SGTSUNNY's SparkPeople Blog SGTSUNNY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community November goals and motivations For November goals: <BR> Eat more whole foods and less processed foods. <BR> Continue to use planner to plan meals and exercise weekly <BR> Check in with my team and do the challenges. <BR> Do 60 minutes of strength and 190 minutes of cardio weekly. <BR> Continue to lose to reach goal of 12 lbs gone by the end of the year and 12 more by March, in time for vacation <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 23:40:53 EST I LOVE FALL OCT GOALS Walk most days as the weather cools and I make the transition from swimming to walking. Aim for 2.5 miles by the end of the month. <BR> Stay in calorie range and stay busy so I don't eat out of boredom. I plan on organizing and to declutter my house. <BR> Check in on my friends more often for mutual support. Post NSV so I am not worried over the scale <BR> And do 100 reps at least 5 days a week of any Strength training exercise for my 100 club team. <BR> All of this will keep me on track <B... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:01:11 EST WEEK 2 WALK/EXERCISE WEEK <BR> 1. Walk Week <BR> <BR> Make it everyone’s goal to hit their 5,000 +steps each day this week. Exercise for at LEAST 10 mins per day. 20 is preferrable for 5 days <BR> <BR> "A person who wears a pedometer will walk almost 2000 steps more than people who don’t wear a pedometer, this is compared to people who do habitually walk for fitness." <BR> <BR> ~Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine <BR> <BR> 25 for 5 days <BR> BONUS 25 IF DONE FOR 7 OF 7 DAYS. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 09:47:59 EST September Goals Sept Goals: <BR> Reach the 180s <BR> Eat more homemade food <BR> Work in more strength training <BR> Check in with Sparks more often <BR> Resist Fall goodies Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:56:58 EST This weeks challenge This weeks challenge involved tracking food all week and writing a blog about the results. I have been tracking and keeping a journal since before the challenge and it has been helping me lose if somewhat slowly. Looking over the weeks nutrition reports I am seeing lots of room for improvement. I need to make my protein goals every day and lower my fat. So going forward I want to achieve more balance in my eating. I am hoping if I do I will see the weight come off quicker. <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:16:07 EST This Weeks challenge journal <img src=""> I put together a plan for this week in my journal. Now to stay on plan 5 days ! Hope this helps keep me focused. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:15:13 EST Onderland goal attained <img src=""> I did it. Scale is no longer reading a 2 for the first number. My persistence paid off and I have overcome the road block that seemed to be keeping me from reaching this milestone. Thank you to all my friends who kept me going. Now for my goal present . Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:21:01 EST Secrets of Success I would like to hear what your secrets are! <BR> If I had to list mine: <BR> 1. Buddy support! This is so very important and I have made some strong friendships for support and guidance. <BR> 2. Never give up! I also set a maximum gain number of 8 lbs, if I hit that I do what it takes to get back to serious losing. I am thru yo-yo dieting <BR> 3 Make positive changes by reading and trying new things. <BR> 4. Never say I cant! Becuz I can Sat, 30 May 2015 13:31:49 EST Letter to self follow up and end of BL Challenge Dear Diane, <BR> You are on the second half of your journey . I am proud you were able to take off 65 lbs and keep it off. You have learned a lot in the time it took to lose the weight, you need to use that knowledge to take off the rest of the weight. <BR> You can do that by amping up the calorie burns on your workout. No more taking it easy, I want you to really amp up the calorie burn. The new FB Charge HR you got for you Birthday should help with this. I would also like to see you tone th... Sat, 23 May 2015 00:25:44 EST Letter to Self Dear Diane, <BR> You are on the second half of your journey . I am proud you were able to take off 65 lbs and keep it off. You have learned a lot in the time it took to lose the weight, you need to use that knowledge to take off the rest of the weight. <BR> You can do that by amping up the calorie burns on your workout. No more taking it easy, I want you to really amp up the calorie burn. The new FB Charge HR you got for you Birthday should help with this. I would also like to see you ton... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:16:04 EST Plans for January, already underway! My plan for success is coming together. <BR> For exercise: I will wear my workout clothes to work in during the week. Kathy Kubik's mile challenge will help keep me moving for cardio and I plan on doing strength every day with Sunday as a rest day (with the exception of challenge exercise) <BR> For nutrition I will log food before I eat and stay in calorie range whenever possible. I will also look at working in more whole foods and trying some recipes. <BR> For support I have my Sunnies <BR>... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:28:58 EST January SG challenge and diet bet! Doing a diet bet for the first time with my Sgs! I am hoping this keeps me on track all month! Our seasonal challenge is more of a month long challenge now as well! Wish me luck this Jan. And let me know if you want to join us <BR> For January: <BR> Sunday 4 - 5 burpees and 25 jumping jacks <BR> Monday 5 - 5 pushups and 5 chair dips <BR> Tuesday 6 - Stay in calorie range and do 20 minutes of cardio <BR> Wednesday 7 - 10 crunches and 15 second plank <BR> Thursday 8 - Stay in calorie ran... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:43:26 EST Race against Rolls 5K coming up! <BR> Sparkpeople meeting up <BR> <BR> Start your Thanksgiving Day off with a 5k <BR> <BR> If you live in the Valley of the sun/Phoenix area check out my blog and join us for our 4th annual meetup "RACE AGAINST ROLLS" 5k walk/run <BR> <BR> For those in the Phoenix (valley) area come and join us in our 3rd annual <BR> Race against Rolls 5k <BR> Thanksgiving Day: <BR> Registration 7:15-7:45am <BR> 5K Starts at 8 am <BR> Cost: FREE <BR> Healthy Snacks (Fruit and granola bars) will be provid... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 15:52:49 EST Crunches this week! This week we will be taking a trip to the Great Pyramids where you will climb to the top or climb back down, how you do it is up to you! Start hard and go easy, or reverse it and start small and work harder by weeks end. <BR> <BR> <BR> Option 1 Strength <BR> <BR> We are going to do Pyramid Crunches...just follow the directions. If you can't do crunches.... do this same pattern using only one strength exercise that you can do. the pause can be as long as you need it to be. Start strong, o... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:14:39 EST August goals Reflecting back on the week, I logged my food and paid more attention to my nutrients and where my calories were going. I did lose weight, so I think it helped. I would like to see some improvements on what I am eating, less processed and sodium so I am going to continue with the food log for the next month. Another goal will be exercise, I want to hit 1200 minutes for August. I also want to amp up my water exercises and will be looking online for moves that will burn the calories or firm up ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 15:06:40 EST Food Blog featuring veggies <img src="">My Garden is producing and I am cooking and eating veggies I have picked from it! This is my first garden and I am happy at my results, not bad for a beginner! <BR> A picture is worth a thousand words so here you are! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <i... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:14:52 EST This weeks challenge, what is holding me back??? My main roadblock is myself! I have been on the brink of entering Onderland several times but have not seen the magic one in front of my number on the scale. I have not been able to shake off my extra layers and quit hiding behind my weight. I need to lose the 2nd half of my weight starting now. I have been doing good with exercise minutes but I need to take it up a notch and push harder while I am working out. . I know I need to be more consistent in logging my food and also I need to eat ... Thu, 8 May 2014 19:53:03 EST 2014 so far, a look back and review <BR> Looking Back to the beginning of the year some of my goals were: <BR> 1. Do the SG weekly challenges to the best of my ability, they help me stay focused and keep me from making the wrong decisions. <BR> 2. Log my food! <BR> 3. Get 5 workouts done each week, a combination of 30 minute briskwalking and ST DVDs. Plan on getting out in the neighborhood to admire the Christmas lights. <BR> 4. Limit my sweets, saying no to extra sugar. Tis the season for it, so I need to not indulge. <BR... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:07:38 EST Roadblocks! Main Challenge (30 Points): For the main challenge this week, write a blog about a roadblock that stops you from being/doing your best. Be honest with yourself and your obstacles- let your Sunnies know one real struggle you face and what kind of support would help you. On that blog, add a picture that shows a quote, a state of mind, a mission statement, that will help you focus and get successfully through the week. <BR> <BR> <BR> My main roadblock is myself! I have been on the brink of en... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:46:50 EST This weeks main challenge address psychological issues Main Challenge (30 Points): The psychological Challenge. A huge part of losing weight involves the psychological challenges we face. For example what we say to ourselves makes a huge difference. Many times we find ourselves saying these negative things to ourselves despite our best attempts to stay positive.We may say things such as <BR> "I don't have enough time to......." <BR> or <BR> "I can't keep motivated due to...." <BR> or <BR> "I have tried everything to lose weight and it never ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 15:22:52 EST March 2014 February flew by! I did exceed my fitness minutes, so I am thinking it is a Fit and Firm February. I am down 7 lbs from my highest weight in Jan, but am feeling like I have stalled out on the weight loss. <BR> Mix it up March: <BR> I am going to set the bar high on the fitness minutes, I feel I have been setting it too low the last few months as one month I almost doubled my goal. <BR> <BR> Goals <BR> log my food most days <BR> 1600 fitness minutes <BR> declutter den and bedroom <BR> ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 22:20:14 EST This week's challenge I tried baked garlic cauliflower this week, a different way of cooking a vegetable i usually eat raw or steamed. I also had baked turkey meatballs. Here is a picture <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:17:02 EST March Madness Fitness Minute Challenge I have been doing the DG fitness minutes challenge since the beginning of the year! It really has helped me keep my feet moving and my fitness minutes adding up. I plan on continuing into March, I really love the team I am on! GO DG FORCE! <BR> <BR> Here is the info on the challenge for the month. I wanted to post here . I also am working on a blog for March on my plan for the month, will post that later in the week <BR> <BR> This is dubbed March madness because we're going for a minimum... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:40:14 EST February Jan was a success, down almost 5 lbs from my highest weight. Fitness minutes were over 900, so I think I did well there. I started a 3 time a week Strength DVD (Christmas present from my SG santa) and stuck to it all month. Lots of squats and lunges and crunches. <BR> Gave up lots of white carb foods that had been a staple in my diet as well. <BR> For February I would like to continue my fitness minutes but ramp it up a bit, add more resistance. Walks outside are great too, so will try fo... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:59:36 EST What I like about me, final blog I have always liked to read and like that about myself. I wish I had more time for it, but it is a wonderful way to pass the time if you are having to wait or pedaling on the bike, it makes the time pass swiftly. There is so much to learn in books as well. <BR> I have my 7 things I like about my self done for the main. The bonus this week was: <BR> Bonus challenge (20 points): <BR> For the bonus challenge, aim for 175 crunches and 175 lunges. That's an average of 25 each per day for 7 da... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 09:36:37 EST Spark Log in streaks! What I like about me continued One of the things I like about myself is I can be loyal! I have been on Sparkspeople almost everyday since I joined in 2008. my present streak is over 250 days! Keep on Sparking! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:22:50 EST What I like about me, this weeks challenge <BR> I love my hazel eyes. They change colors with what I wear. And they are the same color as my DD and DF! Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:41:33 EST What I like about me! I love competition! I have been a member of Sparks since 2008 and have been on challenge teams for most of that time. The Sunny Gals team has been a large part of this, I love them too! When I am competing I feel I can't let my team mates down and that will spur me on to do more then I would have on my own. <BR> January I joined one of the Done Girl challenges that was solely fitness minutes. I found I could do this in conjunction with the SG challenges and it worked out really well. <... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:20:30 EST What I like about me! Not an easy challenge this week! <BR> I like to cook and I like that about me! I am able to put together tasty meals and am learning to cook healthier. I find recipes and also create my own recipes, it is something I enjoy! I also like shopping so that is a plus. All of this makes it easier to steer clear of fast food and meals eaten out as well as frozen prepared foods. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:10:37 EST What I like about me! This week's challenge is to blog each day about something we like about ourselves! Great challenge, give it a try! <BR> I like that I did two workouts yesterday for a total of 60 minutes and stayed on plan. Lots of temptations through out the day, but I said no and stuck too it. No sugar and lots of activity yesterday paid off on the scale as I dropped a 1/2 lb. I know I am a all or nothing type, so I said no to every sugary processed food. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:52:30 EST What I like about me, this weeks challenge This week's challenge is to write a blog about loving yourself! We all tend to look to the bad and not the good, I do tend to do that! <BR> I love that I can motivate myself and others. Self discipline and persistence are two other traits I am happy to have! These three things have resulted in me making goals and accomplishing whatever it is I would like to do. Weight loss, giving up smoking and most recently working remotely are just some of the things I have done in the past. <BR> This ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:00:18 EST My plan going forward At the beginning of the month I made a plan to get stronger and cut my carbs and processed foods. <BR> I plan on accomplishing this by doing more interval and HIIT cardio. I feel I can step it up from the easy walks I have been doing and burn some calories. I will be adding some Strength Training in, beginning with some band and light hand weight workouts and adding on as I start regaining some strength. <BR> For cutting carbs, I am eliminating processed foods, rice and noodles. So far ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:42:04 EST Keys to my success Sunny gals <BR> The support of this team has made a my journey so much easier. I have a place I can go for loyal support and hopefully lifelong friendship. Sunnies you know I love ya! I check in everyday to this group for probably 5 years now <BR> <BR> Challenges- I have done several challenge groups since 2008, some of the teams have died down, but the Done Girls has been going strong since it began. I remember when it first began. The Done girl Seasonal Challenges kept me going for seve... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:11:19 EST This week's challenge blog, what got me here! I have always been overweight, except for a few years in my early 20s. My parents had issues in their marriage that started me stress eating and that continued into my teens. My dad was in the military and we moved frequently. I never found a sport or activity that I liked well enough to stick with thorough the moves. <BR> In my early 20s I became more active, I found I loved to dance and hike. I lost 30 pounds to reach 120 and managed to keep it off for a few years. The weight started back ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:47:35 EST My favorite exercises <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Going into the new year I wanted to post these to remind myself to get moving! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:55:23 EST This weeks challenge Main Challenge (30 Points): Share your healthy dinner recipe -fast & nutritious - you make for yourself or family in the recipe thread. <BR> Bonus Challenge (20 points): Post a picture of your healthy dinner recipe in your blog and tell us why it is nutritious. <BR> <BR> I included two pictures of Turkey Meatloaf I made using chopped fresh onion, garlic and peppers. The meatloaf is low in fat and has less cholesterol then traditional meat loaf made from ground beef. I used reduced sugar ketc... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 00:30:02 EST Decembers Goals December's here and I wanted to set some goals. <BR> <BR> 1. Do the SG weekly challenges to the best of my ability, they help me stay focused and keep me from making the wrong decisions. <BR> 2. Log my food! <BR> 3. Get 5 workouts done each week, a combination of 30 minute briskwalking and ST DVDs. Plan on getting out in the neighborhood to admire the Christmas lights. <BR> 4. Limit my sweets, saying no to extra sugar. Tis the season for it, so I need to not indulge. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:30:04 EST This week's colorful challenge Sun-Sat I will use this blog to count the servings and colors for this week's challenge <BR> <BR> Main Challenge (30 Points): For 30 points this week we will eat a rainbow!! <BR> For each day that you eat at least 4 colors (or combined colors) of the rainbow you get 5 points. That means you either get 5 points or 0 points for each day. You have to eat at least 1/2 serving for it to count. Let’s see if we can all end this challenge as winners! <BR> <BR> Date: 11/29/13 <BR> Red: <BR> Yellow/Orange: ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:04:29 EST Thursday food blog Breakfast burrito with egg white <img src=""> <BR> Lunch was egg salad sandwich,used Greek yogurt mixed with lowfat mayo <BR> <img src=""> dinner