> 1. I only have 4 lbs. left to reach my "low wt" for 2013. <BR> 2. I am getting into my smaller wardrobe. <BR> 3. As I "shrink" out of my bigger clothes, I am donating them to Goodwill. <BR> 4. I have made several new Spark friends in the past couple of weeks. <BR> 5. Since I've been on medical le... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 20:25:57 EST July Recap... This month has definitely been a roller coaster... between my hip injury, medical leave, my son's visit from Florida, and my big birthday blowout last weekend, I have had one busy chaotic month! So I wasn't really sure what to expect this month and was honestly just hoping not to GAIN too much by the end of the month... <BR> <BR> Here's my results as of August 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 0.6 lb. gained <BR> <BR> Body fat %: no change <BR> <BR> Upper arms: no change <BR> <BR> Chest: 0.25 ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 00:23:33 EST Good News... Just a quick update: <BR> <BR> Had good news today at physical therapy... I am progressing well enough that they upped my weight bearing status from just "toe touch" (which is basically nothing) to 25-50% weight bearing (which is so much easier to maintain). <BR> <BR> Fortunately this happened just in time for our big birthday bash this weekend! <BR> <BR> AND while I'm blogging, I'll just add that I'm very excited that my son will be here from Disney tomorrow! YEAH!!! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:41:13 EST 1 Month Streak... Celebrating the fact that I have gone 1 full month (30 days) without drinking any type of caffeine... including my daily Diet Mt. Dew and the energy drinks that I used to rely on to get me through my night shifts! <BR> <BR> Even better... I never suffered from the "caffeine withdrawal" headaches that I have dealt with in the past. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 02:17:35 EST Quick Update: I survived my initial week of pretty much "bedrest" since the doctor wanted me to take it easy w/out going too stir crazy. It was getting rough by the end of the week, but fortunately some of my kids came to visit and that really helped get me outta the funk I was delving into... <BR> <BR> This week I've started physical therapy... the days in the gym are just a little bit of stretching and a couple of strengthening exercises, followed by alot of e-stim and ultrasound. Feels kinda weird wh... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:52:06 EST And the Diagnosis is... So today I had my follow-up appt. w/ my ortho doc to discuss the results of my C.T. scan from Friday, and figure out what the treatment plan is... <BR> <BR> Gotta say, that I got better news than I expected: NO surgery required! YAY!!! <BR> <BR> However... that doesn't mean that it was necessarily "good" news either... <BR> <BR> I have a partially torn ligament that connects the pelvis to the front of the hip bone... which explains the "give" I feel when I step, as well as the pain. Thi... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 20:53:59 EST A "Not-So-Festive" 4th of July Weekend... So this week has not turned out at all like I thought it would... I had a short 2-day work week scheduled, and then was planning to enjoy a nice long 6-day holiday weekend! Had plans for a couple of fireworks shows, some lake time, a little road trippin' w/ my hubby & father, a visit to the stepson who lives a couple hours away... and even a little retail therapy. Sounds like a perfect weekend, right??? <BR> <BR> Well, that all got kabashed on Wed AM (actually Tuesday afternoon)... <BR> <... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 01:04:51 EST 4-Month Recap (aka The Good, The Bad & The Good)... Evidently I haven't posted a blog in awhile... so let me share the "good" first... followed by the "bad"... and now the "good" again... <BR> <BR> <BR> So the 1st GOOD: <BR> <BR> After I completed my weight loss classes at my gym, I was very successful, <BR> <BR> So, here were my results on April 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 4.9 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 0.9% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: no change <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 0.75 in... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:23:49 EST February Results... So like I did last month, I am going to post my TOTAL losses since Feb. 1st instead of from my previous measurements... <BR> <BR> So, here are my results since Feb. 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 6.6 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 1.1% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 1 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 1.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 1.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Thighs: 0.75 in. lost <BR> <BR> Calves: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> For those of you following my blog posts, I do ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:43:46 EST Mid-Month Progress Report... So far, February has been a very good month for me... I've stayed consistent w/ my eating, I've actually made it to all of my gym classes (even going to an extra one or two), AND I've finally gotten back to strength training. <BR> <BR> <BR> So, here are my results since Feb. 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 4.6 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 0.7% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:29:48 EST The A-Z of Me... (I've had several of my Sparkfriends post this, so I decided to join in the fun) <BR> <BR> <BR> A - Available or married: Married - just celebrated 9th anniversary on New Year's Eve. <BR> <BR> B - Book: I'm not much of a reader, but I did give in to the craze & read the "50 Shades of Grey" series this summer. <BR> <BR> C - Cake or Pie?: Most likely neither, but if I ate either these days, they would be homemade & "tweaked" to a healthier version! <BR> <BR> D - Drink of Choice: Water... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:45:13 EST January Results... (a day or two early) So I'm a couple of days early w/ my monthly measurements, but I wanted to see how I was doing after my week of restrictions from exercise. I know that I posted a "mid-month" results, but I'm going to post my TOTAL losses since Jan. 1st instead of from my previous measurements... <BR> <BR> So, here are my results since Jan. 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 8.6 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 1.4% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 1.75 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.5 in. ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 01:50:00 EST Making the Most of My Restrictions... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is what I keep telling myself while I'm "benched" from my Zumba & water aerobics & gym workouts! <BR> <BR> Just 2 more days of restrictions, and then I can SLOWLY start getting back to my fitness routine... yep, that's right - I can honestly say that I have a "fitness routine" these days! <BR> <BR> On the upside, I did manage to lose 4 lbs. when I weighed in on Monday... makes me wonder how much I might've l... