SKINNYINMYHEAD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SKINNYINMYHEAD SKINNYINMYHEAD'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/ 123# lost.. Arm Skin Removal Surgery and in general an update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625425 I'm bouncing between 202 and 205.. and have been for a while now.. s'ok.. my body continues to change thanks to lifting heavy weights.. I need a shirt that says "Body Remodeling Under Way" LOL I am solidly in a size 10 WOOT WOOT.. but when last I blogged I was going to have brachioplasty (arm lift) surgery and promised updates.. <BR> <BR> I had surgery December 16th... everything went well.. here's the immediate post op pic compared to the pre-op before picture <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:19:55 EST Lose !00# and try Heaving Snatch Balances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559936 Excuse the gum chewing... but I found that I get a EEWWWW taste in my mouth when I exercise and gum helps.. a lot.. but this is me doing a Heaving Snatch Balances at my CrossFit gym - CrossFit Exile.. at the time this video was taken I'd lost 109# (weighed 217#).. Lifting heavy weights has been another key to my weight loss and to my toned legs and strong core... I love the heaving snatch balance because it's technical.. lots of things going on at once.. but most of all, I feel strong.. and ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 18:09:29 EST Lost 113# from 3/13 through 11/13... No longer Obese!! not done yet.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559922 Haven't checked in since I posted my 100# lost blog... Life is full and good! Finding time to blog hasn't been as high priority as living my new life... but here's what's going on.. <BR> <BR> After finally reaching my 100# loss milestone.. I felt ELATED.. followed by a bit of a let down.. just had trouble finding traction.. probably for several reasons.. one being the weight loss and dramatic changes had slowed and I was just tired, ya know? tired of being obsessed with tracking every mor... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:56:14 EST I'm not special.. but I did drop100lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518077 This is my journey in pictures of losing 100lbs and finding my strength (both physical and mental)... I'll write a blog with more specifics at another time... You can find most of my story via my blogs.. and my story?? involves A LOT of failure.. I mean it.. a lot of "passionate", "I'm ready" failure.. I'm not done yet.. and I'm not even sure "where" or "what number" will be "done"... but I'll know it when I get there.. <BR> <BR> One thing I want y'all who are struggling to know is that I ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 21:56:48 EST Health Update and BLC #23 Fitness and Flexibility Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500822 I had the MRI completed of the tennis ball size "growth" in my left thigh and found out it is a lipoma (benign fatty thingee).. nothing to worry about and probably is only is noticeable to me since I've lost weight and grown muscle! YEAH ME!... I'm in week two of wearing "the boot" to treat a small tear in my right achilles and achilles tendonOSIS.. I also had my colonoscopy and am clear for another 5 years.. pap smear clear.. just have my mammogram left and I'm DONE! <BR> <BR> A pic of me ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:48:17 EST NSV A Whole New World Opens Up.. and it's going to get expensive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498903 I am now solidly in a regular size 14.. so much so that I can't even wear my 16s anymore cuz they just hang.. so, today I go to Dillards (a department store ala Macy's).. usually, I go to the "Women's Department" and in my local Dillards it's stuck way in the back corner of the place next to the dishes and towels.. LOL nice. <BR> <BR> Today, I could shop anywhere I wanted and practically danced through the door. Three minutes later I was completely overwhelmed - I could shop ANYWHERE in the... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 22:54:01 EST Funks Happen... what chu gonna do about it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490628 I am in a funk. Full funk. Feeling Funky. <BR> <BR> Back in May I went to a "Chi Running" workshop, which is supposed to teach you how to run to reduce the risk of injury.. and in true irony - I injured myself during the workshop. Yeah, you read that right.. we had warmed up and then the instructor ""instructed us for about an hour while we stood around.. and got cold... then we were to use the technique to run 30 yards or so.. I had run about 10 yards when I knew something had happened... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:59:42 EST August Recap - 8lbs Gone and 7.5 inches Gone (with pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486091 Again, I'm late in recapping of August.. time is just FLYING BY! I let go of 8 pounds and 7.5 inches during the month... the pounds came off this way: <BR> <BR> upper arm -.5 <BR> upper bust -1 <BR> bust -.5 <BR> underbust -.5 <BR> waist -.5 <BR> hips -2 <BR> upper thigh -.5 <BR> mid thigh -1 <BR> calf -.5 <BR> neck -.5 <BR> <BR> If you're not doing more measurements that just bust, waist, hips - you're missing out on some interesting ways your body lets go of fat... and some motivation to... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:41:52 EST Another Yummy Treat ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479057 I went to a football watching party tonight.. and needed to bring something sweet. I was very short on time and took these paleo complaint "raw" treats. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l307898454.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Couldn't be easier... let's call them Coconutty Bites shall we? <BR> <BR> 2 cups unsweetened rough cut coconut... <BR> 10 medjool dates (take the seeds out) <BR> 1 heaping tbsp of cocoa <BR> 2 tbsp Coconut Butter (you can also use the cream that forms ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 22:43:28 EST The Hunt for a Healthy Yummy Movie Snack! - I found it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472745 I'm off to the movies and I do not want to take my normal snack - roasted Cauliflower or nuts. What I really wanted was chocolate and something salty... In Oklahoma we have this place called Bedre's that makes chocolate covered Pringles that are to die for and they're chocolateeeee and they're saltyyyyyy.. so you guessed it! I had to see if I could make a healthy version and I did! <BR> <BR> I used my mandolin to slice the japanese sweet potato into quarter thickness slices.. melted a teas... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 16:31:33 EST Living Life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471589 I gotta tell you.. I had several "freak outs" aka anxiety attacks thinking about going on vacation.. I already made the decision that I would not be eating Paleo on vacation but instead would enjoy the local foods and some special treats while in Africa because.. well.. I wanted to LIVE my vacation.. and that's what "normal" people do, right? It's freaking VACATION. <BR> <BR> However, my fear of the return of the "dark gnawing hunger" that totally went away when I started eating Paleo loome... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:32:22 EST Africa, My Trip of a Lifetime.. Shark Cage Diving - Part 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469152 This will be the final installment - WHEW! But it's been fun to share my once in a lifetime experience with y'all... On day 10, we went Shark Cage diving in Gansbaai, South Africa.. Shark Alley... This is where discovery channel and National Geographic come to film sharks.. and if you watch Shark Week, you've seen Shark Alley.. <BR> <BR> We saw 5 different sharks... a seal running from a shark.. and the big bonus an up close and personal visit from a Southern Right Whale! The not so good ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:37:33 EST Africa, My Trip of a Lifetime.. Cape Town & Hermanus - Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469116 After Victoria Falls we once again climbed on a plane and flew to Cape Town. The temperature change was crazy... from the 80's to the 50's.. WOW.. <BR> <BR> The first morning we were in Cape Town I visited Cape CrossFit for a workout. The coach that morning was Carla (Wonder Woman)... here's a pic of us after I gave her a shirt from my CrossFit box.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l594978888.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l121698103... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:44:09 EST Africa, My Trip of a Lifetime.. Vic Falls - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468628 Pictures don't do Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, justice.. and neither does video.. but it's closer.. Vic Falls is more than ONE MILE long.. and I was there during the dry season.. so all the rock you see would not be visible in the rainy season... this is truly one of the 7 natural wonders of the world! and I love it's real name "The Smoke that Thunders"!!! <BR> <BR> Our guide's name was Brian.. really! and he was absolutely wonderful.. such a kind spirit.. and knowledgable.. and willing to ans... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:14:04 EST Africa, My Trip of a Lifetime.... in pictures - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468604 I got back from my trip to Zimbabwe and South Africa yesterday and am experiencing some major jet lag.. WOW... South Africa is 7 hours ahead... so at 3am this morning my body was saying it's 11am.. it will take a couple of days to get back to normal but ohhhhhhh so worth it. I have been planning this trip for more than six months and you know how sometimes when you're REALLY looking forward to something it can disappoint you? Well, that is not the case here.. Here are the highlights of my t... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 07:41:35 EST Annie Goes Ziplining - CHECK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464096 I'm still in South Africa... but couldn't wait to post my video of my Ziplining experience!! We went "canopy zipliining" and there were a series of 8 ziplines... I bring you the FIRST zipline... and the harness fit GREAT.. and they didn't even ASK me what I weighed (and I'm hoping that's because I was 20lbs under the limit!!) <BR> <BR> It was very emotional.. as I was "suiting up" I began crying... of course, the guy thinks I'm nervous.. but I wasn't nervous at all...just reflecting on the ... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:33:36 EST July Recap - 13lbs gone and 16.75 inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451795 Better a bit late than never... here's a recap of July. in the month of July I lost 13 pounds and lost a total of 16.75 inches!! The Dexascan I had done shows I lost 10 pounds of fat and .75 pounds of muscle. I was pretty worried about the loss of muscle especially since I gained two pounds of muscle in June. However, my coach isn’t worried at all because my performance at the gym is improving steadily. I was under the impression that in order to gain strength you had to put on muscle and ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:44:13 EST Hello 240's.. Soooo nice to see you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444961 Well, I woke up this morning and was welcomed by my Aria scale flashing a 249!!! WOOT WOOT.. that's a decade of numbers I haven't seen in sooooo long!! I'm 4lbs from my BLC22 goal with 4 weeks to go.. BUT I LEAVE FOR AFRICA IN 11 DAYS!!!.. I really want to hit that 245lbs on the day I leave for Africa. So, for the next two weeks my eating will not change.. still eating Paleo.. lots of veggies.. 100g of protein.. good fats.. some fruit... I am upping the exercise to 3 days of "two a day" wo... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 08:41:14 EST BLC #22 8 Week Fitness Re-Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436698 As part of the Biggest Loser Challenge #22's team the Sassy ShamROCK Sheriffs, we took a fitness test week 1 with the plan to retest at week 4, week 8 and week 12. Here are my Week 8 results: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l700622915.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I improved in every area.. some by a lot.. and some by a little.. I am most disappointed in my plank because I know I can do better.. I am most excited about my 1600 meter row!! <BR> <BR> The other part of the t... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 22:09:08 EST Rough Week and a new Recipe - Paleo Crab Cakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436378 Well, I lost three pounds this week.. and I should be on my knees thanking God because this week sucked. For the first time since 3/2/13, I was under an unbelievable amount of stress at work which meant 3 nights of very little sleep and the impulse to use food to relieve the stress.. had these impules been combined with the old "dark gnawing hunger" before beginning to eat Paleo and I would have succumbed.. but I did not.. I held firm to both my nutrional and physical plans.. no deviation.. ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:15:26 EST A New Goal to Focus On and A New Paleo Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428599 I've spent the last day thinking about what my next goal would be... and I've decided that the next goal will be ONEderland.. and what better day to achieve ONEderland than ONE ONE FOURTEEN - 1/1/14 - New Years Day! New Year - New Me! <BR> <BR> I worried about two things: 1) I wondered about the goal because I do not know what my healthy weight will be.. I know that I want to be a size 10... I know I want MUSCLE!! This picture illustrates what I'm talking about.. ALL of these women weigh ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:10:26 EST PART 2 Establish a goal... and the SMASH IT! ... then just cry from sheer happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427265 4 months and 21 days ago on February 25th, I established a goal to lose enough weight to meet the weight limit requirement for the Zipline that I wanted to do on my trip to Africa... The timeline was easy to establish because the Trip to Africa was the deadline. The goal was a 6 month goal which seemed reasonable.. because from the weight I was at then it would be around 60lbs.. (You can read the blog where I established the goal here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_indi... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:58:43 EST Establish a goal, then SMASH IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426863 I did it!!! <BR> <BR> I did it!! <BR> <BR> On June 25th, I established my 1 rep max back squat at 135lbs (you can read about it here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401861 </link> ).. and tonight was my retest... <BR> <BR> I've been following the Outlaw Training for the last four weeks with the intention of increasing my back squat load... the fundamental strength training move. I set a goal of 155lbs... that was my goal... and I worked HARD.... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:26:04 EST Taking the Training Wheels off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425441 I love weight lifting.. I love how strong it makes me feel.. I love how much muscle it builds (which stokes my metabolism).. I love how it translates to real life stuff like hauling in a 44lb bag of dog food or lifting heavy stuff around the house.. <BR> <BR> So last night my CrossFit workout was hanging power cleans with push presses and front squats.. I've only done a front squat once before so I am very much still in the learning phase.. BUT the big deal was my "training wheels" were rem... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:05:44 EST Welcome to the Grind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423885 A friend sent me the link to this video this morning... it's EXACTLY what I needed... below is the transcript of the narrative... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l585345096.jpg"> <BR> <link>youtu.be/Tzm6TEManmQ </link> <BR> <BR> "Rise and shine. <BR> <BR> 6am and your hand can't make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you that it's too early, too dark, and too cold to get out of a bed. <BR> <BR> Aching muscles lie still in ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:17:44 EST Today I really Struggled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423609 Today was my "off" day for CrossFit.. .but I have to get my burn on in some other way.. but today it just wasn't happening.. I had plans to have dinner with an old friend at 7pm.. at Chipotle.. I could have gone swimming but not alot of time to wash my hair, get dressed and get to dinner.. I could do some rowing at home but just wasn't in the mood.. <BR> <BR> Truth is, I wasn't in the mood for activity at all.. I just wanted to veg.. so, I came up with a plan to walk to Chipotle.. if I took... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 23:16:57 EST Do Gadgets Help Me Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419753 Do my gadgets help me lose weight? <BR> <BR> That’s the question one of my teammates on the Sexy ShamROCK Sheriffs asked me... cuz I doooooo love gadgets.. it made me pause and think... and YES, I believe my gadgets do help me lose weight. Here are my gadgets: <BR> <BR> 1. Fitbit... I have a very sedentary job.. and the way Fitbit helps is that it makes me AWARE of how little I move.. it allows me to set reasonable goals.. and if i’ve had “one of those days” where I sat on my butt in meeti... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:21:10 EST Lose Fat and Gain Muscle in the Same Month?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417521 Well, it was time for my DEXAscan retest... (DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absortiometry which is just a fancy x-ray. that uses two “rays” rather than a single one which allows it to measure density of bones and distinguish between fat and muscle. it is the gold standard for both measuring bone density and measuring fat vs muscle composition.)... anyhoo, I had one done 4 weeks ago and it was time for a redo to see if I'd managed to lose fat this past month without losing muscle and PERHAP... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 07:37:53 EST Another Milestone and Retesting Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413645 I weigh every morning (You can read why it works for me here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354140 </link> ) .. and I use the Aria scale which is tied in with my FitBit account.. so I weigh.. it zaps it via my wireless network to FitBit and when I meet a milestong I get "badges" in my email.. and it is SO motivating to me! So, this morning I hit another milestone and got this in my email: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:28:34 EST June Recap.. Surprising Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406197 Well, in the month of June I lost 8 pounds. In total, since I started "trying" to lose weight in the fall of 2012, I've lost 61lbs.. 47 of the 61 has been lost since March 2nd when I started CrossFit and the Paleo way of eating. Here's a graph of my weight loss... the yellow line is the projection of weight loss and the dots are where I am.. YES!! I'm WAY ahead of schedule!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2138777599.jpg"> <BR> if it's hard to see, you can se... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:03:58 EST Freaking Awesome Workout... and another clothed Big O.. hehe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401861 Oh lord.. I had my 49th CrossFit workout tonight.. I kind of dreaded it all day (which is not that unusual) but I always feel so good afterwards.. so I fought through.. showed up.. and gave it 100%.. and it paid off!! <BR> <BR> Tonight, for the first time, we established my 1 rep max for a back squat... the purpose of establishing a max is so that my coach can have me do 70% of max or 80% of max.. it's part of a russian training program called Snolov.. so, we started at 65lbs.. and added 10l... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:42:56 EST Still Working Hard... And Making Progress (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396848 I am still going strong on CrossFit.. still wearing my heartrate monitor.. two weeks ago or so I started adding 3 "home" workouts in addition to the 4 CrossFit workouts I do.. This week two of my three "home" workouts have been walking more than 10k a day... I won't be having a 4th CrossFit workout because everyone is on a float trip.. so I'll add a fourth "home" workout.. currently, the plan is to do a bike ride. <BR> <BR> If you remember, I'm working on a couple of goals to meet by mid ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:02:46 EST Chicago Vacation Report - Mental Rehearsal Pays Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392335 Chicago Vacation Report <BR> <BR> Well, it didn’t go perfectly... but I’m SO good with how it did go... If you'd like the short version, just look at the pics and read the summary at the end! <BR> <BR> Let’s begin by saying that I started getting sick on Wednesday... scratchy throat.. stuffy nose.. by Thursday morning when we flew out to Chicago - it was bad. I pushed through and just tried to not hold my friends back (ya know?) and not whine. Cuz who likes a whiner on vacations (okay, wh... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:38:42 EST Planning for Success: Mental Rehearsal and the Idea of "More" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387048 Tomorrow I leave for a girls trip to Chicago for 4 days. CHICAGO. Known for a lot of things, not to mention FOOD. I've planned the activities of the trip including going to a couple of shows.. do the architecture tour by boat.. Navy Pier.. shopping on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave) and also in a more off the beaten path "hip" part of town.. fireworks over the lake on Saturday night... riding the "L"... an italian festival called "Fiesta Pasta Vino"... ouch.. yeah, it's going to be a c... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:22:13 EST Saying Goodbye to Duffy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385197 A year ago last February, I picked up this little guy named Duffy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1284122664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Duffy' is a future service dog and I am a puppy raiser for non-profit organization called New Leash On Life that provides service dogs to the disabled persons here in Oklahoma - all for free. My task was to raise him until he was 12 month or so old. Potty train him. Teach him basic obedience and take him out in public as much as pos... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:59:31 EST Goals for the next 11 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382869 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309831765.jpg"> <BR> As I mentioned earlier, I am participating in BLC #22 on the Sassy Shamrock Sheriff's team. I'm doing this to keep me on track for these last 11 weeks until I leave for Africa... One of our assignments is to write our goals and post them on a blog... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2009983365.jpg"> <BR> Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevent, Time-Bound <BR> Weigh 245lbs or los... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 22:28:01 EST Don't fool yourself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382012 Losing weight is hard work. Do not fool yourself. It takes focus, dedication and the willingness to put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Today has been one of those "uncomfortable" days. I have joined the Biggest Loser Challenge #22 and am part of the Sassy Shamrock Sheriffs (cute name, eh? LOL). The challenge will see me through these last 11 weeks until my trip to Africa and help me stay focused on my goals. The team is full of women who are serious about getting healthy and no e... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 00:02:54 EST The Yoke's on Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381212 Wednesday's CrossFit Workout had me carrying the YOKE! The yoke weighs 175lbs and Coach put an additional 50lb on it... I had to carry it 20meters, turn around and carry 20 meters back. It's a great core workout because the load is completely unstable.. did that 40 meters 5 times along with 10 bench presses... and 4 rounds of 250m row and 10 pushups.. It was a great workout. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918792249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But, the next day the JOKE ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:11:51 EST Power Packed Protein Lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378001 Didn't have time to pack my lunch this morning... so I came home and put this incredibly protein packed lunch together! 42 grams!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1830266894.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've never had sardines before and they're considered a "Nutritional Powerhouse".. I tried anchovies last month and they were good... so I thought I'd try sardines... here's what the container says "Ounce for ounce, Wild Planet sardines provide more calcium and phosphoru... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 13:31:00 EST Kicken' it up!.. a new PR and a bit of an injury... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377372 So, my Coach has this plan for me... you see, I loooooove the weight lifting aspect of Crossfit. It's Olympic Lifting and involves overhead squats, deadlifts, snatches and clean and jerk... and they make me sooooo happy! There is a ton of technique to learn and muscles I never knew I had that needs to be strengthened.. but I love the feeling of strength it gives me.. but I digress.. anyhoo.. in order to keep losing weight AND continue to learn the Oly Lifting (and add muscle), I'm going to... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 23:28:55 EST The Power of "Just One Day" and then another.. and another... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376023 What a difference 3 months makes... I mean, 3 months ago, on a Sunday.. I would be watching TV or netflix... maybe going to a movie.. reading a book.. grazing all day.. a couple of trips to the local fast food.. maybe McDonalds for breakfast (2 egg McMuffins and a hash brown)... Sonic for lunch for an order of large tator tots with cheese and if I'm living dangerously chili (HA) and a burger.. Dinner at the drive through for Van's Pig Stand where I'll have a small order of ribs (I don't want ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 21:36:42 EST May in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374352 You wanna know what I suck at??? I suck at taking my measurements... yessss, I've read all the articles and I swear I'm doing what they say.. but in the month of May I went from a tight size 20 to a loose 18 and yet, I took my measurements this morning and lost 1.5 inches?? LOL lord.. it's okay, I'll continue to take my measurements monthly and hope I get better at it. Sheesh. <BR> <BR> So, it's always interesting to look back on a month and see what was accomplished: <BR> <em>250</em> ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:26:21 EST Raise Your Sails.. Just Don't quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372049 I was trying to explain to some friends why this latest attempt at losing weight is different from every other attempt. The first thing everyone says to me is "Oh, you must have finally been 'ready'". Yeah.. uhhh.. NO!! I've been this "ready" for years. Sick of letting life pass me by. Sick of all the limitations that this weight. Sick of feeling "abnormal". Sick of the stigma that comes along with being morbidly obese. Sick of people having to "accommodate" me in seating arrangement... Wed, 29 May 2013 23:34:14 EST Celebrating a Hero on this Memorial Day... and There's no Crying in CrossFit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369433 Today is a special day in all the CrossFit Boxes (gyms)... A humbling day... it's a day when we celebrate those who have given their lives in service of our country. My box (and most others) do a workout called "Murph" after Lt. Michael P. Murphy who was killed in the line of Duty on June 28th, 2005. He was 29 years old. <BR> <BR> Our coach gathered the 30+ people around the big screen to watch the video below about Lt. Murphy with the words of President Bush who awarded him the first med... Mon, 27 May 2013 15:12:55 EST I double dog dare you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367745 So, I posted on my feed today that I began my day with 10 burpees.. and that ... well.. <BR> <BR> I. <BR> Hate. <BR> Burpees. <BR> <BR> And several people commented they had no idea what a burpee was.. so I felt obligated to introduce you to <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1466738719.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Click on link below picture to go to YouTube to watch video of the Burpee <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l644032582.jpg"> <BR> <... Sat, 25 May 2013 17:02:54 EST Crazy Week In Review... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367173 It's been quite a week... The tornado dominated most of it but I came down with a nasty cold and laryngitis.. I'm so full of snot I can't hear out of one ear.. cough.. not exactly sick (no fever) .. just not 100% either.. and exhausted emotionally and physically dealing with the Tornado aftermath.. <BR> <BR> I did have a milestone this week and hit the 50lb loss mark! So exciting... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1862116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> People are really noticing... Fri, 24 May 2013 23:00:54 EST 24 hours after the Tornado... Heroes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363877 Well, the last 24 hours has been gut wrenching... but we'll survive. We always do. I live in Norman, Oklahoma which is right next to Moore. Moore Medical Center is part of the Health System I work for and I had employees there when the tornado hit. My friends and family live all over Norman and Moore. i have countless friends who are now homeless and two cousins who lost their homes as well - but not their lives... and as horrific as it is to lose all your possessions.. they are just pos... Tue, 21 May 2013 20:19:00 EST Eat the Rainbow... or Breakfast Bounty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360136 I've joined up with the Biggest Loser Competition 22 .. (this is my first one).. and one of the challenges this weekend is to "eat the rainbow"... a serving of each color of freggie.. now THIS is my kind of weekend challenge! <BR> <BR> So, I went to the Farmers Market this morning... (I'd been up since 5am!!)... when I arrived I smiled because the HULA HOOPERS were there! They were raising awareness for the Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sat, 18 May 2013 11:08:00 EST A Milestone, A Meltdown and Mojo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358081 I love mornings like this... I get up.. do my bidness.. walk over to the scale and weigh-in... (you can find why I weigh daily here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354140 </link> )... then I showered, got dressed and checked my email to find this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1096755248.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WOOT WOOT.. I just love it! I crank up the music and do a little dancing to celebrate.. and lest you think I c... Thu, 16 May 2013 00:39:18 EST The Power of a Buddy... and a new PR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356837 I have a friend IRL (in real life) that has lost about 70lbs and she is amazing! She's beautiful and so petite! I struggled and struggled to find my weight loss mojo while she was losing but never did.. but it was so encouraging to me to see that she was doing it.. ya know?.. We even went to Las Vegas and she stuck to her eating plan 100%.. AND while I was at the tables gambling she ran upstairs to work out! Seriously?? In Vegas?? She had such FOCUS.. really.. quite amazing.. <BR> <BR> A... Tue, 14 May 2013 22:48:25 EST