PROT358's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PROT358 PROT358'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/ Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/13 - 7/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743070 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. <BR> -Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 7-13 <BR> 1705 calories <BR> 120 mins cleaning; 25 mins swimming; 60 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 7-14 <BR> 1505 calories <BR> 40 mins cleaning; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 7-15 <BR> 1500 calories <BR> 20 mins cleaning; 45 mins swimming; 45 mins stationa... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:58:14 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/6 - 7/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738215 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> By three methods we may learn wisdom: <BR> First, by reflection, which is noblest; <BR> Second, by imitation, which is easiest; <BR> And third, by experience, which is bitterest. <BR> -Confucius <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 7-6 <BR> 1500 calories <BR> 120 mins cleaning; 50 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 7-7 <BR> 1440 calories <BR> 45 mins cleaning; 50 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:37:31 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 6/29 - 7/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733418 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. <BR> -Goethe <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 6-29 <BR> 1270 calories <BR> 60 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Monday 6-30 <BR> 1470 calories <BR> 60 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 7-1 <BR> 1660 calories <BR> 65 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 7-2 <BR> 1605calories <BR> 45 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Thursday 7-3 <BR> 1505 calori... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:05:50 EST Summer 2014 Reading Program: June Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732184 This is the third summer I have created my own summer reading program, partly because I have more time in the summers and I noticed how many books I own that I've never read. And I love how doable this plan is. My time commitment averages 30-60 minutes of reading a day. My goal is to read 30 books by Labor Day . . . and I am ahead of schedule! <BR> <BR> I already rated and reviewed the May books if anyone wants to glance at a previous blog for more on those books. <BR> <BR> MAY BOOKS: <BR> ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 22:19:00 EST June Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730942 I am still struggling with fairly severe IBS symptoms, which in my experience is like having the stomach flu 2-3 times a week. I haven't been attacking the exercise quite like I wanted to. And figuring out treatments and trigger foods is still a challenge, but I think I am closer to wellness than I was last month. <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> A bit weaker this month. All of my old cravings of salty and sweets returned. I met my caloric goals 13/30 days, which is 43% accuracy. I hope... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 23:00:08 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 6/22 - 6/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728735 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. <BR> -Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 6-22 <BR> 1755 calories <BR> 65 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 6-23 <BR> 1570 calories <BR> 50 mins swimming; 80 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 6-24 <BR> 1500 calories <BR> 65 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 6-25 <BR> 1580 calorie... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:02:19 EST Summer 2014 Wish List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726017 The longest day of the year, and one of my favorites too, has just ushered in summer. Why is it that every year it goes by too fast? I have a few goals I'd like to meet before Labor Day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Behaviors and Benchmarks: <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> I have been tracking my food religiously for over a year, and in that time lost twenty pounds. Now I need to be more judicious with my food choices and be very consistent at staying below 1500 calories. <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> I will reac... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:24:03 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 6/15 - 6/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723756 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Not all those who wander are lost. <BR> -J.R.R. Tolkien <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 6-15 <BR> 1770 calories <BR> 70 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 6-16 <BR> 1500 calories <BR> 90mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 6-17 <BR> 2010 calories <BR> 30 mins swimming; 75 mins bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 6-18 <BR> 1605 calories <BR> 70 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Thursday 6-19 <BR> 2020 calories <B... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:56:09 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 6/8 - 6/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719453 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. <BR> -Mae West <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 6-8 <BR> 1495 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 6-9 <BR> 1495 calories <BR> 50 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 6-10 <BR> 1690 calories <BR> 45 mins swimming; 45 mins bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 6-11 <BR> 1500 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 60 mins swimming <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:00:13 EST Success Is . . . Weighing Less Than The Number On My Driver's License http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714606 When I first got my temps at 16, I didn't want to admit to 145, I claimed 135 pounds. When I was 21 years old and 160-some pounds, I begrudgingly claimed to have gained 10, putting me squarely at 145 pounds. Come what may, I refused to admit to any more than 145 pounds in all the years and fluctuations that have followed. <BR> <BR> For the very first time since I first started driving, my weight is less than officially advertised. I am consistently below 145. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <B... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 23:38:03 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 6/1 - 6/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713784 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> It is never too late to be what you might have been. <BR> -George Eliot <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 6-1 <BR> 1310 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 6-2 <BR> 1450 calories <BR> 60 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 6-3 <BR> 1495 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Wednesday 6-4 <BR> 1500 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 65 mins swimming <BR> <BR> Thursday 6-5 <BR> 1590 calories ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:18:01 EST Summer 2014 Reading Program: May Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710881 The past two summers I have created my own summer reading program, with the goal of reading 30 books by Labor Day. I decided to update you on what I've read each month with a rating and brief review. At the end of the summer I'll give awards in various categories for the ones I recommend most. <BR> <BR> <BR> MAY READS: <BR> <BR> 1. For Whom The Bell Tolls 5/5 A graphic and realistic story set during the Spanish Civil War. Beautiful characterization. In my opinion, the best of Hemingway tha... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:50:24 EST May Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710166 The doctors have eliminated colon cancer and all of the really bad diagnoses, which means there is no physical deformity to the large intestine ... which still doesn't explain why this is happening. We're still trying to find the right balance of medication and dietary changes. I'm still struggling with symptoms, but I feel like this was a good month because I did everything that I could. <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> I met my caloric goals 23/31 days, which is 74% accuracy! <BR> <... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 00:22:26 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/25 - 5/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709361 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. <BR> -Wayne Gretzky <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 5-25 <BR> 1430 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Monday 5-26 <BR> 1625 calories <BR> 30 mins walking; 45 mins bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 5-27 <BR> 770 calories <BR> 30 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Wednesday 5-28 <BR> 1370 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 25 mins ballet conditioning; 35 mins swimming <BR> <BR> Thursday 5-29 <BR> 1160 calorie... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:18:04 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/18 - 5/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703134 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Nothing can doom man but the belief in doom, for this prevents the movement of return. <BR> -Martin Buber <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 5-18 <BR> 1570 calories <BR> 45 mins bike <BR> <BR> Monday 5-19 <BR> 1490 calories <BR> 25 mins walking; 45 mins bike; 25 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 5-20 <BR> 1500 calories <BR> 30 mins walking; 50 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 5-21 <BR> 1695 calories <BR> 45 min... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:43:57 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/11 - 5/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698829 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. <BR> -Mark Twain <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 5-11 <BR> 1465 calories <BR> 45 mins bike <BR> <BR> Monday 5-12 <BR> 1365 calories <BR> 20 mins walking; 50 mins bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 5-13 <BR> 1435 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 5-14 <BR> 1500 calor... Mon, 19 May 2014 23:41:03 EST Reader Discretion Advised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693825 Most of you know I have been suffering from digestive issues for a while now. There is some embarrassment and shame, none of which is productive especially considering it’s a condition I cannot control. So I’m going to be brave and honest, which requires frank discussion of gastro-intestinal subjects. Consider yourself warned! <BR> <BR> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... Tue, 13 May 2014 00:45:33 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/4 - 5/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692881 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live. <BR> -Victor Hugo <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 5-4 <BR> 1355 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Monday 5-5 <BR> 1700 calories <BR> 25 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 5-6 <BR> 1415 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 25 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Wednesday 5-7 <BR> 1490 calories <BR> 45 mins brisk walking <BR> <BR> Thursday 5-8 <BR> 1515 calories <BR> 4... Sun, 11 May 2014 21:41:37 EST Summer 2014 Reading Program Kickoff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688500 For the third consecutive summer, I've decided to host my own summer reading program! Most of you know how much I love to read, and summer gives me extra time to press hard and get things done! <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal: Read 30 books this summer <BR> Start date: Beginning of May ... NOW! <BR> End date: Labor Day <BR> <BR> <BR> Books I'd like to read this summer (though this is more than 30): <BR> -1984 <BR> -Animal Farm <BR> -Anne of Green Gables <BR> -Jane Austen: <BR> -----Emma <BR> -----La... Mon, 5 May 2014 23:17:00 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/27 - 5/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687551 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Healthy striving is self-focused: “How can I improve.” Perfectionism is other-focused: “What will they think.” <BR> -Brené Brown <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 4-27 <BR> 1580 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Monday 4-28 <BR> 1465 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids <BR> <BR> Tuesday 4-29 <BR> 1260 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Wednesday 4-30 <BR> 1525 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Thursday 5-1 <BR> 1065 calories <BR> Rest <BR... Sun, 4 May 2014 22:19:21 EST April Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686806 Another not-quite-right month. I have been suffering from symptoms similar to chronic stomach flu. The weight loss was pretty impressive, but the fitness understandably low. I've been troubleshooting with the doctors and hope to get this managed soon! <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> It's hard to muster up an appetite when feeling nauseous! Generally the calories were lower than usual. I met my caloric goal of 1500 calories or less 13/30 days this month. I'd say the momentum has swung i... Sat, 3 May 2014 23:43:20 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/20 - 4/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681882 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits. <BR> -Don Ward <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 4-20 <BR> 1740 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 4-21 <BR> 1860 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 4-22 <BR> 1695 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids <BR> <BR> Wednesday 4-23 <BR> 520 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Thursday 4-24 <BR> 1030 calories <BR>... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:35:20 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/13 - 4/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676713 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. <BR> -Anne Frank <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 4-13 <BR> 1580 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 4-14 <BR> 1830 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 90 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 4-15 <BR> 1455 calories <BR> 90 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Wednesday 4-16 <BR> 1440 calories <BR> 55 mins stationary bike <BR> ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:10:50 EST Spring 2014 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673902 Between the terrible winter weather, illness, and interpersonal stressors, he start of 2014 has been rough for me. It's not very encouraging to only be four months into the year and already want a do-over. Seeing as that's not going to happen and most of the aforementioned list has passed, I have high expectations for this spring. It's time to get the 2014 momentum rolling! <BR> <BR> <BR> My Promises: <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> I will track my food and try my best to stay under 1500 calorie... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:08:56 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/6 - 4/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673034 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge. <BR> -Danielle LaPorte <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 4-6 <BR> 1500 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 4-7 <BR> 1495 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 30 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 4-8 <BR> 1660 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 45 mins stationary bike ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:04:49 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/30 - 4/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666099 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> People might not get all they work for in this world, but they most certainly work for all they get. <BR> -Frederick Douglass <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 3-30 <BR> 1545 calories <BR> 20 mins ballet conditioning; 25 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Monday 3-31 <BR> 2095 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 70 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 4-1 <BR> 1705 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Wednesday 4-2 <BR> 1490 calories <BR> 5... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:43:59 EST March Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664577 For most of the month I was still fighting off that long illness! The worst of it has finally past, but what remains now is oppressive fatigue. The illness is on the OUT, warmer weather is IN, and I'm ready for a better month! <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> My appetite returned worse than ever! I met my caloric goals 15 out of 31 days in March. I know what needs fixed for next time! <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> <BR> This month I earned 2,190 fitness minutes, and I'm very proud of... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 20:19:57 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/23 - 3/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663693 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match. <BR> -Mia Hamm <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 3-23 <BR> 1495 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 3-24 <BR> 1625 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 55 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 3-25 <BR> 1490 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 20 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Wednesday 3-26 ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:56:31 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/16 - 3/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654987 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. <BR> -Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 3-16 <BR> 1140 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Monday 3-17 <BR> 1475 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids <BR> <BR> Tuesday 3-18 <BR> 1700 calories <BR> 20 mins ballet conditioning; 50 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 3-19 <BR> 1635 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 25 mins ballet con... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:12:49 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/9 - 3/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654982 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. <BR> -Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 3-9 <BR> 1750 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 3-10 <BR> 1595 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike; 60 mins playing with kids <BR> <BR> Tuesday 3-11 <BR> 2360 calories <BR> 20 mins ballet conditioning; 60 mins playing with kids <BR> <BR> Wednesday... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:57:52 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/2 - 3/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646583 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> If you put a small value on yourself, rest assured the world will not raise your price. <BR> -Anonymous <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 3-2 <BR> 1465 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike; 25 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Monday 3-3 <BR> 1655 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 20 mins ballet conditioning; 120 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 3-4 <BR> 1560 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 3-5 <BR> 1715 calori... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:44:42 EST February Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639901 I met most of my goals in February, but not the way I intended. A long-lived cold sidelined me for most of the month, which had some "fringe benefits" - like weight loss. I still haven't fully regained my energy, but I am determined to make this a better month than last. <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> My calories were usually in range, or sometimes well below range ... like 3 digits instead of 4. Food quality was pretty good. <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> <BR> Before I got sick my... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:46:51 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 2/23 - 3/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638062 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing. <BR> -Anne of Green Gables <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 2-23 <BR> 1465 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 2-24 <BR> 2060 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids <BR> <BR> Tuesday 2-25 <BR> 1370 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 20 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Wednesday 2-26 <BR> 2055 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 25 ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:50:05 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 2/16 - 2/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632043 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. <BR> -Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 2-16 <BR> 1170 calories <BR> None <BR> <BR> Monday 2-17 <BR> 830 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 2-18 <BR> 1335 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 2-19 <BR> 1040 calories <BR> 45 mins walking; 55 mins stationary bike; 45 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 23:33:57 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 2/9 - 2/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626964 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing. <BR> -Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 2-9 <BR> 1475 calories <BR> 30 mins walking; 45 mins stationary bike; 20 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Monday 2-10 <BR> 1440 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids <BR> <BR> Tuesday 2-11 <BR> 1030 calories <BR> None <B... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:25:21 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 2/2 - 2/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621873 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. <BR> -Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 2-2 <BR> 1740 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 2-3 <BR> 1495 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike; 60 mins playing with kids; 20 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 2-4 <BR> 1500 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 35 mins walking <BR> <BR> Wednesday 2... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:56:28 EST January Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619915 I met most of my goals in January. I started a new approach to fitness with a heavier focus on exercising outdoors, and eventually building up to running. (I'm currently adding endurance in the walking stage). <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> A weird thing happens every January. Once I figure out the holidays have passed, I get off my nutritional rhythm and it usually takes me half of spring to find it again. I did backslide, but I think I have finally gotten a grip on it! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:07:00 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/26 - 2/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614547 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. <BR> -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 1-26 <BR> 2075 calories <BR> 70 mins stationary bike; 70 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Monday 1-27 <BR> 1605 calories <BR> 60 mins stationary bike; 30 mins walking; 30 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 1-28 <BR> 1435 calories <BR> 65 mins stationary bike; 45 mins ballet conditionin... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:40:34 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/19 - 1/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608726 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. <BR> -Booker T. Washington <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 1-19 <BR> 1645 calories <BR> 70 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 1-20 <BR> 1775 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 35 mins walking; 60 mins cleaning; 45 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 1-21 <BR> 1840 calories <BR> 25 mins walking... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:28:31 EST Start Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607711 I have been forming my resolutions, and I decided to overhaul the exercise situation. Now if I still had my gym pass it could be as simple as a few extra elliptical and zumba sessions, but I am working out at home with my own resources. I have chosen to start a walk and then run program. I have avoided running for so many years not because I can't but because I don't want to. Maybe I'm even afraid of it. <BR> <BR> To get the results I've never had before, I might have to do something I've n... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:20:36 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/12 - 1/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600683 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems. <BR> -Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 1-12 <BR> 1850 calories <BR> 60 mins stationary bike; 30 mins cleaning; 30 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Monday 1-13 <BR> 1710 calories <BR> 55 mins stationary bike; 15 mins walking; 30 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 1-14 <BR> 1910 calories <BR> 60 mins ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:57:37 EST H is for Happy New Gear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597533 It has been several months since my last reward blog. I believe the last was in July? In that time, I have lost about 5 pounds, increased my strength training to 3 times weekly, increased my fitness minutes, and all around given a good, consistent effort. <BR> <BR> I asked myself what would be a fitting reward. Considering my fitness goals for 2014 (blog coming soon!), I decided to splurge on some fitness apparel. I had some store credit and found all of this loot on clearance too! <BR> <B... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:24:56 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/5 - 1/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593027 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination. <BR> -Tommy Lasorda <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 1-5 <BR> 1550 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 25 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Monday 1-6 <BR> 1320 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike; 20 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 1-7 <BR> 1535 calories <BR> 55 mins stationary bike; 30 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Wednesday 1-8 <BR> 1670 ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:05:25 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/29 - 1/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583688 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination. <BR> -Tommy Lasorda <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 12-29 <BR> 1790 calories <BR> 65 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 12-30 <BR> 1600 calories <BR> 70 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 12-31 <BR> 1695 calories <BR> 55 mins stationary bike; 20 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Wednesday 1-1 <BR> 1630 calories <BR> 55 mins statio... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 23:06:01 EST December Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580167 I met most of my goals in December, though the scale was uncooperative. Aside from the weight, I'd say it was a pretty good month! <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> The weakest point of the month. Too many seasonal treats! <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> <BR> I passed my goal of 3,000 fitness minutes - I earned 3215! I rode the exercise bike every day this month, ranging from 40-80 minutes. I also did strength training 3-4 times a week. <BR> <BR> <BR> WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENTS <BR> <... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:42:07 EST Christmas Chez Moi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576109 At the Prot residence, we are a family that rarely takes pictures. But this year I insisted! <BR> <BR> CHRISTMAS EVE <BR> <BR> Family portrait <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1413927714.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prot and younger brother, Jordan <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l402662737.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Prot's parents <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l792532415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The menfolk <BR> <img src="http:... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:50:44 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/22 - 12/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575106 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing it. <BR> -Walt Disney <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 12-22 <BR> 1740 calories <BR> 65 mins stationary bike; 20 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Monday 12-23 <BR> 1395 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 60 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 12-24 <BR> 1445 calories <BR> 65 mins stationary bike; 45 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Wednesday 12-25 <BR> 1990 calories <... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:32:10 EST Reflections of 2013's Resolutions Past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574169 I am in the process of making my resolutions for 2014, and I decided to look upon the past year to see where I succeeded and where I should pay more attention. <BR> <BR> 2013's Resolutions: <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> DARE TO BE THIN(ner): For the first time I made a weight loss schedule in 10-pound increments with deadlines. <BR> <BR> Weigh 149 by June 30, 2013 ... goal met! <BR> Weigh 139 by December 31, 2014 <BR> Weigh 129 by June 30, 2014 <BR> Weigh 119 or goal weight by December 31, 20... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:54:00 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/15 - 12/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570087 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn’t will find an excuse. <BR> -Stephan Dolley <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 12-15 <BR> 1395 calories <BR> 55 mins stationary bike, 90 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Monday 12-16 <BR> 1570 calories <BR> 90 mins stationary bike, 20 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 12-17 <BR> 2105 calories <BR> 60 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 12-18 <BR> 2165 calories <BR> 70... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 21:15:50 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/8 - 12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566073 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used. <BR> -Richard E. Byrd <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 12-8 <BR> 2120 calories <BR> 65 mins stationary bike, 30 mins cleaning; 45 mins ballet conditioning <BR> <BR> Monday 12-9 <BR> 2045 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike, 60 mins playing with kids <BR> <BR> Tuesday 12-10 <BR> 1590 ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:21:55 EST