OHANAMAMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OHANAMAMA OHANAMAMA'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/ Cardinals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783896 These are the cardinals I watched build a nest outside my window at work earlier this summer. It appears there was only one chick hatched. I don't know how many eggs she laid... perhaps it was just the one... anyhow, this is a video I took of the parents feeding it. I apologize for the shakiness of it... I had it zoomed in quite close. They have since left the nest and now it's empty... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:39:30 EST Aquarium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776732 This is our 125 gallon freshwater aquarium my hubby has been working on. It's not 100% finished, but it's looking quite pretty already. Also I included a quick look at my classic horror movie posters hanging above the aquarium. The lighting is bad, so forgive me for that. Perhaps I'll show them again another time. Hubby redid the base in a mahogany stain, which is dark, and doesn't show up on here, but it really looks great. And yes, that's my cat, Juju you hear voicing her opinion about not ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 18:08:16 EST Sacrificial September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771098 Sacrificial September Challenge... what am I going to sacrifice on a daily basis in September???? SUGAR! I have been overindulging on the sugar lately in SPITE of all the negative stuff I know about it... just google why sugar is bad for you... and you will see. Scary stuff. So September is my month to get back OFF sugar... cold turkey. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1407748642.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Does this mean no sweets at all forever? No way! That's no way to ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:35:02 EST My Wine Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770367 Yes, I enjoy a glass of wine now and then... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l668005061.jpg"> <BR> <BR> but, then again.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l694389315.jpg"> <BR> <BR> all offices should install one of these, right next to the coffee pot. :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l250364888.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love this one.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873427643.jpg"> <BR> <... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:40:29 EST In a terrible funk, stuck in reverse. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769394 August started out on one of my biggest highs of the year. It was fabulous. My family and I traveled to Texas, all because I bought tickets for my daughters and I to see Fall Out Boy (and to meet them again) that long weekend was awesome. I blogged about it below, but to summarize... I went to Texas for the first time ever, stayed in a really nice hotel, met my favorite band again, was up front in the pit to watch them, drove out of our way to see the ocean ... it had been about 17 years sinc... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:37:00 EST It was an awesome weekend!! (several pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757806 My long weekend... August 1 - 4 <BR> <BR> August 1 we left for a long drive to Austin, TX <BR> <BR> So, back in January I bought tickets to see, meet & greet Fall Out Boy in Austin, Texas... the whole family said they wanted to go, too... even tho they would not be going to the concert, just a trip to Texas would be fun, so off we went! We stayed in a really nice hotel at Round Rock. It was called the Homewood Suites... if you're ever there, I recommend it. :) We were pooped, so we just ord... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:29:29 EST June 2014 review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729235 June has been a big disappointment for me diet and weight wise... It was a month of a good day offset by many bad days and so on. It was also so full of stress as it came to a close, that I nearly just let myself fall into all my old habits. Luckily, that is already all better. <BR> <BR> While my weight has not changed much this month, my fitness has. I started walking a mile per day on June 10th because a friend kind-of challenged me to, very simply, and I rose to meet it. (thank you, sweet... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:12:32 EST Exercising, Consistency, Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716501 Aloha Sparklers! :) <BR> <BR> This little blog is to share with y'all something I'm kinda proud of... I hope I'm not jinxing myself by sharing this, and I hope this makes me, all the more, to get with it on a daily basis... <BR> <BR> For anyone who knows me, even a little bit, you KNOW what a helluva time I have with exercising. I admit, I have a lazy streak. I wear my fitbit almost always (I do forget sometimes) and it enters my daily fitness minutes... and I do try to walk a little more, ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:39:31 EST Always wear your invisible crown. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709382 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1170240173.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l276571479.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and hold your head up princess, if not the crown might fall.... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:51:14 EST May 2014 Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l733341890.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made some progress again during the month of May... although during the first couple of weeks I had a slight setback. Gained a few pounds due to water retention that was stubborn. Extremely stubborn. I had such good success with the Fast Metabolism Diet the first round... however, the second round I just barely held my ground. I don't think it was the diet... I think it was hormonal issues accompanied by extreme ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:19:34 EST All Gave Some, Some Gave All.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703750 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1225910698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydWhRObVxrM&<BR>feature=kp </link> <BR> <BR> Please take a moment click the link and listen to this song. Yep, it's Billy Ray Cyrus, don't let that deter you, if you're not a fan... He wrote and sang this and it is very good and touching and perfect for today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l799345214.jpg"> Mon, 26 May 2014 18:48:20 EST 7 Gerard Way Quotes I Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703182 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1730578963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1832651278.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l117074142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l812777150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364183251.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l7369444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 26 May 2014 00:25:49 EST Saturday's Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702128 I got a card in the mail yesterday from my dear friend, Jan. <BR> <em>218</em> It has a beautiful Hawaiian woman on the front with flowers in her hair and holding a huge basket of delightful tropical fruits and flowers. <em>184</em> There is a verse at the bottom: <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> Today a new sun rises for me. <BR> everything lives, everything is animated, <BR> everything speaks to me of my passion, <BR> everything invites me to cherish it. <BR> ~Anne De Lenclos <BR> <em>18... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:13:09 EST Apr 2014 Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684923 April has been a good month. My oldest son turned 23, my youngest daughter got her hearing aids for the first time... she is completely deaf on one side and hears perfectly on the other, her hearing aid is a cross-over, allowing her to hear sounds on the deaf side in her hearing ear. The look on her face was precious the first time her daddy whispered in her deaf ear and she heard him. <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> April was a month of dieting success and gaining strength. I began this mo... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:34:39 EST How to lose weight and gain health. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678714 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l475375694.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Want it. You have to want it more than anything... more than cheesecake, more than pizza, more than coffee or chocolate, more than any food or obstacle. Staying committed, dedicated, focused. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1397244834.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246424920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2. Believe in yourself. You must believe that you can achie... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:13:57 EST Fast Metabolism Diet 1st 28 days complete... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672038 Yesterday was my last day of my first cycle on the Fast Metabolism Diet. <BR> <BR> Over the past few weeks I have stuck to this diet, doing my best to follow it as written. I did make mistakes here and there... eating foods that weren't on that particular phase's food list, and not exercising... not hardly at all... but I did make sure to follow it as best as I could, and I drank all the water... 10 to 12 cups per day. <BR> <BR> The results are: <BR> March 17 - started at 223 <BR> March 24 ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:02:10 EST Mar 2014 review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661859 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l420390992.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Progress. That sums up March in a single word. <BR> <BR> This month I turned 49. I started a new diet. I lost a few pounds. My weight-loss-mode switch has been flicked "on" and I have been focused and motivated daily. I will not turn 50 still needing to lose weight! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1241084586.jpg"> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:53:20 EST Fast Metabolism Diet Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655477 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l802029246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Aloha friends! <BR> <BR> Many of you know that I decided to try the Fast Metabolism Diet... due to the success of a couple of friends on here who have tried it... so I decided to give it a go as well. I'm committed. <BR> <BR> I bought my book on Amazon and started reading it on March 12th. Wow.. it sounded so good. I am going to fix my sluggish metabolism in 28 days and eat plenty of food in the process... but wa... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:54:48 EST Blue Orchid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643565 Aloha! the advice I need is... how do I keep orchids alive? :) <BR> Yesterday while we were out and about, my hubby bought me the most beautiful tropical blue orchid I have ever seen, actually the only blue orchid I have ever seen... is it the real color? I don't know, can they alter colors in orchids like they do carnations? Anyhow, I just want to keep it alive, but I don't have a green thumb, so any help and advice is most welcome! Here's a pic of it but keep in mind, this pic does not do t... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 12:16:52 EST Feb 2014 review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636873 More stress. I gained this time, though ... not all I had lost in January, at least. Not much else to say. I'm bummed, but determined and keep telling myself to not look back, only forward. This is where I am NOW. I'm visualizing where I'm going to be in one month. <BR> I'm going to make March a success. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l295299542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550987338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:57:36 EST Jan 2014 review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611189 This has been one stressful month... <BR> <BR> I changed from working part time to full time, same job. I went from 24 hours per week (3 days) to 40+ and not having the couple extra days home to get things done is stressing me still. Also, since I'm considered "new" I don't have any vacation yet. You have to work full time for a year to get that, so my hubby is having to take kids to doc appts and other things and I'm not used to missing those. <BR> <BR> I am still working my other part tim... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:11:03 EST Breathe in... Breathe out... Move on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582056 First of all... <BR> <BR> Many thanks and deep appreciation to all who posted on my New Year's Day blog. I haven't had the time to thank each of you individually, but I hope you all know that the thanks is there!!! <BR> <BR> I am feeling very overwhelmed lately!!!! <BR> <BR> I am trying really hard to keep up with my challenges... and it's been hard lately. I know it's just been a half a week, but during that time I have gone full time (not looking for a pity party, just understanding beca... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:04:39 EST Happy New Year! Goals... and a realization that I don't have to be perfect... just me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578440 Happy New Year! <BR> These are a couple of my favorite Happy New Year pics... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1597875481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1250557609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And a couple good pics on goals... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l662044357.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2104534273.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have such high expectations for myself th... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:28:02 EST Question about resetting goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573764 I was wanting to reset my goals for 2014 here on sparkpeople... I mean the complete reset from the account page that removes all past entries... <BR> <BR> it says "Delete all your goals and results. You will keep your favorites and food groupings, but all goals and anything you have tracked will be removed. (Some people find this helpful for reading their reports if they have tracked inconsistently in the past.)" <BR> <BR> My question is, has anyone ever done this? What all did it reset? Di... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:22:42 EST SparktheSeason - shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573651 I don't really like shopping when there are huge crowds, so most often I do as much shopping online as possible... and this is my favorite place: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l627483974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> when I do venture out... I usually will go to Sam's, Target, Dillard's, Walmart, &/or Sears. Didn't want to put tons of pics of those places on here, tho. LOL! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:52:28 EST SparktheSeason - Comfy/Warmth/Something Red http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573635 I think these pics will cover both of these days: :) and my warm, comfy blanket also happens to be something red. :) <BR> <BR> this is my old leather couch with a super soft blanket, pillows, and a hot cup of coffee right next to me. This is where I'm usually at when I'm on the computer... very comfy and warm. :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2135976064.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and this is NOT my house. it's just a pic I found online a long while back and have always loved... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:34:13 EST SparktheSeason - decorations/home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573622 From my house this year... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1687453333.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l951287479.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579206857.jpg"> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:17:54 EST SparktheSeason - Relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573619 Nothing, to me, would be more relaxing than being able to spend unrushed time in these places right here... with a good book (preferably Stephen King), a delicious drink (ice water is a favorite, although something fruity with an umbrella would be nice, too) and a nice breeze, with these views and the ocean waves being the main sounds I hear... ahhhh.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2123982336.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l398... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:12:28 EST SparktheSeason - Someone I Love/Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573610 I am so far behind on the SparktheSeason photo challenge. I am so sorry! <BR> <BR> Someone I love... can't put just someONE, and Family... these picture will cover both of these SparktheSeason days: <BR> my beautiful girls <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l755716928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> my handsome boys <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l899786810.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My mom and my sis <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1961027080.jp... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:03:48 EST TSO Concert, one more... this was SO COOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571098 If you ever get a chance to see Trans Siberian Orchestra live, you must do so. They are awesome. The singing, music, lights, everything ... all together made for a fabulous show. I saw them in 2010 ... but couldn't go in 11 or 12, But I will not miss another in my area if I can help it! You really need to see them live to fully appreciate all that goes into it. <BR> <BR> This concert tour is their last performances of The Lost Christmas Eve. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:44:58 EST TSO Concert Wizards in Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570397 One of their more popular songs... so often used in home light displays. :) Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:07:23 EST TSO Concert Opening Song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570379 TSO is amazing. The show was amazing. They ROCK!! This is the opening song. I am the worst about knowing the names of a lot of these songs. Forgive me. :) And none of my videos do them justice. You really have to see the show in person! They are extremely awesome! Beyond Awesome! Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:37:51 EST Halloween... a late blog. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569982 I have finally been able to upload my pics from my camera. It's been a while, I know... but better late than never, yes? :) <BR> <BR> so here are a few pics from Halloween 2013. <BR> I didn't get pics in costumes. I forgot my camera when we left... and then everyone changed quickly when we got home that evening... oh well. :) <BR> <BR> All our pumpkins: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958149768.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Me: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 17:07:07 EST SparktheSeason - Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569974 Most days, this is my breakfast... a hot cup of coffee (here in my Christmas mug) and Sparkpeople. :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942122296.jpg"> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:58:43 EST I've not forgotten... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565084 My daughter is home and she brought me my camera! <BR> I shall be catching up on SparktheSeason blogs soon! <BR> I appreciate everyone who has read the other ones and commented, supported, and encouraged me along. Y'all mean so much to me. It really helps lift my spirits when I'm feeling down. Spark friends are the best! Thank you all!!! <BR> <BR> Meanwhile... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511813708.jpg"> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:12:18 EST SparktheSeason Dec 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560926 Snack... <BR> <BR> ideally I snack on this and I love pretty much all of it... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171135836.jpg"> <BR> <BR> but too often I give in to these: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l644834886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1885988363.jpg"> <BR> <BR> today I had these: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l539590347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:39:45 EST SparktheSeason Dec 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559915 Best part of Winter: <BR> <BR> a terrific list... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l522906059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> another terrific list... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1065615026.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christmas! It's the day we celebrate my savior's birth... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2044243844.jpg"> <BR> <BR> when your fave band puts on their Christmas... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l12807... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:48:52 EST SparktheSeason catch-up: Dec 2 thru 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559252 <em>247</em> <em>425</em> <em>247</em> <em>425</em> <em>247</em> <em>425</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Many thanks to all of you who commented on my last two blogs. There are a lot of sweet people here! Thank you for your support and kind words and for being a great sparkfriend and taking the time to read my blogs! I sparklove you all! :) <BR> <BR> I am feeling so much better, too. Still not 100%, but working on it, for sure. I'm loving this winter weather in spite of it's ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 17:41:34 EST I've been sick.