NESSAGIRL67's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NESSAGIRL67 NESSAGIRL67's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Runinng/Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654424 I am so excited that the weather has finally changed because now I can get back into my running and walking. I love running 2 miles early in the morning because it will help start my day on a wonderful note. We have been dealing with the winter and cold weather for quite some time. I also see that we are expecting some more snow on Tuesday but I'm not going to let the ruin my walk or run. I am pushing to get in at least 10 miles a week of walking/running. The time changed has also helped... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:51:02 EST Squat and Push-UP 31 Day Boot Camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580019 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1694674836.jpg"> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:24:51 EST Season of the Beast Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479315 The challenge this week was to go for a walk and blog about it. I took a 3 mile walk within my neighborhood and it was wonderful. Normally I just walk and listen to my music but I really observed the scenery during my walk. I took several pictures to show you guys how lovely my walk was. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1581929242.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1613752472.jpg"> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 09:40:47 EST Biggest Loser Summer Challenge Week 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460188 This week Biggest Loser Challenge was to find three uplifting words this week. <BR> <BR> The first word that I focused on was positive. We are going through quite a bit of change at work the last couple of months and to stay positive has definitely been a challenge. Each morning I wake up and I say that I will be positive today. Of course that’s easier said then done. But today I will say that I was more positive than I have been throughout this entire change. <BR> <BR> The second word... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:44:15 EST Springing into Action Week 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360606 These are my six things I focused on this week: <BR> <BR> Eat Sensibly – I really focused on this over the last week because during the past couple of weeks I had quite of bit of stress which caused me to fall off track. I realize that eating sensibly will help with reaching my goal. <BR> <BR> Quiet Your Spirit Routinely – I believe meditating each morning before starting my day does help a lot. This past week I have focused on this and it helped to avoid the stress. I also kept a journ... Sat, 18 May 2013 22:35:43 EST Springing into Action Week 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345301 This weeks challenge was the Personality Test. <BR> <BR> The Color I have is True Blue. <BR> <BR> I was very impressed at how true alot of the stuff show below is really me. It also indicated for the types of workouts that Blues are motived by are Running, walking, yoga and interval training. <BR> <BR> Blues are guided by clear fitness goals and objectives. Often these goals are based on advice from health and medical professionals or information from the media, or perhaps center on imp... Sat, 4 May 2013 12:12:53 EST Springing into Action Week 8 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322278 The challenge this week was to get 8 glasses of water in each day. I was able to do more than that each day because I was a workout queen this week. I made sure I drank my normal 8 glasses but since I went to the gym most of the week I increased my water by adding 4 – 6 mores glasses each day. I made about 20 extra trips to the ladies room during the day. My skin loves the water as well. <BR> <BR> For the bonus this week we were supposed to get in 200 minutes of cardio. I was able to ge... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:52:12 EST Biggest Loser Red Team Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319332 The challenge this week was about Music. I feel that music motivates me to stay motivated to continue on the journey in a positive way. I always play music when I'm in mood to clean and to work out. It definitely helps to stay focused and motivated. <BR> <BR> I grew up with music always playing in our home. We have a large family and everyone loved music. <BR> <BR> I also forgot to mention that I love to dance. I would not be Nessagirl67 if it were not for the music in my life. I am a... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 08:06:50 EST Springing into Action Week 7 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313833 Our challenge this week was to get 6-8 hours of sleep each night. I accomplished this goal by making sure I was in bed at a reasonable hour. I dvr’d my shows that came on after 9:00 so I could really aim for a good night sleep each night. I woke up each morning feeling great. <BR> <BR> For the bonus we had to organize an area in our life. I chose to clean out my closet in my room. I had a lot of clothes that I could not fit any longer because they were too big. I donated them to the Sa... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 17:10:18 EST Springing int Action Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289230 This week we had to read Four Articles from the Daily Spark. <BR> <BR> Stay Motivated when the Scale Isn’t Moving. <BR> <BR> This article gave me some great tips on how to stay motivated. I also liked the motivational quotes: My favorite Quote : “Put all excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable.” Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> 6 Reasons Why You feel Exhausted <BR> <BR> This article was great and the most important thing in this article to me was to take some time out for myself. We are a... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 21:58:02 EST Springing into Action Week 3 Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276618 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1845178253.