SOOKIE's SparkPeople Blog SOOKIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting Ready for Summer Vision Board I grabbed some magazines to create my vision board. Then thought ... naaa. Had a little free time at work, so I created by vision board in Word then saved as an image. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 3 May 2016 13:21:18 EST SPRING 2016 5% CHALLENGE REGISTRATION IS OPEN Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight (or maintain), and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challenge! Team members work toward losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. <BR> <BR> Check out LIFESGREAT2DAY blog about the 5% community. Here's a link to her blog (I couldn't have said it better myself). <BR> <BR> <link><BR> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:36:31 EST Winter 2016 5% Challenge Registration is Open In some parts of the country Winter has arrived. In the N.E. we are patiently playing the weather game. All I want for Christmas is to wear my poncho I crocheted. But in the meantime, its time for me to prepare for the next challenge – the 5% Challenge … and you're invited! <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight (or maintain), and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:26:06 EST Join me for the Find 10 Challenge I made it to day 206 of a fitness streak. Then the body took a break. Started up again, then got sick, twice. Starting another streak by committing to 10 min/day; more when time permits. Just 10 min/day is how I made it to my fitness streak of 200+ days, just 10 min. When I wasn't able to do 20-60, my focus was on those 10. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The first task is to ask a friend to join you on the journey. So I'm reaching out to mySparkfriends ... if you'd like to join me I would l... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:47:55 EST Sugar Cravings! In an effort to reset my mind and body, I joined the 21-day tame your sweet tooth challenge. This week we are to journal about our sugar cravings. And its that time of year where, although I do not celebrate Halloween, I love me some candy corn. Its gets really bad. I remember about 2 years ago, after my grandmother passed; me, my dad and step mom took the drive south. My sm pulled out a bag of candy corn ... OMG a fellow candy corn lover ... YES!!! <BR> <BR> But candy corn or most sweet... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:00:41 EST yup ... 3 lbs up!!! <img src=""> <BR> arrghh, the scale has not been kind to me. I've actually struggled since returning from vacation earlier this month ... 3# gain. Today is weigh in day and my initial though was Just record last weeks number. Ha! Who are you fooling lady!? Not only are you not being honest with yourself, your not being fair to your team. Bit the bullet, put your big girl panties on and handle your business!!! <... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:24:07 EST 10 Day Ab Challenge - The Finale! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Scheduled: 20 lying straight leg raises (w/ or w/o medicine ball), 100 sit-ups and 120 sec plank <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After coffe and devotional, my workout was a 40 min Leslie walk followed by <BR> <BR> 20 lying leg raises, 100 crunches, plus a 30 sec plank. <BR> <em>244</em> 10 day ab chall... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 08:55:48 EST 10 Day Ab Challenge – Day 9! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Scheduled: 15 lying straight leg raises (w/ or w/o medicine ball), 90 sit-ups and 120 sec plank <BR> <em>311</em> <em>406</em> <em>418</em> <em>320</em> <BR> Warmed up with a 10 min of walking from room to room at home <BR> Completed 15 lying leg raises w/o medicine ball; 30 crunches and 60 bicycle crunches, plus a 30 sec plank. Guess What ... I made it - NOT looking at the timer... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:32:28 EST 10 Day Ab Challenge - Day 8 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Scheduled: Day 8: 10 lying straight leg raises (w/ or w/o medicine ball), 80 sit-ups and 100 sec plank <BR> <BR> Warmed up with a 5 min marching in place <BR> Completed 10 lying leg raises; 40 crunches and 40 bicycle crunches, plus a 30 sec plank <BR> <em>311</em> <em>406</em> <em>418</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenge is winding down. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Can'... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:48:36 EST 10 Day Ab Challenge - Day 7 Scheduled: 5 lying straight leg raises (w/ or w/o medicine ball), 70 sit-ups and 90 sec plank <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Hello Hello Hello!!! <BR> <BR> To my surprise, I WON the BLC Page Decorating Contest … I guess you know I'm Team Tangerine! What a nice surprise to wake up to. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> On to my challenge. No time for a real walk, since I needed to get to work early to set up for a conference.... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:53:24 EST 10 Day Ab Challenge - Day 6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Day All! <BR> <BR> Scheduled: 70 sit ups and, 80 sec plank <BR> <BR> My day began with a 10 min Leslie Walk. Then, mid morning, I took a break from my desk for another 10 min walk. I also used a portion of my lunch for a 20 min walk outside. A little breezy, but nice weather. <BR> <BR> While my butternut squash & black bean soup simmered, I knocked out my crunches. <BR> sit ups -... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 18:41:44 EST Goodwill Book Haul - Left Behind! I forgot to include this in my blog this morning. Yesterday after attending a memorial service, my sister-friend and I grabbed a bite to eat then hit goodwill. She was looking for a table to redo as a chair for her bed. Me, I was just looking. I did see a cabinet for my yarn, but opted last minute not to get it. My sister-friend is an avid reader. Me, not so much. I enjoy crocheting more than a book. But I will admit the last book she recommended left me in tears. ... Redeeming Love, b... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 11:11:21 EST 10 Day Ab Challenge - Day 5 (and the week ahead) Happy SONday Everyone! <BR> <BR> Day 5 - 60 sit ups and 70 sec plank <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I almost didn't make out the door ... was feeling not so much lazy, just feeling blah! Logged onto the Walk Challenge and some posted "they like to walk no matter the weather." That was my incentive to get outside and take a walk. <BR> <BR> Completed 4 sets of 15 on the crunches. Today I decided to completed... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 09:13:30 EST 10 Day Ab Challenge - Day 4 Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> Workout of the day - Jessica Smith's Low Impact HIIT Walk, 30 min <BR> <BR> Day 4 -50 crunches (5 sets of 10); Plank, I tapped out at 30 sec. I need to get ready to leave, so I will hopefully do the other 30 sec when I return home this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Have a healthy and fit day. Thanks for stopping by! <BR> <BR> Focus Forward, <BR> Sookie Sat, 12 Sep 2015 07:50:34 EST 10 Day Ab Challenge - Day 3 <em>418</em> <em>320</em> <em>311</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Started my day with a 10 min walk blaster w/Leslie Sansone. I keep looking at Jessica's Smith new dvd walk set AND Leslies NEW walks. Leslie has 3 coming out, one is an amazon dot com exclusive. With winter coming I may break down and order them. anywhoo ... day 3 of 10 ab challenge completed. <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 40 crunches (2 sets of 15 and 1 set of 10); I made it to about 30 secs of a plank, then completed at a ... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 06:40:07 EST 10 Day Ab Challenge - Day 2 Day 2 - 30 sit ups, 40 sec plank <BR> <em>402</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> I did 3 sets of 10 on the sit ups. 18 sec at full, dropped to modified to finish out the plank. <BR> <BR> Since I slept until the last possible moment, no time for my pre work walk. My energy is up and down. I think I need to revisit my meal plan. <BR> <BR> Gotta get ready for work. Thanks for stopping by. <BR> <BR> Focus forward, <BR> Sookie Thu, 10 Sep 2015 06:29:47 EST 10 Day Ab Challenge - Day 1 Vacation behind me, time for my personal challenges. <BR> <BR> Started the morning with a 13 min turbo charged walk with Jessica Smith <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 20 sit ups and 30 sec plank <BR> <BR> Completed the 20 sit ups, no problem. Managed 20 sec of a full plank before finishing at a modified level. <BR> <BR> Time to prepare for work. Thanks for stopping by! <BR> <BR> Focus Forward, <BR> Sookie <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 06:03:34 EST 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