was a salad with fat free dressing, steamed mix veggies and sauted chicken <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> snack was grapes Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:36:12 EST Tuesday Food blog Breakfast and snack and lunch packed and off to work <img src=""> <BR> got offered to split a muffin from a friend at work AND had some popcorn <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> dinner was steak fahita mix on a tostada shell <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:26:22 EST Food blog breakfast is a a omlet with peppers, onion and tomato <img src=""> <BR> Lunch is Tomato Bisque Soup <img src=""> <BR> Snacks 1/2 Honeycrisp apple with some Peanut Butter <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Mexican Pizza I made with lean ground turkey taco meat, non fat refrie... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:06:23 EST Food Test Food Test <BR> <BR> Pick a fruit. Which fruit will you pick if you were handed one of these? <BR> Take a look at the list of fruits below and choose one that is your favorite. Studies say that your choice reflects your personality, your inner self and your outer self. I will post the results in my next blog, later today! <BR> <BR> Orange <BR> Apple <BR> Banana <BR> Coconut <BR> Pineapple <BR> Papaya <BR> Mango <BR> Cherry <BR> Black Grapes <BR> Peach <BR> Custard Apple <BR> Pear <BR> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:46:21 EST Final food blog breakfast is scrambled eggs and snack is fruit <img src=""> <BR> lunch was deli turkey on whole wheat bread with honey mustard <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dinner is Southwestern chicken in a salad bowl <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 00:51:56 EST Third Food blog Falling behind on my blogs, so I will get caught up today, this was from earlier this week <BR> Made my salsa scrambled eggs, a healthy swap for cheese is salsa, so much flavor <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lunch was a taco <img src=""> <BR> Dinner was spinach and low fat cheese stuffed chicken breast and salad <BR> <img src=""> <BR> s... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 00:45:44 EST second food blog Work catered breakfast! Ate half for breakfast and half for lunch <img src=""> <BR> Dinner was a salad <img src=""> <BR> snack was grapes <img src=""> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:43:05 EST Challenge Food Blog Breakfast Coffee with pumpkin Spice Creamer and toast with PB, Honey and Banana <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> homemade soup with a granny smith apple <BR> <BR> Salad and grilled cheese sandwich <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack was popcorn, picture won't load! <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 22:27:03 EST This weeks challenge Blog MAIN CHALLENGE: For the main challenge this week, get out for a walk! Walking boosts your energy level and burns calories! Take a walk at least 3 of the days left this week. Your walks can be at work, at school, outside, on a treadmill, ANYWHERE! <BR> <BR> BONUS CHALLENGE: For the bonus challenge, post a picture of where you took at least one of your walks and blog about the experience you had <BR> <BR> <BR> I had to find creative ways to get the walks done this week due to weather and foo... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 11:43:19 EST Sept Goals I plan on setting goals monthly! <BR> By Oct 1 <BR> Stay in range for calories, protein and fiber at least 5 days in the week <BR> 5 servings Freggies <BR> Refine recipes to help me meet these goals <BR> Take vitamins and supplements <BR> Drink 12 cups of water <BR> Exercise 30 minutes for at least 5 days a week Wed, 4 Sep 2013 00:12:24 EST Today's Promise I am reading Chris Powell 'Chose More Lose More" Very good book, It is so much better then the first book. <BR> One thing I want to incorporate into my personal habits is making food, body and mind promises everyday. <BR> For Food <BR> I Promise Today I will: <BR> Drink 1/2 my weight in water <BR> Brush my teeth after dinner to help avoid eating late at night <BR> Eat fruit <BR> <BR> For Body <BR> Take multivitamin <BR> Do some ST <BR> Chose outside cardio <BR> <BR> For Mind <BR> Eat food ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:43:35 EST Raw Food Challenge This week we were to eat three raw food meals. I figured summer was a good time as there are so many fresh fruits and veggies available. I had to read more about raw foods and found out most dairy was out as any eggs would have to be raw and cheese would have to be made from raw or unpasteurized milk. <BR> One meal I had was a salad with raw nuts <img src=""> <BR> Another meal was breakfast with fresh fruit <img src=" Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:36:27 EST