SIOBHANKNITS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SIOBHANKNITS SIOBHANKNITS'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/ Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834440 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834437 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831979 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830961 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830957 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828287 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826974 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826972 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824386 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824370 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824369 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821263 This is a story I found online: <BR> <link>www.naplesnews.com/community/bonita-<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819514 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819498 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819493 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815538 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815524 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814417 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811574 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811571 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>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811439 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809496 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809486 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807527 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806957 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662516 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646139 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640445 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634450 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1661072022.jpg"> <BR>... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:31:03 EST BLC24 Week 6 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630907 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623236 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615770 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610585 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609684 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603081 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593497 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579516 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573252 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573220 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570083 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566888 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565927 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562130 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 A&I Shimmering Snowflakes Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557834 My assignment: My progress the past month and my goals for this month. <BR> <BR> In November 2013 I: <BR> ran 90.22 miles, <BR> swam 10K, or 6.2 miles, <BR> stayed in my calorie range for 29 of the 30 days (guess which I went over? yup, that’s right.), <BR> lost 7 pounds, <BR> returned to a “normal” BMI, <BR> resumed my Iron Strength Workout for Runners. <BR> <BR> <BR> In December 2013 I have goals to: <BR> <BR> sign up for the Palm Springs Half Marathon, <BR> run 100 miles, <BR> swim 8.8... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 18:41:21 EST BLC23 Week 11 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557832 I maintained this week, so no damage done but no progress, either. I'm ready to turn that around this week! I did the Iron Strength Workout last Thursday morning, but the prospect of doing it after work today makes me feel weary. I'll really have to kick myself in the rear to it done when I get home! <BR> <BR> BLC 23 Week 11 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 4 December: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1534 <BR> BMR: 1383 <BR> Exercise: 699 <BR> Differential: -548 <BR> <BR> Thursday 5 December: <BR> Calories E... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 18:35:02 EST BLC23 Week 10 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551530 I'm pleased to say that with three weeks left I have already met my main BLC23 goal of a BMI in the Normal range. I still need to meet my short-term goal of doing my Iron Strength Workout for Runners before December. I did about 2/3 of it last week then ran out of time. Maybe tomorrow before we head over to DD's??? Stay tuned! <BR> <BR> BLC 23 Week 10 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 27 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1472 <BR> BMR: 1383 <BR> Exercise: 715 <BR> Differential: -626 <BR> <BR> Thursda... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:01:57 EST BLC23 Week 9 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546024 Yay! I'm just barely south of 160 now and would like to widen that margin before Turkey Day, so I plan to really push it this week. <BR> <BR> BLC 23 Week 9 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 20 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1546 <BR> BMR: 1393 <BR> Exercise: 740 <BR> Differential: -587 <BR> <BR> Thursday 21 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1482 <BR> BMR: 1393 <BR> Exercise: 202 <BR> Differential: -113 <BR> <BR> Friday 22 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1464 <BR> BMR: 1393 <BR> Exercise: 779 <BR> Dif... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:34:39 EST BLC23 Week 8 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540162 My BMR keeps shrinking as I do! <BR> <BR> BLC 23 Week 8 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 13 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1537 <BR> BMR: 1400 <BR> Exercise: 702 <BR> Differential: -565 <BR> <BR> Thursday 14 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1489 <BR> BMR: 1400 <BR> Exercise: 111 <BR> Differential: -22 <BR> <BR> Friday 15 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1455 <BR> BMR: 1400 <BR> Exercise: 739 <BR> Differential: -684 <BR> <BR> Saturday 16 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1408 <BR> BMR: 1400 <BR... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:12:12 EST BLC23 Week 7 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534767 BLC 23 Week 7 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday 6 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1436 <BR> BMR: 1409 <BR> Exercise: 723 <BR> Differential: -696 <BR> <BR> Thursday 7 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1475 <BR> BMR: 1409 <BR> Exercise: 138 <BR> Differential: -72 <BR> <BR> Friday 8 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1427 <BR> BMR: 1409 <BR> Exercise: 809 <BR> Differential: -791 <BR> <BR> Saturday 9 November: <BR> Calories Eaten: 1477 <BR> BMR: 1409 <BR> Exercise: 912 <BR> Differential: -844 <BR> <... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 10:22:54 EST BLC23 Mid-Round Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533311 First, a review of my goals for this round: <BR> <BR> Get back to training mode: <BR> <BR> 1. Get back to eating within my calorie range for the period of this challenge. GOAL MET for the first half. <BR> 2. Get back at least to normal BMI (under 157 lbs). I am already &#8532; of the way there at the halfway point! <BR> 3. Get back to a race: Sign up for and run my usual Halloween Anti-Cancer 10K (8th consecutive year). GOAL MET! <BR> 4. Get back to doing some XT, like bike or swim, at leas... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 21:12:44 EST