NGCHILD's SparkPeople Blog NGCHILD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Results I made a change to my way of eating in early October 2017. I was skeptical but I had read an article in a magazine about a woman who had lost 100+ pounds by using protein shakes. I had some protein powder on hand and thought I would give It a go. I really liked the taste of the powder and it really filled me up. The article included a menu plan and I have been following it about 95% of the time. We travel a lot on the weekends and I take as many snacks as I can along with us. The menu p... Fri, 6 Apr 2018 12:23:13 EST Confused I made a comment that I wanted to lose 20 more pounds before we leave for the beach in May. I thought to myself, "I can certainly lose about 5 or 10 in February and lose the rest in March and maybe hit 30 or 40 more by the time we leave!" <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> WRONG. <BR> <BR> We went on a 4 day trip to Galtinburg, TN with our friends and I managed to gain about 10 pounds while we were gone. I know, you think that is outrageous but that is a totally normal gain for me. I drink a lot d... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:10:59 EST YES <img src=""> Thu, 1 Feb 2018 10:47:18 EST We can and will do this! <img src=""> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:17:26 EST Conversion Chart for Steps Use this conversion chart to determine the number of steps per minute for activities other than walking. Multiply the number of minutes you participated in the activity by the number indicated in the chart. <BR> <BR> For example, high impact aerobics for 30 minutes equals 6,090 steps (30 x 203 = 6,090). <BR> <BR> 2,000 steps equal one mile. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Physical Activity Multiply Time Spent with Below Number <BR> Aerobics: low impact 145 <BR> Aerobics: high impact 203 <... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 12:21:40 EST 3 months results I have been on the protein smoothie eating plan since October 2nd and I am down 33 pounds. It's been easier than I thought sticking to the plan. The protein shakes keep me so full and I am not hungry at all. <BR> <BR> My day looks like this: <BR> <BR> Protein smoothie with 1 cup of fruit added for breakfast <BR> 100 calorie snack (popcorn, celery & peanut butter, hard boiled egg) <BR> Protein shake for lunch <BR> 100 calorie snack <BR> low carb/sensible meal for dinner (spaghetti squash... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:36:44 EST 1 month results I started my family on a new eating plan October 2nd. Protein smoothie for breaksfast, 100 calorie snack, protein shake for lunch, 100 calorie snack, sensible dinner. Some days and weekends sensible dinners didn't happen. Work, life and meetings got in the way but I did consistently have a protein smoothie every morning for breakfast. I am down 16 pounds. I would call that a success!! The smoothie and shake kept me fuller than I would have thought. There were 2 days I didn't have lunch ... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:34:39 EST Daily Workout with Denise Austin Does anyone remember this show being on TV? I used to work out with Denise Austin 3 or 4 times a week. I would record the programs on my VCR (LOL) as they came on the Lifetime channel at 6 and 6:30 and do the workouts in the evenings. I loved working out with her in the luxurious spas, hotels, beaches. <BR> <BR> Last week I was helping my son look for a video on Youtube and something made me look for these workout and there are TONS of them! I was so excited to find them!!! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:18:41 EST January at a glance My family is back on the military diet 5 days a week. This works for us, might not work for you. I am using Spark recipes and mindful eating on the weekends. When I drink, I am drinking dry red wine (which is my fav). <BR> <BR> I am down 11 pounds. I exercised 5 days a week and was very active on the weekends. <BR> <BR> I consider that a WIN! <BR> <BR> On to February!! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>521</em> <em>9</em> <em>521</em> <em>9</em> <em>521</em> <em>9</em> <em... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 07:56:48 EST Tabata Workouts Has anyone heard of Tabata workouts? I just read something about them today ...... might have to give this a try! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es </link> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:47:18 EST 2017 New year, new goals, new and exciting things going on! This will be MY year! <BR> <BR> I can and WILL do it! <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:43:46 EST More changes Nothing like being slapped in the face with a visit to the doctor. He is not happy with me, almost to the point where he couldn't wait to get out of the office. <BR> <BR> My blood pressure is higher than it's ever been. Not high, but high for me. Eat less and move more is his advice. Don't you love old school doctors? Take up running he said. <BR> <BR> My job is more stressful than it has ever been and my 5 1/2 year old is in full swing of not listening to anything! Please tell me t... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:11:39 EST C c c c c hanes! Things have gotten out of hand. I have gained some weight, lost some all in the last 2 months. I lost 11 pounds on The Page Diet, went on vacation and gained 13. My body is crazy. When we got home, I tried to get back on track by eating veggies and meat with fruits between meals and I just couldn't get into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do, so why is it so hard to ACTUALLY do it? <BR> <BR> I need to manage my stress at work better and fit time in to exercise for m... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:18:22 EST Never Quit Pledge Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:29:34 EST Motivator of the Day? WHO ME? Thank you Spark People for allowing me to grace the Community Spark Page as Motivator of the Day! What an honor! <BR> <BR> Thank you for all the nice messages from my fellow Spark Friends congratulating me. I haven't been feeling very Sparky lately and this is just the thing I needed to get me back on track! <BR> <BR> Spark on!! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:57:49 EST 1,000 Calories a day? Good for him but 1,000 calories a day?? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-jillette-weight-loss-las-vegas-home/ </link> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:42:34 EST Information on FitBit active minutes We’ve made some changes to your active minutes! <BR> <BR> We’ve made some improvements to active minutes that are changing how we calculate that stat and how you see it on your Fitbit dashboard. <BR> <BR> One of the main changes we made was to only count active minutes when you do an activity for 10 minutes or more, because that’s the guideline suggested by organizations like the American Heart Association. <BR> <BR> This 10-minute rule means that walking to refill your coffee might get... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:22:57 EST Good advice <img src=""> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:46:11 EST NO MORE <img src=""> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:54:55 EST Leslie's WATP workout for the week March 19th - 25th Who wants to start SPRING TRAINING??? <BR> It’s not just for baseball players !!!! <BR> Here is a 7 Day SPRING TRAINING Plan! <BR> START … Thurs. March 19 … END Wed. March 25! <BR> You will need 40 Minutes each day … It’s my 20 / 20 Plan! <BR> Each day for 7 days do: <BR> -20 Minutes of Cardio (Aerobic) Exercise <BR> -20 Minutes of Strength Training & Stretching <BR> For the Cardio choose one of these options: <BR> *** Any of the fast segments of the Walk at Home DVDS <BR> (Try the segments ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:37:32 EST Article to help with super easy healthy eating <link><BR>will-make-eating-healthy-super-easy/ </link> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:33:43 EST Leslie's WATP workout for the week of March 12th - 18th SPRING FEVER ... I have it BAD!!!! <BR> Good Wednesday Evening Walkers! <BR> The warmer temps have me excited to add "Outdoor" Walks to our "Multi Muscle" Walks this week ... are you excited for SPRING too? <BR> If you haven't been on a regular routine to get in Spring Shape ... this is the perfect week to START WALKING! <BR> Just follow this plan for the next few days and it will give you the perfect KICK OFF to a healthy ACTIVE Spring! <BR> Thurs. March 12- Walk Outdoors for 30 minutes! (Y... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:46:05 EST Leslie's walk plan March 5th - 11th Good Wednesday Evening Everybody! <BR> <BR> Sorry so late to post our Walk Plan ... I started watching The Voice ... and well ... you know ... I just started singing every song!! <BR> <BR> Ok back to WALK .... I am excited to plan the next 7 days ... there's nothing in the way (holidays, b-days, etc.) to interrupt a good strong run of healthy miles ... so let's get to it! <BR> <BR> ...Thursday, March 5 - Strength Train - The Core, Upper & Lower Body! <BR> <BR> Friday, March 6 - 2 Miles e... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:54:21 EST Leslie's walk plan Feb 26th - March 4th Cabin fever everybody? <BR> Join me in a 7 DAY - Quick & Easy WALK at HOME Plan! <BR> You will FEEL so much better! <BR> <BR> STARTING ...... <BR> Thursday Feb. 26 - 1 Mile in the AM & 1 Mile in the PM <BR> (2 a day WALKS are a BIG way to surge metabolism!) <BR> <BR> Friday Feb. 27 - 2 FAST Miles - just BURN those cals! <BR> <BR> Saturday Feb. 28 - 5 Miles! Enough said! <BR> <BR> Sunday MARCH MARCH MARCH 1st!!! Do I hear an AMEN for March? RECOVERY DAY! No structured exercise! <BR> <BR... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:27:20 EST Leslie's walk plan for Feb 19th - 25th WAKE UP & WALK my friends! HAPPY THURSDAY Feb. 19th!!! WOW - February is just speeding by ... if winter is going slow for you ...get on a healthy WALKING PLAN and life just seems to fill up ... in a good way! Here is what I will be doing for the next 7 days ... who is with me? <BR> <BR> 7 DAY WALK PLAN! <BR> <BR> Today - Walk 3 Miles (or with a Step Counter do 6,000 steps in one session) <BR> <BR> ...Friday Feb. 20 - Walk 1 Mile & Strength Train ABS! <BR> <BR> Saturday Feb. 21 - GO BIG - ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:24:12 EST snow. Thankfully Max didn't have school and today was a holiday for me. 10 inches has fallen so far with 2 to 5 inches more to today/tonight. This does NOT make me a happy camper!! <BR> <BR> On a side and happy note, Cardinal pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Thursday!! Bring on SPRING!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:00:54 EST Leslie's walk plan for Feb 12th - 18th Good Evening Walkers! PLANNING really works to keep us all on track! Here's another 7 Day Walk Plan to keep February ACTIVE! <BR> <BR> -Thurs. Feb. 12 - 3 Mile Walk (or do a 45 minute walk) <BR> -Fri. Feb. 13 - Strength Training (do Arms, Legs, Abs) <BR> -Sat. Feb 14 - HAPPY LOVE DAY Walkers! 2 Mile Walk ... <BR> (or 30 minute walk) <BR> -Sun. Feb. 15 - REST & RESTORE! <BR> -Mon. Feb. 16 - 2 Mile Walk & Strength Train Core! <BR> (or 30 minute walk) <BR> -Tues. Feb. 17 - 4 Mile Walk (or 6... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:44:34 EST 20 Benefits of Walking <img src=""> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:35:48 EST Busy weekend and new scale We had record highs over the weekend here in southern Illinois and it was FANTASTIC! We reached 70 both Saturday and Sunday. We spent about 5 hours in the yard on Saturday. We had 2 large trees that were close to the house cut down. We hauled branches, wood and various yard waste from around the yard to a huge brush pile we had and set it on fire. Max had a grand time helping daddy! LOL We finished cleaning up yesterday and spent about 6 hours in the yard. I can't believe the warm tem... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:46:23 EST Walk Away the Pounds workout for Feb 5th - 11th from Leslie And even if you woke up to THIS (BIG SNOW photo!) I did .... <BR> you can still WALK WALK WALK! We are the "No Excuse" Walk! I didn't forget about our Walk Plan my walkers ... so yesterday was a 3 Mile assignment ... here are our (me too!) next 7 Days ... <BR> <BR> Today - Thurs. Feb. 5 - Strength Exercise only (Upper, Lower, Core) <BR> (If you'd like a DVD suggestion- Try Walk It Off in 30 Days - FIRM 30 Session - Firms & Tones every muscle from head to toes!) <BR> Fri. Feb. 6 - 2 M... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:13:40 EST Strength training for walkers Posting this as a blog to save for myself. Good workouts here for walkers! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=2021 </link> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 09:13:45 EST Happy Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So many times we forget about doing for ourselves and concentrating on others. Me included! I am trying to get better about this. Hubby gave me a massage for my birthday and I just got around to using it. I realized I need to do this for myself more often. I feel so much better after!! <BR> <BR> Today is Max's 4th birthday. I do NOT know where the time has gone. He has grown up so fast!! <BR> <BR> Happ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 08:44:19 EST Leslie's WATP workout for the week She has started posting these again!! LOVE IT! <BR> <BR> Thurs. Jan. 29 - 2 Miles! (Quick- get those 6 songs ready!) <BR> Fri. Jan. 30 - Day Off! <BR> Sat. Jan. 31 - 3 Miles (Perfect for Walk to the Hits 3 Mile DVDs) <BR> Super Bowl Sunday- FEBRUARY 1 - (Amen to FEB!) Just walk around the TV while cheering for your team! No formal exercise today..just stay active! <BR> Mon. Feb. 2 - 4 Miles! (4 Mile Power Walk DVD) <BR> Tues. Feb. 3 - 1 Mile + Core Exercise! (Do some curl ups to Gladys so... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:55:37 EST Superbowl workout I came across this today and thought with all the Superbowl watchers, this might be a good thing to remember. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=the_super_bowl_exercise_game_work_o<BR>ut_while_you_watch </link> <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>402</em> <em>281</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>402</em> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:34:21 EST I borrowed this from my Spark Friend Shawn ... love it! <img src=""> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:31:23 EST Life cycles Life comes in cycles. Isn't is amazing how our motivation comes in cycles? I love one day we are into one form of exercise and one day you wake up and think ..... let's try this! For the last week I have been dreaming about jogging. Don't ask me why. I am NOT a runner/jogger. It makes me laugh tho to think I am dreaming about this. We just moved and I keep dreaming about jogging around our property. In the ice cold weather. LOL!! Maybe in my mind I am trying to get settled. Who kno... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:19:40 EST Start off January right! <img src=""> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 08:20:54 EST Oct, Nov & Dec in review What a WHIRLWIND! In a nut shell, here has been our last quarter of 2014. <BR> <BR> OCT -- the house we have been waiting years to go on the market was listed on the 9th. We put an offer on the house and it was accepted on the 12th. Absolute elation followed quickly by panic. LOL! We started cleaning out our house of things that need to go to goodwill and donated tons of things. Had a great Halloween with Max. <BR> <BR> NOV -- closed on the house on the 7th. We worked nearly every ni... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:43:25 EST pondering Spark Friends ...... <BR> <BR> middle age spread! Perimenophause! HELP ME! Not gaining but not losing. I WILL BEAT THIS!!! <BR> <BR> I am pondering a new exercise routine -- I currently walk away the pounds or treadmill. Looking for something new to add to the mix. <BR> <BR> Suggestions appreciated! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:12:01 EST October, really?? I can't believe that today is October 1st! This year just seems to be flying by! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone enjoys my favorite month of the year ..... not just because it's my birthday either!! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:18:22 EST Good article about running Thought I would share this article on running ..... <BR> <BR><BR>lyburn-running-motivation/ Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:01:19 EST TRM Drink Recipes Thought I would post these since I had a few sparkies ask about them. All I can say don't get caught up in the ingredients. Give them a try! I am a tea snob and LOVE LOVE LOVE OOLONG! I modified the GGMS and added Lime and it's beyond yummy. <BR> <BR> Good Girl Moonshine (GGMS) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ee-recipes/good-girl-moonshine-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> my variation included 2 TBLS of lime juice <BR> <BR> The Shrinker (I swear this has what has ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 09:13:37 EST S and NSV I lost weight over the weekend .... I know I am shocked too!! LOL <BR> <BR> I logged almost 34K steps between Friday, Saturday and Sunday. <BR> <BR> I am LOVING the Trim Healthy Mama drinks. The eating portion starts today. I have so much energy from the Ginger drink (GGMS) it is ridiculous! <BR> <BR> Can't wait for the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:17:49 EST Treadmill workout that isn't boring! When it comes to exercise, the treadmill is a reliable go-to option for cardio. Problem is, the second your foot hits the speeding belt you’ll remember: Running in place can be really boring. <BR> <BR> But it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to mix up your indoor run to engage your brain and maximize results. “The treadmill is convenient and allows people to exercise in all sorts of climates,” says Bill Pierce, director of the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training a... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:43:00 EST THM -- Trim Healthy Mama Has anyone heard of this or is anyone doing this and if so, are you having good results? <BR> <BR> I have a friend and her husband who have lost about 75 lbs doing this.....just pondering. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:19:07 EST Changes ..... So for a while now I have been contemplating not drinking my typical gallon of peach tea a day. Hubby and I drink alot of Crystal Light Peach Tea. Obviously. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I have been maintaining my weight loss of 66 pounds give or take 10 pounds for a year. I can gain 10 pounds in a weekend (no joke) and lose it the next week. It's crazy. I haven't slacked off too bad from exercise. Just for a short time while hubby was out of work and interrupted my daily ro... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:25:01 EST Sunday's fitbit entry Might not be alot to some but this is my screenshot of our day at the Illinois state Fair. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Success for me!! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:32:42 EST hard <img src=""> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:51:23 EST 50 reasons to exercise <img src=""> <BR> <BR><BR>cise-for-depression.html Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:55:08 EST Water Jogging Sometimes I amaze myself with how unaware I can be. Seriously. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> We have a pool. I will admit I am addicted to floating on a raft and soaking up the rays. I use sunscreen but not as much as I should. Over the weekend, as I was floating around I decided to take a walk around the pool. I have done that in years past and where I don't feel like I get as much of a workout in the water as I do on land, it still is a good workout. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:47:57 EST