SGTSUNNY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SGTSUNNY SGTSUNNY'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/ Food Blog featuring veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711204 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l661202245.jpg">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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1340863141.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1721338387.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1427698337.jpg"> <i... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:14:52 EST This weeks challenge, what is holding me back??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690811 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682759 <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653134 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641502 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637247 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635587 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1028352436.jpg"> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:17:02 EST March Madness Fitness Minute Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634175 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612049 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611909 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611154 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610269 <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609046 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607988 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607059 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606004 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590362 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590337 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586194 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576020 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l468129230.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574242 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554614 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549170 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542349 Breakfast burrito with egg white <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1501602077.jpg"> <BR> Lunch was egg salad sandwich,used Greek yogurt mixed with lowfat mayo <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853778748.jpg"> dinner was a salad with fat free dressing, steamed mix veggies and sauted chicken <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l103814623.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1851549197.jpg"> <BR> snack was grapes Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:36:12 EST Tuesday Food blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539628 Breakfast and snack and lunch packed and off to work <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1875190028.jpg"> <BR> got offered to split a muffin from a friend at work AND had some popcorn <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2038210820.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1247062057.jpg"> <BR> dinner was steak fahita mix on a tostada shell <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1314815654.jpg"> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:26:22 EST Food blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538622 breakfast is a a omlet with peppers, onion and tomato <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l715390658.jpg"> <BR> Lunch is Tomato Bisque Soup <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942434744.jpg"> <BR> Snacks 1/2 Honeycrisp apple with some Peanut Butter <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l697606467.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1352245540.jpg"> <BR> Mexican Pizza I made with lean ground turkey taco meat, non fat refrie... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:06:23 EST Food Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522124 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511992 breakfast is scrambled eggs and snack is fruit <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1190553132.jpg"> <BR> lunch was deli turkey on whole wheat bread with honey mustard <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l519742796.jpg"> <BR> Dinner is Southwestern chicken in a salad bowl <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1010106036.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 00:51:56 EST Third Food blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511985 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2018737797.jpg"> <BR> Lunch was a taco <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1267716904.jpg"> <BR> Dinner was spinach and low fat cheese stuffed chicken breast and salad <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l962012471.jpg"> <BR> s... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 00:45:44 EST second food blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511105 Work catered breakfast! Ate half for breakfast and half for lunch <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l183017819.jpg"> <BR> Dinner was a salad <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l818151102.jpg"> <BR> snack was grapes <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l335871700.jpg"> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:43:05 EST Challenge Food Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508427 Breakfast Coffee with pumpkin Spice Creamer and toast with PB, Honey and Banana <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1121543727.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1986142471.jpg"> <BR> homemade soup with a granny smith apple <BR> <BR> Salad and grilled cheese sandwich <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l883123770.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Snack was popcorn, picture won't load! <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 22:27:03 EST This weeks challenge Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478572 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475213 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436030 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434678 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827748.jpg"> <BR> Another meal was breakfast with fresh fruit <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:36:27 EST Food Blog #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419463 Breakfast was an open faced boiled egg sandwich and cherries. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l829173693.jpg"> <BR> Lunch was a sandwich <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l688285892.jpg"> <BR> 2nd snack was popcorn <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l790357567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinner was salad, organic Jasmine rice from Trader Joes and Chicken Picata <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l415989456.jpg"> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 01:44:14 EST Food Blog #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220266202.jpg">Got to say taking pictures of your food helps! <BR> Breakfast was boiled egg sandwich, snack was cherries <BR> Lunch was Chicken Picata with artichoke hearts <BR> Dinner was a mixed veggie salad with corn and turkey burger <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1114373808.