NWILKER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NWILKER NWILKER'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/ TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917014 Not the amazing finish i had hoped for, but less than the week started.. i'll take it! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: doing pretty well, already one bottle in! <BR> <BR> Tracking: just went and did it! :) <BR> <BR> In range: i can't actually remember all i had, but the scale was up a smidge. Assuming it was the salt!! <BR> <BR> Me time: walked to a "business" meeting, so got a nice 10 min jaunt... <BR> <BR> Extra Exercise: walked to my meeting... hoping for a walk to hh this evening. <BR... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:26:43 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915177 What - only the second day of the week... dang! <BR> Scale did cooperate this morning - woot! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: it's not lunch yet, gotta get on it <BR> <BR> Tracking: did ok for yesterday day, ate more than was tracked but there were still calories available <BR> <BR> Staying in range: yup <BR> <BR> Me time: did a little studying at home. No amazingly me time, but close <BR> <BR> Extra exercise: nuttin for yesterday, hoping for a walk with the hubby to the bank in a bit <BR> ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:52:26 EST New day monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914798 Back home after a weekend away (last stair race of the season), and then a week away for work! <BR> <BR> Scale is pretty much where it was when i left, whew! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: let's get hydrated. Did very well today! <BR> <BR> Track food: dooing well <BR> <BR> Stay in range: so far, so good <BR> <BR> Me time: study day is monday, trying to get motivated... ugh <BR> <BR> Extra exercise: it's back to being chilly. Gotta find something interesting... maybe some squats or lunges.... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:29:11 EST Weekend, where are you??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904212 Making it through the week in a relatively successful manner. <BR> <BR> Been keeping my recipes in the "known" category, so the nutrition is already in my spark tracker! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: so so, gotta ramp up the full bottle before lunch thang! <BR> <BR> Tracking: bout at 3 in a week, need to keep up the pre-tracking! added some additional groups today so it is easier to get that items in! <BR> <BR> Staying in range: kinda sorta, better than it could have been! <BR> <BR> Me t... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 12:12:57 EST Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902342 Let's kick this week's bootie! <BR> <BR> My friend posted a blog - Make positive decions, which was based off an email from the spark itself... so i got to thinking! <BR> <BR> Ended the weekend better than i thought i would, but not as good as i could have. <BR> <BR> Positive decisions - i've got my menu's planned through the end of march and into april. I use google calendar so i can have the link in there and it's easy to move the menu item if something else comes up! <BR> I've decided ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:17:11 EST Just a little something to move you into the weekend (and me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900250 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1320557734.jpg"> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:42:39 EST Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898160 So friday got a little out of control... i needed some wine for my french onion soup... and ooopsie... got some in a glass at my desk! hahahah! <BR> <BR> Then hubby wasn't home when i thought to head to the home show, so we (pups and i) sat down for some house of cards, more wine (not sure how that glass keeps getting filled...) and some amazing goat cheese with honey... mmmmm <BR> <BR> Anyway - a long lost friend then pulled us into hh... home show was out, but we did get home and still e... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:30:22 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896458 I'm always happy when it's friday, but today... super happy! <BR> <BR> Tuesday i cooked thursday's dinner, last night i cooked sunday's dinner and tonight i talked so much about the crock pot french onion soup hubby assumed that was the plan - so now it is. And i'll make some baguettes later as well! <BR> <BR> My eyes are still stinging from cutting up 5 pounds of onions. oy! It filled my 6 quart crockpot! <BR> <BR> Original recipe called for all sweet onions (obviously cheaper), but i did... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:33:56 EST Almost the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895913 The week is winding down... i'm ready for the weekend! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: doing pretty well, the goal of finishing a bottle before lunch can get tricky, as in sometimes i'm chugging 30 ounces before lunch! but hey, goal met! <BR> <BR> Tracking: i pre-tracked a bit for my sushi dinner, then corrected this morning. Sushi is defniitely a tough one! <BR> <BR> Staying in range: a smidge over, and with all the salt the scale agreed this morning. Anticipate a full recovery tomorrow! <BR... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:32:55 EST Well... hello march, i didn't notice you there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895209 Been a rough couple weeks, lots of things throwing off my normal schedule.. <BR> <BR> I did complete my 2 other stair races, at the bottom i'll put my letter to united airlines regarding trying to get to boston... for march 7th... <BR> <BR> The time change is always a killer for me to and i think i'm kind of recovering from that and my over night drive (below). <BR> <BR> I'm by far the heaviest i've been in a while, but over the weekend and this week hubby and i made a plan. We are going ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:41:55 EST and almost friday again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883102 So another week has gone by! Yikes! Guessing i knew i was making bad choices, so i didn't come admit it! <BR> <BR> I did complete my first climb of 2015 - not an amazing time... but not terrible! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1992100358.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My bib and medal! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l568921161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> View at the top - another snowy race day <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309370069... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:47:23 EST Almost friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878892 So... the scale isn't co-operating... <BR> <BR> Had an event last night at a local distillery - tried a whiskey sour, and a cinnamon bouron (i'm not usually into hard alcohol, but these weren't bad) - and i'm sure those extra calories and then left overs from sunday which included black rice did me in! Think the carbs got me, and then i didn't want to drive to the gym so i did p90 cardio and an arm video... so no my normal morning calorie burn. <BR> <BR> Alas - i'm still feeling good and s... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:54:49 EST Hump day, and i'm pooped... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878265 Woke up tired, still tired... <BR> <BR> Stayed out a smidge late last night, nothing too terrible, met up with a girl friend we hadn't seen inf FOREVER and enjoyed another beverage! <BR> <BR> Been having to get up earlier to make some early morning calls. So even a little bit out late hurts. And the lowered calories this week is also making me tired. All in all a bad combo, so i'm pooped! I know, no need to lecture, but my goal is to be lighter when i truck up the stairs on sunday - then i'... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:54:18 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877495 Much less snowy, but still chilly... <BR> <BR> Had a pretty good day yesterday - i really can't do the juice thing, i just need to chew... <BR> So i snuck in come left over salami and cheese from the party sat night... scale still cooperated, but not exactly what i had planned! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: yup! Kept trying different things to over come my need to chew... <BR> <BR> Tracking: yup <BR> <BR> Staying in range: indeed <BR> <BR> Me time: we went to a coffee shop to "force" our... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:01:24 EST And it's monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876768 Not really sure where all my time went! Work is crazy and making me hate everything. Not really awesome for my self esteem and not stress eating, but i'm doing what i can! <BR> <BR> Hubby had a bday on friday - so i had a mini surprise bday for him so between chatting and sharing food i didn't over eat! Woot! <BR> Saturday instead of focusing on us and v-day - we invited a couple neighbors and a girlfriend currently unattached for some snacks and some wine i wanted to taste! <BR> 4 cab franc... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:57:08 EST Thursday - already? thank goodness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870071 So i seem to have lost a week here... hm? <BR> <BR> Got in an amazing day of skiing on super bowl sunday! Mountain cleared out at 2pm... we took the last lift up at 3:58 - color me tickled pink! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: sorta kinda. I'm drinking alot of tea, but not sure it's enough water. As i mentioned my tea cups are extremely large... Gotta kick that up. <BR> <BR> Tracking: yeah, not so much... <BR> <BR> Staying in range: most likely, the scale is going down <BR> <BR> Me time: i ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 12:39:39 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865937 ok, so beer and cookie dough no condusive to a healthy dinner? hmmm <BR> <BR> Hubby went out, i got the house to myself, had eating out for our date lunch - although i picked a spinach salad with some skirt steak - delish! (those near boise or denver - Matador - just do it) <BR> But also helped hubby with some amazing stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon, but declined the chips. Small victories! <BR> <BR> Scale still went down, but i could have done better! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: doing... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:58:40 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865171 Almost the weekend! Excited! i've got a snow shoeing date with the hubby and skiing with a girld friend! Woot for the great outdoors! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water - yup yup - peeing up a storm. Mostly tea, cause i love my electric kettle and tea dude and giant tea cups. I usually do the 2 bag through 2 rounds, so by the second round it's like a 3rd time thru, so every second cup of tea is mostly hot water! <BR> <BR> Tracking - didn't pre-track yesterday casue i didn't know what was for dinne... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:03:16 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863778 Monday was a check mark in the success column - woot! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: i got in 2 bottles - so 60 ounces, plus 3 cups of tea (and as you can see, my cups aint dainty!) and then 2 additional cups of tea at a study sessions! So i call it a yes! <BR> <BR> Tracking: i did pretty good, ok i went and finished, so i'm good <BR> <BR> Staying in range: success! <BR> <BR> Me time: got in a walk at lunch with the pups - crazy that is was 70 in january! <BR> <BR> Extra exercise: see abo... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:00:53 EST New week, bring it on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862929 Back from 2 weeks on the road for work - with a long weened with friends and the hubby in between - so you know what that means... <BR> <BR> Under the 160 mark, but much too close for comfort, i mean seriously i was so close to 140 this time last year. grumble. <BR> <BR> I've got 4 stair climbs this year - 3 in a row at the end of february/early march and carrying less of me up those stairs is my main objective! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: back on it, in addition to tea and get in a bottl... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:48:55 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847634 Still feeling successful - overcame the "need" to eat at 9pm <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water - doing well with water, and my mom got me the cutest "dude" to steep my tea with! He hangs on the side like he's in a hot tub! I even use it with my tea bags, not just lose tea! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886609722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tracking: got it going on for 2 days in a row, we'll see how i do when i'm on travel for work and am more restricted with meetings etc <BR... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:16:36 EST 2015 - I will own you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846763 Feeling pretty gung ho and ready to take it all on today! Think it's cause between the 2 times i weight myself i was down 4 pounds, granted still 3 pounds over when i went on vacation, but hey i'm gonna take my win! <BR> <BR> I've got 4 star climbs this year - 3 all within 3 weeks starting at the end of february! Yikes! So one of my main motivators is to not have this fat bootie to drag up all those steps with me! Pretty good motivation! <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with my recipes - i did a... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:49:18 EST Where has the year gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840573 I started the year out well... end meh... <BR> <BR> We went on a cruise and then spend christmas in and it got super cold... so the weight has packed on! I'm back on my cooking light recipe binge, so things are looking up there. Also saves cash instread of eating out! <BR> <BR> Year Goals: <BR> Determine how to control myself eating at mom's. I've got a couple more trips there. There is no gym, and i try to spend time with dad early before mom gets up (my normal workout time), and then l... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:22:18 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827498 Woah - where did december come from! Yikes! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: been doing pretty well with tea and water. Cold weather makes the warm cup in your hand so much better! <BR> <BR> Tracking: meh. I've been having trouble having an appetite. I know, poor me. I'm a smidge worried cause i never am not hungry! Figure i'll worry about it after our crise - yup - yeah me - happy pre-christmas adventure! <BR> <BR> Staying in range: yup. Not eating many meals makes that easy. Again not super ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:47:42 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822942 Wow - a week has passed - yikes! <BR> It was second week as single lady (hubby returned last night from a trip to hongkong) <BR> <BR> I ended up busy every night - so no free time for me. Boo. <BR> I had a study session, hoa meeting (gosh neighbors can be annoyng), professional meeting, hh, then friday a friend arrived for the weekend! Yowqza! I could us a nap! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: gotta keep on top of it. Doing pretty well <BR> <BR> Tracking: got todays stuff in! :) <BR> <BR> St... