SOOKIE's SparkPeople Blog SOOKIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Fall 10-Day Challenges As I prepare to head into vacation mode … less than 4 days to go! Woo Hoo! I am thinking ahead for when I return home - core challenge. The more I thought about this one challenge, I decided to do a few more. All the challenges will be for 10 days. I've seen 30 days, but with my life, 10 days seems more doable, and if I want to continue I can/will). <BR> <BR> I can modify them as needed, and all are only for 10 days, except the last one – this one is a 6 week challenge. I'll probabl... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:35:29 EST 60-Day Summer Challenge Welp, the scale was not my friend this summer. <BR> <BR> Last week, dh I took an overnight trip to the Ocean City, then Sunday church cook out at the lake. Soooo there were a few things I didn't factor in at the beginning of the challenge. Nonetheless, I am happy I stuck it out. <BR> <BR> In addition to the daily challenges that were given, we each set a few goals. Here are mine: <BR> <BR> Daily Goals: <BR> 1. Drink minimum of 64 oz water <BR> 2. Morning Bible Read, 10 min <BR> 3. ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:52:39 EST My Recent Crochet Projects Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm not one for blogging. Just don't have that writers touch, but I wanted to share a few projects I just completed. Spent the weekend doing what I love to do, crocheting! Knocked out a few hats to take with me on vacation at the end of the month - Martha's Vineyard! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:26:10 EST Summer 2015 5% Challenge Committment 5% Challenge is about to start. Life is happening, so I need to get prepped and ready. Birthday AND anniversary is coming up on the 2nd; need to be as healthy as I can be. DH still says "don't disappear!" Welp, we are working on reducing some weight, not disappearing. Trust me I'm not going anywhere ... lol!! <BR> <BR> Any whoo, here is my commitment for the 5% Challenge (which overlaps into other challenges I will be participating in for the summer - I really need to watch that overcomm... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:01:31 EST Summer 5% Challenge Registration is Open Summer is coming … are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight (or maintain), and have fun along the way? Check out the Summer 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! <BR> <BR> This will be my 4th time around with the 5% community and I'm loving it. Successfully lost and, maintained. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 10:32:13 EST Summer 2015 Challenge Your invited to a summer challenge. <BR> <BR> Challenge dates: June 21-August 19. YOU write your Challenge! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=51784 </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 May 2015 14:21:48 EST Beast Mode Challenge Goals for May Continue w/10k Steps a Day May Challenge <BR> <BR> Walk 5 days a week – 10 min ea, 2-3x/day <BR> <BR> Strength train 2-3x/week <BR> <BR> Green Smoothie daily (M-F) <BR> <BR> Complete Challenges: <BR> **BLC Spring into Shape <BR> **5% Spring Challenge <BR> <BR> Join May Diet Bet Challenge (12th) <BR> Fri, 1 May 2015 13:15:09 EST Mid Week Motivation in Pictures I hope you enjoy. As I encourage you, I am encouraging myself. Have a fantastic Wednesday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't really have a dog, but thought this was funny! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Don't wait unt... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:19:56 EST Just joined, thinking of quitting Last week I joined planet fitness near my job. The original goal was to get there 2x week to get my $s worth. I did workout the night I joined, but that was hit as far as the gym goes. <BR> <BR> Prior to that, I had started to break up my work day by taking a morning and afternoon 10 min break to walk around (inside) the building (and sometimes taking the steps). <BR> <em>56</em> <BR> This morning I made it to work with 30 min to spare. Laced up my sneakers and walked inside the b... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:28:41 EST @Philadelphia Health Expo Today, dh and I attended the Philadelphia Health and Fitness Expo. Tons of vendors, but the one I wanted to see was Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We almost missed SPs space, but the bright orange Meta sign was a dead giveaway. LOL <BR> <BR> DH is not the best pix taker! Excuse the fuzziness. I got to spin the sparkwheel, fa'real! lol <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:58:19 EST Signup for the Biggest Loser Winter Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Want to join the Biggest Loser Winter Challenge? <BR> <BR> The team is open for everyone to join right now! <BR> <BR> If you are looking for a team that is small, 24 members, but is in competition with 13 other teams with fun games to keep you focused on Food and Fitness, now is your chance to sign up! <BR> <BR> Note: You still need to check with your doctor on your physical needs, and your leaders will work... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:54:30 EST The Biggest Loser Fall Challenge is Open Sign Up! <img src=""> <BR> The new Season is on in Sept. Want to play along on your own BL team? <BR> <BR> If you are looking for a team that is small, 24 members, but is in competition with other teams with fun games that keep you focused on Food and Fitness, now is your chance to sign up! <BR> <BR> 10 Weeks of team support, accountability, fitness and focused fun. <BR> <BR> Ready to play! Click on the link for complete details: <BR> <BR>... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:13:12 EST Salad Luncheon A few weeks back, I emailed my co-workers "lets have a healthy lunch day!" <BR> <BR> Here's a little snap shot from today's lunch ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> pretty much salad fixings, Romaine lettuce, sweet kale salad (costco's carries this; but I need to check my local bjs), a pot of lean chili (I'm still trying to get this recipe; my supervisor makes a mean chili), mozzarella/tomato slices and more, pototao, tuna, etc. We actually... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:57:18 EST I'm Alright ...Ok Last week posted a blog, the responses were encouraging reminding me that I am not in control and that God has a handle on my situation and my special needs child. As I listened to this song on the way in to work, it reminded me of a prayer I would pray "God I thank You for things being as well as they are." It could be so much worse than it is, but He only guess us enough that we can handle, the rest is all Him. <BR> The song simply says [in part]: <BR> <BR> Everything is alright <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:25:07 EST My BLC Sizzling Summer Slimdown 2014 Progress Well, its week 5 of the BLC SSS. I decided to take a peek at my goal ... to lose 10 lbs. Well we are halfway through the challenge. GUESS WHAT? I am more halfway to my goal ... drumrollllll -6.2 lbs! <em>244</em> My glass is half full! <em>354</em> <BR> <BR> Thinking about starting a weightloss tracking journal. Looking on Pinterest, there are so many neat and motivating ideas. I'm not much of a "journalist" or writing my thoughts down, but I've been tracking on paper (well, wei... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:15:02 EST You gotta get UP and TRY and TRY and TRY!!! Please excuse my rambling! I don't often share much about me, but I'm having a moment. <BR> <BR> Work full time. 30-50 minute commute. Care for special needs adult son. Workouts are sporadic. Sometimes its an "all or nothing" workout kind of day! Last workouot before today was on Saturday morning before heading to a weight watchers meeting. Workout video was 57 minutes, but I mustered through 40 intense hot and sweaty minutes on the aerobic step. <BR> <BR> Meeting went well, but I don'... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:21:21 EST Temptation and the Struggle Within Sharing an email I received. How many of us struggle with that internal thing? That thing that keeps us from fulfilling our healthy dreams. I found this quite timely for me, mentally I struggle and have often caved in to that "thing" <BR> <BR> "A grandfather tells his grandson: "I've got a terrible struggle on the inside of me. I have two natures. One nature is evil - full of anger, pride, envy, jealousy, self-pity, fear, ingratitude, and without restraint. The other nature is good - lovin... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:22:40 EST Afghan COMPLETE!!! All done, just need to do a little clean up on the back and crochet a border. I hope DS will be as excited as I am. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for stopping by. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:43:12 EST Less than 4 weeks 2 Finish - Beats Headphones Slow progress, but I'm hooking my way there - half way done! DS' birthday is next month, April. As of today, I'm running out of time to complete this grapghan project <BR> <BR> Here's what I've completed thus far <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the full pix of what it will look like once complete that will include his name <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, if you don't see me... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:07:13 EST Getting ready for the January Jumpstart 2014 Starting 2014 off with a jumpstart! Overdue and much needed. <BR> <BR> Time is still a factor, but my goal is to workout 10-30min 5x week. Not doing the actual jumpstart, but following the plan somewhat. I've earned the bronze and silver medals for steps, aiming for a Gold Medal (if only just one!) in January. With 20-30 min 5x week I should be able to earn that gold medal. <BR> <BR> I also have two big events coming up in February and I want to look GOOD and weigh less for both of th... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:43:05 EST FREE ride - will only cost you 30 squats! WOW, I saw this article online this morning and thought WOW, we could use one of these in the workplace and in schools! Commuters are given a free rail pass when they complete 30 squats! A great way to promote healthy living ... awesome! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/winter-olympics/10447245/Moscow-stat<BR>ion-gives-free-tickets-in-return-for-3<BR>0-squats.html </link> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:10:38 EST FINAL WEEK BLC Summer Challenge As I emerge from my summer sparkbreak and prepare for the upcoming Fall challenge, my team's assignment was to choose three uplifting words. Then determine how these words affected my mood. <BR> <BR> Of three words, I could only come up with 2. The first word is "Meditation." Recently during a bible study, Pastor discussed The Celebration of Discipline and one of those disciplines was meditation. Not as the world see and uses meditation, but as Christians we are to focus or meditate on the... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:47:54 EST still on a spark break Just a quick update. I am still on a miniSparkBreak, probably for the remainder of the summer. Life is good, just trying to figure things out and taking care of life. <BR> <BR> Thanks to those who have sent goodies and sparkmail messages. They are much appreciated. Hope that your all well and sparking along. <BR> <BR> Thanks for stopping by. <BR> <BR> Sookie Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:25:32 EST Spark Break In case anyone is looking for me, I am in need of a Spark Break. Taking a bit of time. Not certain how long, but I will return. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:23:51 EST Word of the Day: Persevere Today I started a Streak - read 1 success story a day. In today's story, the word persevere popped up. It reminded me of a plaque a friend had given me a few years back. This word also popped up while checking in with spCoach last week. Today the word resonorates in my spirit - "don't give up, stay the course, no time-make time" it says. <BR> <BR> In spite of the challenges of life, I must keep going forward. Like the Berlin that was knocked in November 1999, I will keep chiseling at it, ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 09:17:14 EST spcoach community action meal idea Today's action step is to come up with a quick meal idea. I'm sure this has been done before but for me this is simple quick and nutritious <BR> <BR> Combine: <BR> Salsa, no added sugar <BR> Brown rice cooked <BR> black beans <BR> tastefully simple Wahoo Chili or cayenne pepper <BR> 2% shredded cheese (optional) <BR> <BR> Served with a side of steamed broccoli and apple sauce <BR> Thu, 9 May 2013 20:56:46 EST my crochet time .... working full time with a commute does not leave me much time, but when I do my hands are kept busy .... just a few items I've completed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Skirt pattern: <BR> <link>ww... Mon, 6 May 2013 08:04:41 EST Weekend This is the year I get better organized. Some say that I am, but it’s an area of challenge for me. The older I get the more I need to resort to writing things down, sometimes appending reminders to the handle of my handbag. <BR> <BR> "To Do" List! <BR> <BR> Plan for the weekend (in progress) <BR> Attend New members class - finish assignment. <BR> Stop at Whole Foods - I love their vegan chicken salad! Yummo! <BR> BLC starts up in a few days - Plan for the week ahead (meals and fitness m... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:55:08 EST Friday In Pix ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 14:03:27 EST FitBit App I LOVE my FitBit App ... daily goal is set at 7,000 steps. Not much considering life, but this app is really cool because it sends me a reminder on my phone "hey your x # of steps away from your goal!" Makes me put in a few more minutes of stepping before bedtime. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>102</em> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:54:15 EST GOLDEN PHOENIX I NEED YOU! Missing my Golden Phoenix team ... we have 2 weeks left of our challenge. Please don't abandon ship now. I need you, we need you. Let's finish what we started and stronger than before! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:31:24 EST My Crochet Projects Soooo little time and sooo much yarn!!! Often I want to do BIG projects, but time is not on my side, so I am aiming for small projects that I can complete in a night or over the weekend. <BR> <BR> This is the goal for my yarn stash. Currently much of my yarn is sitting in bags. Organization is key and the goal for this year! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This pix here, says it all <BR> <img src=" Wed, 6 Feb 2013 10:32:46 EST February Goals I cannot believe January is gone! 2013 is in full swing! Well, here are my goals for February: <BR> <BR> <BR> Salad a day <BR> Tracking 5 days <BR> Leslie Walks most days (as much as my body will allow) <BR> Plan Prep and Pack, 5 days <BR> Lose 2 lbs Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:12:39 EST Zip It! Ya know, the nice thing about releasing excess weight is being able to fit into your clothes AND footwear. <BR> <BR> This time last year I could barely zip up these boots. When I'd wear them, they'd slouch - don't know why, probably trying to get away from those calves! I had no problem getting my foot in the boot, I just couldn't get them zipped all the way up without a fight! Boot camp, here I come; I was literally sitting and bending down to zip, all the while pushing and tucking so I... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:27:35 EST About Me ... =) "Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you <BR> and help your SparkFriends get to know you." I don't usually do these, but thought this was fund- so here goes! Thanks Swayde! <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> ~On my desk (at work). <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> ~Steve, my gentle giant. Met in '07, married in 2010. <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> ~Naturally curly. <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> ~Mom is a pistol at times. Relationship is not perfect, but a work... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:36:00 EST Car towed Couldn't help but share this ... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ha! Made you smile, didn't it! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:13:52 EST My 2013 Healthy Lifestyle Pledge BL Challenge underway ... I am a GOLDEN Girl, I am GOLDEN PHOENIX and this is my pledge! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2012 I kicked off the year with Coach Nicole's 28-Day Bootcamp, 2013 we kick things off with Sparks January Jumpstart Challenge .... To hold myself accountable, my calendar is hanging on the fridge and dh will be my silent coach. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:01:15 EST Misc. Thoughts through Pix <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:56:26 EST 20-13: My New Year New Me Jumpstart Plan This personal challenge/streak was inspired by Restored_Me. She's planning to run 13 races in 2013 ... you can see more of her blog here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157749 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since I am not a runner, I have decided to take a slightly different approach. For the first 13 days of 2013, I WILL WORKOUT 20 minutes-a-day for 13 days. I will also attempt to blog each of those 13 workouts as I complete each one.... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:54:11 EST NEW YEAR - NEW ME Winter BLC: Week 1 ITC BLC has begun. Our first weeks ITC is to identify any stressers we may have and jot down three things that will help to de-stress. The stressers that I come up with are: <BR> <BR> 1) upcoming parties and fellowships <BR> 2) long days w/ short nights <BR> 3) failing to plan <BR> <BR> My action plan to de-stress is to <BR> <BR> 1) Focus 15 - 15 minutes daily: reading and/or praying <BR> 2) Create a daily/weekly to-do list. <BR> 3) Njoy the party! I have a few events coming up. My plan is... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:38:28 EST Holiday Office Party and White Elephant Well, I think I surved our annual pizza party! <BR> <BR> Each year, my boss throws a party and as always we have pizza! The day started when another secretary brought in homebaked cookies. Nope, I did not have one. I was saving myself for pizza. <BR> <BR> The moment came and for starters, I filled my plate with a green salad. After salad I had 2, yes 2 slices of Brooklyn style pizza ... OMG! <BR> <BR> Then it was time for our annual White Elephant. Me, I like to bring things in that ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:25:51 EST Final Rambling Thoughts as BLC – Fall-Leaves of Change ends! <BR> <BR> Well, it’s the final week of the challenge. Weigh-in is in less than 24 hours. The team itself had some challenges in the beginning, but I think we fared well and overcame in spite of. I am thankful and grateful for each member and what they were able to add to the team, no matter how small it was. <BR> <BR> As for my goal, I had set out to lose 10 lbs and reward myself with a Fitbit Zip tracker. It was tough, but I came close, very close. Well, I got half-way there, minus 5... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:32:36 EST Day 9 - 30 Days of Thankfulness <BR> Today I am thankful for God's gentle nudge when I had a negative thought I don't have to focus on it. He politely reminded me I am who He made me to be, I need to just get over and learn to live with me. Besides if I can't live with me, then who can. God does have a sense of humor. Sat, 10 Nov 2012 08:20:46 EST Day 8 - 30 Days of Thankfulness Today I am thankful for my ds ... even through the challenges and struggles he is willing and able to step up. He has a heart of gold that I wish people could really see. The heart that God sees and not look at the out appearance like man so often does. I am thankful for our friends and family who show him respect. I love him so! Thu, 8 Nov 2012 17:13:38 EST Day 7 - 30 Days of Thankfulness Today I am thankful this election is over. Prayerfully the name calling will cease and we as a country can move forward. Whether you voted for President Obama or not, he is the leader of United States of America and he should be respected. A house (country) divided cannot stand! <BR> <BR> <BR> Good Morning! Happy Wednesday and enjoy your day! God is in control! :) <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 08:35:29 EST DAY 6 / 30 Days of Thankfulness - Today, I am thankful for the pain because it reminds me that I am still here and that through the pain I can still smile and laugh. Did you know that a smile is a curve that can set things straight! Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:33:29 EST DAY 3 / 30 Days of Thankfulness - Today, I am thankful for the pain because it reminds me that I am still here and that through the pain I can still smile and laugh. Did you know that a smile is a curve that can set things straight! Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:33:29 EST Day 5 of 30 Days of Gratefulness Today I am thankful for my brothers, Ralph and Michael. Although I don't see him often, they always bring a warm smile to heart when I do. May God continue to bless them both. <BR> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 10:06:57 EST Day 3 and 4 of 30 Days of Thankfulness Day 3 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> DAY 4 - 30 days of thankfulness: Today I am thankful for my husband. He is my friend, my lover, my confidant, my protector. A gentle giant; he tells me what I need to hear & not what I want to hear. My bestest friend, I am thankful to God for him in my life. Sun, 4 Nov 2012 08:10:48 EST 30 Days of THANKFULNESS - DAY 2 I am thankful for my homes. The protection it provides, the heat that it holds. A place I can lay my head at night. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Fri, 2 Nov 2012 06:38:44 EST