SAPHRAEL's SparkPeople Blog SAPHRAEL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Riding the Wave As BLC 27 winds down, I'm looking ahead to the nebulous between round space. I would like to be lower than my BLC 27 finishing weight when I begin BLC 28. That means I'm going to be busy between rounds! <BR> <BR> I have a few things I want to try. In fact, I'll probably start now because I'm not real fond of waiting!! I discovered a few fitness challenges through the Eat, Drink, and Be Skinny website. I fell off one of the challenges when I went on vacation, but I'm ready to tee tee it ... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:44:51 EST Week 10 Wrap Up Week 10 goals and accomplishments: <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> <em>7</em> Team Goals <em>7</em> <em>361</em> <BR> <em>248</em> 300 Intentional Fitness Minutes – completed 373 <BR> <em>248</em> ST 3 times/wk <BR> <em>42</em> 7,000 (2 lb.) Calorie Deficit <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>550</em> <em>301</em> My Goals <em>301</em> <em>550</em> <em>216</em> <BR> <em>248</em> Protein snack 5/5 <BR> <em>248</em> Stealth health walks at work 5/5 <BR> ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:37:03 EST Resolute Renegade Rally Cry <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My team really does ROCK! I posted an earlier blog commending the team on their 100 pounds lost milestone. But as it turns out, this week was even more momentous. Not only were the Resolute Renegades the Biggest Loser team for Week 9, but we also ousted the reigning overall Biggest Loser team from their #1 spot. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> If I can accomplish my 3 pound per week weight loss goal for the n... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:58:59 EST New Fitbit Goal <img src=""> <BR> I've been setting 10 pound weight loss goals on my Fitbit. I can't remember the last time I needed to reset it. I think I've mentioned before that I'm a slow loser <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> But I did reset it this past week because I made my goal. This new goal is a doozy too because the next 10 will get me to ONEderland! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:38:06 EST My Team Rocks! <img src=""> <BR> The Resolute Renegades crested 100 pounds lost this past week! What a huge milestone! I've personally lost over 10 pounds over the past 9 weeks and am down over 45 pounds overall, an all time low since I started tracking in 2004. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> As I say this, I'm totally struggling to maintain the momentum I had while on vacation. Part of it is because I haven't been grocery shopping to stock up on that g... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:23:27 EST How I Lost 6 Pounds Without Tracking ...I went on vacation! <BR> <BR> I visited my high school friend who has stage 4 cancer. She relocated from Michigan to Key West to enjoy the rest of her life in the sun. <BR> <BR> My days were full of walking and fresh food. We only ate out twice. The first night I arrived, we all ordered tuna dishes...and a tuna appetizer <em>246</em> Then, a friendly customer asked if we wanted their tuna! They caught it and the restaurant prepared it, but they had so much, they were giving away ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:56:47 EST Pics from the Keys The Florida Keys are fabulous! I LOVE the weather! We visited Hemingway's home in Key West today and had hogfish for lunch. If you've never had it, try it. It's a mild, flakey white fish. Nom Nom! They like to fry it down here, but they'll blacken or grill it for you too. <BR> <BR> I've been getting my 10k steps in every day...lots of sun! Food has been great. I eat at home, plenty of fresh veggies. <BR> <BR> Here's a pic of a parrot fish that my friend caught in the canal right behin... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:10:15 EST And She's Off! <img src=""> <BR> I'm on Day 3 of practicing wall planks (facing the wall with your feet on the wall and hands on the floor). It's such a weird experience being upside down, even if it's for only 10-15 seconds! I did three wall planks yesterday. I also owe myself some pushups for the Resolute Renegade March Captain's Challenge. Today's goal is to do them low and slow. I'm not worrying about my count this time, just really focusing o... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:27:51 EST Handstands. Because I CAN! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Woohoo! I found a new favorite body weight exercise!   The handstand!  I haven't thought about this exercise in years.  I used to walk on my hands when I was a kid. It was especially fun to do underwater! <BR> <BR> I can't remember what I was googling the other day, probably fitness plans, when I came across Chris Salvato's 28 Day Handstand Challenge. <link> </link>   I'm a frequent subscriber ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:17:29 EST Great Job! Keep Going! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Great Job! Keep Going! That's what I keep telling myself. I'm hovering around the 40 pounds lost mark, but I'm dying to move on and tackle another milestone! <BR> <BR> INDYGIRL, Beth Donovan posted this pic in one of my Facebook groups this morning and I wanted to share.  