SLIMWISHZ's SparkPeople Blog SLIMWISHZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Morning Smoothies... I've been making a Garden of Life (Perfect Organic RAW - Chocolate) greens smoothy nearly every morning for the past couple weeks. 8 oz unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop of the GoL greens and sometimes a half of a frozen banana. Yum. <BR> <BR> I'm a little surprised how much it helps with sustaining my energy each day. Just one more thing to help me through my very hectic days. <BR> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 09:37:39 EST Crazy It's been a crazy year. Layoffs and retirements at work, stress on all fronts, health issues: unexplained joint pain, anxiety. <BR> <BR> Now that the holidays are over, I'm trying to get back on track. First with supplements, now with tracking my food, exercise and progress. So I guess my goal for the future is health, pure and simple. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:35:48 EST Enjoying my workouts even more... It's just the right way to start my day...and spur on more good choices. <BR> <BR> However, I do wish the hot weather would take a big break and allow me to enjoy summer outside more. <em>20</em> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 07:51:47 EST Kettlebell question <BR> I love this new workout routine. It couldn't be simpler. Just 20 lbs; 10 sets of 10 reps with a 30 second rest in between. <BR> <BR> But doesn't it seem a little unbelievable, that my little 15 minute workout burns 300 calories? It seems that way to me. <BR> <BR> I'm not ungrateful for this great workout and that it burns that much. But it just seems hard to believe! <BR> <BR> Anyone else feel the same? Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:15:36 EST I wake up earlier when I exercise regularly. I have more energy and then I exercise even more. <BR> <BR> What a nice side effect! <em>311</em> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:33:17 EST Who would have thought I'd have fun exercising? Not me. I did the kettlebell training for the second time. The first time I tried it, I had no plan other than to do 100 swings and I didn't like it. But after reading Tracy Rifkeind's book The Swing I learned to do so many sets with rest in between. <BR> <BR> I really like this workout which is saying a lot. Other than walking I don't like working out. But this is different. And it feels good to have this as an addition to my workout routines. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:31:59 EST Beginning kettlebell training Wish me luck! <em>198</em> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:27:34 EST Strength training... I'm excited that I got most of my daily walk in at lunch today. That way I will warm up with the remaining 20 minutes of walking, then fit in strength training. <BR> <BR> I love the ST videos on Spark. It's much easier to see a demonstration, than read a description of a movement. And it makes my workout so much quicker too. <BR> <BR> <em>317</em> <em>323</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> Note to MSBOOTCAMP: I will add in a few kettlebell moves too! <BR> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:08:16 EST Emotional triggers While listening to the radio today, I heard a few programs discussing fatherhood; some kids sharing their great experiences with their Fathers. I guess I was sideswiped by my own less than stellar experiences with my Dad, who was a bit emotionally unavailable and verbally abusive. (Don't get me wrong, I loved my Dad. But we did have some issues) <BR> <BR> So I started getting uncomfortable and had to turn it off. Before you know it, I ditched my well-planned lunch for take-out out along wit... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:28:31 EST Starting today with exercise. Logged 32 minutes on the treadmill this morning. It feels good to get back on track. <BR> <BR> <em>231</em> <BR> <BR> I think the difference is that I just want to do this for me, not anyone else. I hate competition and it's no surprise the fitness challenge did not work for me. This walk is all about finding out what really works for me. I do best keeping my own time table - cause let's be honest, life gets in the way and sometimes we need to regroup. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 07:42:54 EST Igniting a spark under me It's been a rough couple weeks. I lost steam the last couple weeks of my employers' fitness challenge and I lost faith in myself and my ability to succeed. <BR> <BR> I'm getting back on track (yes, again) It's time for accountability, eating healthy and movement. It's good to be moving forward again. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 22:33:25 EST I hate it when life interrupts a healthy streak. But I'm back in action now. Mon, 21 May 2012 22:53:58 EST Positive beginnings 30 minutes walking <em>48</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Coffee brewing <em>469</em> <BR> <BR> Brain moving - not just yet. <BR> But it will be once the coffee is consumed. <em>334</em> Tue, 15 May 2012 07:16:20 EST Menopause makes me ditzy...exercise brings blood flow to my brain and energy to do the things I need to get done. So exercise makes the ditziness less of a factor. <BR> <BR> Yay for exercise! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>317</em> <em>48</em> Sat, 12 May 2012 12:32:57 EST This is my first successful week building healthy habits. I ate healthy, watched my portions and exercised regularly. Praising the Lord for this important step forward. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>205</em> <em>295</em> <em>491</em> Fri, 11 May 2012 08:51:05 EST Feeling good... to wake up and walk 30 minutes on the treadmill. It's a good way to start my day and helps my blood get moving. <BR> ...and I need all the help I can get in getting that blood moving to the brain in the morning. <BR> <em>20</em> Thu, 10 May 2012 08:26:08 EST Taking away my crutch (food) I'm noticing that as I reduce portion size, rely less on unhealthy snacks and emotional eating, I'm learning how to deal with my emotions and lean more on God for my sustenance and strength. I feel like I'm waking up from a deep sleep. <BR> <BR> It's going to be a good day. And even if not, God is walking by my side. Wed, 9 May 2012 08:10:25 EST Fitting in walking Can be a challenge - but the rewards are so worth it. <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling with consistency - but I guess the important thing is that I'm not giving up. I'll continue to make progress - this time it's small steps and changes that will get me where I need to be. <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> Tue, 8 May 2012 07:59:19 EST Make a U-Turn at the next available opportunity...Jumping back into health I had a little bit of an issue with emotional eating yesterday. I traveled to Port Washington, WI to attend my Aunts wake which is a 2 hour trip each way. I usually need a book on CD to keep alert while driving longer distances and did not have one on hand. So when I felt groggy I turned to unhealthy drinks & food available at a gas station along the way, to help me through the drive. As a result I'm bloated and uncomfortable today. <BR> <BR> But there is no time to waste - I'm getting back ... Thu, 3 May 2012 07:42:37 EST Blessings... God never gave up on me when I was struggling (again) with a certain sin in my life and again he's blessed me with victory. All praise and glory goes to my Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit and Savior! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>296</em> Tue, 1 May 2012 07:39:48 EST What I learned today... I read this on SP daily blog today and it's worth remembering. It was written by SP member, Beth Donovan who lost 200! pounds so far. <BR> ----------------------------- <BR> - Make a statment with my actions. <BR> <BR> - Every day retrain my mind with my behavior <BR> <BR> - small step behavior changes (even one a week) will get you further down the road to your goals <BR> <BR> - "It isn't about losing weight to become the person you want to be; <BR> it's becoming the perso... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:07:41 EST Now I know spring is really here. If I ever want to satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way all I have to do is reach for some watermelon. Here in Illinois we only get good watermelon from April or May through October / November. So generally I know when spring is truly here when I have my first really good slice. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the day. I cut into a small seedless watermelon and tasted that perfectly sweet and crisp slice bursting on my tongue. Oh happy day. Can you guess what's on my breakfast plate this mornin... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 08:35:09 EST Done and done. (well, almost done) I'm filing taxes late because of issues with my Dad's estate, etc.. Usually I do my own taxes, but with these extra issues I have decided to let H & R block sort out this mess for me. My appointment is tomorrow. <BR> This is just one more way I'm taking care of myself. Next year, when things are a little simpler I will resume doing my own taxes. But for now, it will feel so good to have this done once and for all. <BR> <BR> Isn't it funny how these outstanding issue clog up your emotiona... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:43:01 EST Menopause (feeling better today) A few months ago, I tried an all natural supplement called AMPM Menopause Formula (Integrative Therapeutics). It worked great, but I ran out of it around Christmas time and I didn't have time to renew it. <BR> <BR> Well as the Peri-menopause symptoms have increased lately, I was reminded by a SP member about these types of supplements ( specifically Evening Primrose Oil ) that help with the meno-symptoms. I ran out and bought another box of the AMPM Menopause formula yesterday and I'm fe... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:55:53 EST Feeling a little lost But I'm so grateful that I have God to turn to when I feel like this. He knows where I am and everything about me. I am not lost to Him. <BR> <BR> I'm learning to rely on Him more than food, self and the world. It's the way it should be. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:11:07 EST Ready for the new week. I'm all set to have a good week. I have lots of work on my desk and my VP is in from CA which means it's going to be hectic. But all things considered I'm still looking forward to everything a new week offers like a fresh start. <BR> I hope the weather holds up, so I can go for a nice walk after work. <BR> <em>311</em> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:55:43 EST Great Expectations I always have high hopes for my weekends. That I'm going to really clean my condo or get all that sewing done. That I'm going to end up with a magazine like condo by Sunday night. LOL. But having such high expectations usually sets me up for a big fall. <BR> <BR> Realistic expectations need to reign if I hope to maintain a healthy emotional equilibrium. So my goal for the next week is to just do 15 minutes of my 'to do' list each day. It's realistic and doesn't depress me before I start (w... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:17:15 EST Lifechanger... It's funny how just a few steps in the in the right direction, creates the impetus for more. I was on the treadmill again this morning but at a faster pace that the previous two days. I was able to log 36 minutes walking time, before work. <BR> <BR> Now I'm noticing changes to my health and well being that inspire me to do more. When I wake up each morning I feel more rested. I have better concentration, more energy and a clear mind. Before this, on my best day I felt unwell. With the spri... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:42:17 EST Exercise: Making headway & leaving perfectionism behind... <BR> Needed to accomplish two things after my small group meeting last night. I need to call a friend about a bid she put on a house and log some time walking. Not an easy task since it was already 9:30pm. <BR> <BR> It wasn't perfect, but I picked up the phone and got on the treadmill at the same time. I had to go slow in order to still keep up conversation, but since this was the only way I was going to fit it all in last night I accepted it for what it was. <BR> <BR> This morning betwe... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:23:02 EST Trying to find my fitness mojo... Lacking motivation for moving my body has been a ongoing theme for the past 4 years. It's part menopause and part anti-depressant (which makes me feel fairly complacent and sedentary). <BR> <BR> So I'm looking for ways to be more motivated to move like: <BR> - stay away from the TV after work. <BR> - when I get home from work log onto Spark people to read blogs or fitness articles. <BR> - set goal of doing 15 minutes with Leslie Sansone before dinner each night...or better yet a ... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:45:04 EST Trying out new SP recipes...and altering others (some fail, others succeed) I'm trying out new SP coffee creamer recipes and altering some to my own tastes. This morning's effort was a fail - blech! . It wasn't horrible, but it doesn't make me 'savor' my one cup of morning joe either. <BR> <BR> It's hard for me to have breakfast at home since I now move so slowly in the morning. (If I move too fast I end up having a hot flash. Lol - but true.) Recently I read about microwaving scrambled eggs. So the past couple mornings I experimented with scrambling eggs in the m... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:04:52 EST Beautiful Day in the Midwest! I kind of blew it this weekend. Allergies were very bad and I was helping a friend who had 2 crisis days - so that was pretty much my weekend. Lots of carbs with minimal protein, veggies and fruit. NO exercise. <BR> <BR> But today is a new day and I'm turning around and looking forward to todays good habits and positive steps. I've already done 15 minutes walking with Leslie Sansone at lunch time - I'm looking forward to more when I get home tonight. God is good - All the time, even on ... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 15:59:42 EST Being truthful... When I don't do what's right in my eyes or God's eyes, my energy and motivation for emotional and physical health dwindle. Today I'm struggling to stay on task at work. <BR> <BR> Praying for the Holy Spirit's strength & sustenance to concentrate on my work and not get sidetracked with negative thinking or internet surfing or gossiping. I want to be able to hold my head high before God and man. Wed, 4 Apr 2012 15:36:14 EST Thanking God for SP Recipes... I've been wondering how to reduce the high-caloric, high-fat flavored coffee creamer in my morning coffee and getting pretty discouraged with the 'so-called healthy' flavored creamers in my local grocers. <BR> <BR> I visited some of my favorite food / recipe blogs but there were no low-fat, low-cal flavored creamer recipes. Then I remembered SP recipes. Lo and behold, there were a bunch of great recipes to choose from, even a vegan one. How great! <BR> <BR> Even though I'm not vegan, it'... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:56:17 EST Get Fit Together Challenge! It's been a long time (4 years) since I've had success in getting slim and fit. So much has happened that caused me to tip back over the edge of eating without thinking and hardly moving at all. Eating emotionally in reaction to stress, I ballooned up. I''m embarrassed to even load the pictures here, but in the spirit of full disclosure I feel it's necessary to look full in the mirror of what I did to myself. This isn't about getting down on myself, it's about facing reality and where I a... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:07:30 EST