SIOBHANKNITS's SparkPeople Blog SIOBHANKNITS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Goals for the next 10 days Overdue Goal-Setting 2017 <BR> Making this public for accountability. <BR> Hoping this is not too much at once, but if I can do it I know I will feel much better. <BR> <BR> February 10-19 <BR> <BR> 1. Attend at least one Yoga class per day (got a 10-days for $10 pass at a place 5-minute walk from home). <BR> 2. Cut out all refined sugar and alcohol. <BR> 3. Track everything I eat. <BR> 4. Exercise plan in addition to the yoga classes: <BR> *Friday 10 Feb: TnT <BR> *Saturday 11 Feb Swim <BR>... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 15:07:26 EST WEC 5 Blog what I'm doing right this round Reflect/write about what I'm doing right this BLC: <BR> <BR> 1. Have eliminated all refined sugar from my diet. No mochas, cane sugar, maple syrup, sweetened cereal, etc. I do use a little stevia with my breakfast concoction. <BR> <BR> 2. Sleeping well: I'm getting 6-8 hours a night by making sure I'm in bed by 9 almost every night. I feel like it's a luxury when I can go to bed at 8. Early to bed for me is like sleeping in for most people. <BR> <BR> 3. Tracking everything I'm eating an... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 14:02:46 EST Goals for 2015 2015 Goals <BR> These look familiar! They are very similar to my goals for the last three years. Now I’m going to have change up my action plan so I can achieve a higher level of success over the next 12 months. <BR> <BR> A. Nutrition: <BR> Get my weight back down to my goal and maintain it there by doing some simple-- but not easy --things. <BR> <BR> 1. Stay in my daily calorie range at least 27 days a month. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat a balanced variety of foods that meet my body’s needs. <BR> ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:30:51 EST Best Runs & Hikes of 2014 I had the pleasure of running and hiking in many places this year. These are all pictures I took (or one of me DH took) during my run or hike. <BR> <BR> This was the view from my hotel room in Philadelphia while I was there for work. I ran on the treadmill at the gym there. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After I left Philadelphia, I went to visit family in Kentucky and ran at the Lexington Arboretum. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:11:23 EST My biggest struggle of 2014 A&I BSG Week 4 Bonus Blog <BR> <BR> Our assignment: Blog about working on your struggle this month, how did it go? Did you learn anything helpful about you or your struggle to help you in the future? Blog about your plans for the coming year! Do you have a plan B ?? How do you plan to handle setbacks? <BR> <BR> My biggest struggle of the year: Eating for comfort rather than to maintain a healthy body and mind. Most of it stems from my grieving process while my mom's health fails. We have s... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:53:02 EST Christmastide My assignment for A&I BSG Week 4: <BR> What does the Christmas season mean to you? How did you spend your Christmas holiday? <BR> <BR> Christmas brings a celebration of the incarnation in human form of God. It reminds me that I have an endless source of love from God as long as I allow it to flow through me. I love to celebrate the light that love brings to the world with colored lights and candles. <BR> <BR> I spent my Christmas Day with my DH & DD and her friend. We had a wonderful relax... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:42:56 EST Review of 2014 Goals December 31 review of my 2014 goals: <BR> <BR> After getting very close to goal weight in the spring, by late October I realized that I was very much off track and wanted to get back into shape so I could achieve my goals for 2015. I had resumed eating for comfort, mainly in response to my mom’s worsening condition (she’s now in hospice care long-term). I devised a plan for a 9-week push to help me reach the end of 2014 in better shape than I was in October. <BR> <BR> 2014 Goals: <BR> <B... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:01:50 EST Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 2 Week 3 went well: Lost another 2 pounds, which puts me at a 24.5 BMI. I did my stretching DVD and my major conditioning hike. I e-mailed a friend to find a good time to call her during the holidays. I've continued my work’s holiday challenge—the 12-Days-of-Fitness, which adds an activity each day so by day 12 it takes over an hour to complete a good workout. I'm on day 7 today, so plan to finish next week. <BR> <BR> Action Plan for Countdown Week 2: <BR> <BR> A. Nutrition: <BR> 1. Stay in m... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:24:23 EST Countdown to 2015 Week 2 CICO CICO Week 2 <BR> <BR> Wednesday 17 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1400 <BR> BMR: 1373 <BR> Exercise: 751 <BR> Differential: -724 <BR> <BR> Thursday 18 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1360 <BR> BMR: 1373 <BR> Exercise: 423 <BR> Differential: -436 <BR> <BR> Friday 19 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1709 <BR> BMR: 1373 <BR> Exercise: 795 <BR> Differential: -459 <BR> <BR> Saturday 20 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1522 <BR> BMR: 1373 <BR> Exercise: 189 <BR> Differential: -40 <BR> <BR> Sunday 2... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:12:27 EST Holiday Decorating Week 2: A&I BSG Blog <BR> <BR> Our assignment: Do you like to decorate for the holidays? Are you a minimalist with your decorating, if you decorate or do you go all out and try to outdo your neighbors? <BR> <BR> I love the lights this time of year and always put a bunch up around our balcony. I normally get a small tree we can stand on an end table and I decorate that with lights and my small trove of meaningful ornaments. <BR> <BR> We have a few special decorations from our childhoods th... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:58:35 EST Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 3 Week 4 went well: Lost another pound, which actually put me at a 24.9 BMI – under 25 for the first time since July! I did my stretching DVD,but have not called a friend yet. I’m going to have put that on my calendar or set up a reminder on my iPhone. The organized hike I still want to do conflicts with plans we made to see a holiday concert. I let my DH know what I wanted to do, but he responded in an ambiguous way. I'd still rather hike on Sunday. This past Monday I began my work’s holiday c... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:30:53 EST Countdown to 2015 Week 3 CICO CICO Week 3 <BR> <BR> Wednesday 10 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1514 <BR> BMR: 1384 <BR> Exercise: 490 <BR> Differential: -360 <BR> <BR> Thursday 11 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1492 <BR> BMR: 1384 <BR> Exercise: 785 <BR> Differential: -677 <BR> <BR> Friday 12 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1275 <BR> BMR: 1384 <BR> Exercise: 226 <BR> Differential: -335 <BR> <BR> Saturday 13 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1556 <BR> BMR: 1384 <BR> Exercise: 1198 <BR> Differential: -1026 <BR> <BR> Sunda... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:22:00 EST November review & December goals (A&I BSG December Challenge Week 1 Blog) Assignment: Review November goals and set goals for December. <BR> <BR> Near the end of October, I was almost 25 pounds over the weight I feel healthiest at. I had to get back on track. I was exercising, but haphazardly, less than I need to in order to engage in the activities I enjoy as fully as I’d like. I had signed up for a half-marathon, but knew I did not have the time to properly prepare, so decided I would not do it. <BR> <BR> To help myself get back on track I decided to do a week-... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:08:46 EST Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 4 Week 5 went great. Losing a pound isn't a big deal, but losing it during the week of Thanksgiving makes me very pleased! This week I did not get to my stretching DVD, though, so will have make sure to get that in this week, probably tomorrow. I still have not yet scheduled a hike or called a friend. The organized hike I want to do conflicts with plans we made to see a holiday concert. I'll have to sense how important the concert is to my DH. I'd rather hike. <BR> <BR> Action Plan for Countdo... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:22:34 EST Countdown to 2015 Week 4 CICO CICO Week 4 <BR> <BR> Wednesday 3 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1468 <BR> BMR: 1389 <BR> Exercise: 702 <BR> Differential: -623 <BR> <BR> Thursday 4 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1257 <BR> BMR: 1389 <BR> Exercise: 12 <BR> Differential: -144 <BR> <BR> Friday 5 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1596 <BR> BMR: 1389 <BR> Exercise: 741 <BR> Differential: -534 <BR> <BR> Saturday 6 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1340 <BR> BMR: 1389 <BR> Exercise: 166 <BR> Differential: -215 <BR> <BR> Sunday 7 Dec... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:17:51 EST Did I follow my plan for Thanksgiving? Week 4 A&I BSG Blog My assignment this week: Did you stick with your healthy lifestyle/plan for Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> Basically, yes, I followed my plan which was to keep my calories low in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, eat pretty much what I wanted that day, send leftovers home with my daughter, and exercise as usual the day before & after. <BR> <BR> I ate outside my calorie range, but only for that one day and though it was double a regular day, it was also less than I had been eating before I got ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:28:35 EST Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 5 Week 6 went fine, I did lose 1 pound. Now to come out of Week five with a loss or at least no gain! I have not yet scheduled a hike or called a friend. <BR> <BR> Action Plan for Countdown Week 5: <BR> <BR> A. Nutrition: <BR> 1. Stay in my daily calorie range every day except THanksgiving (which also requires I track everything I eat). <BR> 2. Eat a balanced variety of foods that meet my body’s needs. <BR> 3. Continue to look for ways to comfort myself when I feel like eating. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:31:43 EST Countdown to 2015 Week 5 CICO CICO Week 5 <BR> <BR> Wednesday 26 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1324 <BR> BMR: 1393 <BR> Exercise: 734 <BR> Differential: -803 <BR> <BR> Thursday 27 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 2982 <BR> BMR: 1393 <BR> Exercise: 70 <BR> Differential: 1,519 <BR> <BR> Friday 28 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1524 <BR> BMR: 1393 <BR> Exercise: 739 <BR> Differential: -608 <BR> <BR> Saturday 29 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1617 <BR> BMR: 1393 <BR> Exercise: 203 <BR> Differential: 21 <BR> <B... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:26:21 EST Humorous Thanksgiving Story This is a story I found online: <BR> <link><BR>banner/readers-share-stories-humorous-<BR>poignant-and-most </link> <BR> <BR> That secret ingredient <BR> <BR> I was 9 when we were at my Great Aunt Jean and Uncle John's 1850s farmhouse near Lockport, New York with 25 relatives on Thanksgiving Day, 1974. We brought our new puppy with us and since it was time for her to eat, I prepared her puppy chow and left it in the sink to soak up the water. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:26:03 EST My Action Plan to Keep from Gaining Weight over Thanksgiving My assigned topic for the A&I BSG Challenge Week 3: <BR> Is there anything you are planning on doing differently this year to try to mitigate any weight gain from Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> Earlier this year I adopted a new approach to my eating, following for the most part the Forks Over Knives/Engine 2 plant-strong/no-oil way of eating. <BR> <BR> This has influenced my menu, though it still includes most of the traditional things my family likes in order to make their Thanksgiving special:... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:32:06 EST Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 6 Week 7 ended great with a 3-pound loss. I know when I'm consistent that it pays off and that often my efforts one week do not show up until the following week, so I did not lose heart when I lost on half a pound last week. I kept up with the added cross-training (stationary bike) and finally did my stretching DVD! I also decided to do a crossword puzzle when I feel like snacking after dinner. Unfortunately, I cannot do this when I feel like snacking at work. At work it's still a cup of tea, w... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:48:39 EST Countdown to 2015 Week 6 CICO CICO Week 6 <BR> <BR> Losing again this week means a lower BMR, but I'd still rather make that adjustment than not lose! <BR> <BR> Wednesday 19 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1662 <BR> BMR: 1397 <BR> Exercise: 714 <BR> Differential: -449 <BR> <BR> Thursday 20 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1314 <BR> BMR: 1397 <BR> Exercise: 12 <BR> Differential: -95 <BR> <BR> Friday 21 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1633 <BR> BMR: 1397 <BR> Exercise: 765 <BR> Differential: -529 <BR> <BR> Saturday 22 Nove... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:38:41 EST Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 7 Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 7 <BR> <BR> Week 8 Action Plan Results: Lost a half a pound=moving in the right direction! Usually my efforts one week do not show up on the scale until the following week. Once I realized that, I do not get discouraged when I don't lose as much as I think my efforts would indicate. Completed all my week 8 action plan except stretching & finding a non-food way to stave off cravings. Added cross-training (stationary bike) this week. So I guess that can substitute... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:37:03 EST Countdown to 2015 Week 7 CICO CICO Week 7 <BR> <BR> Losing this week means a lower BMR, but I'd rather make that adjustment than not lose. <BR> <BR> Wednesday 12 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1520 <BR> BMR: 1410 <BR> Exercise: 692 <BR> Differential: -582 <BR> <BR> Thursday 13 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1355 <BR> BMR: 1410 <BR> Exercise: 12 <BR> Differential: -67 <BR> <BR> Friday 14 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1545 <BR> BMR: 1410 <BR> Exercise: 732 <BR> Differential: -607 <BR> <BR> Saturday 15 November: <BR> C... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:23:22 EST Turkey Trotters Week 2 A&I BSG Blog Are you ready for the holidays? Have you prepared your menus? Have you started shopping yet? <BR> <BR> First, let me pick myself up off the floor, now that I’ve stopped laughing. <BR> <BR> I just found out yesterday that after 8 years of my daughter hosting Thanksgiving dinner, she has asked that I do it this year, and that we eat relatively early so she can go off and spend time with her friends watching football (something I have no interest in). That’s fine with me, though I would have ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:06:28 EST Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 8 Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 8 <BR> <BR> Week 9 Action Plan Results: Completed pretty much all except adding back stretching & finding a non-food way to stave off cravings (I have been using tea, especially in the evenings). <BR> <BR> Week 8 Action Plan: <BR> <BR> General: <BR> Post CICO blog this week for the second week of the countdown. <BR> <BR> A. Nutrition: <BR> 1. Stay my calorie range every day, tracking everything I eat. <BR> 2. Idenitfy at least one non-food way to stave off c... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 21:14:54 EST October Progress & November Goals For my A&I November BSG Challenge, Week 1 <BR> <BR> October progress: <BR> After many months of free-fall, I got back to tracking what I eat and added exercise to my minimal (for me) activity. I came up with a plan for myself for the final 9 weeks of 2014. You can see that in my previous blogs, one that assesses my 2014 progress: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806957 </link> <BR> <BR> and another that outlines my plan: <BR> <link>www.spar... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 21:06:23 EST Countdown to 2015 Week 8 CICO CICO Week 8 <BR> <BR> Losing this week means a lower BMR, but I'd rather make that adjustment than not lose. <BR> <BR> Wednesday 5 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1599 <BR> BMR: 1415 <BR> Exercise: 780 <BR> Differential: -596 <BR> <BR> Thursday 6 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1428 <BR> BMR: 1415 <BR> Exercise: 77 <BR> Differential: -64 <BR> <BR> Friday 7 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1527 <BR> BMR: 1415 <BR> Exercise: 791 <BR> Differential: -679 <BR> <BR> Saturday 8 November: <BR... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 16:01:35 EST Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 9 Week 9 Action Plan <BR> <BR> General: <BR> Post CICO blog this week for the first week of the countdown. <BR> <BR> A. Nutrition: <BR> 1. Get back into my calorie range, tracking everything I eat. <BR> 2. Idenitfy at least one non-food way to stave off cravings. <BR> <BR> B. Fitness: <BR> 1. Run 3x this week, total at least 20 miles. <BR> 2. ST/PT 2-3x this week. <BR> 3. Stretching: Add 30+ minutes of stretching 1x/week. <BR> <BR> C. Mental health: <BR> 1. Maintain daily meditation... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 18:03:48 EST Countdown to 2015 Week 9 CICO CICO Week 9 <BR> <BR> Wednesday 29 October: <BR> Calories Eaten: 2040 <BR> BMR: 1428 <BR> Exercise: 619 <BR> Differential: -7 <BR> <BR> Thursday 30 October: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1768 <BR> BMR: 1428 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: +340 <BR> <BR> Friday 31 October: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1766 <BR> BMR: 1428 <BR> Exercise: 787 <BR> Differential: -449 <BR> <BR> Saturday 1 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1709 <BR> BMR: 1428 <BR> Exercise: 173 <BR> Differential: +108 <BR> <BR> Sun... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 17:46:42 EST Countdown to 2015: 9-week plan Now for my 9-week plan. <BR> I’ll start with over-all goals then break them down into weekly action plans. <BR> <BR> A. Nutrition: <BR> Final 9 weeks of 2014 Goals: <BR> Start to get back to a healthy weight. <BR> *1. Stay in my daily calorie range every day for these 9 weeks (which also requires I track everything I eat). <BR> 2. Eat a balanced variety of foods that meet my body’s needs. <BR> *3. Find appropriate ways to comfort myself when I feel like eating <BR> <BR> B. Fitness: <BR> F... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:47:18 EST Only 9 weeks left of 2014! Oh dear! Where has 2014 gone? <BR> I resumed eating to comfort myself this spring and now need to get back on track. I'm sharing these details in a blog rather than privately so I have more of a feeling of accountability. <BR> <BR> First, I need to review my goals for 2014: <BR> <BR> A. Nutrition: <BR> <BR> 2014 Goals: <BR> Get my weight back down to my goal and maintain it there by doing some simple-- but not easy --things: <BR> 1. Stay in my daily calorie range at least 27 days a month. ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:14:29 EST BLC24 Week 11 CICO BLC 24 Week 11 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 26 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 2000+ <BR> BMR: 1341 <BR> Exercise: 416 <BR> Differential: +243 <BR> <BR> Thursday 27 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1746 <BR> BMR: 1341 <BR> Exercise: 160 <BR> Differential: +245 <BR> <BR> Friday 28 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1824 <BR> BMR: 1341 <BR> Exercise: 650 <BR> Differential: -167 <BR> <BR> Saturday 29 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1730 <BR> BMR: 1341 <BR> Exercise: 710 <BR> Differential: -321 <BR> <BR> Sunday 30... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:25:34 EST BLC24 Week 9 CICO BLC 24 Week 9 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 12 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1616 <BR> BMR: 1341 <BR> Exercise: 515 <BR> Differential: -240 <BR> <BR> Thursday 13 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1673 <BR> BMR: 1341 <BR> Exercise: 199 <BR> Differential: +133 <BR> <BR> Friday 14 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 2064 <BR> BMR: 1341 <BR> Exercise: 710 <BR> Differential: +13 <BR> <BR> Saturday 15 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1923 <BR> BMR: 1341 <BR> Exercise: 714 <BR> Differential: -132 <BR> <BR> Sunday 16 Mar... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:46:12 EST BLC24 Week 8 CICO BLC 24 Week 8 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 5 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1345 <BR> BMR: 1343 <BR> Exercise: 712 <BR> Differential: -710 <BR> <BR> Thursday 6 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1547 <BR> BMR: 1343 <BR> Exercise: 156 <BR> Differential: +48 <BR> <BR> Friday 7 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1582 <BR> BMR: 1343 <BR> Exercise: 646 <BR> Differential: -407 <BR> <BR> Saturday 8 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1568 <BR> BMR: 1343 <BR> Exercise: 815 <BR> Differential: -590 <BR> <BR> Sunday 9 March: <... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:57:01 EST BLC24 Week 7 CICO Don't get me wrong, I do not mind getting lighter. It's ironic, though, as I lose and get closer to my goal weight I have more muscle mass and can eat more calories, but my BMR keeps decreasing. It does keep me motivated to do better with my eating, though, so whatever works! The last time I was at my goal I was able to maintain at 1800 calories, which means I could eat almost anything I wanted in moderation. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:31:03 EST BLC24 Week 6 CICO BLC 24 Week 6 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 19 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1455 <BR> BMR: 1357 <BR> Exercise: 695 <BR> Differential: -597 <BR> <BR> Thursday 20 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1471 <BR> BMR: 1357 <BR> Exercise: 149 <BR> Differential: -35 <BR> <BR> Friday 21 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1538 <BR> BMR: 1357 <BR> Exercise: 696 <BR> Differential: -515 <BR> <BR> Saturday 22 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1665 <BR> BMR: 1357 <BR> Exercise: 747 <BR> Differential: -439 <BR> <BR> S... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:42:10 EST BLC24 Week 5 CICO BLC 24 Week 4 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 12 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1370 <BR> BMR: 1368 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: 2 <BR> <BR> Thursday 13 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1398 <BR> BMR: 1368 <BR> Exercise: 840 <BR> Differential: -810 <BR> <BR> Friday 14 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1432 <BR> BMR: 1368 <BR> Exercise: 732 <BR> Differential: -668 <BR> <BR> Saturday 15 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1565 <BR> BMR: 1368 <BR> Exercise: 781 <BR> Differential: -584 <BR> <BR> Sunda... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:29:03 EST BLC24 Week 4 CICO BLC 24 Week 4 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 5 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1445 <BR> BMR: 1362 <BR> Exercise: 703 <BR> Differential: -620 <BR> <BR> Thursday 6 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1481 <BR> BMR: 1362 <BR> Exercise: 192 <BR> Differential: -73 <BR> <BR> Friday 7 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1416 <BR> BMR: 1362 <BR> Exercise: 746 <BR> Differential: -692 <BR> <BR> Saturday 8 February: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1951 <BR> BMR: 1362 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: 589 <BR> <BR> Sunday ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:15:30 EST Falcons 5-Minute Fitness Test FIVE MINUTE FITNESS TEST That doesn't sound like too much, right? <BR> <BR> (PLEASE NOTE you DO NOT have to do all of this at one time (OR EVEN ON ONE DAY!) <BR> <BR> I did them all at one time, in the order listed. <BR> <BR> For one minute, do as many push-ups as you can and post the total number you got in. Make note if they were Modified, standard, Wall pushups. It doesn't matter what kind, just post in your blog how many you did in one minute. <BR> **29 modified (knees)** <BR> <BR>... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:00:06 EST BLC24 Week 3 CICO Wednesday 29 January: <BR> Calories In: 1338 <BR> BMR: 1363 <BR> Exercise: 1403 <BR> Differential: -1428 <BR> <BR> Thursday 30 January: <BR> Calories In: 1359 <BR> BMR: 1363 <BR> Exercise: 128 <BR> Differential: -132 <BR> <BR> Friday 31 January: <BR> Calories In: 1471 <BR> BMR: 1363 <BR> Exercise: 799 <BR> Differential: -691 <BR> <BR> Saturday 1 February: <BR> Calories In: 1549 <BR> BMR: 1363 <BR> Exercise: 783 <BR> Differential: -597 <BR> <BR> Sunday 2 February: <BR> Calories In:... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:28:37 EST BLC24 Week 2 CICO Wednesday 22 January: <BR> Calories In: 1543 <BR> BMR: 1365 <BR> Exercise: 708 <BR> Differential: -530 <BR> <BR> Thursday 23 January: <BR> Calories In: 1231 <BR> BMR: 1365 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -134 <BR> <BR> Friday 24 January: <BR> Calories In: 1550 <BR> BMR: 1365 <BR> Exercise: 816 <BR> Differential: -631 <BR> <BR> Saturday 25 January: <BR> Calories In: 1859 <BR> BMR: 1365 <BR> Exercise: 490 <BR> Differential: 4 <BR> <BR> Sunday 26 January: <BR> Calories In: 2329 <BR> BMR:... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:12:32 EST BLC24 Week 1 CICO BLC 24 Week 1 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 15 January: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1476 <BR> BMR: 1374 <BR> Exercise: 688 <BR> Differential: -586 <BR> <BR> Thursday 16 January: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1466 <BR> BMR: 1374 <BR> Exercise: 203 <BR> Differential: -111 <BR> <BR> Friday 17 January: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1477 <BR> BMR: 1374 <BR> Exercise: 1175 <BR> Differential: -1072 <BR> <BR> Saturday 18 January: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1269 <BR> BMR: 1374 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -105 <BR> <BR> Su... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:39:04 EST 2014 Health & Serenity I have found little that I need to change for 2014. Last year at this time I said pretty much the same thing. <BR> <BR> After I reached my weight goal in 2011, I did not succeed in maintaining my weight over 2012. I pretty much have the exercise thing down and find it satisfying even when I don’t lose weight. That said, I know I feel better, have less risk of injury and pain, and have more energy when I weigh less. So this will continue to be my biggest physical health focus for 2014. I also... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:45:00 EST Looking Back at 2013 Where in the world did this year go? <BR> <BR> I knew it was going to be a tough year at work with the culmination of a major project I managed (software migration). What I didn’t know was that my mom’s physical decline would continue at an increasing rate, with her finally moving into assisted living before the end of the year. It took me many months to realize that I was eating emotionally due to my grief over her decline. By the time I figured it out I had already regained about 35 pound... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:42:17 EST Shimmering Snowflakes Week 4 My assignment: <BR> How did you spend your Christmas holiday? Did you stick with your eating and fitness plans? <BR> <BR> I got up later than usual and went for my regular Wednesday morning run as soon as I could to avoid the heat of the day (it got up above 80F!). <BR> <BR> After my shower, I put the french toast casserole in the oven and went to another part of the apartment to assemble the stockings and wrap the remaining gifts. <BR> <BR> After about 35 minutes, I smelled smoke. I opene... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:32:43 EST Shimmering Snowflakes Week 3 My assignment: What would be your ultimate present? If money were no object, what would you buy the most important person in your life? <BR> <BR> I have been overloaded at work the past couple of years and it looks like I will have a new project that will continue this high-demand aspect of my job for another two years. My biggest frustration is the lack of time to spend with my DH, and with other friends and family. My ultimate present would be more time. I hope I can retire in 8 or 10 year... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 21:12:57 EST Shimmering Snowflakes Week 2 Assignment: How do you survive all the Christmas parties & banquets? Any tips or tricks?? <BR> <BR> I went to a pot-luck Christmas party on Sunday and actually did much better than usual. How did I do that? <BR> <BR> 1. I took small portions. <BR> 2. I looked for food that I thought would be healthy and low-fat. I chose vegan split pea-barley soup when DH chose creamy corn chowder. I chose a small pice of French bread plain where DH had a vegetarian enchilada. <BR> 3. I took one bite of DH’... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:19:11 EST Holiday time strategy Assignment: My plan to stay on track through the holidays: <BR> <BR> 1. Keep tracking everything I eat. <BR> 2. Try to stay in my calorie range every day except two. <BR> 3. Keep up with my exercise routine every day. <BR> 4. For motivation, think about how I will feel at my half-marathon in February if I do not stay on track vs how I will feel if I do! Night and day! <BR> 5. Enjoy the exceptions I allow myself and cook only enough for the one meal rather than have many days of left-overs th... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:47:26 EST BLC23 Week 12 CICO Can you believe it’s week 12 already? Where did the time go? <BR> <BR> Well, I’m interested in seeing that while I want the scale to budge more than it has, I can see that my CICO differentials the last few weeks have been creeping up, meaning I need to take in fewer calories and add some more activities in order to see the results I would like. The first will be a bigger challenge for me mentally/emotionally, but the second a bigger challenge for me logistically (again, where does all the t... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:35:42 EST