If you're a slow loser like me, it's easy to get frustrated.  I had a co worker stop by my cubicle the other day to say she saw me walk... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:26:13 EST Week 7, Done and Done Week 7 goals and accomplishments: <BR> <em>248</em> Team Goal: 300 Intentional Fitness Minutes – completed 520 <BR> <em>248</em> Team Goal: ST 3 times/wk <BR> <em>38</em> Team Goal: 7,000 (2 lb.) Calorie Deficit – I was up .8 this morning. It's hard to be too disappointed about that when I know I'm doing the work. <BR> <em>48</em> My Goal: Protein snack at the end of each work day: 4/5 <BR> <em>48</em> My Goal: Stealth health walks at work 5 times – completed 4/5 <BR> <em>48</em> M... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:57:45 EST February Measures <img src=""> <BR> Time to consider how we did last month. <BR> <em>38</em> What will you start, stop and continue in March? <BR> <BR> Beginning Weight: 217.2 <BR> End Weight: 215.2 <BR> <BR> Total fitness minutes: 1,633 <BR> Cardio sessions: 21 <BR> Strength sessions: 19 <BR> Tracked Nutrition: 25 days <BR> <BR> Steps <BR> Monthly total: 245,887 <BR> Daily average: 8,781 <BR> Best Day: 14,143 <BR> 10k goal met: 14 days <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:07:18 EST Time to get Bizzy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm trying a new workout program that I found on I'm really hoping this one is a better fit than some of the other programs I've tried. I hate the D word, but it's called the Bizzy Diet Fitness Plan. Here's the fitness portion of the program, in all it's simplicity: <BR> <BR> Workout A Upper Body - done on Day 1 and 3 <BR> Cardio HIIT: 1 minute walk, 1 minute run. 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> Weig... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:24:00 EST Captain's Challenge - Do You Dare? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you read me, you know I love planks and pushups. Seriously, they are absolutely <em>345</em> , no excuses body weight exercises. I say no excuses because they can both be modified to some level to make them suitable for just about anyone. The other reason I <em>26</em> planks and pushups is because you get oodles of benefit compressed in a very short amount of time. AND you start to notice change right ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:08:01 EST Week 6 - It's in the Bag! <img src=""> <BR> <em>292</em> Week 6 goals and accomplishments: <BR> <em>248</em> Team Goal: 300 Intentional Fitness Minutes – completed 490 <BR> <em>248</em> Team Goal: ST 3 times/wk <BR> <em>38</em> Team Goal: 7,000 (2 lbs) Calorie Deficit – Stay tuned! Lately I've been having lower weigh ins in the evening than morning, so I'm holding out for that final weigh in. This morning, I was up one pound, despite spot on tracking to a... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:25:15 EST Week 5 Review <img src=""> <em>292</em> <BR> <BR> Week 5 goals and accomplishments: <BR> &#9679;Lose 2 pounds: lost 2.6…What?! <em>40</em> read on to find out why I’m surprised <BR> &#9679;Team Goal: Intentional Fitness Minutes – 300: completed 345 <BR> &#9679;Team Goal: ST 3 times/wk: completed 3 <BR> &#9679;Team Goal: Calorie Deficit – 3500: completed 3710 <BR> &#9679;My Goal: Protein snack at the end of each work day: completed 5/5 <BR> &#9679;... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:05:25 EST Counting, What Say You? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This motivational email crossed my desk today. What do you think about counting calories and tracking? I loathe it! I've become inured to the fact that it's a necessary evil. But I don't want to do it forever. I long for a day when I won't have to. <BR> <BR> Many experts are suggesting to stop now. Eat clean, with a plate balanced with 50% produce, 25% whole grain, and 25% protein and you'll be good to go. ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:57:41 EST BLC 27 Week 4 Review <img src=""> <BR> <em>292</em> Week 4 goals and accomplishments: <BR> &#9679;Lose 2 lbs: lost 1.4 ...weighed in after work and had a better result than the morning! <BR> &#9679;300 fitness minutes: completed 325 <BR> &#9679;ST 3 times/wk: completed 5 <BR> &#9679;Protein snack at the end of each work day: completed 5/5 <BR> &#9679;Stealth health walks at work: completed 3/5 <BR> &#9679;Plan evening meals and fitness 1/week: completed ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:25:14 EST Getting this DONE! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I increased my plank time to 1:25 and increased my wallsit to 3:00 yesterday, got my 10k steps in, did 60 squats, AND did my back and bicep workout. Here's what Day 2 looked like: <BR> <BR> 3x12 One-arm dumbbell rows, 15# ea <BR> 3x12 Bent over dumbbell rows, 15# ea <BR> 3x12 alternating dumbbell curls, 15# ea <BR> 3x12 wide grip lat pull down, 80#/70#/60# <BR> 3x12 underhand narrow grip pulldown, 80#/70#/60# <BR>... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:56:18 EST Zumba, Baby! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm back into a cardio routine starting tomorrow! I rejoined L.A. Fitness for the zumba classes. They have other offerings I like (aqua fit, sauna, spin, etc.), but for now, my focus is the zumba classes. I'm planning 4 days a week at 4:30 or 7 p.m. <BR> <BR> I did my meal planning today and my grocery list is ready! Once my headache goes away, I'll do my back and bicep workout. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! Sun, 8 Feb 2015 10:40:30 EST Spiralize Me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Look what I got for my birthday! Wee! Look out, veggies, you're about to be spiralized! I'm going to make some spiralized hashbrowns for my husband this morning to thank him :) Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:13:46 EST Bringing My Resolve! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know some people worry about losing control over the weekend because their schedule is up in the air, but I prefer weekends.  It's ME time I struggle to find during the week. I wish there were more weekend days in the week!! <BR> <BR> Today, I did the captain's squat and plank challenge, increasing my plank by 2 seconds.  I'm pretty sure I had more in me.  I psyched myself out by looking at the clock.  I also di... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 12:42:22 EST Happy Mammogram Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had mine today and the mammographer (if that's her title) did a double take and asked if I've been working out.  I swaggered a bit in my  hospital gown shirt and said "Well...I don't like to brag..." <BR> <BR> Haha! That was cool. I guess my muscle definition improved so much over the last year that it showed up in the images. And yeah, I do feel like the girls are shrinking, now that I think about it! <em>... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 23:41:09 EST Big Picture <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some perspective for me this morning: <BR> <BR> 2014 January results <BR> Starting Weight: 239.2 <BR> End Weight: 233.6 <BR> <BR> 2015 January results: <BR> Starting Weight: 222 <BR> End Weight: 217.8 <BR> <BR> My doctor was right. The downward trend overall is more important than what I lose or don't lose in a week or a month. <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:24:01 EST Stay the Course <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This past week has been difficult for me.  I'm dealing with a lot of changes.   My yoga classes are over, I have a new grandbaby, and I saw an all time low number on the scale last week.  Since then, my portion discipline has escaped me!!  I totally psyched myself out and reverted to some bad eating habits.  Why do we do this?! <BR> <BR> Ive heard keeping the reasons for your goals in the forefront will help you.  ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 06:53:02 EST Reworking the Plan <img src=""> <BR> I'm reworking my fitness plan a little early since I have to back off on the yoga.  I'm going to start a body weight challenge that consists of push ups,  planks, squats, and wallsits.  I'm going to do the squat challenge I have posted on my page, and the 100 push ups challenge from  Those two challenges include rest days, but I'll do the planks and wallsits daily.  The only other exercise I'd like to... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:39:27 EST My First Grandchild <img src=""> <BR> My grand baby arrived at 8 am yesterday, after 27 hours of labor!  My daughter did great,  even at the end when she dropped the 'f' bomb and wanted to just quit.  Mom and baby are doing well. I was completely honored to participate in the delivery. We had our own room where everything happened, nothing like the old days where we were moved to a delivery room and back.  <BR> <BR> The feeling of finally having her here a... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:12:57 EST Nerve Issues...Yoga Problem? <img src=""> <BR> I've been having some nerve issues with my right arm and I'm wondering if it's due to the daily yoga.  This would sadden me, but it's clearly the big change I made this month.  I've had tingling in my right hand and minor pain in my wrist.  This morning, I raised my arm above my head and felt a zing through my armpit to my fingers...definitely a nerve thing! I've had something similar in my legs when doing the eagle pose... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:44:50 EST My Baby's Baby <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 39 weeks. I'm trying to be patient! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:17:07 EST Ready, Set, Halfway There! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can you believe we’re halfway through January already? Who else still has their tree and decorations up? Oh my gosh, I'm such a slacker! Mine will hopefully come down this weekend. I put it off because I need to organize my garage to get the stuff back in their boxes. Ugh, I hate disorder, especially when it gets so bad, you don’t know where to get started. <BR> <BR> I’m still going strong with the yoga. One o... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:14:33 EST Envy It's not what you think, unless you thought I was going to share my latest experience with a new apple!  I have an Asian grocery store within walking distance of where I work.  