SINGER73's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SINGER73 SINGER73'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/ Maintain, Don’t Gain…Surviving the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821165 My dietitian is running a month long free program on-line called <BR> Maintain, Don’t Gain…Surviving the Holidays <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Register to join this FREE program: <BR> <link>nutritioncpr.com/sitecontent/2014/11<BR>/17/maintain-dont-gain-surviving-the-h<BR>olidays/ </link> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:03:22 EST Week 8: Reframing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803438 The art of thinking differently <em>189</em> <BR> When we’re stuck on a problem or in a situation, sometimes all we need is another perspective. This new perspective can help us to come up with a new approach or solution. <BR> <BR> That's what's going on here. I'm stuck and I'm using another set of eyes to look at my food tracker to help me tweak and refine my eating. I think they way my mind works is that I'm eating better than about 95% of American and but I'm stuck on the scale. So my ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:34:53 EST Week 7: New insights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798582 It's safe to say that I won't make it back to my goal by my birthday in 3 weeks <em>39</em> . I'm ok with that because I'm learning more myself and what I need to do <em>224</em> . <BR> <BR> For the next 4 weeks I'll be working with my personal trainer <em>85</em> to get me back into the swing of things after my shoulder injury but most importantly he will be helping me on the nutrition front. He told me that I should stay away from carbs <em>481</em> in the morning and start eating them ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:06:05 EST Week 6: Getting my head back in the game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795763 So I've been in a self pity kinda state of mind. I finally decided to pull it together. I'm getting my head back in the game and doing what I said I was going to do. Stop focusing on the scale and focus on eating healthy. The one thing that I have been lax on is tracking what I eat. I little spoonful here and little handful there and I know that all adds up and adds up very quickly. <BR> <BR> I have a goal in mind for next WI. I feel like I'm letting my Sparkies down and it's time to start p... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:13:17 EST Week 5: Time to Reboot: 0.6lb down - 8.6lbs to get back to GOAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790256 This was a week of ups and ups and little downs but in the end I maintained. Must have been my massive workout yesterday. I'm ready to reboot and change things around. I'm finding that I'm not that hungry in the evenings as I used to be and I think I got into the habit of just eating because. <BR> <BR> My new experiment will be to eat my carbs in the morning and after noon my carbs will come from beans, fruit and veggies. No bread or pasta or muffins. I will be increasing my protein intake. ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:36:10 EST Week 4: 0.6lb down - 8.6lbs to get back to GOAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786625 Well life got in the way this week. I got sick and then my son got that virus that's going around and ended up in the ER all day Monday. So gee that meant that we both only had breakfast and it was a while before I was able to get good. By the time we got home it was late and I still had to get up throughout the night to give him his breathing treatments. So the lack of sleep made my cold come back. I ate decent but I guess the lack of exercise brought the scale up. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was a... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:38:53 EST BLC26 Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783081 The more I get into this round (and it's only been a couple of days) the more I want to focus on developing better eating habits than caring about what the scale says. Yes I would love to get back under 150lbs but at this point in my life and almost 41 married with 2 little ones, I just want to be strong and healthy. I don't want to spend the rest of my life chasing a number on the scale. I want to be a healthy example to my daughter and be able to live a long active life with my kids and DH... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:38:12 EST Week 4: 1.4lb down - 7.8lbs to get back to GOAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781562 Well at least the scale is going in the right direction but once again I'm only down 0.2lbs again. I believe my problem is snacking. I've been planning my 3 main meals a day but I haven't been planning my snacks. When I look at the end of the day, my snacks have been adding up to like 300-500 calories. That's a lot of extra calories. <BR> <BR> I know that my issue is finding snacks that are low in carb and high in protein. I have a protein bar that I love Quest Nutrition and they are high i... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:38:17 EST Week 3: 1.2lb down - 8lbs to get back to GOAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777340 So I only lost 0.2lbs this week. Yes you read that right. I was totally hoping for 1lb but I guess that's all I was doing was hoping. I got sloppy with tracking every BLT but I think Monday I started doing a better job at tracking. <BR> <BR> I know that I need to be perfect to get the weight off and now that my daughter is back at dance I'm using the opportunity to read Body for Life for Women. I had started it but never finished. It was a reminder that at this point in my life as the write... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:03:11 EST Week 2: 1lb down - 8.2lbs to get back to GOAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772563 It was a very bumpy week. I had a great first day but then life got in the way and I started snacking too much. Then I got back on track on day 3 and then the Labor Day weekend came. I figured no problem since we weren't traveling anywhere. Just apply picking and corn maze with the kids. Perfect since I started Saturday off with a 2 hour run - 12.36 miles. (Ended the day logging over 30,000 steps on FITBIT.) <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> CHANGE OF PLANS. Now we will be traveling to my moms for a... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:43:23 EST 9.2lbs in 8 Weeks - My push to be back at goal by my 41st Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768046 I’ve done these declaration before and it really only seems to work for a few weeks. I’m hoping this time it will work for the whole 8 weeks. I’m turning 41 on October 27 and since today is August 27 I’ve figured how cool it would be to get back to my goal weight by my birthday. I know what I need to do to get there and I was on track but I got sidetracked my summer, remodeling the house and celebrating my BFF’s 40th birthday. I’ve been afraid to get on the scale thinking that I’ll see the dr... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:39:40 EST House Remodeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744276 So because a tech guy did this to my kitchen floor <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1112250160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had to do this to the kitchen floor (took it out) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1546384027.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And now it looks like this <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1155107886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> NOW we are getting our bathroom redone and this is why. Eew <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:47:24 EST BLC25 - Week 12 Fitness Test vs Week 1 & 6 Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743567 Here are my results <BR> <BR> 20 Traditional Push Ups in 1 minute - Fitness Test 1 was 15, Fitness 2 was 20 (Shoulder issues so no real improvement there) <BR> <BR> 63 Crunches in 1 minute - Fitness Test 1 was only 45, Fitness was 64 <BR> <BR> 09:36 minute 1 mile run - Fitness Test 1 was 10:14 minute, Fitness 2 was 10:01 minutes - <em>244</em> I'm most proud of this one <BR> <BR> My pulse dropped to 57 the 3rd time and to 74bpm the 2nd time 3 Minute Step Test - Fitness Test 1 my pul... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:19:16 EST July Focus Eating Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729859 So now that I’m thinking what’s the next step for me? July will be all about focusing on nutrition. We all know that I workout like crazy but it’s not resulting in weight loss because my food intake is still my biggest struggle. So I will be going back to my usual workout schedule. Running on non gym days with 1 long run a week and focusing on strength training on my gym days (FM=400). I read about this app in the newest issue of Fitness Magazine <link>www.rise.us/ </link> . It’s an app that... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:52:16 EST DD First Ballet Recital & DS 3rd B-Day Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718471 Had a very busy and <em>345</em> and <em>46</em> day. I'm so glad the weekend is over <em>198</em> . <BR> <BR> I spent Friday night cooking and cleaning. I made a brunch and dinner since my family was driving 3 hours down for this. Here are few of the dishes I made. <BR> I made an Make-Ahead Baked Blueberry Whole Grain French Toast with Streusel Topping <link>www.theyummylife.com/blueberry_frenc<BR>h_toast </link> Every one loved it but I couldn't try it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:40:54 EST BLC25 - Week 6 Fitness Test vs Week 1 Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714406 Here are my results <BR> <BR> 20 Traditional Push Ups in 1 minute - Improved by 5 <BR> <BR> 64 Crunches in 1 minute - Fitness Test 1 was only 45 <BR> <BR> 10:01 minute 1 mile run - Fitness Test 1 was 10:14 minute 1 mile run <BR> <BR> My pulse dropped to 74bpm 1 minute after the 3 Minute Step Test - Fitness Test 1 my pulse after 1 minute was 79. For Test #2 my heart rate didn't get as high as the first time. <BR> <BR> I'm improving so can't wait until Week 12 to see even more progress. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 18:06:03 EST My First Half Marathon Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712044 My first marathon was the Virginia Wine and Country put on by Destination Races. It's the only East Coast winery race that they do. The rest are in CA and just this year the first in OR. <BR> <BR> May 31 came and I survived. Waking up at 4am wasn’t fun and I didn’t practice that on my Saturday long runs. I was trying to figure out when and what I should eat. I was used to eating 1 hour before my long runs. I decided to eat my gluten free bagel and sunbutter at like 5am. Then we hopped on the... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 11:19:10 EST First Half Marathon in 2 Days!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706252 I’m kinda mad at myself for not blogging weekly regarding training for my very first half marathon <em>234</em> . I signed up in Dec 2013 for the race in May 31, 2014. I started training in Jan on a plan that would get me there in 6 months. Since it was winter, I trained on the treadmill waiting for the weather to warm up so I could take it outside. <BR> <BR> Everything was humming a long until one day; I got this pain in my belly button. After talking to some people, I headed out to my PCP... Thu, 29 May 2014 19:13:04 EST BLC25 - Recovery Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693364 So I’m really not that great with jumping back on the band wagon after I slip up. It takes me a long time to come to the reality that I’ve messed up. I do a pretty good job of lying to myself. <BR> <BR> <em>206</em> Steps to getting back on track much sooner than later <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> 1 – Be honest/truthful with myself <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> 2 – Don’t wait until the next morning to start anew. Once I’ve realized that I slipped up, I will JUMP back in at the next meal or snack. <BR... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:49:15 EST BLC 25 Week 1 Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686574 Here are my results <BR> <BR> 15 Traditional Push Ups in 1 minute - I'm not sure how to rate this as the chart has women doing modified push ups and men doing traditional push ups. Either way it isn't great. I know that I don't have great upper body strength <BR> <BR> 45 Crunches in 1 minute - According to the chart, my rating is excellent. <BR> <BR> 10:14 minute 1 mile run (used the second mile time of my long run) - According to the chart, my rating is excellent. <BR> <BR> My pulse dro... Sat, 3 May 2014 15:55:24 EST BLC 25 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685927 I'll keep it very simple. I want to get back to my goal weight of 149lbs. <BR> <BR> - Lose 6.6lbs <BR> <BR> - Cut out mindless snacking by the end of the 12 weeks. This will be easier when I find foods that are more filling thus eliminating the need to snack. <BR> <BR> - Eat more vegetables and incorporate different ones <BR> <BR> - Learn to love myself more <BR> <BR> That's it but it is definitely enough to keep me busy. No fitness goals because I don't struggle with that. Fri, 2 May 2014 17:06:42 EST Throwing away the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668066 The BLC24 was my worst round yet. I ended up gaining 3.6lbs and I’m over my goal weight by 5.4lbs <em>46</em> . I know that I can get back down. I’m to the point where I’m frustrated enough but I’m putting too much emphasis to the <em>192</em> instead of the process. So I’m throwing away the scale. Well at least until the next round of The Biggest Loser starts. But don’t worry, I’m not going to abandon everything just the scale. I notice that I’ll do well one or two days and peak at the scale... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:17:54 EST New Jeans - A Reflection of My Real Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607267 So I ventured to the mall actually to pick up my free piece of chocolate from Godiva for the month of January. But as I was strolling through, I went into New York and Company. This used to be my go to store until I got pregnant with baby#1 and then working from home I really didn't need nice clothes (sad I know). Well after 2 babies and finally getting to goal I still hadn't been back. <BR> <BR> Well I went yesterday and there as always as a mega sale. So I went through and picked up a few ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:21:00 EST BLC24 SMART GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596788 SPECIFIC – <BR> Who: Me <BR> <BR> What: Is to maintain below 149.8lbs and have a bodyfat between 17-19% <BR> <BR> Where: Not sure how to answer this one but I’ll say in my life <BR> <BR> When: For the rest of my live <BR> <BR> How: By eliminating processed food and eating food as close to their natural state as possible. Keep my Carb/Protein ration 1:1 and no more than 1.2:1. Also making sure my macros are Fat, Protein and Carbs 33%. <BR> Also Strength training heavy enough that I ca... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:41:13 EST My husband's reaction to his birthday gift. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575818 I'm not sure how long ago but DH and I were walking through the mall and passed by Glamour Shots. They had a boudoir photo hanging there and I jokingly made a comment that I was going to do that. Well he looked at me and said "Well I don't have to worry about you doing anything like that because I'm too shy". Well every since then, I was on a mission to do it. <BR> <BR> So I actually did the photos 2 days before my 40th birthday. I figured it was a great way to celebrate turning 40. I waited... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:06:57 EST Gluten-Free, Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568090 I had left over canned pumpkin and I made these cupcakes (muffins) again but made a few changes. I think they taste a lot better now. I decreased the sugar from 1 cup to 2/3 cup. I took out the chocolate chips and replaced them with 1/4 cup sliced almonds. Before baking, I did top each cupcake/muffin off with 3 chocolate chips. I have to say, they are still very sweet and taste better. This is definitely a keeper recipe for me. I freeze them. I still have some frozen from the first batch. Nex... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:57:30 EST Stop Holiday Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564285 The first and more important thing I can do to not gain weight THIS holiday is to STAY AWAY FROM ALL OF MY INTOLERANT FOODS. No matter how much I exercise, I WILL gain weight if I eat those foods. Last Christmas I did great until I started sneaking, yes I mean sneak, eating my mother's Christmas cookies. I took some home for the kids but I ended up eating them and gaining 5lbs that took my what seemed like forever to get off. <BR> <BR> So my plan is just stick with my daily goals <BR> 1 No I... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:31:56 EST A journey through my daughter's hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561429 My BLC team mates know how long it takes me to do my daughter's hair and that doesn't include the washing of it. It looks simple but I think because I'm not really fond of doing hair that it takes me literally hours on end. Some time up to 6-7hrs to complete. At this point, I just wash it with the braids/twist in and then redo them one at a time. The other option would be to take the braid/twists out, then wash it and then retwist or braid. Her hair has grown a lot since I started doing her h... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:02:47 EST Week 40: What a Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502439 I can't believe I let a whole month go by without blogging. I wanted to make it all year with a blog once a week <em>46</em> . Oh well, I still set up a reminder for me for the rest of the year. <BR> <BR> What's been going on with me this month <em>38</em> I've been having weekly personal training sessions where I have been lifting a weight that is heavy enough for me to complete 3 sets at 8-12 reps. Once I can do 3 sets at 12 reps each, then it's time lift a heavier weight. I only have ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 11:49:53 EST Week 36: Personal Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477039 Today I had my first of 4 personal training sessions. The point of the sessions are to get me to lift heavier weight. So today we focused just on upper body. We did some warm up sets with lighter weights and then kept going up until I got to a weight where I can do 8-12 reps. So I needed to max out at 12 but it was OK if I maxed out at 8 reps. There were a few times that my arms got weak and I didn't think that I was going to make it through. The next time I hit the gym, I'm supposed to start... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 18:41:18 EST Week 35: BLC22 Results and Body Assessment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470010 This week was the end of the Biggest Loser Challenge and you can see my final results below. The biggest accomplishment for me during this round was finally coming to my senses and declaring myself at goal. It has freed me up to start to concentrate on other areas like cleaning up my food choices and strength training to build lean muscle. <BR> <BR> BLC22 FINAL MEASUREMENTS <BR> Weight loss – 2.8lbs down <BR> Inches Lost <BR> Chest: -1.75 <BR> Bicep: -0.25 <BR> Waist: -1.25 <BR> Hip: -0.5 <B... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:49:41 EST Week 34 – CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462154 One of the things I’m trying to work on is fitness. It’s funny that I write that because I in no way struggle with working out. One might say that workout a little too much. So what am I talking about??? Well, when I start to see the scale go up or not move at all, I tend to fall into doing cardio only and a lot of it and totally neglecting strength training. I’m trying to keep in mind that muscles help you burn more calories at rest. <BR> <BR> My new strategy is on the days that I actually ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:32:03 EST What's for dinner you ask http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457493 My new recipe for the week - Gluten-Free Corn Salsa Quinoa Salad <BR> <link>gfreelaura.com/gluten-free-corn-sals<BR>a-quinoa-salad/ </link> <BR> <BR> It was delicious. I actually added some grilled chicken to my bowl. Since I omitted the onions due to my intolerance, it was missing something green. So next time (and there WILL be a next time), I will add either a green pepper or edamame to the salsa. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l929398456.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:15:27 EST Week 33 - So how is maintaining going you ask??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455295 Well at first it was kinda weird but the best part is how the number on the scale doesn't affect my mood as much as before. As long as I am in my range, I'm happy. Of course, I'm happier if I'm at the lower end of the range but when I do see myself approaching that upper end, I buckle down. I'm sure that over time I will be better at smoothing out the day to day ups and downs. My weight this morning was 150.2lbs which I was shocked at. <BR> <BR> I had switched over the new Spark tracker whe... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:14:56 EST Week 32 - Goals at Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447785 Last week I declared myself at goal. I wasn't sure how my first week trying to maintain was going to go. Well I'm happy to say that I'm down 1.6lbs this week, 149.8. My actual goal weight is 149lbs with a range up to 152lbs. So anything between that range is on track for me. <BR> <BR> The biggest change was in my thinking. As long as I'm within my range, I'm happy and I'm doing it right. The fact that I can get on the scale every morning and be happy if the number says 149 or 150 or 145. Th... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 14:44:54 EST Week 31 - Declaring Myself at Goal AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439807 So back in my Week 17 blog I declared myself at goal because I had hit my body fat% goal that I set for myself. Today I'm am declaring myself at my weight goal. Actually, I've been at within my weight goal range all year. <BR> <BR> I think I'm fighting a war that I've already won. I've taken a look at all of my WI's from 2013. I've averaged them out and it looks like my average weight is 150lbs. My highest weight was 154.6 (which was after my cruise) and my lowest was 146.8. I took all 30 of... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:51:16 EST Friday's Food Blog... Truth OR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434535 well I guess there really isn't an OR. Today was the dreaded day I knew would come. I snacked things that I didn't photo. 3 crackers here, 2 chocolate covered almonds there, pizza crust here and there. Ugh. This is the behavior that gets me into trouble and that I have a hard time controlling once it starts. SO I'm closing the kitchen today at 6pm. I'm all done with dinner and if, I mean when, I get hungry that I will drink flavored water or herbal tea. Will I every get this habit under contr... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:26:40 EST Thursday's Food Blog with Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433359 Thought that I would switch up my menu today. Maybe that is the reason why I’m was having such a hungry day. All I wanted to do was pig out but I didn’t because I didn’t want to photo the disaster and post it here. Thanks for keeping me in check. <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l329785684.jpg"> <BR> Gluten/Wheat Free Van Waffles with 2T Apple Butter and 1 Sausage link and Mango Hot Tea with NuNatural <BR> <BR> Morning Snack <BR> <img src="http:... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:57:40 EST Wednesday's Food Blog with Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432238 Accountability Blog. I did so well at WI that I want to repeat my success next Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats with Almond Milk, Cinnamon, Sliced Almonds, 1c Fresh Blueberries and 1 Sausage link and Passion Fruit Tea with NuNatural <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1629724951.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was cool this morning so I went for a run and make it a bit longer since I didn’t have to deal with the humidity today. I ran 4.63 miles in abo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:07:20 EST WEEK 30 - “Am I doing everything in my power to become healthier this week?” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431850 I read one of my teammate’s blog (NEVADAPP) about her progress so far in the BLC22 and how this is the best round every for her and she ended her blog by pledging to doing everything in her power to become healthier this week. When I read that it hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought I was doing that but I was totally exposed <em>40</em> . Kinda like I was found out <em>39</em> . I realized that I am NOT doing everything in my power to become healthier. That is probably why I gained so muc... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:29:27 EST What I Ate Pre Weigh-In Day (photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430949 This is DAY2 of taking photos of my meals. I did so well yesterday and I didn't want to get a big head and mess it all up the day before WI so I decided to do it again. <BR> <BR> Breakfast (this won't vary much) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1629724951.jpg"> <BR> Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats with Almond Milk, Cinnamon, Sliced Almonds, 1c Fresh Blueberries and 1 Sausage link and Mango Tea <BR> <BR> After dropping the kids off, I went for a 4.7 mile run <BR> <img s... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:29:07 EST What I Ate Today (with photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429707 I figured that I would do something different and photo what I eat in one day for everyone to see. It's amazing how it affected what I ate today. Well, what it really affected was my mindless snacking and today I just didn't do it. If I was hungry than I just got a healthy snack and ate only that. <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l499130701.jpg"> <BR> Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats with Almond Milk, Cinnamon, Sliced Almonds, 1c Fresh Blueberries and 1 S... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:31:07 EST Week 29 - What a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424399 So this week (starting Wednesday), I was rocking and rolling. Hitting the gym hard and really watching my eating. By Friday morning, I was down 1lb. <BR> <BR> THEN, we took a road trip to CT to visit some on-line friends. I totally had a plan as to how to make it through the party on plan. THAT actually worked. It was after the party and the next 2 days that I should have planned for. I ate too much foods and indulged on pop chips and sweet potato chips and dark chocolate almonds. Oh and no... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:24:13 EST Week 28: Let Freedom Run 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416922 WOW I can’t believe almost 1 whole week has gone by and I didn’t blog about my very first <em>364</em> . It was a hectic holiday and work week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l41316.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So yep, I strapped on my running shows and finally participated in a REAL <em>364</em> . I emphasis real because I’ve been doing virtual ones on sparks for about 6 months now. The race was on the morning of July 4. It wasn’t too hot but it was a bit humid. At the s... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:56:28 EST Week 27 - Glad it's a new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409832 Last Wednesday I had a renewed determination. I was sick and tired of scale going up and up and up. So I was determined to be the biggest loser on my team this week. Not sure if I accomplished that BUT I did lose 1.4lbs <em>244</em> . <BR> <BR> To hold myself accountable, I posted my CICO to my team every day but 1. Not sure if they looked at or even cared. I basically did it for me since I knew that others were going to see how well I did that day. The week was going great until I went to... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 16:37:13 EST Week 26 – Renewed Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402495 <em>234</em> I GAIN AGAIN and it was because I ate my intolerant foods (CAKE with contained <em>490</em> , Gluten) and that is how my body reactions to it by gaining weight. Now I’m at the mercy of my body as to when it wants to let it go. Well since Monday, I have implementing new strategies to retrain my mind. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> I have already put my plan into action. <BR> <em>490</em> I have been avoiding my intolerant foods <em>466</em> <em>472</em> <BR> <em>301... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:42:51 EST WEEK 25 - Reflection Wednesday - Up, Down, Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395226 What is your weight today? 150.6lbs <BR> Did you lose, gain, or maintain? Why? Gained 1lb. Not surprised as the scale has been up this much since last Thursday. I’m hoping it’s just water retention and/or my body adjusting to the lost I had last week. <BR> <BR> What have you done well? I stayed in my calorie range and I really thought about what I was going to eat and made adjustments to try to stay as close to the 1:1 carb/protein ratio. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. Oh and I registered fo... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:03:16 EST Week 24 - Reflection Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386767 <em>186</em> Finished my run this morning 4.06 miles in 40:31 minutes. That’s an average pace of 9:58 per mile. I must have had the wind at my back when going downhill. <BR> <BR> What is your weight today? 149.6 <BR> <BR> Did you lose, gain, or maintain? Why? Lost 3.4lbs <BR> <BR> What have you done well? I really pushed it during my workouts and really tried to change something at every session. Increase intensity, duration, weights, reps or sets. Foodwise – I tried the best I could to... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:56:01 EST BLC22 SMART GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381475 SPECIFIC – <BR> Who: Me <BR> <BR> What: Hit my dream weight of 145lbs <BR> <BR> Where: Not sure how to answer this one but I’ll say in my life <BR> <BR> When: End of the BLC22 round, Aug 28, 2013 <BR> <BR> How: By eliminating processed food and eating food as close to their natural state as possible. Keep my Carb/Protein ration 1:1 and no more than 1.2:1. Also making sure my macros are Fat, Protein and Carbs 33%. Slowly reintroduce my intolerant food to see if I can start eating any ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 12:48:13 EST Week 23 - BLC22 On your mark, get set, GO!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379333 This is the start of the next Biggest Loser Round. Below are my starting stats. <BR> <BR> BLC21 Weight Loss Goal: 8lbs (145lbs) <BR> Height (without shoes): 5' 6" <BR> <BR> INITIAL MEASUREMENTS <BR> Chest: 36 <BR> Bicep: 11.75 (R Arm) <BR> Waist: 33 <BR> Hips: 36.5 <BR> Thigh: 21.5 (right) <BR> <BR> I'm still recovering from the weight I gained on my cruise 2 weeks ago so I'm starting this round a few pounds higher than I did last round. <BR> <BR> I'll be posting my SMART goals thi... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:58:29 EST