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:18:13 EST Tuesday - woose day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818922 Not sure what that little rhyme means, but it made me smile!! <BR> <BR> ok, so the scale is heading in the right direction and i've obviously up-ed my water to appropriate amount cause i'm in the restoom a lot! <BR> <BR> I'm also back on track with my blogging - so i can be accountable to myself and my spark peeps that watch after me! (which i love you all for that, by the by!) <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: check! Gotta get onto my first bottle for today - being single mama with hubby out o... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:20:26 EST Pity party for 1 please?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818343 oy vey - no need for patting me on the head or telling me it will be all right, this is all my own doing and i'm not sure how to find that wagon that i fell of of! <BR> <BR> I am the heaviest i have been in ages. I'm cracking the whip today. Luyckily hubby is out of town, so i can just eat veggies! I off the "extra" morning snack, back to just water and tea till lunch after my breakfast of naked! Lunch i've got my salad items back in the house - hadn't gotten the veggie shop done in a while!... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:56:46 EST Monday monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805660 Weekend of busyness and exercise! <BR> <BR> I did my normal workout sat morning then walked the botanical gardens with a afriend. Sunday i got up and went and did a practice run of my stair climb exercise thing at red rocks! I'm def feeling it today! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: not terrible, not amazing! <BR> <BR> Tracking: in my head? hahaha, i know, bad on me <BR> <BR> Staying in range: unknown... since the scale went up this morning, assuming not... <BR> <BR> Extra Exercise: heck ye... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:36:16 EST Hello thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803387 It's almost the weekend!!! <BR> <BR> I made a terrible dinner last night, so it was a hard to stay on track! <BR> It was a learning experience, there is a gal who's picks on cooking light i NEVER like and she NEVER likes what i like. This was he final try - so now it's a good indicator, if she says yes, then i know to just skip over it! :) <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: pretty good, at least 60 ounces of water, a couple big cups of tea <BR> <BR> Tracking: kinda sorta, it's hard to find reci... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:16:28 EST Hump Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802792 The world is finally spinning in the right direction and the planets are starting to line up! <BR> <BR> The scale is finally heading in the correct direction, my meal planning is back on track, and my water is going better! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: got it going on! Got some lovely limes 10/$1 - i will be squeezing them all into "ice cubes" for some fun once a day going forward! <BR> <BR> Tracking: doing ok, not amamzing, but better! <BR> <BR> Staying in range: kinda sorta, working on ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:08:12 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799229 Feeling overwhelmed and not successful - mainly because i'm not being successful. <BR> <BR> It all started in august, we went camping and there was no hike, and i brought a ton of snacks and there was a restaurant near by, so we ate like pigs and continued. I was eating cause it was there and i was bored... sigh. So i balooned up after that weekend and i haven't really overcome that yet. Then i "cleaned" the pantry and decided on meals based on what was in the pantry vs healthy choices, so ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:36:15 EST Week one fall challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784704 Man, when i change things up, it was go horribly wrong. <BR> <BR> I decided to try and empty out the pantry (i read you should clean it all out and re-organize every 3 months... ) so then i had a bunch of stuff i figured ishould use, including cereal... So i swamped out my normal naked juice breakfast for fiber one cereal with milk and fruit... but then something happened and it wasn't really a swap and i've continued to just keep gaining... It's week one of the challenge, let's get this t... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:20:49 EST Heading toward the light... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781669 I was going to say the right direction but this spoke to me more! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: did pretty good eysterday, lots of water - 64 ounce, couple big cups of tea. Let's aim for 90 today! (I find if i get the first one right after my first cup of coffee i'm def set up for success!) <BR> <BR> Tracking: i did pretty well at getting everything into the tracker! Not always before eating it, but in there <BR> <BR> Staying in range: I did! whew! Even with a beer at HOA (i needed it!) <B... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:28:25 EST Heading into another challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780963 I'm doing another challenge, and this one i'm starting at my heaviest. <BR> I've switched teams from the old stand by of the teddy bears to see if rocking my world might help make things process a smidge better! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: back on track, get in my 90 and then i can have fuzzy water. All in all i'm pretty light on any additional flavorings, my fav is real lime, i just haven't had time to hit the store yet... <BR> <BR> Tracking: track before i eat! <BR> <BR> Staying in ran... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:22:58 EST Another day, another dollar... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780260 So i seem to have fallen off the wagon, rolled around in the dirt, and have bsically been boycotting everything i know and have worked toward... Not sure what all that is about, maybe we'll call it a re-set? <BR> <BR> So i am now the heaviest i have been and i have alot of work to do! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> No more dialing it in. <BR> Focus. <BR> Track my food every day, if i have time to eat it, then i have time to track it. <BR> Stay in range, if i'm tracking as i'm eating i can't rationa... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:03:55 EST Ending week 4 of the 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740735 Coming up on the 1/2 way part of the challenge... I'm not doing as amazing as i had hoped. I've got more than a pound to loose between today and tomorrow to be a success this week! Yikes! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water - not sure what it up, maybe cause my regular bottle has been in the dishwasher and i've been using the ones we have for camping - i freeze water for our cooler then drink it after it turns back to water at home.. So my bottle is back and i'm ready for 90 ounces <BR> <BR> Track... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:12:03 EST Latest weekend in the woods (photo heavy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740361 This past weekend we up to 10K feet and had an amazingly beautiful time! <BR> We did get turned back on our hike cause of the snow drifts, but still had a great time! <BR> <BR> Campfire with filters! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1079675441.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Boys in the tent <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l342035028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> View from our campsite! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1531921308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> S... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:26:40 EST Ending week 3 of the 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736664 oh my gerd, that was close! Barely got rid of my holiday extravegance and week of catching up! But with an extra walk around the park last night, success this morning! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: pretty good, got my sun tea going - love it! But i get side tracked some times... <BR> <BR> Tracking: not too shabby, getting in my at lest 3 days a week, think i have most of this week <BR> <BR> Staying in range: pretty close if not in most days <BR> <BR> Me time: got in one day with a book at ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:02:24 EST Week 3 - 5% summer challenger - back on the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733815 Well the weekend certainly was fun... not really what i was supposed to do, but darn, isn't food that other people make so tasty! :) <BR> <BR> Ate like a little piglet and enjoyed every single bit of it! I did get in a nice hike on the 4th - supposed to be pre-emptive... saturday i got in my regular workout and a walk around town! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: sun tea is sunning, water is at the ready <BR> <BR> Tracking: ignorance is bliss, back on track now! <BR> <BR> In range: will be t... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:33:46 EST Ending week 2 and feeling great! (Summer 5% challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731282 Second week of the challenge is cruising along and i'm feeling successful! <BR> Weight is moving in the correct direction! Woot! I'm feeling stronger and more energetic! Not sure it's related, but woot! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: been slacking a smidge, gotta get back on track. <BR> <BR> Tracking: on it! <BR> <BR> In range: kinda sort... pretty darn close! <BR> <BR> Extra Exercise: got in a nice walk in the botanical gardens with a friend at lunch yesterday and a mini walk with the hubb... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:49:11 EST Weekend update - photo heavy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729076 Managed to end the weekend, where i started it, weight wise! Woot! <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful and relaxing weekend camping (no cell signal) and hiking (hike was had to bail on last year) surrounded by friends and nature! Ahhh! Love ly! <BR> <BR> Here are some pic: <BR> <BR> View from our campsite: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1249912873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A gorgeous columbine (state flower): <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l708962499.jpg"> <... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:42:43 EST Thursday - almost the end of week one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726287 First week of the summer 5% challenge is coming to a close. <BR> I didn't make the best choices yesterday - "finished" of the toffee bars i found in the pantry, and after dinner i went shopping for camping this weekend and bought a nuttybar for hubby and i to share... With the morning's fauxpau i should have taken a break from snack <BR> <BR> Scale was only up .2 and i was only over a smidge at the top end of my calorie range. <BR> <BR> Goals: water - on it! Got y sun tea on the roof, it's... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:39:06 EST Hump day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725628 So this challenge is definitely getting kicked off well! <BR> <BR> I got in a walk at lunch, and then a 2 hour walk with a friend last night! <BR> I have a book of walks around the city, so we took one that was 2.5 miles through 3 different parks - i would read the history and interesting info as we walked! <BR> We also had to walk to the walk, prob another mile-ish! Each way. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: coolio. Sun tea on the roof again. <BR> <BR> Tracking - got yesterday all tracked <... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:45:58 EST Summer 5% challenge - week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724901 Chuggin along! <BR> The weekend was a little wonky, big meals, no meals, no hike cause hubby has a super horrific allergy attach... <BR> <BR> Monday we had out of town guests, but i chose a salad with salmon for lunch and made beer can chicken, with fake mashed potatoes, spinach salad, and roasted pot salad... Still up a little this morning on the scale, but i did a tremendously sweaty work out and feel good! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: got my green tea and hot tea going on <BR> <BR> Tr... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:05:23 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720730 For the purpose of this activity, a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course; you are not truly hungry yet you are eating. A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when this happens. Example – you are home alone, watching TV and you eat a cookie, then another and soon you are looting the kitchen for anything that looks good. Or you had good intentions about going out for a calorie appropriate dinner with a friend, but a high calorie appe... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:23:20 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719875 Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> What do you want to change? <BR> I want to change my attitude towards food. It hasn't happened yet, but if i keep trying i'm hopeful. It cannot, should not be a reward. I usually try to plan things that revolve around a walk, or a craft, or an event where we can fore go food. No always, cause i enjoy cooking, but when i cook i can keep control more things than not! <BR> <BR> <BR> How do you want to look? <... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:50:33 EST Summer 5% Challenge - WIN Tomorrow check list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719093 Prepare you own WIN tomorrow checklist to help you plan for success the next day. <BR> <BR> Get water bottles ready <BR> Have healthy snacks ready <BR> Plan 3 meals for tomorrow <BR> Have workout clothes and sneakers ready <BR> Schedule tomorrow's workout in on calendar. <BR> Bedtime 10 PM lights out 11 PM <BR> <BR> Check List <BR> <BR> Do you already have a daily routine that includes preparation for a successful tomorrow? <BR> If i am working out of the house, i plan my lunches and hav... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:24:07 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Win Today Check List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719087 My checklist: <BR> Water 90 ounces <BR> Track my food <BR> Stay in calorie range <BR> No alcohol during the week <BR> Get 10K steps not counting morning exercise <BR> 5 freggies a day <BR> 5 minutes of me time <BR> 1 Extra workout per week Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:19:12 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719081 Been slacking a bit due to travel and weekends camping. <BR> <BR> Need to focus on menu planning. Find a night or 2 to set up some things that are easy, and can be made in under 30 minutes and the items are in the house! <BR> <BR> I have a list I made for the hubby for when i was out of town, but i need to think of that list too! <BR> <BR> Having a list of options and knowing what is in the house will help me! <BR> <BR> I need to consistently track my food - i usually aim for 3 times a we... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:08:18 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719080 ok self, let's make this a successful trip! <BR> <BR> My normal exercise plan is: <BR> Cardio 1 hour mon-sat <BR> Weights tues/thurs or 2 days during the week <BR> <BR> Saturday or sunday - for the summer I try to get in a hike or a walk each weekend! <BR> <BR> I don't have a problem being motivated to work out! My problem is food so this is the easy part for me. <BR> <BR> I do need to focus on 1 extra exercise session each week, either the hiking on the weekend or some class during the w... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:05:46 EST