STREAKFREAK's SparkPeople Blog STREAKFREAK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Who am I now? (Part 2) Can no longer afford to get sloppy with food and sleep on the weekends. Weak. Slow. Clear cause/effect. NOT. havin. it. <BR> After crappy performance on 7am WOD (see previous status), went for 2nd attempt at 5pm. Awwwww yeah, THAT'S how we DO it! 45lb heavier and FOUR MINUTES FASTER, baby!!! Suckit, WOD! Roarrrrr! <BR> STREAKFREAK is getting it DONE! <BR> Chris Downie is an extraordinary human being. Role. Model. <BR> 12:05am... too late for a run? mmmyeah, probly. :-/ <BR> LOTS to do today... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:32:40 EST Who am I now? (Transformation in a year of Spark statuses...) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday this week (January 9, 2012) marked the one-year anniversary of the day I started my Spark journey in earnest. I'm delighted to report that I'm halfway to my weight-loss goal (I refuse to be disappointed with not being farther along). But what's really remarkable is how much I am changing in other, non-physical, ways. <BR> <BR> I am acutely aware of being in the middle of an inside-out transformation that I ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:18:48 EST This is why I post like a freakin' lab rat pounding on a treat lever... It's all about the ripple (and boomerang) effect! A note I just got from an old friend: <BR> <BR> Hi Hilary, <BR> <BR> I have to tell you that I'm so so so impressed by you, not just by your weight loss and by all of the discipline that it took to get there, but also by all of the joy and pride that come through in your posts. I absolutely love it. It seems like you love yourself, and wow - what an accomplishment that is in and of itself. <BR> <BR> Every time I read one of your posts, I ... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 19:54:31 EST 40 POUNDS GONE FOREVER (formerly titled Woohoo...) Join me for a little milestone celebration! If you're just tuning in now for the first time, here's the history of this little game... <BR> <BR> The game: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4091083 </link> <BR> <BR> 20lb celebration: <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=42<BR>17161 </link> <BR> <BR> 30lb celebration: <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individ... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 01:20:08 EST One woman's take on Crossfit [NOTE: Open dialogue and exchange of (preferrably fact-based) opinions is fine. But antagonistic comments from users with no Sparkpage or other means of receiving a response will be immediately deleted.] <BR> <BR> I wrote this as an e-mail response to a Sparkfriend who wanted to know about my experience with Crossfit. Sharing it now with the broader Spark community... for whatever it's worth to you all! xoxo ~Hilary <BR> <BR> Hi Paula, <BR> <BR> Sorry for the delay responding to your ques... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 15:16:43 EST Practicing my double unders Shooting for 50 a day (or every other) as recovery permits. (Want to limp around for a week with sore shins and calves? Overdo it on double unders.) Only a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to clear one double in 20 singles. Now I'm clearing one every five. Progress!! Next goal: only *one* single between each double. Then, 50 consecutive doubles! Then 100! Then 200!!! Bwahahahahhhh... Roar. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 17:05:24 EST Try this simple but eye-opening experiment: 1. Get a dumbbell or any object whose weight you can measure, equivalent to the amount of weight you've lost (or half that amount if it's a lot; or the amount you *want* to lose if you haven't lost much yet; or half THAT amount... use your judgment). <BR> <BR> 2. Put the weight or object on the floor in front of you and stand up straight. Keep your feet underneath and in line with your hips, your weight evenly distributed. <BR> <BR> 3. Take a minute (or a few) and just feel your body weig... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 11:50:33 EST Eat Clean Grocery List From <link><BR>eat-clean-grocery-list/ </link> <BR> <BR> Below is a list of items that should be in your cart every time you go to the market. When you eat something, pay attention to the way it makes you feel. Food should not make you tired. If you are tired after eating, either you ate too much, or what you ate does not agree with you. Everyone’s body chemistry and food tolerances are different. Find the food that work for you. Food should keep you en... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 21:54:15 EST Woohoo! Goal #2: MET! Join me for a little celebration of 30 POUNDS LOST FOREVER!!! <BR> <BR> If you're just tuning in now for the first time, here's the history of this little game: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4217161 </link> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 05:00:35 EST The Edge is where I want to be so you just want to take the edge off <BR> one beer <BR> one joint <BR> one teeny weeny Prozac <BR> <BR> get rid of the edge? <BR> <BR> the edge is what Columbus sailed straight into <BR> it’s the launching pad for every space shuttle <BR> the edge is Eve contemplating the apple <BR> <BR> and what’s life without an edge? <BR> guess what, it’s DULL <BR> the edge is the cliff you’ve dangled from in a hundred nightmares <BR> you never know what’s over that edge <BR> and there’s only one way ... Mon, 16 May 2011 00:13:54 EST Woohoo! Goal #1: MET! If you thought I'd forgotten about my little surprise / reward game ("My best motivational idea EVER" blog from March 14)... well, I haven't! And (drumroll, please!)