NUTZ4HARRY's SparkPeople Blog NUTZ4HARRY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community BLC 32 SMART GOALS My big goal is to reach a healthy weight. How I will get there will need to have some smaller goals/habits to reach my main goal. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink at my required amount of water a day per my plant nanny app I need to drink 148 oz a day at my current weight. As I lose weight the amount will go down so this goal will change. <BR> <BR> 2. Start adding in a yoga stretch to my exercise routine. <BR> <BR> 3. Prepare my lunches for work. <BR> <BR> 4. Track my food for at least 3 days a wk. (... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:16:25 EST BLC 28 Resilient Wow to post about a past disappointment, mistake, or missed opportunity. This may seem weird to say but I think one thing I am disappointed about is never telling my best friend in High School how much I really liked him. I won't say I loved him but there was something there that we both never acknowledged. <BR> <BR> He married someone else and was very happy until she cheated on him. I felt for him. I remember meeting his wife and him meeting my fiance. He told my fiance that if he... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 15:13:24 EST Winter is wonderful Scavenger Hunt for Camp Wanna Be Fit 1. Cozy Pajamas <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 2. Skates-ice or roller <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 3. Winter Hat/Ball Cap <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 4. Roaring Fire or Bonfire <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 5. Snow tube/Sled or Water sport <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:37:05 EST What I love about my body I love my hair. I also love my shoulders. Last year I wasn't able to do much lifting because of a shoulder injury. I have continued doing the exercises from therapy and have started lifting heavier weight. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:58:05 EST Super Hero Strength that reveals my secret identity.... <em>104</em> <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> For the 7th week of the BLC challenge I am supposed to blog about a time when I showed super hero strength (mental or physical). I will say that my super hero strength was about 5 years ago. <BR> <BR> My husband had decided that he didn't want to stay with me and our children. So he moved out. It was hard at first because my daughter was graduating from high school. My son was going through a rough time and felt that he was at fault. I will be h... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:45:15 EST BLC26 Expectations <em>85</em> <em>551</em> <em>401</em> <BR> <BR> My expectations for BLC26 is to get back into being healthy! I plan to start getting back into tracking my food and exercise regularly. I notice when I don't track my food I go over my calories. I also have noticed that when I don't eat healthy I don't feel good. Not that I am sick but that I feel sluggish and tired. <BR> <BR> I plan to make this a habit again: The tracking of food, eating healthy with a few treats here and th... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:12:09 EST BLC25 reflection, NSVs, Plan for BLC break <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I wish I could say that I was successful in my weight loss this round, unfortunately that is not true. I may not have lost a lot of weight but I stayed committed to BLC and participated. If I had not been in BLC I would have gained weight. BLC has been the best decision I ever made to start my healthy lifestyle change. Out of all the rounds I have competed in I have had great successes and not so great successes. <BR> <BR> I have learned many things about ea... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:33:05 EST Getting back on track... I know I have slipped up. Sometimes it is just me being lazy or stupid. I have a friend at work that once said something to me that has had me thinking. I was doing a challenge and I said I can't eat like that because the scale will show it. I don't want to hurt my team. She said well it is an online team. They don't need to know. You can lie about the scale. I was shocked that she would say such a thing. That can set me up for going off track. So I know listen to what people have t... Mon, 12 May 2014 12:50:58 EST 4 day meal plan I don't have a lot of variety in my meals. I like something I stick with it for awhile. <BR> <BR> My lunches for next week are as follows: <BR> <BR> Salad which will consist of romaine lettuce, radishes, carrots, celery with walnuts and chicken. I do not use any dressing. <BR> <BR> My breakfast for next week is as follows: <BR> <BR> 8 oz of almond milk, banana and Kelloggs Protein Plus cereal. <BR> <BR> My snack usually consist of an apple, with some natural peanut butter and whole w... Fri, 9 May 2014 20:03:54 EST MY BLC 25 GOALS & FITNESS TEST As an AMBER AMAZON WARRIOR I have set some goals for the 25th round of BLC!! My goals are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. Reach Onederland (again). I plan to stay there barring any injuries that prevent me from exercising regularly. I have about 12 lbs to lose to reach onederland. I CAN DO IT!! <BR> <BR> 2. Track and measure all my food and drinks. I have gotten lazy about keeping track of what I eat and measuring my food. Prepare my lunches for the work week. <BR> <BR> 3. Go to the Y at le... Sat, 3 May 2014 16:00:59 EST I learned something today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a picture of my daughter at her graduation in May of 2013. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And her at her high school graduation in 2009. <BR> <BR> Those are pictures of my daughter Samantha. She is getting married this year and is trying to loose weight. She belongs to the site I am also on there. Today I took the time to read... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:50:59 EST Exercise DVDs - I need more? <em>314</em> <BR> <BR> My friend Amy text me tonight to ask me if I had any workout DVDs that she could borrow for her daughter because her daughter wants to loose weight. Now her daughter is 18 years old and is on different medications for ADD or ADHD and some other things. Some of the medicines put weight on her. <BR> <BR> Well when I received the message I chuckled to myself thinking yeah I have a few. Well I found some near my TV and then I went into my son's room because I knew... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:40:58 EST SMART Goals <em>381</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> My goals for the 12 weeks are to: <BR> <BR> 1. Get back to the Gym - my aim is to go at least 1 a week to start and to work up to at least 3 times etc. I am just getting over a sprained wrist and now going to PT for my shoulder which was also injured. I don't want to push myself too hard too fast. Plus I have to get clearance from my OT (wrist) before I use the gym equipment. My PT (shoulder) told me which exercises I can do and that I can use we... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:45:54 EST Vision of me after BLC23 <em>40</em> <em>33</em> <em>91</em> <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> To see myself after BLC23 would be great to say I am 10 lbs smaller. I don't think that will happen since I have not lost enough each week to reach that. I do vision myself getting back into my healthy habits and exercising by the end of BLC 23. <BR> <BR> I haven't exercised like I was planning too because of my sprained wrist. So I see myself after BLC 23 being able to exercise at a higher intensity then I have been.... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:22:38 EST GOALS for BLC 23 with the Fabulous Feisty Foxes!! My goals are going to be almost the same as last round: <BR> <BR> 1. <em>194</em> Drink my water and track with my app on my phone. My goal is to drink as of this date is 117 oz of water a day. That is the amount that has been calculated for my activity level and weight. As my weight goes down the amount may change. Just like if I increase my activity level from average to sedentary or active it will change. <BR> <BR> 2. <em>313</em> Walk my dog daily weather permitting. ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:38:27 EST Glass half So am I a half glass full or half empty? I think I am both. Sometimes I will think negatively on either my life or healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am trying to be more of a half glass full type of person. So what are you? Sat, 24 Aug 2013 10:02:53 EST Wk 7 TNT for BLC 22 My TNT today was harder for me to do and not because of being weak or difficult. It was because I was heat exhausted. I just felt tired. I still did it. Here are the exercises I did. <BR> <BR> Upper Body: <BR> Chest Fly - 3 set of 10 <BR> Chest Press - 1 set of 10 <BR> Modified Push Ups - 1 set of 10 <BR> Dumbbell Curls - 2 set of 10 <BR> Overhead Triceps extension - 2 set of 10 <BR> Shoulder Press - 2 set of 10 <BR> <BR> Core: <BR> Crunches - 4 sets of 10 <BR> Dumbbell side bends - 3 s... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:25:10 EST 5 Years in the future <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Usually when I envision myself in the future I would be day dreaming or dreaming when asleep. Five years in the future... <BR> <BR> I will be smaller and maintaining my weight. I will be divorced and living in my own place. I will have the place that I can afford. It will have a room for me to be able to exercise. <BR> <BR> I will have a job that I love and enjoy going to everyday. I will be taking care of myself with eating healthy, exercise and pampering... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:22:07 EST Reaching one of my goals! I am here to see how everything is after reaching one of my goals for BLC 22. So I am going to post about me losing 10 lbs this round. My goal is to reach 180 lbs after the 12 weeks of BLC. <BR> <BR> So let's imagine <em>224</em> that is is near the end of the BLC 22 and I have lost the 10 lbs. How do I feel? I feel smaller. I notice my hips are smaller. My thighs don't rub against each other. <BR> <BR> I celebrate by going and getting a mani and a pedi. Since I will be wearin... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:46:08 EST SMART & Focus Goals for BLC22 I posted these on Wednesday for the first day of the BLC 22. I am re-posting with SMART goals. <BR> <BR> Specific <BR> Measurable <BR> Attainable <BR> Realistic <BR> Time based <BR> <BR> These goals are ones that I want to become a habit nd it will become permanent. These are also realistic goals that I can build over time. Well for this round of BLC 22 I am a FABULOUS FEISTY FOX!! This week we are supposed to post the goals that we want to achieve the next 12 weeks of BLC. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 16:36:36 EST Focus Goals BLC22 Well for this round of BLC 22 I am a FABULOUS FEISTY FOX!! This week we are supposed to post the goals that we want to achieve the next 12 weeks of BLC. <BR> <BR> 1. Track my food daily. I know this works for me and sometimes I don't track because I know I ate something with too many calories or just being lazy. <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise at least 20 minutes. This is for both Cardio and Strength Training. I will do at least 20 minutes cardio every day. I will also start doing more Strengt... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 19:03:05 EST What's on my mind... <em>40</em> <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> This is a loaded question. When I first found out that I had to do this blog for BLC I started thinking about what I was going to write. Well since that was Thursday I seem to have forgotten everything I thought of. <BR> <BR> Well we are in Week 8 of this challenge and I have to say I am not doing that great with the loss but I am still happy with my progress. I figure everyday that I eat a healthy meal and get exercise that I am helping myself.... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:12:52 EST Stress! I hate it! <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <em>326</em> <BR> <BR> I have had a stressful week this week at work. We had our Special Ed Monitoring and the atmosphere in the office has been different. The Administrators were worried about the out come of everything. It just rubs off on you when everyone else is stressed. <BR> <BR> I handled that stress fine. I know how to handle that stress by breathing, going to visit other co-workers in the building and to exercise if I feel it is bothering me.... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:37:08 EST BLC 21 Before picture Well I am doing it again. Posting a picture. I hate taking pictures of myself. I feel stupid taking my own picture. Here it is: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now here is a picture from BLC 20 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of my puppy on Halloween: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just had to throw... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:07:16 EST Volleyball Starting up- The good and the bad <em>133</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight I had a Volleyball meeting and boy I was excited about it starting. I have my team and our first game is Friday!! This is the one thing that I am so excited about during winter. Tonight was a good and bad night. <BR> <BR> I just found out that my soon to be ex husband is coaching a team this year. There is a rule that you have to live in the township to play. He does not live in the township. He has a residence that I live in until our divorce is fi... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:30:40 EST Giving Thanks This blog is about being thankful for what I have accomplished in the BLC 20. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for learning new ways to cook with spices. The recipes that are posted in our thread is helpful and teaches me to be adventurous with food. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for being down 15 lbs this round. Every week that I WI and see the number down makes me realize how all the hard work is paying off. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for trying new veggies. I have tried parsnips, purple potatoes, and ... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:52:41 EST Wellness Tips Below is an email I received at work. We have a Wellness committee and we get these types of emails about once a month. This one is about Thanksgiving. It is long and there are recipes at the end. Enjoy and have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! <BR> <BR> WELLNESS WEDNESDAY | HAPPY THANKSGIVING <BR> <BR> <BR> Holiday Travel Advice <BR> 7 Ways to Stay Safe on the Busiest Travel Day of the Year <BR> <BR> If you’re one of the millions planning to hit the crowded highways for the Thanksgiving holi... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:55:41 EST Gift ideas So I have been asked what I want for Christmas. You know when I am asked this question I can never think of anything. So I here are some gift ideas to help with getting healthy: <BR> <BR> 1. Zumba exhilarate <BR> 2. yoga mat (daughter took mine) <BR> 3. Zumba for Kinect (daughter took mine) <BR> 4. exercise DVD such as: 28 day book camp (SP), Biggest loser DVDs, yoga DVDs <BR> 5. medicine ball <BR> 6. exercise bands <BR> 7. SP Cook book <BR> 8. Cook books with healthy recipes <BR> 9. Balan... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:31:32 EST Busy days ahead Well today was busy but I enjoyed it. I got my lawn mowed, walked the dog, raked some leaves, did laundry and dishes. <BR> <BR> Now the next couple of weeks at work are going to be busy. I know it. I work for a local school district and it is state reporting time for Special education and I am in charge of the reports. This year we switched to a new system so not all of our students are showing up which means we will lose money if we don't submit them. <BR> <BR> I am trying to prepare... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 18:35:31 EST Plan B... <em>198</em> <em>312</em> <BR> So have you ever made plans for your meals, exercise for the healthy new you? Well that has happened to me. I used to get upset and would just say oh well just forget it and either binge on something unhealthy or skip the exercise. I now know that is the worst decision to make. Since I have learned that I now always have a plan B & possibly C. <BR> <BR> There have been days when I plan to get exercise in and I am rushed and can't do all that I want. ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 10:16:56 EST Going to the Movies <em>272</em> <BR> So this weekend challenge for BLC20 is about a healthy night at the movies. I enjoy going to the movies and I will be honest I love to eat the popcorn there. I even love to put the butter on it to. Then I am sitting there drinking water just to quench my thirst from all the salt. <BR> <BR> I do go to the movies now and always bring my own water, usually about 2 bottles or more. Sometimes I will buy the popcorn. I now only get the small. Other times I will bring m... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 15:09:06 EST Preparing for the Holidays <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>428</em> <em>407</em> <BR> <BR> So the holidays are just a few weeks away. I have already started thinking about ways to keep myself in my calorie range and keeping the weight down or steady during the holidays. I don't want to wait until the last minute to think about this. <BR> <BR> Some things I have thought about, the turkey, the potatoes, the salad, the deserts, the drinks etc. Food is the biggest thing to worry about. I have looked at ways... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 13:29:58 EST My walking buddy quit I am so sad that my walking buddy decided to quit. We were walking regularly after work, on the weekend, and any time we could fit it in. <BR> <BR> My friend Amy was really into this walking in the beginning of the school year. She wanted to lose some weight. Her oldest daughter is fighting Non Lymphoma Cancer (I believe). It is the one cancer that goes into remission easily. Well her ex-husband's family was doing a benefit for her. So Amy wanted to lose some weight before the benefi... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:28:40 EST Wonderful Luncheon Today <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> Every year on election day in November our school district has an in service day and our IU offers a luncheon for the secretaries of the districts. I always look forward to it. It is a nice afternoon of talking with other secretaries from the surrounding districts and seeing those in your district that you don't see but talk to all the time. <BR> <BR> The menu is always the same every year. A salad of dark greens with a choice of dressings on the table, dinner r... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 20:39:21 EST Focus on Emotional Eating my Plan In the BLC our focus for this week is on Emotional Eating. We are supposed to think about why we eat and create a plan of action. I have been doing this for about a year now and have really started talking to myself about why I eat at certain times. <BR> <BR> I know that stress and boredom are huge triggers for emotional eating. I have learned to evaluate why I am eating something. Did I really want that cookie? Why did I eat that junk? I then talk to myself about the feelings and if ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 11:13:57 EST Interesting thing said to me today. <em>368</em> <em>291</em> <em>284</em> <BR> <BR> This week at work has been pretty good. People have been complementing me on how good I look. I have been called "SKINNY MONICA" which just brings a smile to my face. It is just great to hear after all this hard work. <BR> <BR> The interesting thing that was said to me today was my one of my co-workers. She said "I don't see how you can eat like a rabbit and just drink water. Do you count how often you go to the bathroom in a da... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:32:48 EST BLC 20 Goals Revisited Well I am here to revisit my goals for the BLC20. <BR> <BR> My goals for this challenge are to lose weight and inches, exercise with variety, eat healthier by making smart food choices, track my food and calories everyday, measure my servings, drink water daily and to have FUN. <BR> <BR> I am very pleased with how I am doing on my goals. I have lost weight and inches. More then I did last round. I feel that I have finally gotten off of my plateau. <BR> <BR> I have tried some new video... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 22:03:43 EST My Motivation for my lifestyle change and losing weight. I am sitting here trying to decide what is my reason for losing weight. I would love to say it is so that I can be healthier and play with my kids, but my kids are older and they don't come around to play that much. So what is my motivation to wanting to lose this weight... <BR> <BR> My biggest motivation was my dad's fiance seeing a picture of me at my wedding and commenting about how much I had changed. That I had let myself go. That hurt me but I looked at myself and realized she was ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:22:03 EST Improvements I have noticed So Spark Coach had me writing a blog about the improvements I have noticed since I started this healthy lifestyle change. They are not talking about the number on the scale. <BR> <BR> I have noticed that I do enjoy exercising and when I miss a walk or some other form of activity I get sad. This is something I would never have thought would happen to me. I Love being active. <BR> <BR> I notice that I am open to trying more foods. I love my veggies but prefer to eat them raw. I have no... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:31:33 EST BLC20 12 week Plan and Before Pic I am working on losing this weight and keeping it off. I have been on SP for almost 2 years now. I joined BLC in round 19 and noticed how the challenges helped my motivation and kept me honest with my eating. So I decided to give it another go this round. So what is my plan for the 12 weeks. I could just say to loose weight and exercise but that is just too mundane. So her is my plan a little broader: <BR> <BR> 1. Loose weight? - My goal is to be down about 15 lbs and to lose inches. ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:33:46 EST Dear Monica Hey there girl!! How are you doing? I hear you are making some wonderful changes in your life and I wanted to tell you how proud I am of you! You deserve to think of you and your health. Your kids will love you for it and I know they are proud of you too. <BR> <BR> Now this site you found Spark People has been a fantastic find and I know you thank that health coach every time you log in here. She gave you the resources and the power to make this change. She is still there if we need ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 18:18:50 EST MOTIVATION?!? WHERE IS MINE??? Well as you can tell from my title that this is going to be about Motivation. Lately I have been feeling motivated and then seeing it disappear as quickly as it appeared. I have been giving it a lot of thought and have come up to some reasons as to why it fluctuates. <BR> <BR> My biggest reason is because I am going through a divorce and it is stressful. This has been going on for 2 years now. I feel pressure from my ex-husband to just give in to his demands to end everything but then I... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:37:04 EST Insanity update Those of you that have followed my blog know that over 3 months ago I had tried Insanity and did it for about 2 1/2 weeks. Well today I decided to be adventurous and try it again. So I re-did the fitness test tonight. I will say that I was surprised of how well I did even though my back has been hurting. So here is my update: <BR> <BR> 5/2/12 8/14/12 <BR> Switch Kicks: 60 82 increase of 12 <BR> ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 19:48:48 EST Challenge of Harry Potter-Obstacles and getting over there <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Some obstacles that I have faced during this journey are going through a divorce, getting injured, fear of failure, and not have support. <BR> <BR> The ways that I have over come these obstacles is by turning to my friends and family while going through the divorce. Talking with them and going out on a date if I want to. Not jumping from one relationship to another just to have company. The divorce hit me hard and I got sad and depressed until I realized that it ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 20:04:31 EST My Vision Board I created a vision board for BLC 19 challenge. These are the things that I feel will help with reaching a healthy weight. The food, activities, friends, family and more. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Drink water daily. I will enjoy a drink of juice or milk but not every day. I want to try new things so that would require me to be adventurous. Having friends on this journey will help with accountability, being active ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:35:24 EST Such a Beautiful day! The sun is shining there is a soft breeze out side and I have gotten in walking, 30 minutes of SP 28 day workout, 30 minute core video and tree trimming done. I still have more trees to trim but my arms and neck needed a break. <BR> <BR> This coming week we start 10 hour days at work and have off Friday. It is nice but the long hours do kill you after awhile. I love getting my 7-8 hours of sleep a night so it is in bed my 9 for me. I hope I will survive this first week. <BR> <BR> I wil... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:36:15 EST My day Well today I feel relaxed. I finally finished the big project I was doing and felt such relief today. <BR> <BR> I had a treat today at lunch so tomorrow I have to be better and eat healthier then I did today. <BR> <BR> Now I can relax and concentrate on my next project next week. Thu, 31 May 2012 22:19:25 EST Charms Homework spring term Well today has been a very busy day for me. I was up at about 4:30 this morning and went for a jog/walk. I have been doing data entry and work so my days have been stuck in front of a computer. My boss did compliment me about being so good with computers. I am beginning to think I need to take some courses that will make me better in my job that maybe I can get a raise or something. <BR> <BR> That has been my day. Now I am going to bed. Have a great night!! Wed, 30 May 2012 21:43:44 EST History of Magic My progress in my health plan is that I have started to realize that when I don't exercise I feel tired. I love eating fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> I have been able to wear clothes that I purchased last year. The clothes were tight when I bought them now they fit me. <BR> <BR> It is nice to see the changes in my clothes, body and health during this healthy plan I have started. Sun, 27 May 2012 21:24:38 EST What does my weight deprive me of? For this weekend challenge in BLC round 19 I am supposed to blog about what my weight deprives me of. I have been thinking about this a lot. There are so many ways to interpret this question. <BR> <BR> Is it the things I can't do being over weight like run a race without losing my breath. Not having the energy to play with my kids. Wanting to go on a roller coaster and not being able to fit into the seats. <BR> <BR> Or is it when I am out with friends or family and people are enjoying a... Sun, 27 May 2012 21:10:04 EST