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: 3/22 - 3/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902525 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Victory belongs to the most persevering. <BR> -Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 3-22 <BR> 1310 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Monday 3-23 <BR> 1865 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 3-24 <BR> 1725 calories <BR> 60 mins walking; 80 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 3-25 <BR> 2005 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Thursday 3-26 <BR> 1475 calories <BR> 60 mins cleaning <BR... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:28:42 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/15 - 3/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898542 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. <BR> -Epictetus <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 3-15 <BR> 1760 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike; 20 mins ballet <BR> <BR> Monday 3-16 <BR> 1435 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Tuesday 3-17 <BR> 1860 calories <BR> 95 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 3-18 <BR> 1775 calories <BR> 50 mins s... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:52:25 EST Spring 2015 Wish List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897286 Yesterday officially started my favorite time of year - spring! This winter was challenging, and honestly I have not been as diligent or committed as I should. It's hard to believe that summer is nearly here . . . and shorts and swimsuits. I have a few things I'd like to accomplish before then! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Nutrition: My goal had been to stay under 1450 calories a day, but that was before I gained weight. So I will put the mark back at 1500 calories for now. I also need to... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:05:17 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/8 - 3/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894315 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> All human life has its seasons and cycles, and no one’s personal chaos can be permanent. Winter, after all, gives way to spring and summer, though sometimes when branches stay dark and the earth cracks with ice, one thinks they will never come, that spring, and that summer, but they do, and always. <BR> -Truman Capote <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 3-8 <BR> 1915 calories <BR> 95 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 3-9 <BR> 1... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:12:18 EST February Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893085 I really struggled last month! I ate poorly, exercised less, and fell back into old habits. But I can say I am not making those same choices now! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> Nutrition was very rough. I met my caloric goals only one day all month! And the other days that I overdid it, I mean I really overdid it. I have been ravenous, or maybe my mind is just tricking me and it's more mental or emotional hunger. I am making strides here, but I'm not as consistent as I had been ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:23:44 EST January Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893077 I always struggle in the beginning months of a new year. I stay motivated through the holidays, and then as soon as they're over it takes me a while to find my rhythm. I have delayed because the effort so far in 2015 has been halfhearted at best, but I am making strides to correct the problems! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> Nutrition started off strong! I met my caloric goals (1450 calories or less) 18/31 days or 58% accuracy. After Superbowl Sunday, I lost consistency la... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:11:15 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/1 - 3/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889568 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues. <BR> -Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 3-1 <BR> 1740 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 3-2 <BR> 1735 calories <BR> 60 mins walking; 50 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 3-3 <BR> 1830 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Wednesday 3-4 <BR> 1755 calories <BR> 30 mins walking <BR> <BR> Thursday 3-5 <... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:02:04 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/18 - 1/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863395 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Experience is the teacher of all things. <BR> -Julius Caesar <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 1-18 <BR> 1355 calories <BR> 40 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 1-19 <BR> 1725 calories <BR> 55 stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 1-20 <BR> 1440 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Wednesday 1-21 <BR> 1515 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Thursday 1-22 <BR> 1415 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Friday 1-... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:48:29 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/11 - 1/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858239 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> All men by nature desire knowledge. <BR> -Aristotle <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 1-11 <BR> 1295 calories <BR> 70 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 1-12 <BR> 1505 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Tuesday 1-13 <BR> 1595 calories <BR> 60 mins walking; 35 mins stationary bike; 30 mins ballet <BR> <BR> Wednesday 1-14 <BR> 1380 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Thursday 1-15 <BR> 1495 calories <BR> 60 min... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:39:04 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/4 - 1/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852284 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything. <BR> -Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 1-4 <BR> 1160 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 1-5 <BR> 1450 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Tuesday 1-6 <BR> 1405 calories <BR> 70 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 1-7 <BR> 1320 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Thursday 1-8 <BR> 1530 calories <BR> 60 mins walking; 45 ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:07:35 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: Week of 12/28 - 1/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846123 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> This is to be a mortal <BR> And seek the things beyond mortality. <BR> -Lord Byron <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 12-28 <BR> 1455 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 12-29 <BR> 1825 calories <BR> 90 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 12-30 <BR> 1455 calories <BR> 100 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 12-31 <BR> 1880 calories <BR> 70 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Thursday 1-1 <BR> 1405 calo... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:13:30 EST December Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844400 It was a challenging month. I am still a long-term sub for an English teacher on maternity leave. I love the job and the kids, but calling me busy is an understatement. I often put in 18-20 hour days. The work and stress never ends, but I'm making the best of it. <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> Nutrition was mostly miss. I started the month off great with 6 on-target days in a row. If I could have sustained that, I would have lost weight. I only met my caloric goal (1450 calories or le... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 00:52:23 EST Christmas Chez Moi 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842418 Once again, this year I appointed myself photographer and chronicler of family history. The men usually gripe as I'm taking them, but I never hear them say they regretted it afterward! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> CHRISTMAS EVE <BR> <BR> Opening the stockings . . . <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l880842171.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l113412703.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dad's hand: "Now you all are getting too excited. Everybody ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 00:19:59 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/21 - 12/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840191 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted. <BR> -Chinese proverb <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 12-21 <BR> 2050 calories <BR> 90 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 12-22 <BR> 1820 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 12-23 <BR> 2030 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 12-24 <BR> 2075 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 60 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Thursday 12-25 <BR> 15... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 22:22:03 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/14 - 12/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839611 Running a bit late on this one . . . . <BR> <BR> <BR> QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. <BR> -Sir Thomas Aquinas <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 12-14 <BR> 2025 calories <BR> 65 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 12-15 <BR> 1830 calories <BR> 100 mins walking; 30 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 12-16 <BR> 1520 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Wednesday 12-17 <BR> 143... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 23:22:31 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/7 - 12/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833668 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> I never fall apart because I never fall together. <BR> -Andy Warhol <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 12-7 <BR> 1715 calories <BR> 40 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 12-8 <BR> 1620 calories <BR> 60 mins walking; 30 mins swimming <BR> <BR> Tuesday 12-9 <BR> 1780 calories <BR> 60 mins walking; 25 mins stationary bike; 20 mins strength training <BR> <BR> Wednesday 12-10 <BR> 1965 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:44:06 EST November Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832638 It was a challenging month. I went from an as-needed sub to a long-term sub for an English teacher on maternity leave. I am really enjoying the new job, but it has kept me very busy. <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> Nutrition was hit and miss. I met my caloric goal (1450 calories or less) 12/30 days, which is only 40% accuracy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> <BR> This month I earned 2,840 fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEIGHT AND MEASUREMENTS <BR> <BR> I undid my Oct... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:51:41 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 11/30 - 12/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829387 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: "I did not have time." <BR> -Franklin Field <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 11-30 <BR> 1795 calories <BR> 35 mins stationary bike; 20 mins strength training <BR> <BR> Monday 12-1 <BR> 1240 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 60 mins walking; 45 mins stationary bike; 25 mins strength training <BR> <BR> Tuesday 12-2 <BR> 1450 calories <BR> ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:17:58 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 11/23 - 11/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825387 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> To be nobody but yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. <BR> -e e cummings <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 11-23 <BR> 1865 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 60 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Monday 11-24 <BR> 1305 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Tuesday... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:55:50 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 11/16 - 11/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824077 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you to places that will amaze you. <BR> -Les Brown <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 11-16 <BR> 1445 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Monday 11-17 <BR> 1435 calories <BR> 50 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 11-18 <BR> 1745 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 60 mins walking; 45 mins stationary bike; 20 mins strength train... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:49:01 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 11/9 - 11/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818036 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. <BR> -Franklin Roosevelt <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 11-9 <BR> 1740 calories <BR> 45 mins walking <BR> <BR> Monday 11-10 <BR> 1425 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 55 mins strength training <BR> <BR> Tuesday 11-11 <BR> 1490 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids <BR> <BR> Wednesday 11-12 ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:36:17 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 11/2 - 11/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814526 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. <BR> -Estee Lauder <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 11-2 <BR> 1655 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 11-3 <BR> 1845 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 11-4 <BR> 1435 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 60 mins walking; 45 mins stationary bike; 30 mins cleaning; 20 mins strength training <BR> <BR> Wednesday 11-5 <BR> 1890 calories... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:08:07 EST October Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811586 It was a rough month. Part of it was holiday treats and special occasion eating, and part of it was stress from work. But I am now on the mend! <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> There's no kind way of saying it. Nutrition was very weak this month. I met my caloric goal (1450 calories or less) 11/31 days, which is only 35% accuracy. I hope to get back to 75% accuracy this month! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> <BR> This month I earned 2,645 fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 21:30:12 EST Creep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810239 The pressure is getting to the newly-minted spark motivator. It’s like I have self-destructed ever since I received that honor and responsibility. For a while I passed it off as bloating, stress, hormones, or please just anything other about seven pounds of weight gain. <BR> <BR> 8-8: 138.0 <BR> 10-6: 139.6 <BR> 10-5: 141.0 <BR> 10-6: 142.4 <BR> 10-7: 143.4 <BR> 10-8: 144.4 <BR> 10-31: 145.4 <BR> <BR> That’s an ugly picture, isn’t it? That is how I gained seven pounds through denial. <BR> ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:07:59 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 10/26 - 11/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809649 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. <BR> -Matt Biondi <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 10-26 <BR> 1660 calories <BR> 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Monday 10-27 <BR> 1735 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 45 mins stationary bike; 20 mins strength training <BR> <BR> Tuesday 10-28 <BR> 1665 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids <BR> <BR> Wednesday 10-29 <BR> 1515 calories <BR> 60 mins playing... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 23:02:04 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 10/19 - 10/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805362 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you. <BR> -Arnold Palmer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 10-19 <BR> 1420 calories <BR> 70 mins stationary bike; 30 mins cleaning; 20 mins strength training <BR> <BR> Monday 10-20 <BR> 2005 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 60 mins walking <BR> <BR> Tuesday 10-21 <BR> 1855 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 45 mins stationary bike; 35 mins walking <BR>... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:02:06 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 10/12 - 10/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801094 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. <BR> -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 10-12 <BR> 1445 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 10-13 <BR> 1855 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 45 mins stationary bike; 20 mins strength training <BR> <BR> Tuesday 10-14 <BR> 1855 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 45 ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:02:30 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 10/5 - 10/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797134 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. <BR> -Helen Keller <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 10-5 <BR> 1440 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 10-6 <BR> 1855 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 10-7 <BR> 1840 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 45 mins stati... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:52:31 EST Meet Julia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794838 Ten years ago I bought my first car - a 2001 red Cavalier. It was love at first sight. I named her Clementine. Back in high school, that boy I'm going to ask out asked the obvious question: "Why did you name a red car after an orange?" At that time I didn't even know what a clementine the fruit was. But I thought he had a point, so I shortened her name to Clemmie. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966731831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Clemmie and I had good times until about... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 19:21:18 EST September Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794393 I am struggling to find the right work/life balance. I didn't lose any ground, but didn't really gain any ground either. <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> Stress, mostly from work, has presented a real obstacle this month with my diet. I just ate too much! I met my caloric goal (1450 calories or less) 14/30 days, which is only 47% accuracy. I hope to get back to 75% accuracy this month! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> <BR> This month I earned 2,530 fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> <BR... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 00:43:57 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/28 - 10/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793074 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change. <BR> -Henry Cloud <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 9-28 <BR> 1650 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike; 30 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Monday 9-29 <BR> 1585 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 9-30 <BR> 1540 calories <BR> 6... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 22:44:16 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/21 - 9/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788628 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any. <BR> -Hugh Laurie <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 9-21 <BR> 1445 calories <BR> 90 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 9-22 <BR> 1360 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 9-23 <BR> 1825 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids <BR> <BR> Wednesday 9-24 <BR> 1445 ca... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:34:56 EST "We Don't Get Many Success Stories Like This" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787692 A few days ago I went to the doctor to follow up on some lab results. 18 months ago I was 20+ pounds overweight, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, irregular periods - all mostly due to lifestyle. My doctor plainly told me that I could not continue down that path. After many tough changes, I saw worlds of improvement at this appointment! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> I have lost just over 20 pounds and now I'm just outside a healthy BMI. <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> Triglycerides (norm... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 01:09:30 EST Fall 2014 Wish List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785001 Once again the summer went way too fast! This is the time of year that I typically struggle. Part of it is going back to school (as a teacher) and part of it is the season's holidays and food. I did really well in meeting my summer goals, so I have a few more I'd like to reach before winter! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Behaviors and Benchmarks: <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> I will continue to track calories daily, the same as I have been for over a year. My new caloric goal is stay at or under 1450 c... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:30:49 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/14 - 9/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784288 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?” <BR> -Sydney Harris <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 9-14 <BR> 1445 calories <BR> 90 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 9-15 <BR> 1940 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 90 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 9-16 <BR> 1485 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 65 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 9-17 <BR> 16... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:31:09 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/7 - 9/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779984 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. <BR> -James 1:2-3 NIV <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 9-7 <BR> 1445 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 9-8 <BR> 1475 calories <BR> 45 mins swimming; 30 min... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:15:47 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 8/31 - 9/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775433 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue: these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. <BR> -Confucius <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 8-31 <BR> 1500 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 9-1 <BR> 1425 calories <BR> 35 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 9-2 <BR> 1640 calories <BR> 60 mins playing with kids; 45 mins ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 21:53:51 EST 2014 Summer Reading Program Finale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774307 This summer I challenged myself to read 30 books between May and Labor Day, which averages 6-7 books per month. And I did it! For those of you curious to how I managed it, the time commitment worked out to 30-60 minutes every day before bed. Consistency is key! <BR> <BR> Since this is the finale, I will write a short review on the books I read in August. Below that I will assign my awards in various categories! <BR> <BR> <BR> MAY, JUNE, AND JULY BOOKS: <BR> <BR> 1. For Whom The Bell Tolls... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:00:05 EST August Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773048 I started the month strong and somehow lost my way in the middle. It wasn't quite the knockout month that July was, but still better than average! <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> Fairly good this month, but some salty food crept back in. I made a goal of meeting my caloric range (1500 calories or less) with 75% accuracy. I met this goal 25/31 days, which is 80% accuracy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> <BR> This month I earned 2,170 fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEIGH... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 03:45:38 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 8/24 - 8/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770801 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> The question is not who will let me, but who is going to stop me. <BR> -Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 8-24 <BR> 1450 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Monday 8-25 <BR> 1500 calories <BR> 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 8-26 <BR> 1490 calories <BR> 40 mins swimming; 60 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Wednesday 8-27 <BR> 1520 calories <BR> 60 mins cleaning; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Thursday 8-28 <BR> 15... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:51:17 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 8/17 - 8/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766374 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. <BR> -Helen Keller <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 8-17 <BR> 1495 calories <BR> 50 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 8-18 <BR> 1700 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Tuesday 8-19 <BR> 1490 calories <BR> 35 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 8-20 <BR> 1495 calories <BR> 45 mins swimming; 75 mins stationary bike <BR>... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:53:24 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 8/10 - 8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761731 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Every time you fail, you eliminate one way that won’t work, therefore moving one step closer to a way that will. <BR> -Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 8-10 <BR> 1230 calories <BR> 50 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 8-11 <BR> 1405 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Tuesday 8-12 <BR> 1860 calories <BR> 45 mins swimming <BR> <BR> Wednesday 8-13 <BR> 1655 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:34:48 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 8/3 - 8/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757223 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. <BR> -Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 8-3 <BR> 1050 calories <BR> 65 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 8-4 <BR> 835 calories <BR> 60 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Tuesday 8-5 <BR> 825 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Wednesday 8-6 <BR> 1020 calories <BR> 55 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Thursday 8-7 <BR> 73... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:51:37 EST Summer 2014 Reading Program: July Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754660 This is the third summer I have created my own summer reading program. I try to read 30-60 minutes before bed. My goal is to read 30 books by Labor Day . . . and I am right on schedule! <BR> <BR> I already rated and reviewed the May and June books if anyone wants to glance at a previous blog for more on those books. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MAY AND JUNE BOOKS: <BR> <BR> 1. For Whom The Bell Tolls <BR> <BR> 2. The Lord of the Flies <BR> <BR> 3. Northanger Abbey <BR> <BR> 4. To Kill A ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:49:18 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/27 - 8/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752580 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. <BR> -James Bryant Conant <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 7-27 <BR> 1275 calories <BR> 45 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Monday 7-28 <BR> 1410 calories <BR> 45 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 7-29 <BR> 680 calories <BR> Rest <BR> <BR> Wednesday 7-30 <BR> 1175 calories <BR> 35 mins swimming; 45 mins stationar... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:06:30 EST July Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751406 I have finally almost figured out how to manage my symptoms of IBS. I worked hard and had a great month! <BR> <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> Really good this month! Last month I made a brand-new goal of meeting my caloric goals (1500 calories or less) with 75% accuracy this month. That one goal turned my weight loss stalemate around. I met my caloric goals 25/31 days, which is 80% accuracy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> <BR> This month I earned 2,550 fitness minutes! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 23:59:06 EST 38th Percentile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749262 Every few months I like to compare my progress with a certain BMI tracker that compares me to others of my sex, age, and weight. Here are a few points of reference: <BR> <BR> <BR> My Heaviest Weight: 81st percentile <BR> 5' 3", 19 years old, 168 pounds <BR> <BR> When I Joined SparkPeople: 76th percentile <BR> 5' 3", 22 years old, 163 pounds <BR> <BR> Last October: 56th percentile <BR> 5' 3", 26 years old, 146 pounds <BR> <BR> Today: 38th percentile <BR> 5' 3", 27 years old, 140 pounds <... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:13:27 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/20 - 7/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748645 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. <BR> -Philippians 4:13 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 7-20 <BR> 1545 calories <BR> 60 mins swimming <BR> <BR> Monday 7-21 <BR> 1565 calories <BR> 65 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Tuesday 7-22 <BR> 1505 calories <BR> 20 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bike <BR> <BR> Wednesday 7-23 <BR> 1490 calories <BR> 65 mins swimming; 45 mins stationary bik... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:02:12 EST Success Is . . . Getting A Healthy BMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747254 I easily maintained a healthy weight as a teenager without conscious dieting or exercise, averaging 125-135 pounds until the age of 17. I had my young heart broken the very first time and I went on "the pill" in hopes of regulating my hormones. It proved a bad combination. It's like it turned on a switch where I craved and thought about food constantly. By 19 I had ballooned up to 168 pounds - way too much for my 5' 3" frame. <BR> <BR> In 2010 I found SparkPeople freshly graduated from coll... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:15:57 EST 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