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1820991758.jpg"> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:32:48 EST Food blog for this weeks challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414827 I have the first set of pictures for my food blog done! Plan on getting more done as the week goes by DH made me breakfast on Sunday AM, fried eggs and potatoes <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1424889249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> lunch was tuna stuffed tomato <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1339090469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinner was beef tostadas, no cheese <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l57454561.jpg"> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:19:14 EST 3rd week check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400578 SW 213 <BR> CW 213 <BR> This week's challenge of Mindful eating quiz was interesting. It hit home on a lot of my bad habits! My score was 2.5. I am looking forward to studying mindful eating more this week and seeing if I can change some of the behaviors I know I do not need. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindfulnessdiet.com/science/mind<BR>ful-eating-questionnaire </link> <BR> <BR> This past week's fitness minutes were low due to a pain I got Monday that went from the side of my neck along my ja... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:05:14 EST 2nd week check in, first day of new challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390867 SW 213 <BR> CW 213 <BR> Still no budge in the scale. <BR> <BR> I was just reading Bob Harpers book and he suggests sodium under 2,400 ideally 1,500. And a 8 oz glass of water before each meal! I think I will make that my goal this week. <BR> I will continue the 120-150 minute range for exercise, that seems to have become easier. Choosing the Stairs for my arc challenge and that is exciting. Water Exercise on the weekend. <BR> Started a journal for the third thing. <BR> Sorry this is so shor... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:46:00 EST 6/8/13 first week checkin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382933 First week results, no budge in the scale <BR> I did make it half way through the new Sparks’ book, I will continue reading it, and there is some great advice as well as recipes! I do recommend this book. I have another book checked out to start on ,healthy eating: Live to Eat as well as Tracy Austins book. <BR> I did not do well on the nutritional goal of limit carbs after 2. I did not eat after 8 however. <BR> Exercise GOAL MET! I almost gave up on this one, going from a 100 minutes to ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 23:24:59 EST June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374461 June Goals <BR> 1)150 minutes of exercise, mix between cardio and ST a week. <BR> 2)Meet nutritional goals and eat healthier foods. <BR> SW 213 <BR> GW 205 <BR> <BR> June is here! I have not been listing monthly goals and need to get back to it. I also want to do a weekly blog with updates and the plan to meet the June goals. <BR> First a recap, May showed a 3 lb gain due to a huge amount of high calorie food that the class at work supplied, from candy to pizza every day! Exercise minutes ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:35:43 EST Suzanne Brue's 8 colors of fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337461 I am a blue Harmony according to the test we are taking for this weeks challenge. <BR> <BR> Main Challenge (30 or 0 Points): Your personality traits can tell you a lot about what kind of fitness routine will work best for you. Take an 8 minute color quiz to find out what your color is http://www.the8colors.com/. Then Visit http://experiencelife.com/article/your-fit <BR> ness-personality/ to find your fitness personality. Share with your team or blog your results. <BR> <BR> Fitness Color: ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:12:34 EST Vision Board-Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271094 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1850146445.jpg"> <BR> -I am saving for a vacation and working on toning up! I wanted my vision board to remind me of my goals, it will help me stay on track. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:41:43 EST Fall Streaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190317 I have done well with logging into Sparks everyday. I picked this a streak because during the holidays it is easy to forget to log in and check with my team every day. I am pleased that I am close to 200 days straight of spinning the wheel. <BR> I have not done as good with the exercise and food log as I would like. I did recently get a Body Media Core so this will help me with the exercise. I will also be using it to log my calories consumed. I think the purchase will help with my consiste... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:10:58 EST My Christmas Present! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177180 Christina was my Secret Sunny Santa this year! The presents came in plenty of time, but I waited for Christmas morning to open it. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l271299799.jpg"> <BR> I got a beautiful leather journal in one of my favorite colors, silver nail polish and Sensy perfume! Wed, 26 Dec 2012 23:00:50 EST 4th article review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114597 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=495 </link> <BR> <BR> The Mix 'N Match workout caught my eye and the first phrase is so me! People love routine. There’s comfort in doing the same things and knowing exactly what to expect—no surprises, no fear, no thinking required. And sometimes, routine can be a very good thing. <BR> But as the article goes on to say, you need to mix up your workouts or your body gets used to the same workout and it no longer has the benefi... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:39:02 EST 3rd article review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113601 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1199 </link> <BR> <BR> I recently started a walking program. My pool is too cold to get my cardio done, so I needed something that would work for me for fall. I am off to a good start but wanted to read more about the benefits of walking and this article was perfect. I knew it walking was good for your heart, but did not realize it would strengthen my bones and joints. The article also surprised me by going into the mental... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:35:18 EST 2nd article review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112670 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=621 </link> <BR> <BR> I have to agree with the article because personally I know I burn more calories doing High Intensity Interval Training. I have a HR monitor and conducted an experiment with my trainer one time and found out I can burn a lot more if I just do the short bursts of maximum intensity exercise separated by the longer intervals of low to moderate intensity. It was such a huge difference my trainer agreed to ma... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:14:20 EST Challenge article review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109709 This week's challenge involves reading and commenting on articles right here on Sparks. I love all of Spark's articles so this is a fun challenge for me. Today I read Running Workouts with Interval Training <BR> The article is for all levels which is great. It also has an alternate way to calculate your intensity for times you will not have a HR monitor or machine that records that for you, which is very helpful. The article was short but to the point. I love that it reminds you to work out... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:12:19 EST