NGCHILD's SparkPeople Blog NGCHILD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Sick sick sick! Truly .... didn't sleep at all last night. Tossed and turned felt like crap and woke up to a fever of 101.1 -- that hasn't happened since I was pregnant with Max. I hate being sick. Called off work even tho I work from home so at least they know I am really sick. First time I have been out of bed all day. Felt the need to blog.....crazy right? <BR> <BR> Went to my medical Dr. last Friday. Yearly physical. Took blood and a few other samples. (yuck) and he called and said everything was... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:27:22 EST Go the extra mile..... <img src="" <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:30:00 EST 2014 Gulf Shores Vacation Thought I would share a few pictures of our vacation this year to Gulf Shores. It was amazing and I very much want to move there! Seriously. If hubby would agree, I could be packed and ready to go in 20 minutes. No joke. If you have never been and are looking for an economical beach getaway within the US, consider Gulf Shores Alabama. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img sr... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:05:07 EST Friday the 13th <img src=""> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:16:37 EST Cocktails with150 calories or less <link><BR>st=10_cocktails_with_150_calories_or_less </link> <BR> <BR> Just thought I would share. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:13:54 EST Thyroid Detox While on vacation, I picked up some car/beach reading material. I picked up the Woman’s World from May 12, 2014 and they had an article about Detoxing your Thyroid. It was splashed across the cover and since I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid after I had Max, I always try and read whatever I can find on the subject. <BR> <BR> The article was informative and gave lots of good suggestions about foods to eat, etc. The meal plan is what caught my eye. The military diet worked for us fo... Wed, 28 May 2014 11:11:46 EST Words to live by Came across this today and thought it was good advice. <BR> <BR> "People who focus on increasing their consumption of healthy foods lost 40 percent more weight in six months than those who relied on reducing portion sizes and limiting fat intake." Tue, 20 May 2014 15:06:45 EST Worst. Week. Ever. Last week was a week for the record books. I managed to eat well and even lost 6 pounds. I discovered Coconut Oil and it's benefits but that is a blog for another week. <BR> <BR> Hubby lost his job on Tuesday. No notice, no thank you very much. Just bam. He applied for about 30 jobs last week and even had a appointment with a recruiter. He has a few good prospects but the fear of the unknown is mind blowing. I am doing a very good job of keeping a good outlook, so much so that it's sc... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:13:44 EST 11 reasons you aren't losing belly fat <link><BR>e-belly-stomach-fat-abs-workout-diet/ </link> <BR> <BR> Lots of good idea here!! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:19:53 EST Great article <link><BR>-weight/burn-fat/burn-more-calories/?p<BR>age=11 </link> <BR> <BR> Good information here. Just sharing! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:57:22 EST Follow up from 2nd Mammogram To make a long story short, I got the all clear! They said it was my lymph nodes. Nothing to worry about. Huge relief and tears of joy. <BR> <BR> Thank you dear Sparkfriends for your comments, prayers and good thoughts. I couldn't have done it without you! ! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:56:10 EST Prayers Needed I went for my yearly mammogram last week and they called yesterday afternoon and said they needed to do further testing. They see a shadow on my right breast. I have been a basket case since they called. My next appt is Thursday at 1:30. They told me to plan for a 2 hour appt as I will be retested and will know the outcome before I leave. <BR> <BR> I have a friend on Spark dealing with this right now and 2 friends recently diagnosed. It is hitting close to home and would very much appre... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:09:57 EST Sparkle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Loved this! Get your sparkle on!! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:42:22 EST Message from yesterday Over the weekend we went to see my Husband's family in Arkansas. We went to church with them yesterday and it was a cute little country church. The bulletin was handed to me and it when I opened it, the title at the top of the page said "God never gives you a Goliath without providing the stone." I sat there and thought about that statement throughout the entire service. <BR> <BR> How true is that statement?? He has never failed me. He always provides what I have needed. Not when I tho... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:14:41 EST FitBit recall This doesn't apply to me since I got my FitBit in January of 2013 but I thought I would share just in case. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>13/reports-of-fierce-rashes-spur-fitbi<BR>t-recall/ </link> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:41 EST 1st session with personal trainer Hubby and I joined a gym on Monday night. With the purchase of the membership, they included a session for each of us with a personal trainer. I met with him today and it was AWESOME! He spent about 25 minutes getting to know me and my journey. He then introduced me to some machines and gave me a personal workout. <BR> <BR> I was so afraid he was going to tell me to stop walking away the pounds and do something else! But he said to continue what I was doing since it had worked so well ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:09:07 EST To the Fatty Runner ..... (language alert) <link><BR>e-fatty-running-on-the-track-this-afte<BR>rnoon-facebook-user-pens-surprising-me<BR>ssage-to-overweight-runner </link> <BR> <BR> Found this article today and I'm was so MAD during the first paragraph I almost stopped reading. Almost. Great ending. We can and will do this!! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Facebook user pens a message to "the fatty running on the Westview track" - but you might be surprised to read what they have to say…... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:45:17 EST How to look better naked That is the title of my new workout video. I have been in a slump. BIG TIME slump. Weight is no longer coming off. I have been walking to Leslie Sansone religiously for the last year and then some. My weight loss has stalled. I am losing inches but not weight. <BR> <BR> Gaining a few pounds even. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Max's pediatrician (who also was my pedi) is my Doctor's wife. Nothing like keeping it all in both family's right? Anyway, while I was at his 3 year app... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 19:31:33 EST Did anyone else see this on The Today Show?? <link><BR>e-after-weight-loss-photos-arent-alway<BR>s-legit-2D12185027 </link> <BR> <BR> Scary story but she was a Spark member! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:23:01 EST Leslie Sansone Monthly Challenge -- March <link><BR>s-are-ready-march-2014/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sat. March 1 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – Burn 30 & Firm 30 Segments! <BR> <BR> (Or 45 min. Walk OR 6,000 steps) <BR> <BR> Sun. March 2 – “Rest-ore” for the week ahead! <BR> <BR> Mon. March 3 – Burn Body Fat – 3 Mile Walk with Hand Weights <BR> <BR> (Or 45 min. Walk OR 6,000 steps) <BR> <BR> Tues. March 4 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – FIRM 30 Segment <BR> <BR> (Or 30 min. Walk OR 4,000 steps) <BR> <B... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:47:56 EST 4 minute workout Found this today on Yahoo News Feed. Thought I would share. I love options! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y/201402/4-minute-workout </link> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:33:00 EST Daily Spark -- had to share I am not sure if everyone will see this so I had to share. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=43 </link> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:12:17 EST Crunches, Legs and Planks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh Baby!! Thu, 6 Feb 2014 21:06:36 EST Leslie Sansone's February Challenge She just posted this on her Walk at home site but I thought for reference I would post it in a blog so I can find it if I need. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to join me?? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-are-ready-feb-2014/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:44:50 EST Musings on my journey I started this journey many years ago. 2007. I logged in, received points. Read articles. Cried at some of the pages I read and were jealous of many others. Over the years, I lost about 80 pounds and then managed to gain all of it back and THEN some when I met my husband. Got married, gained more. Had Max. Gained 18 pounds. I thought that was great! MY doctor was also very pleased. A year ago November, some friends in our church started what I thought sounded like a terrible eating... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:56:44 EST 2 mile walking workout with tone belt Even if you don't have the tone belt that Leslie provides for her workouts, this isstill a good workout. I am sweating like crazy so I thought I would share!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ciduDZc </link> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:34:48 EST The truth about baby carrots Interesting reading, thought I would share. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ruth-behind-baby-carrots/?intcmp=obnet<BR>work </link> <BR> <BR> <em>291</em> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:29:42 EST Leslie Sansone's challenge for this January <link><BR>2014-a-year-of-walking/ </link> <BR> <BR> Thought I would share! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:31:00 EST Another good challenge to try ..... A friend posted this on FB this morning and thought I would share. Not sure I could make it thru it but something to work towards! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:33:14 EST 2013 A year in review 2013 was a great year for me! <BR> <BR> I read quite a few books. Not as many as I wanted but I will read more this year. <BR> <BR> I exercised inconsistently and still managed to lose 66 pounds. While I am happy with my weight loss I look forward to more consistent exercise in 2014. I will challenge myself and accomplish greater things! <BR> <BR> I walked 750 miles according to my fitbit. I was quite shocked at that number. I will strive for 1,000 miles in 2014. <BR> <BR> My family ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:53:36 EST Leslie Sansone Monthly Challenge Very excited about this. Leslie just posted this on her Walk at Home page on FB. Thought I would share. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2014-a-year-of-walking/ </link> <BR> <BR> Wed. Jan. 1 – 3 Mega Miles! <BR> <BR> (OR walk for 45 mins. / OR count 6,000 steps) <BR> <BR> Thurs. Jan. 2 – Walk It Off in 30 Days (Burn 30 segment) <BR> <BR> (OR walk for 30 mins. / OR count 4,000 steps) <BR> <BR> Fri. Jan. 3 – Walk It Off in 30 Days (Firm 30 segment) <BR> <BR... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:01:24 EST Squat and push up challenge For anyone looking for a jump start for the new year...... <BR> <BR><BR>pushup-bootcamp/ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:49:14 EST In 2014 In 2014..... <BR> <BR> A bad habit I am going to Break: I don't need chocolate EVERYDAY. I made really FANTASTIC progress in 2013 by losing 66 pounds. I want to lose 50 more in 2014 and I know I can do it! <BR> <BR> A new skill I would like to learn: I would like to learn a new knit stitch. <BR> <BR> A person I hope to be more like: Holly's_New_Life is my inspiration! She is amazing! <BR> <BR> A good deed I am going to do: Stay in contact with my elderly neighbor. <BR> <BR> A place I... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:07:51 EST