PRESSINGON3:14's SparkPeople Blog PRESSINGON3:14's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Discipline: day 3 of Whole30 challenge Today I finished day 3 of the Whole30 challenge. That means I'm 1/10 of the way through! Maybe it doesn't sound like much but it's a mile stone I can declare as being accomplished. It helps make the next day a little easier knowing that I have done 3 days successfully! <BR> <BR> I followed my eating plan enjoying the eggs and veggies for breakfast and the yummy chicken soup for lunch. It was great getting some fresh strawberries today to have for my fruit. I also picked up some nice pea... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:16:53 EST Discipline: Day 2 of whole30 Completing day 2 of my March whole30 challenge - 30 days of eating mainly meats, veggies, and fruits. I started the morning waking up hungry. I fixed my eggs and veggies separately this time. I enjoyed them much more that way rather than scrambling them all together. <BR> <BR> By lunch time I was feeling plenty hungry, but also very tired. I took a nap so I could have enough energy to fix my lunch. The chicken soup tasted really good. I will definitely be using that meal a couple more ti... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:21:38 EST Discipline: Day 1 of Whole 30 I am completing <em>249</em> of the Whole 30 plan. I stayed fairly close to the meal plans I had made. The few adjustments were still within the guidelines of the plan. I ate 2 servings of veggies at each meal and had 2 servings of fruit with some almond slices for an afternoon snack. <BR> <BR> Evaluation questions: <BR> 1. Did I get ravishingly hungry at any time? For a while in the late morning, about halfway through my bodypump workout. <BR> 2. What was my energy like throughout ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:27:38 EST Discipline: preping for whole 30 I have continued to learn how to improve my eating habits and exercise to do what I am able to do in maintaining good health. Tomorrow I plan to start a month of the Whole 30 plan. The plan consists of eating unprocessed food, only meats, veggies, and fruits - no dairy, sugars, legumes, or grains. The intent is to clear the body of the foods you don't eat, then as they are gradually reintroduced after 30 days, evaluate how each type of food affects the body. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 23:04:09 EST In Memory of my Dad <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And God said, “Ted Miller, it is time for you to come home and rest with Me”. And it was so. Last week my Dad reached his final destination and has gone home to see his Savior that he loves face to face. He was fortunate to be surrounded by family and loved ones. We know that he has been greeted by many family members and friends who have gone before him. We grieve and will miss him dearly, but we rejoice in the pr... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:40:21 EST Overcoming: start of third BL challenge This is the letter I wrote to myself as I begin the Winter Freeze Off Challenge - <BR> <BR> Dear Barb, <BR> <BR> Before you think about where you want to go with this challenge, take a brief look at where you've been. <BR> <BR> This is your third BL challenge. The previous two you lost about 5 pounds each time. That's a great start to what you want to lose and you wish to be able to lose more than that amount in 10 weeks. However, that just doesn't seem to happen with your body. So as fa... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:10:00 EST Overcoming: replacing excuses with opportunities <img src=""> <BR> Overcoming has been my theme and focus this year. Like so many things in life, I am realizing that this is an on-going process. Overcoming is not something that can be accomplished overnight. Nor does one come to a point when they have completed this task. Don't miss understand me. There are specific battles that we may get to the point of having overcome. This maybe overcoming a lack of an ability - learning to ride ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:51:21 EST Overcoming: moving in June continuing into July June was a good month for staying active. I was able to do a walk and/or run almost daily. This took some planning to get up early many mornings to avoid heat and/or humidity. I was pleased to be able to put in some miles even most days of our traveling. I also ran a 5K race on Saturday, June 28. I've still been building up strength and endurance from sickness in April, so my target was set to complete the run in under 40 minutes. I was very pleased to complete it in 38:23. <BR> <BR> Eve... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:22:31 EST Overcoming: May much better, moving into June May was definitely a much better month for me than April. It's been a long process getting over the upper respiratory infection. I still have some coughing from it. However, I can notice improvement every week and I have most of my energy back. I have built up my distance running to 3 miles a few days a week. Now I need to focus on faster pace and endurance with fewer and smaller walk breaks. I am also just beginning to get back to doing some BodyPump. One of my targets is to be able to do... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 14:12:53 EST Overcoming: April illness, ready for May! As April began I was ready for a good month of WOs and running. Through March I had gotten into the routine of Bodypump for ST 3X a week and was doing an additional WO almost everyday. I was looking forward to April and the prospect of warmer weather to be outside more. The first weekend of April we took a road trip. However, I made sure I at least did some walking each day even if I couldn't do other WOs. When we returned home I focused on increasing my running distance. Then it hit - ... Sat, 3 May 2014 20:19:35 EST Overcoming: March summary and April targets March still had a lot of cold days in it. However, there were periodical breaks of warmer days to help get everyone through the snow days. It's the beginning of Spring now. Even though we may get hit with a few snowy days yet, the generally warmer days make a big difference in my attitude and motivation. We're even seeing signs of the first flowers coming up!! <em>244</em> <BR> Another <em>244</em> that I lost 4 pounds in March. It was not a gradual loss, but it all happened within t... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:55:33 EST Overcoming: February summary and March targets February was a big motivational challenge for me. There were days I struggled with not feeling well and days the cold weather got me down. I didn't get to the Y to run as often as I wanted. Some of those days I was able to do a WO at home and at least get a few more minutes accomplished. <BR> <BR> I decided to focus on improving my ST with the challenges I set in place rather than doing BP. The plank challenge progressed too quickly for me but I did work up to doing 1.5 minute planks the f... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:31:13 EST Overcoming: January summary and February targets Last year was a rough year filled with changes, stress, and transitions (details in "2013 - a year of transitions" blog post). The result was going back to undesirable eating patterns, losing motivation to WO, and putting on over 30#. That put my weight over what it was when I first started SP. However, 2013 is history, just a memory of the past. This is the year to learn from that experience, set all the failure aside, fight to press on and overcome. <BR> <BR> Overcoming has become my theme... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:50:47 EST Motivational video This is a real inspiration for me. Will definitely add it to my running songs. Wanted to share it with others. <BR> <BR> "Overcomer" by Mandisa <BR> <BR> You're an overcomer <BR> Stay in the fight ‘til the final round <BR> You're not going under <BR> ‘Cause God is holding you right now <BR> <BR> <link><BR>utm_content=bufferd444a&utm_medium=soc<BR>ial&<BR>gn=buffer </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:14:02 EST 2013 - a year of transitions For several years now I have asked God's guidance for a verse to adopt as a focus verse for the year. It is always interesting to watch how the verse challenges me throughout the year. For 2012 He gave me Psalm 37:7a as a focus- "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him." As little situations happened thru the year the verse came to mind with the thought "I can trust the LORD no matter what!" It didn't seem huge at the time. I sensed God's direction to stay with the same verse as ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:46:13 EST Mid-November progress It's not quite half way through the month, but one week from today we will be moving into our new location in IL. So this is the best time for me to get a mid-month progress report accomplished. <BR> <BR> These are the Nov. challenges I have been working on: <BR> Spiritual challenge - I've wanted to finish memorizing Galatians, so my challenge is to memorize at least four verses each week. <BR> Physical fitness challenge - it has always been extremely difficult to do the plank exercise, so ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:22:58 EST Personal November Challenges So, I've stated my S.M.A.R.T. goals, which summarized means my target is to lose 30 pounds and get back down to 130 by our wedding anniversary on June 6, 2014. Now I need to put together a plan that will help me reach that target. <BR> <BR> I've been looking through the various SP teams and challenges. There have been many team challenges that I have appreciated being involved in and I want to stay involved in. However, I feel like it would best benefit me in reaching this that I establish... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:22:41 EST My birthday present: S.M.A.R.T. goals Yesterday was my birthday. I had a great day with my DH and enjoyed many greetings and good wishes from family and friends. As I step into the beginning of another year, it's time for a reality check and a refocusing. When I stepped on the scale this morning I saw that I had gained 30 pounds since last year. True, this was not my scale that I have used for weighing most of the time, but I know it still is presenting a pretty true picture of what has happened. I have become careless and thoug... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:37:20 EST Almost through week 1 of challenge It hasn't been a full week since I started this challenge and I can feel a difference already in my energy level. I haven't been perfect about having no white flour or sugar, but I have stayed very close to it. We're staying at our son's place so even though I help with fixing a lot of the meals, I'm not preparing everything. So sometimes it's really hard to avoid the white flour and sugar completely. I have, however, been able to refocus my snacks to more fresh fruit. Also, the few times... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 23:26:55 EST Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Several years ago, after losing 10 pounds, I joined Sparkpeople and overtime I lost another 40 pounds. It was about one year ago that I made by last blog entry stating that I was 2 pounds from my final goal. This past year has been a year full of stress with many changes and transitions happening in our lives. It has been difficult to stay with the exercise program I was following and even harder to continue with the healthy eating I was adopting. We are still doing some transitioning, so ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:07:59 EST Starting Week #6 - 2 pounds to goal. Is it necessary? DH and I are on the sixth week of following the HCG drops and eating plan. We have both done very well with following the plan and losing the weight we had hoped to lose. Today I find myself 2 pounds from reaching the maintenance goal I had set when I started SP over 5 years ago. I am very excited to be at this point in my journey. It has been a long but very educating process. <BR> <BR> Now comes the question I face at this time - are those final 2 pounds really necessary to lose? We... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:30:12 EST Beginning of week #5 AND the Final Five pounds to lose!!! It's been a long stretch getting to this point of the journey. Actually, I have been very close to my final five a couple of times since joining SP. I feel like I can really see the end coming this time. DH and I have been following this eating plan with HCG drops for four weeks now. The most "cheating" we have done is eating a couple of grams more meat than called for once in a while. It occurs simply because when we cut the portions, some are slightly more than the guidelines. It cert... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 21:38:24 EST Started Week #4 - I may never drink soda again! DH and I started week #4 of the HCG eating plan. I can't begin to express how valuable it has been doing this as a team! Yesterday the idea of eating popcorn and watching a movie sounded so tempting. However, together we were able to think of a different type of "treat" to have and watch a movie. Fresh fruit is becoming more of a treat standard for us. But there are so many ways that even fresh fruit can be dressed up with special spices and/or even warmed. Found a yummy recipes for wa... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:49:55 EST Into week 3 Yesterday we started our third week of the HCG plan. Both DH and I have been doing well staying with the plan. We both have a some moments when we thought about "cheating" but we have taken on the challenge and have stayed true to the plan. This week I'm focusing on having more variety in the veggies we eat and I'm using slightly different spices. The first week and a half it seemed like we used a lot of recipes with tomatoes and spicy hot. I also found some true stevia. I just learned ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:52:48 EST Starting final ten - again! The past five days my weight has been stable within about .4 of a pound. Yesterday I followed what they refer to as an apple day - take the HCG drops as usual and eat only 6 apples for the day. I felt a little hungry in the morning between apples 2 and 3, but after that I was fine the rest of the day. This morning my weight was down one pound. <BR> <BR> Now I go into the final ten - again. I've been here a couple of times in the last 2 years. I want to make it to the finish line this ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:34:48 EST Seventh day - He says he wants his hips back. Today was the seventh day of following HCG plan with DH - one full week. The past two days I have felt more hungry in the mornings until I eat lunch. I've just been eating fruit for breakfast and saving my proteins for lunch and dinner. I'm used to having plenty of protein in the morning. Hence, the next couple of days I'm going to use some of my allotted protein for the day with my fruit at breakfast. Hopefully that will help the mornings go better. The rest of the day I have felt fine -... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:50:11 EST Learned something new! Well, I can say that at least I learned something on this HCG eating plan that I will continue to use in future. I learned a new way to skin tomatoes! Cut each tomato in half and set on a cookie sheet (cut side down). Place in broiler for 5-10 minutes until slightly "blackened". Cool slightly and pull skin right off. So easy!! <BR> <BR> We just finished day 2 of the second phase on the HCG plan. It has been much easier following the eating guidelines with DH working to follow it as wel... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:59:45 EST Did he really say that? DH and I have finished two "loading up" days to begin an HCG plan for losing weight. He just commented to me: "There are three pieces of pizza in the microwave and half of a homemade chocolate meringue pie in the frig, and I could care less." I made the pie over the weekend because we'll be following our diet plan on his birthday. For years I've always made this pie for him rather than a cake. It is so much his favorite that you'll rarely see him share it with any one. Hence, the surpris... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:07:20 EST Something totally different for me I've been struggling for some time to take off the final few pounds needed to reach my maintenance weight. And now the past several weeks we have been doing a lot of traveling, hence a lack of the usual exercise I get and crazy eating patterns - especially the time we were in Nicaragua. <BR> <BR> I hate the thought of working the pounds off slowly - again! At our family reunion a DIL was following the HCG plan to loss weight. She was being so faithful to it while the rest of us ate all ... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 22:56:50 EST Time to stop wandering and finish this part of the journey "You have been traveling around this mountain country long enough. Turn northward..." This quote is from Deuteronomy 2:3. It is referring to the Israelites who had been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years because of their disobedience and rebellion against God. The time had finally come for them to move forward and make their final entrance into the land God had promised to give them. That's basically where I feel I am right now. <BR> <BR> I joined SP in July of 2007. I had just... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 00:07:09 EST Three week testing of training Since the beginning of the year, most of the time I've been doing daily journaling, tracking specific areas I wanted to stay accountable with and I've been making efforts to keep up with some team challenges. I've been doing fairly good. Now comes the beginning of a 3 week stretch with lots of opportunities to practice "out on the field" the eating habits I've been working to establish and the physical abilities my body has developed. <BR> <BR> Wed. early, like 6 AM early, I leave with ... Mon, 23 May 2011 23:45:10 EST Results for January and the Battling Giant! Results for the start of February (including loss for month/loss for year): <BR> <BR> Weight: 140.8 (1.6/1.6) <BR> L.Arm: 11 (0/0) <BR> Waist: 29.5 (1.5/1.5) <BR> Abs: 35 (+.5/+.5) <BR> Hips: 40 (0/0) <BR> L.Thigh: 21.75 (.25/.25) <BR> Fat%: 32.8 (1.9/1.9) <BR> BMI: 25.7 (.3/.3) <BR> <BR> I had thought I would at least be under 140, however, the point is to keep moving forward!! <BR> <BR> God's timing is always so awesome to observe. This morning my reading had to do with David & G... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 08:42:48 EST January in Review January is coming to a close and it surprises and pleases me to realize that I have been doing daily journaling for a full month on the thread Fit For My King: <link><BR>oard.asp?imparent=22417192&imboard=4 </link> <BR> I started with basic areas I had been tracking and have made just a few adjustments along the way. This is the progress made in each area for the past 31 days: <BR> <BR> *Start each day reading/learning from God's Word: 30 days <BR> *Card... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:24:42 EST It's not about the numbers on the scale!! This morning I've been reviewing some reading from "Fit for My King" by Sheri Shepherd. This battle that I'm in is not about the numbers that show up on my scale. It's about learning to eat healthy and to be physically fit. The book reminded me of these reasons to reach for that goal: <BR> <BR> 1. Honor God. I Cor. 3:16-17-Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacr... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 08:58:39 EST Becoming Fit for My King I haven't post in over a month, but I have continued to work through my plan, charting the daily progress that I started in Nov. I was doing fairly well until this past week. Then I totally blew it. But this is a time to forget the past (or at least not dwell on it but learn from it) and to reach for the future. The past is done and unchangeable, the future holds new challenges and accomplishments. <BR> <BR> So what will I do with the newness of 2011 laid out before me, waiting for me ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 23:09:00 EST Slight adjustment after assessment This week definitely was more successful than last week. The chart I made to track each goal is posted in my kitchen and easy to record daily progress. Here is a list of totals for the week: <BR> <BR> *Cardio 3X @ week - at least 30 minutes - 5X with total of 175 minutes for the week <BR> *Run 3X @ week - at least 10 miles total - ran 2X with total 6 miles <BR> *Strength Train 3X @ week - 15-30 minutes - 3X 20 minutes <BR> *Water at least 64 oz. daily - 6 out of 7 days <BR> *Fruits at lea... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 23:16:24 EST Assessment of Nov. 1-7 Because of a family emergency the middle of this past week, I was not able to post my progress during the week. But I have been using my chart to track daily progresses. Here is what was accomplished: <BR> <BR> *Cardio 3X @ week - at least 30 minutes - 3X with total of 120 minutes for the week <BR> *Run 3X @ week - at least 10 miles total - ran 2X with total 5.5 miles <BR> *Strength Train 3X @ week - 15-30 minutes - once 20 minutes <BR> *Water at least 64 oz. daily - 5 out of 7 days <BR> *... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 20:57:28 EST Preparing a Christmas/end-of-year present for myself It's 55 days until Christmas and 61 days until the completion of 2010. Each year I enjoy making presents to give to loved ones and friends. This year I have one present I deeply desire to be able to prepare and give myself by Dec. 31, 2010. That gift is that I reach my maintenance goal weight or at least maintenance range (within 3 lbs. of goal weight). <BR> <BR> Getting the pounds to come off seems very unpredictable at this stage of my life. Throughout this year I have done a lot of t... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 22:36:25 EST First half-marathon is now history! I’ve gotten so I try to do something special to celebrate milestone birthdays, something that is challenging and will stretch me. On my 40th birthday my DH and I rode our bikes 40 miles. For my 50th birthday I was in my final year to get the bachelor degree I had started before we were married. This year I decided to celebrate turning 60 by running my first half-marathon. <BR> <BR> My first half-marathon is history now. I ran it this morning in Kansas City, MO. I prepared for this thr... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 22:00:16 EST Two weeks to first half-marathon run! I AM READY!! This morning I did my second training run of 13 miles. I felt like I had several things working against me as I got started on it. 1) it had been three weeks since my last long run of 13 miles 2) I had been sick with a bad cold and congestion last weekend and didn't complete my long run as scheduled to do 3) because I had been sick I missed a full week of running 4) This week I had done two short runs. Although my legs felt good, I struggled with the energy to run as I was recovering from... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 17:59:15 EST Staying with the basics - days 12-16 I am very pleased how I was able to continue following my basics focus through the weekend of being away from home - eating on the run, eating out, attending meetings, etc. It was a challenge at times, but it helped a lot to have mentally planned ahead the types of foods to look for and opportunities to get some exercise. <BR> <BR> Days 12-16 assessment questions: <BR> 1. Did I accurately track everything I ate today? yes, wrote it all down every day! <BR> 2. Did I drink at least 64 oz.... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 00:15:22 EST Focusing on Basics - day 11: first half-marathon in one month One month from today, on October 16, I plan to run my first half-marathon. It will be in Kansas City, MO. Am I excited? definitely, yes!! Am I scared? yes, a little. The hills in any run seem to be an unpredictable thing. I've read a description of the course and I've looked at the elevation levels on a map, but it's still hard to say what it will be like. Every other week, on my longer runs I include some of the steep hills in our area. That's about all I know to do to prepare for that... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:21:51 EST Focusing on Basics - day 10 Nothing really new today, just working to stay consistent with daily assessments. Weigh-in this morning was 138.0 - still good. It was an unusual day in that I didn't get a run or workout accomplished. But days like that happen from time to time. Personally, I think it's good for the body to take an extra rest day every once in awhile. <BR> <BR> Today's assessment questions: <BR> 1. Did I accurately track everything I ate today? yes, wrote it all down <BR> 2. Did I drink at least 64 o... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 21:44:14 EST Focusing on Basics - day 9 This is actually for yesterday's assessment. I was busy doing a project last night and it took much longer than I wanted it to take. However, keeping focused on these daily questions prompted me to quit and get to bed before it got really late. <BR> <BR> Weigh-in yesterday morning was a pleasant surprise at 137.8. It was a great reminder that what I am doing is working and well worth the effort. <BR> <BR> Yesterdays's assessment questions: <BR> 1. Did I accurately track everything I ate... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 09:20:18 EST Focusing on Basics - day 8 I guess without planning to I managed to start a SP streak. I've stayed on tracked with everything for one week. <BR> Summary of this past week: <BR> 1. Did I accurately track everything I ate today? 7 days <BR> 2. Did I drink at least 64 oz. of water today? easily, 7 days <BR> 3. Did I have no more than 12 oz. of diet soda without caffeine today? 7 days with 2 or 3 days having no soda <BR> 4. Did I follow the training program this week with 3 days of running? yes, 3 running days <BR>... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 23:33:26 EST refocus on basics - day 7 - one week mark 7 days since I began the refocus on basics. It been a good week and a great start to improving the habits I had let slide down. Today was a usual busy Sunday but stayed on track with my eating rather than becoming totally lazy about it. <BR> <BR> The results: weighed in at 138.2. Part of that is still from yesterday's long run so the challenge is to maintain that loss this coming week. It's all a matter of keeping focused on those basics!! <BR> <BR> Daily assessment questions: <BR> 1.... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 23:25:58 EST refocus on basics - day 6 and ready for the half-marathon A very exhilarating day. I'm sure my morning run had a lot to do with it. My goal was to do 13.1 miles in less than 3 hours. I completed the run in 2 hours and 48 minutes!! I was actually surprised at such a good time because I felt myself really slow down the final 3 miles. What surprised me even more was that my pace was faster than the pace I had two weeks ago doing 11 miles. Here's my paces on my last three long runs: <BR> August 13 ran 9.2 miles with a 13:54 pace <BR> August 25 ran... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 23:46:45 EST refocus on basics - day 5 Fifth day of getting refocused on the basics. Tonight I am very pumped and excited. I just mapped out my long run plan to tomorrow - 13.14 miles - the distance of a half-marathon. Somehow it seems easier knowing most of those miles are on roads I have run before. Done it once, I know I can do it again. The temperature will be great for running in the morning. My goal is to start by 8 AM and take less than 3 hours to complete it. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, the run will burn several ca... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 23:42:00 EST refocus on basics - day 4 I'm very tired tonight. We had a musical rehearsal (we're preparing to do "Beauty and the Beast" the end of October). We worked mainly on two songs and it exhausted me (I play the piano for the musical). Honestly, the mental work to go through this music is more tiring than the long training runs I'm doing for the half-marathon. But the basic goal I guess is the same - develop endurance!! <BR> <BR> So just a very brief summary tonight - <BR> <BR> Daily assessment questions: <BR> 1. Did... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 22:26:56 EST Refocus on basics - day 3/ I am a runner! My running story: <BR> Today was a running day, and I usually feel better on those days - just something about accomplishing the run. This morning it was cool running in the lower 50's. It actually felt good in comparison to the many times I've run this summer with high humidity. I ran 3.85 miles in 43:08. Last spring I started doing the Galloway method of run/walk. I've worked up to 5 minutes run/1 minute fast walk. I really like it and can tell I am running better because of it. <BR> ... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 22:43:35 EST