... today I earned my FIRST surprise! This calls for more than just a regular run-of-the-mill blog... THIS calls for VIDEOOOOOOOO.... <BR> <BR> <BR> If you need to refresh your memory... here's the original blog, posted Monday, March 14, 2011: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=409... Sat, 7 May 2011 21:30:26 EST Thursday slump-time dance break, y'all! Wherever you are, drop whatever you're doing for 3 minutes and RELEASE THAT PRESSURE! Ever'body: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Git up offa dat thang! Dance till you feel bettah! <BR> <BR> Come on! YOW! Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:34:24 EST Turning humiliation into motivation (w/pic!) If you keep even casual track of me and my spark journey, you might remember that, a couple of months ago, I posted a status update about an embarrassing episode that occurred in one of my acting classes. In a series of nuclear ice breakers meant to get us ready to be vulnerable and able to reveal our most private selves, our teacher asked us to line up according to various highly personal, often sensitive, statistics such as religion, sexual orientation, age, mental health, relationship stat... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:28:36 EST Live while you're alive, y'all Worth the 3 minutes: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 5 Apr 2011 22:00:03 EST Should I walk or run? (Why I walk...) This advice came in my treadmill's owners' manual: <BR> ( <link> </link> ) <BR> <BR> Should I walk or run? <BR> <BR> This depends on several things such as body weight, fitness goals, and what you like to do. Walking is the safest, most compatible form of exercise for most people. If you’re just starting out, are new to exercise, or participate in aerobic activities less than three times per week, we recommend that you walk. On the other hand, if you’re an ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 13:46:24 EST I can do ANYTHING good! (four-year-old Jessica's daily affirmations) Imagine starting your days with THIS MUCH ENTHUSIASM! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Look, I can be a shark! <BR> Now my whole house is great! <BR> I can do anything good! <BR> I like my school! <BR> I like anything! <BR> I like my dad! <BR> I like my cousins! <BR> I like my aunts! <BR> I like my Allisons! <BR> I like my mom! <BR> I like my sisters! <BR> I like my dad! <BR> I like my hair! <BR> I like my haircuts! <BR> I like my pajamas! <BR> I ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 06:18:40 EST A call for suggestions Just like the day, today I feel <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> and a bit <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> and all I want to do is <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> But I'd like to feel <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>26</em> <em>54</em> <em>334</em> <em>9</em> <em>344</em> <em>244</em> <em>185</em> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> What do YOU do to get to <em>224</em> when you are <em>39</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:10:14 EST 27 Ways to Kick Fear's @$$ (reposted from 27 awesome bloggers give their best advice on how to overcome fear and change your life into whatever you want it to be. Be inspired. Change today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>54</em> <em>8</em> <em>216</em> <em>54</em> <em>8</em> <em>216</em> <em>54</em> <em>8</em> <em>216</em> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 11:39:47 EST Whose $#!† stinks worse: Comparing the 10 and 100# struggles (a blog response) DTSOBEL posted a blog entry today, entitled, "Do I belong here?" <BR> <BR> The gist: A very overweight Sparker complained in her blog about people much smaller than she is, who complain about having to lose weight. She is irritated because she thinks they have no clue how difficult it is to lose such a large amount of weight. I don't have 100# to lose. Do I belong here? <BR> <BR> Full text: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4128300 </link> <BR> ... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 08:32:06 EST Being Fat in America By John Robbins for Huffpost Health... <BR> <BR> <BR> We can, as a society, be astoundingly cruel to people who are obese. They might be creative, caring and hopeful people, but we don't see that. Far too often, we see only their weight. <BR> <BR> What does it say about us that we act as though you can take the measure of a person by the size bathing suit they wear? <BR> <BR> Maybe this partially explains why obese people are flocking to a restaurant outside Phoenix, Arizona, whose name, ... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 00:15:24 EST How do you extend the afterglow? [Preface: I posted a blog entry on a similar theme a few weeks ago. But this little issue keeps popping up for me. This started as a message board post, but I think it deserves to go in my blog, so...] <BR> <BR> Every time I make a good choice, I get this feeling... I want to post it like it's a major victory. Every little thing... <BR> <BR> I want to call my friends, send an e-mail to my family, alert the media: I just ate .5oz almonds for a snack! I walked to work today! I flossed my teet... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:46:10 EST I JUST figured something out!!! This morning as I passed a cafeteria, the aromas of pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, syrup, french toast, and coffee converged inside my nostrils, and a monumental, earthshaking realization hit me: <BR> <BR> I love food! <BR> Love it!! <BR> LOVE. IT. <BR> <BR> (Julia and I had that in common: <link> </link> ) <BR> <BR> What a revelation, I know. 37 and just figuring that out? Well, it did come as a bit of a surprise to me because... I've been pudgy m... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 13:45:00 EST Reasons to be Fat People do what works. Even with all my compelling reasons to lose weight (see my first blog), I haven't done it (yet). On some level, being fat must work for me for some equally compelling reason(s). Wondering what's on the flip side of my list of reasons to lose weight, I did a little soul-searching and came up with these reasons for being fat. There may be others; I'm still searching. But so far, I see that fat is: <BR> <BR> 1. A scapegoat for failure and for failure to try <BR> <BR> 2. A... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 22:06:25 EST My best motivational idea EVER (I'm excited, can you tell?!) I don't know about you, but when it comes to finding fun, positive, and effective ways to motivate and reward myself on the weight loss and health/fitness front... at one time (for a very long time) I was not terribly successful. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I tried all sorts of carrots and sticks (including money). The sticks stressed me out and made me rebel (on one occasion, costing me hundreds of dollars that I had put at stake for a certain goal). With an "or else" attached to a goal (... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:23:25 EST Let me not be Man (I haven't been able to verify the attribution of this quote to the Dalai Lama, but even if it's not his... it's still wise): <BR> <BR> The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man... Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:25:20 EST No orgasms, but still good. For me. I saw this quote here on SP a few weeks ago... I forget where (if it's yours, please take credit!): "Happiness does not come gift-wrapped with your goal weight." <BR> <BR> For better or worse, my optimism and happiness often do seem to be tied to what I am looking forward to. Have you ever noticed that? Take, for example, the last week of work before a big, exciting vacation. Monday is suddenly not as gloomy as it can be, and by Friday I am singing and dancing down the hall, annoying coworke... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:58:15 EST Starting a SP quote collection I just stumbled upon this faaaaaaabulous collection of quotes on Coach Nancy's page. <BR> <BR> Unabashedly, I'm stealing the whole list to jump start my own new wellness-journey quote collection here on SP. Instead of posting them to my page, I'll keep them here in my blog and add to the list as I find new ones. Enjoy! (And steal to your heart's content. Share the wisdom!) <BR> <BR> "You either sacrifice today to reach tomorrow's goals, or you give up your dreams in favor of the fleeting c... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 13:56:11 EST Tracking fatigue... (help!) Measuring, weighing, and logging (oh my!) Do you ever get weary of it? If so, how do you manage to stay the course and not lose any of your hard work and progress? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 11:44:08 EST Plant Based Protein Sources This is from Bob Harper's blog, a good list! Just thought I'd share... <BR> <BR> 1. ALL kinds of beans (black, kidney, great northern, chick peas, black eyed peas, green peas, lentils, pinto beans, lima beans) <BR> 2. Tempeh <BR> 3. Seitan <BR> 4. Tofu <BR> 5. Veggie burger <BR> 6. Quinoa <BR> 7. Oatmeal <BR> 8. Brown rice <BR> 9. Whole wheat bread <BR> 10. Nuts <BR> 11. Peanut butter <BR> 12. Soy milk / Nut milks <BR> 13. Hemp Protein <BR> 14. Green Pea Protein <BR> 15. Brown Rice Protein ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:39:29 EST What's your favorite SP emoticon? When I get to my goal weight, I'm totally gonna take a pair of suspenders, thread a hula hoop through the belt loops on my jeans, and take a picture like this: <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I'm falling in love with these little bits of artwork... Seriously, who came up with him? And what could be cuter or more joyfully motivational? <BR> <BR> Also: <BR> <BR> <em>459</em> <em>26</em> <em>480</em> (peace, love, and pizza... hahaha) <BR> <BR> What are your favorites? Post 'em below..... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 09:24:36 EST Fat's chance: Kicking thinspiration to the curb I've tried the motivational trick of posting pictures of fit women, beautiful women, impossibly thin women... in strategic locations in my environment to remind me of my goals and provide me with "thinspiration." It hasn't worked. <BR> <BR> In fact, it backfired bigtime. Those photos have been a trigger for discouragement (I have sooooo far to go) and self-recrimination which, when you're an emotional eater, leads guess-where?! Images of physical perfection are everywhere, and if I dug deep... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 08:12:36 EST Shock without awe: I'm heavier than a heavyweight bodybuilder Yesterday, I saw a documentary called "Bigger Stronger Faster" about the use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs in sports. But that contentious issue is not the subject of this post. I am far too distracted and horrified by an effect the filmmakers did not intend and had no way of knowing their movie would have on me... so let's start there.  <BR> <BR> Me: an overweight -- obese (let's be honest) -- disheartened woman who wanted to lose 20 pounds when she was in high school, then 30... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 01:24:02 EST