SCRAPBECCA's SparkPeople Blog SCRAPBECCA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Whole 30 - Day 30 Complete! Did it! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow Day 1 again. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:39:25 EST Whole 30 - Days 28-29 Complete I honestly can't believe that this Whole 30 is over after tomorrow! Jumping right back on for another 30 days on Thursday! Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:37:33 EST Whole 30 - Days 24-27 Complete I am playing a bit of Blog catch-up tonight. Checking in for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I took my Whole 30 on the road for part of the weekend! <BR> <BR> Thursday was the end of my week since I was off Friday and Saturday attending a weekend scrapbooking crop. I am in my happy place when I am scrapbooking and going to crops is a special treat that I indulge in once a month for a day or two or three. <BR> <BR> A big part of the crop experience is related to food, especially... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:09:14 EST Whole 30 - Days 22 and 23 Complete I am in the homestretch of the Whole 30, just seven days left. <BR> <BR> I had some negative self talk today because I found myself focusing on weight loss. I have not weighed in per the Whole 30 recommendation but don't feel like my pants are falling off just yet and of course they should be! <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Here's what IS happening; <BR> <BR> I am sleeping longer and more soundly at night <BR> <BR> I am enjoying all of the delicious foods <BR> <BR> I am seeing improv... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:51:05 EST Whole 30 - Day 21 Complete Not much new to report today. Worked out first thing this morning. Worked a full day at my job. Walked for 45 minutes when I got home. It was already dark by 8:30 pm and it looks and smells like fall. <BR> <BR> Planning on an early bedtime tonight. <BR> <BR> Life is good! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:16:34 EST Whole 30 - Day 20 Complete Batch Cooking is complete! Hubby just let me know that he has reached his limit! He was my kitchen assistant for a good chuck of the process today for which I am grateful! His help with peeling, chopping, stirring, fetching, carrying and doing all of those dishes was invaluable. <BR> <BR> We ended up making ; <BR> <BR> 6 one pound each turkey meat loaves (three for this week, three went into the freezer) <BR> Half a dozen hard boiled eggs <BR> Five pounds of mashed potatoes <BR> Eight M... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:55:02 EST Whole 30 - Days 16 -17-18 -19 Wow time is racing by! Day 19 is complete!! <BR> <BR> I spent today hanging out with my mom while hubby went to three football games! Mom and I hung out at her place looking at two scrapbooks I just finished from our summer trips in 2013 and 2014. After that we went to a farmers market, where I loaded up on tons of awesome fresh fruits and veggies, perfect for Whole 30 compliance! Later we went to dinner and then made a quick stop at a small botanical garden near her church. It was a lovely... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:36:54 EST Whole 30 - Days 13 - 14 - 15 I honestly can't believe that my Whole 30 is half way over already! The last three days have rushed by very quickly with the focus on work, working out and a bit of cooking each night. <BR> <BR> Tonight we baked a pie! Yup it is a Whole 30 compliant Savory Pumpkin Pie. Recipe by Jan's Sushi Bar you can find it here <link><BR>pie/ </link> <BR> <BR> Since it is bedtime, Hubby and I will have to wait until tomorrow to try it. <BR> <BR> I golfed thi... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 23:27:49 EST Whole 30 - Days 11 & 12 Complete Pretty good last couple of days. Definitely increased energy and less focus on food and food prep and more focus on living, yay! <BR> <BR> At the gym on Friday my trainer told me that he had increased the amount of weight I've been lifting on deadlifts and that I was improving on doing chin ups! Woo Hoo!! <BR> <BR> We are off to spend the day at the lake house of some dear friends but I was able to do a bit of food prep for the week already this morning. Raw veggies chopped, spaghetti ... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:00:10 EST Whole 30 - Day 10 Complete Slept really soundly last night with much dreaming. Fortunately no food dreams which I understand is common among Whole 30 participants. I definitely had more energy today and felt like my focus and clarity at work were better than they have been in a while. Couldn't wait to get out and ride my bike for an hour after work before dinner. <BR> <BR> Food today was yummy breakfast hash and pan fried plantains, lunch was the oriental pineapple coleslaw with grilled chicken that I have had for l... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:05:02 EST Whole 30 - Day 9 Complete I am tired tonight so it will be an early bedtime. <BR> <BR> Started the day off in the gym where I did a 60 minute circuit strength training class. <BR> <BR> Worked a long day so it was fortunate that I had planned a dinner that didn't take too much prep time! Cod with curry sauce left over from one of last week's dinners accompanied by a green salad and a yummy SP Brussels sprouts recipe that included fresh sage, big plump raisins and chopped pecans. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 21:08:50 EST Whole 30 - Day 8 Complete Today I chose to get up and walk for 90 minutes before my busy work day started. Work today was followed by a funeral home visitation and an evening salon appointment. Figured if I didn't get it in first thing there would be no getting it in later. It was so nice to come home tonight and just heat up one of the chipotle chili servings that I made on Saturday. Packing breakfast and lunch for today was easy peasey too, due to this weekends batch cooking sessions! <BR> <BR> I definitely s... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 21:49:15 EST Whole 30 - Day 7 Complete First thing this morning the cooking marathon continued. Before we left at noon to spend the day with my mother I had put together a crock-pot full of ratatouille, it smelled yummy in the house when we got home at 8 pm! The yield was four 2 cup portions. I also made 6 portions of breakfast hash (2 of which we actually ate for breakfast!) and 6 huge portions of pineapple, chicken coleslaw. All of this batch cooking will make my life so much easier this week! Love that I'll be able to simpl... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 21:34:28 EST Whole 30 - Day 6 Complete Just finishing up a bit of a batch cook marathon. Made 5 servings of chili, 8 mason jar breakfasts and a double batch of mayo. All are packaged up and ready to put away. <BR> <BR> Hubby suggested that we try to have a few favorite meals that we rotate through rather than making 90 unique meals for the 30 days of the Whole 30. I really enjoyed cooking and trying some new recipes this week but I agree that I need to streamline and simplify since I already have a full time job! <BR> <em... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 01:04:20 EST Whole 30 - Day 5 Complete! Have a bit more energy today, yay! Especially since I worked a full day today. Rode my bike after work and then had another yummy Whole 30 dinner. <BR> <BR> I put pork shoulder in the crock pot before leaving for work this morning and it turned out perfect and man the house smelled good when I got home! Popped a couple of sweet potatoes into the oven before setting off on my bike and the house smelled even better when I got home 40 minutes later. Put the finishing touches on the pork Carn... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 21:31:03 EST Whole 30 - Day 4 Complete! I am calling today a big win! Day 4 on whole 30 is in the books. Getting a good nights sleep last night really helped and I had much more energy today. <BR> <BR> I am grateful to be "putting it out there for everyone to see" on this blog as a way of staying accountable because today sugar was calling my name! I had to run into JoAnn's after work today and the candy in the checkout lane was shouting at me! I thought about having to tell you all that I was starting over and that helped m... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 22:47:15 EST Whole 30 - Day 3 Complete! Yesterday was Day 3 on Whole 30. I completed it successfully and I am very satisfied food wise and don't even mind all of the cooking. <BR> <BR> Physically I was exhausted most of the day, guess that means I am on track with the detox symptoms. I went to bed at 10 pm last night and slept without waking for 9 straight hours! That's really rare for me. <BR> <BR> Here's a pic of yesterdays breakfast. It a curry I made with ground turkey, butternut squash, a fresh pear, curry powder, cinnam... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 22:32:47 EST Whole 30 - Day 2 Complete Day 2 started off great with another yummy breakfast recipe straight from the Whole 30 book. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> But despite the great start I almost derailed my Whole 30 last night because of a later than planned work day. Plus I had an after work meeting and just figured there was no way I would be able to go home and prepare dinner and eat it and get to my meeting on time. But guess what, I decided ... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 17:48:30 EST Whole 30 - Day 1 Complete! I started Whole 30 yesterday, determined to be successful and do it exactly as written. To that end I read the new book "Whole 30", built up my support network and told a bunch of folks what I was planning. I also planned a weeks worth of menu's, shopped for necessary ingredients and did some advance prep work in the kitchen. When I went to bed last night with the first day successfully behind me I felt really good about my efforts. <BR> <BR> I know that this will not be easy but it will ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:02:48 EST My Scrap Studios This blog entry is for all of my friends who asked me to post pictures of my Scrap Studios. Yes, I am blessed to have two rooms in my home where I can get creative. <BR> <BR> I started out with a room upstairs but if friends came by to get scrappy with me we ended up in the dining room which offered so much more space and great light to boot! So it became my second scrappy space. No more dining in that room! I have a very tolerant and awesome hubby who indulges me beyond what I deserve! <... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 09:41:45 EST Art Journal I decided to start an art journal this year, here are a few of the pages I have created so far. I am having a good time making art! Some evenings I work in my journal for just a few minutes, other nights I am at my table for hours. I am trying a lot of new techniques and really enjoying the process. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 5 Feb 2015 21:47:51 EST Whole 30 day 21 Today is day 21 of my Whole 30 journey. <BR> <BR> The previous food plan that I followed eliminated sugar, flour and wheat so those are not items I am inclined to miss much, although I was consuming them off and on for a few months during a recent relapse before I started the Whole 30 program. <BR> <BR> I am really not missing anything that I have cut out on Whole 30 that I used to eat pretty regularly on my former food plan (dairy, grains, beans, legumes and soy) and because this is stil... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:48:00 EST Bridge walk success! Hubby and I had a great time walking the Mackinaw bridge this morning along with 30,000 others. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:05:14 EST Day 7 Whole 30 I am doing some batch cooking tonight as I am determined to stick to the Whole 30 plan and will need to take some of my own food for our trip on Sunday and Monday to walk the Mackinaw Bridge on Labor Day. I am hard boiling some eggs right now and made some chicken burgers earlier this evening. <BR> <BR> Here's what I had for breakfast, it was a yummy egg scramble with spinach and onions and a mango sweet potato hash with a tbls of dried cranberries. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:57:10 EST Putting it out there for everyone to see Did you all notice that I changed my tracker? It used to be the one that tracked my fitness minutes and it really helped to motivate me. Because I am doing so much better with consistent exercise I have decided to change my tracker to the one that shows my goal of pounds I want to lose and tracks those pounds coming off. I hate putting it out there for everyone to see but I think I need that accountability! <BR> <BR> <BR> With this blog post I have made it even more public! How's that for ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:17:03 EST The buck stopped here Literally! During my glorious walk this morning I detoured through a wooded meadow and almost ran into a buck. He didn't seem very afraid of me and we stood quietly and assessed each other for a few minutes before each going our separate way. It was a pretty cool way to start the day. Sat, 31 May 2014 12:34:53 EST Derailed? How can you tell? Here’s how you can tell if I am derailed from my healthy living habits ….. you don’t see or hear from me much. I fade away into the woodwork, I don’t have much to say, I contribute just the minimum to my sparkteams, I withdraw from active Spark life. <BR> <BR> Good example, no blog here in 6 weeks, none, not a word, nada. Also my food tracker goes unused and it’s got more than a few blank days in the past 6 weeks. I would guess that I am not alone in the disappearing act or the blank tr... Tue, 27 May 2014 17:14:21 EST Sleep Well! Not sure why but I can't seem to get enough sleep lately. Or phrased another way, I don't want to get up in the morning lately. It doesn't seem to matter if I stay up late or hit the hay early, I could stay in bed til noon. Because I work full-time and have commitments on the weekends I never actually do sleep until noon but boy is it tempting. This is all quite unusual for me as I typically require less sleep than most people I know. <BR> <BR> I've been wondering if it's related to Se... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:45:43 EST Start Somewhere! I've been in a reflective mood this week. There are many areas in my life that could use some improvement. It can be overwhelming to consider all of the changes I would like to make and when I feel overwhelmed I experience self paralysis and I do nothing and that keeps me stuck. Boo! <BR> <BR> Saw this quote on a twitter feed today and it struck a chord with me; <BR> <BR> If you wait for conditions to be just right before you start, odds are you'll never do anything. #inspiration <BR> <B... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:17:10 EST Making Tracks A new Spark friend recently posted this brief message. <BR> <BR> Tracking = Success! <BR> <BR> For me truer words have never been spoken. I am so clearly one of those people who achieve the best results through the practice of structure and accountability and when I track I am much more successful than when I don't. When I am holistically tracking my food, my fitness and my feelings, really good things happen. I begin to move in a positive direction and I start to see the results I ultim... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:57:08 EST I will journal here! I have been wanting to start a journal again. I used to do it regularly and it was a great way for me to get my feelings out and often times I was able to see something from a new perspective by putting the words on paper rather than simply thinking or talking about it. <BR> <BR> So, as I said I have been feeling the urge to journal again for quite a while now but I have not found or rather "made" the time to do so. Yesterday it occurred to me that rather than searching for the right pen a... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:07:19 EST So This Was An Excellent Idea! I haven't blogged since last November! That blog was entitled "So That Was A Dumb Idea" and focused on my dumb idea to stop tracking my food at a time when my work life got super stressful and how that led to a ginormus binge and left me feeling like crap physically, emotionally and spiritually. <BR> <BR> So what's the excellent idea I allude to in the title of this blog post? I joined BLC24! So far it's been great, I was assigned to the Silver Spies team and they are a really great, we... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:49:48 EST So that was a dumb idea! I admit it, I recently had a not so brilliant idea, but I went with it anyway. Can you say d-u-m-b?! <BR> <BR> So I am super stressed at work right now, writing performance reviews for more than 30 of my direct reports and that on top of my "regular" work as a manager has me over the top overwhelmed. So i figured I would give myself a break from committing my food this week and just go with whatever I felt like having. <BR> <BR> This is a VERY bad plan for a food addict and binge eater. ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:59:29 EST How cool is that!! I got my Fitbit in April and tonight I earned this badge! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How cool is that!! Can't believe that I've walked 1000 miles in 8 months. Me the former exercise resister! Thu, 7 Nov 2013 23:06:56 EST Thank goodness the Party is Over! Guess what .... no more pity party. It's over and done with. I am moving on and feeling good and positive and strong and hopeful. The past 30 days are just that .... the past. I am keeping my focus on the only day that matters, today! <BR> <BR> I really appreciate my Spark buddies who commented on my last blog and helped me to see that it was time to move on. <BR> <BR> For today I am feeling grateful for the clarity and focus to do my job, to be appropriate in my self care and to apprec... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 08:57:40 EST The Seven month itch?? This month has been a struggle for me on a number of levels, physically, emotionally and spiritually. After seven pretty great months on Spark People, consistently exercising for the first time in my life and a loss of more than 20 pounds, I started courting disaster. I got sloppy, I got cocky, I got lazy. I got in trouble. I lost my motivation, I lost my drive, I lost nearly a whole month. I am mad at myself and I know from past experience that being mad could lead to more self destructi... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:02:56 EST Should I be freaking out??? So... I have been weighing in on Monday mornings every week since March 11 when I joined SP. No matter what my week has been like, no matter what I have eaten, no matter how many minutes of exercise I have done, I weigh in on Monday mornings. Even after vacation, I weigh in on Monday morning. <BR> <BR> Until this morning, every week when I weigh in I have seen a loss or stayed the same. Not so today, today for the first time in more than 120 days here the scale showed a gain. Oddly,... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:06:23 EST Splendid Sunday <BR> It's been a while since I posted a blog and I don't have much going on but I hate to let too much time pass between posts or, like other things, I'll just let it go altogether. <BR> <BR> That has definitely been the case with exercise as I look back over my past workout history. I have found that if I miss more than a couple of days in a row of working out it can be weeks or even months until I get back to it again. Guess it's like the saying goes, a body in motion stays in motion ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:41:15 EST And she's off! I have Friday fever! I had a doctor's appointment today so I was a bit late getting in and yet all I can think about is going home. It's Friday after all, let the weekend begin!! <BR> <BR> Actually I am salaried and can leave whenever I want and since I worked a couple of 12-14 hour days this week I think I'll take advantage of that. <BR> <BR> Hope the rest of your Friday moves by quickly or perhaps you'd like to join me and sneak out early? <em>334</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 14:33:14 EST Here comes Monday I was a bit blue today. <BR> <BR> Tears for no reason in church, Unnamed anxiety early afternoon. Decided to go for a long walk. Sadness during the walk thinking about my childlessness. A bit out of sorts with Michael when I returned home but I told him how I was feeling and we talked and did a bit of cooking together. Took time to cuddle for an hour or so before dinner Definitely feeling better tonight. <BR> <BR> Budget deadline tomorrow at work. The bulk of it is done but I am going in... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 22:16:58 EST I did something cool today! I have worked at my job for 33 years and I have never done this before ..... I walked to work this morning and then I walked home again this evening. It was only 45 minutes each way and it was a lovely day weather wise so I figured, why not give it a go. <BR> <BR> Just before quitting time my hubby called to offer me a ride home. Two of my colleagues also offered but I said no thanks I am looking forward to the walk. I stopped along the way to smell the lilac bushes in full bloom and saw... Sat, 18 May 2013 20:12:26 EST A week ago I was standing on the ledge Okay so that's a bit of an exaggeration but I blogged right before I left for vacation that I was feeling a bit discouraged that I wasn't seeing any movement on my scale <BR> <BR> I was heartened by the encouragement and support I received from some of you about not focusing on the scale and enjoying my time away while continuing to track and monitor my food and fitness. <BR> <BR> I took my tablet PC with me and continued to log into Spark People and track my food, fitness, water and spar... Mon, 13 May 2013 12:09:36 EST Discouraged but not defeated Okay I admit it, I am a bit discouraged this morning. My normal weekly weigh in is on Monday mornings but because I am leaving for a short vacation this morning I decided to weigh in before leaving today. I was really hoping to see some downward movement on the scale but alas yet another week (I think this is the 3rd week in a row) of staying the same. <BR> <BR> No, I'm not ready to chuck it all, throw in the towel and give up and get crazy on vacation but I was a bit disheartened not to see... Sun, 5 May 2013 08:34:57 EST My Zip is changing my life! I have always known that I am motivated by numbers and competition (with myself). Things like Spark Points excite and inspire me. So when I heard talk about the Fit Bit, I figured it might have a positive influence on my exercise motivation. <BR> <BR> What an understatement that has turned out to be! My Fit Bit Zip has rocked my world, changed my life in ways I would never have imagined and motivated me beyond my wildest dreams. <BR> <BR> Today for instance in an effort to rack up some... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:18:29 EST Loving it here! Have I told you all lately how much I appreciate you! Yes, you! This SP site rocks! It never fails that when I reach out for support or advice that someone reaches back. I haven't met any of you face to face. You don't know me from Adam and yet here you are in my corner. Caring about my successes and failures and cheering me on when the going gets tough. <BR> <BR> I am ever so thankful that I stumbled upon this site several weeks ago! There is so much motivation and inspiration here, ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:10:11 EST Should I or shouldn't I? I'm really not sure if I should exercise today or not. I have had a nasty head cold and upper respiratory infection for the last 3 days. I am stuffy and a bit weak and a bit off balance from the cold meds that I took yesterday and last night. But I am thinking I could mange a few minutes of some exercise. I really hate to miss a day! <BR> <BR> Weird new thoughts for me since a month ago I would have seen this as a perfect excuse to "get out of" exercising! <BR> <BR> Any thoughts from yo... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:55:13 EST Home today Still not feeling great so I am staying home today. I figure not talking to anyone will be a good way to rest my throat. I plan to rest and get a few things done around home like working on my monthly budget for May and putting my gear together for my scrapbooking crop tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I am a bit achy and tired but I am thinking that I will also include a bit of exercise today as well, perhaps a few 10 minute sessions rather than trying to tackle a longer 45minute or hour long session. ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:26:59 EST Dangerous place I don't feel good. I have a sore throat and I am achy everywhere. This can be a dangerous place for me. When I am sick I feel sorry for myself and when that happens I seek the comfort of food. Ice cream might soothe my sore throat, I think. Or maybe if I eat I'll have more energy. I know that these things aren't necessarily true and that actually the best thing I can do for myself is to take a couple more Motrin and get some sleep. So with that I am off to bed. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:11:14 EST Better than I imagined! Well the house is quiet again after a super fun, busy, noisy and chaotic weekend with my nephew (7) my girlfriend who lives about 3 hours North of here and her son (also 7). Hubby and I live a pretty quiet life in comparison to this lively weekend! <BR> <BR> On Friday I blogged about my concerns with eating on my food plan, and getting enough rest, water and exercise while we had guests. <BR> <BR> Food was no problem at all, yeah! Planning my meals ahead of time as another Spark Person ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 21:47:22 EST This weekend could be tricky! I'm not overly worried about it but I am concerned enough to post here and seek support. <BR> <BR> My friend Barb and her 7 y-o are on there way here for a weekend visit. Hubby and I are borrowing our 7 y-o nephew for the weekend too. The two boys are best buds and I am certain we are all going to have a grand time! <BR> <BR> Okay here's the but ..... I don't want to get so caught up in cooking, cleaning, visiting and playing that I forget about connecting here which is truly changing ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:27:49 EST