Since I was out of oranges and know they help with recovery after yoga, I stopped in and got some.  I couldn't pass up their shiny red neighbors when I saw them! To my delight, the Envy apple did not disappoint! Crisp and not too sweet! <BR> <BR> I had a breakthrough in yoga last night!  I made some progress with the ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:43:02 EST Gadget Girl <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Fitbit Charge HR shipped today. Thats the middle one one the pic. What can I say, I'm a bit of a gadget girl.  There's nothing wrong with my current fitbit, except the clip is broken and sometimes the sharp edge pinches me.  But as soon as I learned the new one was available,  I placed an order. <BR> <BR> I never pay attention to the calorie burn on my fitbit, but maybe I will now since it will be a measure I'... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 03:42:20 EST January Goals Did I spell these out already? Just in case, here they are: <BR> <BR> Fitness <BR> 1. Attend hot yoga daily. <BR> 2. Kettle bell swings 3x/week. <BR> <BR> Nutrition <BR> 1. Drink green smoothies daily. <BR> 2. Eat more protein earlier in the day. <BR> 3. Track it all! <BR> <BR> I'm going places!! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:55:57 EST Mirror, Mirror <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's Wednesday already! I feel like the week is going by fast, probably because I have yoga taking up most of my evenings. <BR> <BR> Speaking of yoga, the class was a lot smaller yesterday, slightly different format, called Breathe.  I had a mirror view.  OMG, the instructor says not to judge, but I felt more like a sumo than a yogi!  <BR> <BR> I MUST address my night time eating issues. I honestly thought the e... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:14:55 EST Back to Work <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My first day back to work yesterday went pretty well.  I have to say im grateful to be back to a built in routine.  My food was clean, except for the handful of cheese puffs after dinner.  I enjoyed green smoothies for breakfast and lunch, had carrots, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, 2 boiled eggs, an apple and peanut butter throughout the day. After yoga, I had an orange and some cashews. And for dinner, I had chic... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 08:38:43 EST My Word for the Year <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I recently completed an exercise to find a word that represents my path in 2015. This wasn't easy for me. Some words that made the final cut include growing, model, light, pillar, present, courage, and impact. All are very powerful words for me. I may come back to the others in the future. But the word that found me this year was "light". <BR> <BR> There are many nuances to the word that I look forward to exp... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 05:46:30 EST Electrolyte Drink Recipes <img src="">Thanks so much to those of you who mentioned electrolytes in my last blog. I almost bought a bottle of Gatorade, but I put it back. When I got home, I googled and found a few recipes: <link><BR>ink </link> <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> UPDATE: I should have read the recipe better. I didn't realize the sugar ingredient was to taste. I dumped the whole 2 tablespoons in. Boy, what a ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:10:41 EST Cooking Practice and Responding to Hot Yoga Symptoms <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The heat element went out on our oven last night.  I'm trying not to be too annoyed.  The appliances were new when we bought the place 4 years ago.  Boo.  Anyway, it's an easy fix.  We ordered a $13 replacement part from Amazon that will be here Tuesday.  I've actually been cooking on the stove top lately.  I feel pretty good about that because it was all fresh ingredients that went into the meals.  We had turkey s... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:30:46 EST Measurements <img src=""> <BR> I just took my before measurements and recorded them in sparkpeople.   Since I last measured on July 18, I've lost 8.2 pounds and 5 inches. I gained 2 inches on my arms, which could be a difference in where I measured.  I'm measuring at the armpit now.  I lost 3 off my hips, 1/2 inch from each calf, 2 off my bust and 1.5 off my chest. <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> <BR> Neck: 16  <BR> Arms: 16, 15  <BR> Bust: 44  <BR> Chest: ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:47:14 EST Hooray for Green Smoothies I'm just not over these green smoothies! I love 'em! The ladies at have outline the solution to perfect smoothies. Here it is: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you're thinking smoothies aren't for you because there's too much fruit, swap the fruits for low glycemic alternatives, like berries. If you follow a guide to include protein at each meal, add a scoop of protein powder. <BR> <BR> Be sure to "chew" y... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:15:26 EST Before Pics and Hot Yoga Experience I don't normally post before pictures because I rarely take them.  