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1982410631.jpg"> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 21:55:55 EST Spring into Action Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263877 The Lying Game Workout Game <BR> <BR> Everytime someone lies - 20 Squats <BR> <BR> Everytime Sutton Mercer shows her mean streak - 15 crunches <BR> <BR> Everytime Emma smiles and is very pleasant - 20 closed wall pushups <BR> <BR> When Ted says he loves Kristen - 10 Jumping Jacks <BR> <BR> When Thayre argues with Alec - 8 Lunges <BR> <BR> Anytime Laurel sings - 9 Bicyles <BR> <BR> When Rebecca is mentioned as the twins birth mom - Jog in place for 20 seconds Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:20:02 EST Springing into Action Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260815 Hi I’m Vannessa and I’m from Connecticut. I joined Spark People in 2009 because a friend at work encouraged me to join. I am very happy that I joined because my friend and I have been successful with losing weight. <BR> <BR> I have lost 70 pounds currently and still have somewhat of a small goal to accomplish to get to my goal weight loss. <BR> <BR> I have two beautiful daughters who are my joy and love very much. My older daughter graduated from college and has decided to move out on he... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:02:30 EST FFF Week 16 Bonus Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241630 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1837080846.jpg"> Thu, 7 Feb 2013 13:22:43 EST FFF Challenge Week 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223689 FFF Challenge Week 14 <BR> <BR> This week we had to detox our bodies this week. I decided to detox by drinking water on day 1. I used a filter and drank so much water that I had to make so many extra trips to the ladies room. <BR> <BR> Day 2 I tried a green tea which was great but made me feel empty. I normally drink regular tea but trying the green tea was great. <BR> <BR> Day 3 I went back to the water again and I drank more water than I did on day 1. I think my entire day was spen... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:47:05 EST FFF Week 13 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214200 Letter to my Future Self <BR> <BR> Dear Future Self this is a letter to remind you of how far you have come. You started this journey July 23, 2009 with Spark People and you were able to lose 68.8 pounds so far. I want to encourage you to continue doing what you’re doing because you have learned so much. <BR> <BR> You started out exercising 15 minutes a day and wasn’t able to breathe well but now you can do two Zumba Classes a day and don’t have to worry about using the Asthma inhalers. <... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:26:48 EST FFF Week 6 Fitness Vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152779 <em>386</em> <em>308</em> <em>348</em> <em>319</em> <em>403</em> <em>216</em> <em>354</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 16:17:52 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138886 The things that I am grateful for is to have a wonderful loving family, two great kids and this great spark team. This has made my life change so much in a great way! Thanks everyone for reminding me that I didn't mention being thankful for the Family of God! Sat, 17 Nov 2012 23:48:17 EST FFF Week Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138880 The processed food I chose to give up this week was cheese. This is my favorite item to put in my salads. The first couple of days I felt as though I was missing something huge in my salad. I finally realized that I can manage 7 days without cheese and be okay! Sat, 17 Nov 2012 23:45:43 EST Biggest Loser Challenge Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135824 This is the last week of the Biggest Loser Challenge and I wanted to blog about how this challenge reflected on my life. I set some goals for the ten weeks and these were the goals that I set: <BR> <BR> 1. Log in food and water daily and stay within calorie range. <BR> <BR> 2. Participate in team challenges <BR> <BR> 3. Excercise 60 minutes 5 days a week <BR> <BR> 4. Make sure I get 6-7 hours of sleep each night. <BR> <BR> 5. Incorporate strength training into my weekly workout routine.... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:46:52 EST FFF Week 3 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128828 Here are the 10 Recipes I chose to add to my favorite recipe list: <BR> <BR> 100 Calorie Cinnamon Pancakes - I believe breakfast is a must in our family and it's always a good thing to change from the normal stuff we have for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Tuna and White Bean Salad - I loves salads so I wanted to try a different kind of salad. <BR> <BR> Skillet Lasagna – I thought this was a different way of making Lasagna so I found this recipe interesting. <BR> <BR> Slow Cooker Chicken Stew – I... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 20:06:37 EST FFF Challenge Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114688 My two goals for this challenger were to drink 8-10 glasses of water each day and to stay within my calorie range as well. <BR> <BR> The four articles I read were: <BR> <BR> Ways to Make Fitness Fun – http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=276&page=2 <BR> <BR> <BR> What I got out of this article is that you have so many different types of exercise for everyone. You have to find something that you find interesting to you. There are also so many outdoor activities... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 13:12:24 EST Week 4 - How excercise has helped me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084233 Excercise has definitely helped my weight loss tremendously. I remember when I started my first workout by walking 15 minutes everyday, my feet used to bother me and I could barely breathe. I decided to stick with it and it began to get better and better. <BR> <BR> I am amazed at how many different exercises I am trying now. I am a Zumba Queen and I also like Step Aerobics. They are very high intensity exercising classes. These have definitely kept me going and encourages me to keep g... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 19:27:10 EST What Spark People has done for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065571 This is week 3 of the Biggest Loser Challenge and I am blogging about what Spark People has done for me. I have been struggling with my weight since my first child was born. I suffered with pain in my feet because I was so heavy. I also had problems breathing and I was diagnosed with asthma. <BR> <BR> I decided 3 years ago to do something positive about it. I was introduced to Spark People by a friend at work. I simply tried it and I couldn't believe how great I started to feel. I am... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:34:01 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053528 This is Week 2 of the Fall Challenge and I'm doing okay. I have been able to stick to logging in my food daily, staying within my calorie range. I have also been drinking water and going to bed at a reasonable hour. <BR> <BR> I have been able to include Strength training into my workout plan and it feels great. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:28:33 EST New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041357 I'm looking forward to the new challenges on the Red Team! I'm so excited and ready to begin this new challenge. I have set goals and have decided to log it into my journal. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 15:54:44 EST C25k Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935823 I have decided to try the C25k Program. I did the first week which was not so bad. The only problem now is the weather out doors has gotten to the mid 90's. I may have to bring it in doors to the gym and try it on the Treadmill. I want to blog each week so that I can describe how I'm feeling and to make this a fun and enjoyable program. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:22:05 EST New Journey for 10 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4631071 I'm starting another 10 week journey. I was not motivated that last month but I have decided to start a new journey. I have started tracking my food again to make sure I am within my nutrition goal. I have also started drinking my water again. I have also set up another workout program. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping this time around I can accomplish a small goal of getting heathier and staying motivated. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 08:33:09 EST Trying some new things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4551955 I have joined Golds Gym about a month ago. I was taking the Zumba Classes consistently. I was talking to a women in my zumba class and she said if I really want to see some results I should try some of the Spinning/Cycling Classes. I took my first one last saturday and I loved it. I took another class yesterday. I have decided to take the class twice a week combined with Zumba to see if I will see a change. I have seem to be stuck at the same weight. I will also combine toning classes ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 05:32:33 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4335430 I am starting to see a little progress. I have taken some ideas from others and have incorporated that into my routine. It's definitely showing some results. Thanks for your great ideas. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 13:32:46 EST Need Suggestions for workout plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4316507 I have been at a plateau for over a month! I have been doing a lot of cardio and added more strength training. I believe my body has gotten used to the cardio and I would like some suggestions to change up my workouts. What kinds of workouts could give me a great boost to jump start the weight loss again. Any suggestions would be great. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 21:34:50 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4301970 I am seeing process since starting the Biggest Loser Purple Team! I am totally motivated and have also joined a Fit Club Group at work which is also motivating me as well. I saw a 3 pound loss this week so it's definitely working. I have also motivated my kids to get up and do some Wii games with me. This journey feels great and I will try and keep a blog each week. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 06:38:03 EST Starting Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4283827 I'm so excited to be a part of the Biggest Loser Summer Challenge. I missed the Spring Challenge. It's been awhile but I'm going to give it my best efforts. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 18:26:13 EST Setting a new goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3767597 I haven't blogged in awhile. It's been quite difficult to commit to my goals that I've set previously. I am making a new goal for the month of November. I commit to working out at least 30 minutes each day. I also commit to drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water everyday. I find if I commit to a goal I seem to stick to it. I have to also start sparking everyday. I miss my friends and my teams. I'm sure this month will be a great month. Sun, 7 Nov 2010 10:36:43 EST 5K Walk for United Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3638673 This Thursday I plan to do a 5K Walk for United Way. I think this is a great way to give back. I feel so good about this walk. I was able to get some co-workers join me. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 20:39:40 EST Fall Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3574820 I am so excited that the Biggest Loser Fall Challenge will begin tomorrow. I will do my best to encourage our team members as well as encourage myself. Let's go Orange Tigers!!!! We rock!!!! Wed, 25 Aug 2010 21:20:09 EST New Month with New Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3493196 I am going to start with new goals since this is a new month. I seem to have gotten a little off track last week. I didn't work out like I normally would. I want to continue to be focused so I can feel great. This month I will focus on getting cardio and weight lifting back on track. We have one more week of the Summer Biggest Loser and I want to go out with a great loss. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 23:04:56 EST One Year Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3464844 Wow it's been one year already! I'm so happy to have been with Sparkpeople for one year. When I look back a year ago and see where I started and where I am now it's such a blessing. I can say that I feel wonderful. I have lost over 58 pounds which wonderful. Everyone is noticing it. I can play with my younger daughter and I'm able to actually keep up with her while playing sports. Last year I could barely last 5 minutes when attempting to play sports. I am also thankful for all the fr... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 12:39:32 EST Company Picnic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3444081 I am so proud of myself because I went to our company picnic on Friday evening. The picnic was wonderful. I played some games and didn't focus on all the food and alcohol they had around me. I didn't have any alcohol which I thought was a great thing. I didn't want the extra calories. I ate a little of some things but I didn't get out of control. I got on the dance floor and danced the rest of the evening. It was a great day to enjoy with co-workers and friends. Sun, 18 Jul 2010 14:58:03 EST Week 7 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3430322 Wow I'm so amazed how wonderful I feel after being able to complete the week 7 challenge. When I started the challenge I didn't think I was able to complete it. My body went through some changes for the first couple of days. I was feeling pain in my legs and arms but as of today I feel great. This was an awesome challenge. Let's go Tigers!!!! Wed, 14 Jul 2010 08:30:12 EST Amazing Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3365743 Wow I can't believe the results I got just by changing my workout plan and eating right and drinking more water. I decided to step up my strength training and my water intake. My Biggest Loser Team had a three day challenge encouraging us to stay within our calorie range and avoid sodium. It also encouraged us to eat more fruits and veggies and I tried that and I can't believe the results. I lost 7.2 pounds in one week. How amazing is that? Well I believe it's because it's too hot out t... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 07:23:19 EST Work out Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3345888 I have changed my workout plan somewhat. I've increased my strength training quite a bit. I've also noticed this week I have retained fluid. I have decided to increase my water intake more than what I have been doing and stay away from processed foods. I will see if this will help somewhat. Although my energy level is still great I don't want to get to worried about what the scale says. Thu, 17 Jun 2010 23:02:32 EST Short Term Goal Met http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3295594 Today is a special day for me. Not only is it my youngest daughter's 11th birthday but today is the day that I have reached my first short term goal. I have been staying motivated by reading blogs and encouraging others to continue on their journey. I have lost 50 pounds and to me that is such an accomplishment. I thank the Orange Tigers who encourage team members each day. I also thank the Done Girls who also encourage others. Thanks Spark People for the motivational tips and tools to ... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 07:43:42 EST My Five Motivators http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3268999 My Children <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople <BR> <BR> My energy level <BR> <BR> When I look in the mirror and see what I have become that motivates me <BR> <BR> Being a part of the Orange Team Biggest Loser Team Wed, 26 May 2010 07:15:36 EST Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3208600 I am excited because I have been waiting to do some shopping. I've been wearing my same clothes which are falling off because they are too big. Today I decided to go to one store and get a new outfit for Monday. Wow to my surprise I have dropped three pant sizes. That is awesome! How great it is to go into a store and find something in a smaller size. I will continue on this journey because I feel great. Sat, 8 May 2010 16:47:12 EST Nice Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3195198 I'm so excited that the weather is finally beautiful outdoors. I have been able to walk more each day since daylight savings time is finally here in the mornings. I also take advantage of it in the evenings as well. I am enjoying the long walks. I feel great and I have also encouraged others to join me in my afternoon walks. Tue, 4 May 2010 20:56:39 EST New Team Goal this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3084780 My Biggest Loser Team has a goal this week of 26.2 of cardio. I am so impressed because I have been able to accomplish 10 miles so far which is amazing for me. I'm exhausted but I'm trying to do as much as I can to accomplish this goal. Mon, 5 Apr 2010 22:44:08 EST Workout Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2987072 I have really challenged myself this month. I have set new goals and it seems to be working great. I did not think I would be this motivated to actually stick to a plan and workout everyday. I am enjoying the way my body is feeling and it also helps me to have less stress. I am loving this new workout plan. I have also included a walking buddy which is awesome. Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:04:11 EST Six months on this journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2859571 I have been apart of Sparkpeople for 6 months now and I am feeling great. I have lost 39 pounds but will strive to lose more. I am taking this journey one day at a time. Thanks for all the support. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 06:00:10 EST New Changes and New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2817546 This has been a great journey so far. I have been motivated to stay focused. I thank everyone on sparkpeople for the encouragement and the love shown. I will continue on this journey each day. Sat, 30 Jan 2010 15:57:49 EST