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 04:23:23 EST Minor Setback... but NOT a Failure... So some of you have probably noticed my status posts regarding "taking it easy"... thought I should explain what I'm dealing w/ right now... <BR> <BR> Thursday evening before work, my father, hubby & I took my stepson & his GF out for dinner for her 21st birthday. I did a great job of ordering... I checked out the menu before going to the restaurant so that I could be prepared for ordering. I had a ham/turkey wrap (w/ a tomato basil tortilla) and the dressing on the side so I minimize how ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:05:37 EST Mid-Month Progress Report... So, I'm only 2 weeks into the new year, but I'm wanting to really stay on track w/ my eating & fitness efforts... so I thought I would post a mid-month report in addition to my monthly one to keep me accountable throughout the month. <BR> <BR> So, here are my results since Jan. 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 3.7 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 0.6% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 1.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Thigh... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 02:30:20 EST Kick Start... and We are off & running!!! Today my local gym started it's annual fitness program for the public: Kick Start. As part of the "kick-off", I had to do a pre-assessment to measure my current fitness level & stamina. Of course, there will be a post-assessment after the 10 weeks, and I certainly hope that I see some major improvement by then! <BR> <BR> Here are my "pre-assessment" results: <BR> <BR> Sit & Reach: 13.5 inches <BR> Wall Pushups: 26 reps <BR> Full Squats: 20 reps <BR> Low Cable Rows: 46 reps <BR> Plank... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:29:05 EST Happy New Year!!! One Word "getting to know you" game. It's been awhile since I did one of these, and w/ the new year upon us, it seemed like a good time to do so again. <BR> Thanks Sunny (SUNNY332) for a sharing... <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? Armrest <BR> Spouse? Dano <BR> Your hair? Long <BR> Your mother? Dead <BR> Your father? Busy <BR> Your favourite thing? Puppies <BR> Your dream last night? Sad <BR> Favorite drink? Lemonade <BR> What room are you in? Living <BR> Your hobby? Fishing ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:47:45 EST 2012... Year in Review... So as I mentioned in my last blog, 2012 pretty much destroyed all of my previous weight loss successes. Here is a rundown of where I stand compared to where I first started w/ Sparkpeople 4 years ago: <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight: 13.6 lb. down (best -84 lb.) <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 2.4% down (best -13.3%) <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.25 in. down (best -2.75 in.) <BR> <BR> Chest: no difference (best -8.25 in.) <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.75 in. down (best -7.5 in.) <BR> <BR> Hips: 1.25 in. down (best... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:08:19 EST Revamp, Redesign & Renew... So, 2012 has pretty much been the polar opposite of everything that I have attempted to achieve on my weight loss journey... I've gained back most of the weight that I initially lost, and am essentially starting over. <BR> <BR> But, obviously, I know that I can do it, because I've done it once already... so it's time to "revamp, redesign & renew"... <BR> <BR> Revamp - I've revamped my entire plan. I have a little over 1 month of Nutrisystem foods left in my cabinet. I am going to use them... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 01:51:57 EST Countdown to the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge... Assignment #8 So we have another pre-challenge assignment... <BR> <BR> List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. OK that might be too long a list, so give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. EXCUSES: I've gotta million of them! I am always able to come up w/ an excuse why I don't have time to exercise, or there's something more important that I need to do than workout, o... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:58:18 EST Countdown to the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge... Assignment #5 So... today's pre-challenge activity is to figure out what our 5% goal is, and then adjust our goals on SP to calculate our calorie allocations appropriately: <BR> <BR> <BR> 5% Goal: 12 lbs. <BR> Current Weight: 239.4 lbs. <BR> Target Weight: 227.4 lbs. <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal to eat 1380 - 1730 calories per day <BR> Goal to burn 820 calories per week <BR> Goal to go from 239 to 227 by 11/24/2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's to a successful 5% Challenge!!! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:57:29 EST Countdown to the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge... Assignment #4 And on to the next pre-challenge activity... and something we should all think about... Trigger Foods: <BR> <BR> 1. List ALL your trigger foods: <BR> My one specific food would be Cheetos. (they are my "can't eat just one" food) <BR> There are actually several foods that I end up "triggering" with... mine is more of a situation than a particular food... other than the Cheetos! <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? <BR> Drive-thru's after work in the AM is reall... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 02:21:57 EST Countdown to the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge... Assignment #3 Another pre-challenge activity... so here we go: <BR> <BR> 1. List all the reasons you want to lose weight: <BR> This list could go on & on... <BR> To be healthier (hopefully get off some of the meds I am on) <BR> To live longer (grandkids are in my future & I'd like to watch them grow up) <BR> To look better (would love to shop in a "regular" dept vs. plus size) <BR> To hurt less (my knees feel better as I lost weight) <BR> To be more active (I loved running... hoping that I can do that ag... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:40:58 EST Countdown to the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge... Assignment #1 In preparation for starting the next 5% Challenge, we've been asked to do some countdown assignments... here is the first one: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? <BR> Absolutely... even got some new stuff! <BR> <BR> 2. What is your exercise plan? <BR> I plan to workout at least 30 minutes 3 days per week. <BR> and then 10 minutes on the other 4 days. <BR> I have a gym membership to use after I work in the AM, a... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:34:15 EST