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: 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 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