I'm not interested in recording where I am because I'm busy figuring out where I want to be!  But I did the pictures today after seeing Pixielicious being bold and putting hers out there.  So, here I am, pre hot yoga workout,  sans any makeup, very bold for sure!  My weight:  220.6 lbs. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:05:21 EST Quick Recap of December and the Year December stats: <BR> 10k steps - 7 days <BR> Strength training - 6 days <BR> Cardio - 10 days <BR> Tracked nutrition - 12 days <BR> <BR> I gained 4.8 pounds in December, but my net loss for 2014 was 18 pounds.  <em>244</em> I'll take that!  That's 32 pounds down from my highest.  <BR> <BR> I have a long runway in front of me, but the future is bright, <em>36</em> very bright, thanks to you, my virtual support network.  Seriously, <em>304</em> for being so supportive! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:51:34 EST Quick Recap of December and the Year December stats: <BR> 10k steps - 7 days <BR> Strength training - 6 days <BR> Cardio - 10 days <BR> Tracked nutrition - 12 days <BR> <BR> I gained 4.8 pounds in December, but my net loss for 2014 was 18 pounds.  <em>244</em> I'll take that!  That's 32 pounds down from my highest.  <BR> <BR> I have a long runway in front of me, but the future is bright, <em>36</em> very bright, thanks to you, my virtual support network.  Seriously, <em>304</em> for being so supportive! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:33:17 EST Hot Yoga Fest Begins Tomorrow! Wow, all the sunshine and blue skies come at a price in the winter. It's super duper cold out there! <BR> <BR> I might be declaring today a rest day. I was thinking about some kick boxing, and it still might happen, but I'm stealing myself for tomorrow, <em>249</em> of my 30 day Hot Yoga challenge with my co worker. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! May 2015 find you in good health and reaching your goals! <BR> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:09:32 EST As Seen on TV Okay, I, accidentally reposted a blog and can't delete it, so I'll share with you my latest "As seen on TV" product failure...the Vegetti. It lasted through all of 2 1/2 pieces of zucchini! Either I'm a brute or the thing was shoddy, or perhaps a bit of both. Phooey. You get what you pay for, right? I love the idea though. I'm not sure what damage I could do to myself or veggies with a julienne peeler. I may try that or the counter top spiralizer. Do you have any experience with similar k... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:09:00 EST Censored I'm extremely disillusioned right now. I don't know why I'm surprised. I guess I'm not, I just didn't think there was any harm in someone trying to capitalize on a good idea. JJ Smith, author of the 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse offers a subscription to a private portal and Facebook group. The portal has various resources, but like Sparkpeople, the real value I found was in the community. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, JJ posed a question to the group to find out what people were reading to imp... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:12:42 EST Open Registration for Biggest Loser Challenge Round 27 If you are a new or returning member to the BLC, now is your chance to enroll in the next 12 week round scheduled to begin in January! Head over to the registration team and take a gander at the teams! <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=64133 </link> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:32:18 EST Morning Rituals and My New Nutritional Landscape I should be walking, not blogging. I can tell because I feel groggy. I'll take a walk as soon as I get a few words down. The week is young, but so far, so good. I'm down 1.5 pounds from last week. <BR> <BR> I'm eating clean, clean, clean, though I'll admit I ate more turkey chili than I needed last night. <BR> <BR> I'm fine tuning my morning ritual. I wake between 3 and 4 a.m. Nodding off at 8 p.m. may have something to do with that. I was going to correct it, but I kind of like havi... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:20:33 EST Prepping for Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is my motivation / action mantra since I began this journey has been "Eat fresh, move often."  I created this for a contest on JJ Smith's VIP group on Facebook.  Three years ago, long before I knew of JJ and the work she's been doing, I was already a disciple, focusing on two legs of the DEM (detox, eat, move) system! I'm still a skeptic about some of the suggested detox methods, but I'm tolerant ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:10:51 EST Day 10, That's a Wrap! Today is the final day of my 10 day smoothie cleanse. How did I do? I didn’t take measurements because I couldn’t find the tape measure. I did take my weight, almost daily. I dropped 3.5 pounds at one point. Today, I’m down only ½ pound. So, I’ll do a final weigh tomorrow, but I’m not expecting a big change. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Once I tire of being disappointed, it’s time to face facts and figure out why this didn’t work. I wasn... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:14:17 EST