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558227 Aloha friends. <BR> <BR> I have been sick this week. Monday I could not get out of bed at all. It was miserable. I did not throw up, but there was nausea, fever, and severe body aches. I could barely lift my arms and legs. It was like the day after the most intense full body workout ever and I could not get comfortable at all. But the worst feeling was the severe sharp abdominal pains that came in waves, and headaches. Hubs and I aren't clear on what it was. Symptoms lead to some kind of sto... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 09:02:33 EST Dec. 1 - SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554382 Photo Challenge: Dec 1 - Lights. <BR> This is my tree from 2011. It pretty much looks the same each year, but with a star most of the time... this one happens to have an angel on top. I would've posted a pic of this year's but I'm not done yet. :) I will post a pic of it when I get done. This year I have a lot more colored lights instead of all white, too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1740547346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I challenge myself to keep several things consi... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 17:46:48 EST #SparkTheSeason Consistency Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547989 Have you read this blog idea? I think it's a good one not to miss. December is often the hardest month to stay on track... <BR> Here's the link to the blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=want_to_stay_on_track_in_december_h<BR>eres_how#_a5y_p=1073403 </link> <BR> <BR> I don't see why the photo challenge couldn't be posted in blogs instead of instagram (in case you don't use it) That could be fun. I don't use other social media to talk about my weight loss, tho... I do t... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:53:10 EST Tattoo for Motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535662 Aloha Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Many of you know that I like tattoos. And if you know me, you also know I don't have any... yet, and that I have designated getting one as a reward for weight loss. However, my motivation is waning, I've gained a bit back (so hard to really admit to the world!) So, just this morning I was thinking and it dawned on me... why wait to get one as a reward... how about getting one to boost motivation? <BR> <BR> Has anyone here gotten a tattoo for motivation/inspirat... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:55:18 EST Pass this on.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513385 Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... <BR> <BR> We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who take care of others all th... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:44:42 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 10 - Strategize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509406 List your reasons/excuses on why your diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. Give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever! <BR> <BR> Wow, do I ever need this one right now. <BR> In spite of how motivated and determined I've been to rock this challenge... I have gone hog wild with food these last couple of days! Why???? I've named my triggers, I ha... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 23:08:11 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 8 & 9 - My numbers/measurements. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508117 This is mainly a recap of my starting point for this challenge, what I want to achieve during it and by when, and how I plan on reaching that last weigh-in goal. <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 208.5 pounds <BR> I want to lose at least 10.5 (that's my 5%) to 16 lbs (that's 2 lbs per week) during this challenge <BR> Target Weight range: 198 - 192.5 pounds <BR> By When: December 7, 2013 <BR> <BR> My Goal is to eat 1000 - 1300 calories daily from mainly fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> To drink 64 ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:12:19 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 7 -Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505240 Trigger Foods <BR> - pizza while watching a movie is by far the hardest. Every Friday night is pizza and a movie night at my house... can this change? Not any time soon... it's a family thing with my 4 kids and often their friends. Planning on how many slices I will eat and sticking to it... Easier said than done. I try, sometimes I succeed, sometimes I find myself scarfing down the 4th slice before I even realize what I've done. :/ Sometimes I drink a liter of water before the pizza... this... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 13:44:33 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 6 -Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504497 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1920247818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> What do you want to change? I want to change my own perception of myself, and unfortunately, my self-confidence and self-esteem is directly tied to my weight, size, and appearance. What a drag and so very hard to change... but I'm working on it. I want to be confident and self-assured. <BR> <BR> How do you want to look and feel? I ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:33:06 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignments 3, 4, 5 -Check Lists? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504267 #3 - Update Sparkpage. I do this pretty often. My info is generally up to date and I change my pictures and graphics often. so... done... often. :) <BR> <BR> #4 - Check List for today <BR> Do you already have a daily routine that includes your fitness and well being? I actually do not. I'm very much a spontaneous type person... routines, I know, are helpful. <BR> Please tell us what works for you. Being in the proper frame of mind. <BR> <BR> #5 - Check List for tomorrow <BR> Do you already ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 10:04:55 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 2 - Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500384 What is my nutrition plan? <BR> <BR> portion control <BR> increase fruits and veggies, mainly raw fruits and veggies <BR> Stay within my calorie range <BR> Drink a lot of water. <BR> <BR> I like Dr. Furhman's food pyramid: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l354511059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and this Plant Based Food Pyramid: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21849699.jpg"> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:36:31 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 1 -Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499514 What is your exercise plan? <BR> <BR> I need to aim for consistency. So it's more than WHAT I'll do to exercise, it's the fact that I will just at least exercise each day. At least 10 minutes. I'll also be wearing my fitbit and trying for those 10,000 steps. <BR> <BR> Did you post your Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment on your Spark Page? <BR> <BR> I did. :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l449762127.jpg"> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:28:38 EST