SUZIEW27's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUZIEW27 SUZIEW27'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/ And We're Off..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595113 Today is the first official day of BLC24!! We've been getting to know each other in the Jungle for a few days so that's been fun but know it's time to get serious and get our game faces on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l204087642.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to have a strong start so I'm going to focus on the things that have worked best for me in the past. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Track, track, track. It seems so simple but I let busyness become an excuse for no... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:42:28 EST Jungle ABCs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588539 BLC24 is now open and in the Jungle we like to introduce ourselves to our teammates!! <BR> <BR> So, here I go.... <BR> <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> <BR> Sometimes. I feel like I will never be the strongest or fastest person but I can give it my best shot. <BR> <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> <BR> Definitely a Goldie, This will be my 8t... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 20:52:56 EST Let's be Honest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534283 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1883760139.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Week 2 loss: -.5 <BR> Total BLC23 Loss: -5.4 <BR> Weekly Fitness Minutes: 625 <BR> Weekly Calorie Differential: ???? <BR> <BR> <BR> OK, so I'm going to lay it all out here. As you can see above, I don't know what my calorie differential for the week was. And the reason I don't know that? It's simple. I have been a tracker slacker!! You like that one? <BR> <BR> There were three or four days this past week whe... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 20:46:39 EST Let's Not Make Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527714 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1104126256.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Week 2 loss: -.8 <BR> Total BLC23 Loss: -4.9 <BR> Weekly Fitness Minutes: 520 <BR> Weekly Calorie Differential: -4763 <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Halloween and the start of the fall holiday season. It would be easy to use the holidays as an excuse to go off plan. There is junk food all over my office (and that temptation will be there through the end of the year). There are parties, shopping, get-togethers and othe... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:12:45 EST Over that Hill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521632 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1344712613.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week I mentioned that I am at the weight where I tend to plateau but I made a plan last week and stuck to it and things went very well on the scale this morning. <BR> <BR> Week 2 loss: -1.8 <BR> Total BLC23 Loss: -4.1 <BR> Weekly Fitness Minutes: 750 <BR> Weekly Calorie Differential: -4416 <BR> <BR> I had a few extra days off last weekend and decided that I was going to really push the exercise minutes--... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:45:38 EST This is Where I Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515567 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1847664909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Week 2 loss: -.3 <BR> Total BLC23 Loss: -2.3 <BR> Weekly Fitness Minutes: 510 <BR> Weekly Calorie Differential: -3635 <BR> <BR> I am at the weight that my body likes to hold on to but I am not giving up. I am going to keep pushing until my body resets where it wants to be. I just have to push harder and really focus on nutrition. <BR> <BR> I was 50% on my goals from last week. I've stayed out of the market ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:48:03 EST Still Tweaking My Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509325 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1302995239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 2 loss: -1.1 <BR> Total BLC23 Loss: -2.0 <BR> Weekly Fitness Minutes: 465 <BR> Weekly Calorie Differential: -6222 <BR> <BR> Today is the beginning of week 3 of BLC23. Time sure is flying by already!! I did pretty well with my goals this week. I drank plenty of water and haven't been drinking soda, I lost a little over a pound and my freggie intake definitely increased. <BR> So, meeting all of my goa... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 21:19:04 EST The Good, The Bad and the Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502845 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2020402693.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Week 1 loss: -.9 <BR> Total BLC23 Loss: -.9 <BR> Weekly Fitness Minutes: 510 <BR> Weekly Calorie Differential: -2052 <BR> <BR> We have reached the end of the first week, traditionally a great week for most people. I had a pretty average week. I checked in with my team, tracked my food and got my 500 fitness minutes goal (barely). I did not drink enough water (and still let a couple of diet cokes in there) or lose... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 20:34:49 EST Let's Get Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495792 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l62464353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, it’s official, here we are starting BLC23. I am excited for the next 12 weeks which will bring us to right before Christmas. I plan to successfully navigate a couple of holidays and several parties (more details on that as they draw closer). <BR> <BR> I just finished Chris Powell’s book on carb cycling and while I will not be following the plan, I liked several things he had to say in his book. The first thin... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:54:25 EST Twelve weeks to..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495270 Another round of BLC starts tomorrow. I had a great round last round, exceeding the weight loss goal I set at the beginning of the round. I am pushing for just over a pound a week over the next 12 weeks for a total loss of 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> I had built a lot of great habits last round but over the break I have pretty much broken every one of them so it's time to get back to basics. <BR> <BR> Tracking: I will be tracking here on SP everything I eat. Meals, snacks, drinks, they will all ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:39:05 EST BLC23 Intro....The ABCs of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489621 <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? A little bit of a push but I'm not maniacal about it <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? I guess I'm a Goldie. This will be my eighth (ninth?) round of BLC. I was with the Sapphires for several rounds and switched to the Tigers last round <BR> <BR> C is for CHILDREN...you have? none (but love to spoil my three nieces and my nephew) <BR> ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:39:42 EST Finals Week: BLC22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461930 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1567666074.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Week 11 loss: -2.7 <BR> Total Loss: -24.2 <BR> Weekly Fitness Minutes: 520 <BR> Weekly Calorie Differential: -9097 <BR> <BR> Today begins the final week of BLC22. I have decided I want to treat this week like final exams and put into practice everything I have learned this round so, with that said, my goals for this week are: <BR> <BR> 1. At least 5 servings of freggies every day (I plan to go visit the farmer’... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:27:28 EST 10 weeks down....2 to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455629 For all those in BLC22, can you believe that we only have two weeks left of our 12 week challenge? Where did the time go? <BR> <BR> Week 10 loss (I think I've been behind on my weeks all round): -.6 <BR> Total Loss: -21.5 <BR> Weekly Fitness Minutes: 480 <BR> Weekly Calorie Differential: -2780 <BR> <BR> <BR> I have found that it's getting easier and easier to not track food. I keep putting that as my number one goal and it will be again this week. I've also let a few sugary items into my d... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:21:04 EST Goal Met!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448070 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1299095847.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Week 8 Loss: -1.2 <BR> Total loss: 20.9 <BR> Weekly Fitness Minutes: 310 <BR> Weekly Calorie Differential: -4287 <BR> <BR> So, I met my BLC22 goal of 20 pounds lost and since I have three more weeks before the round ends, I'm going to push for 25 pounds (I can do five more pounds in three weeks, right?). <BR> <BR> This is my plan for the next three weeks: <BR> <BR> 1. Track, track, track. I'm getting back into... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 20:47:58 EST No Loss but No Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440248 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1900162955.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Week 6 Weight Loss: 0.00 <BR> Total Weight Loss: 19.7 <BR> Total Weekly Fitness Minutes: 220 <BR> Weekly Calorie Deficit: ???? <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I had a rough week. As you can se, my fitness minutes were way down this week and I didn't track food a couple of days so I don't know my weekly deficit. So this week, I'm going back to square 1. <BR> <BR> 1. Track every bite that goes into my mouth <BR> 2. At leas... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:54:21 EST Another Week, Another Loss!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431745 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l527968331.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 6 Weight Loss: 2.0 <BR> Total Weight Loss: 19.7 <BR> Total Weekly Fitness Minutes: 420 <BR> Weekly Calorie Deficit: -6771 <BR> <BR> <BR> I’m still trying to find a place to move in the next couple of weeks and the packing has really cut into my workout schedule. Thankfully I made a huge dent in it last night and really only have the stuff that I’m still using and my closet left to pack. I’ve contacted... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:00:54 EST Wednesday PAWSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424124 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2115182849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 6 Weight Loss: .9 lbs <BR> Total Weight Loss: 17.7 <BR> Total Weekly Fitness Minutes: 325 <BR> Weekly Calorie Deficit: -4088 <BR> <BR> <BR> This week has been a little stressful for me (long story but it involves finding a new place to live in a rather short amount of time) and I didn’t put as much effort into my BLC as I have the first five weeks (as evidenced by my low calorie deficit and my low... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:29:09 EST Strategies for success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418277 I shared the following with my former BLC team but thought some others might benefit from it as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> Good evening my Sapphire friends! I wanted to drop by and share some things that have been on my mind the past couple of days. Those of you who read my Wednesday blogs have already heard some of this but I thought I'd come share it with everyone. For those of you who are new to the Sapphires, let me tell you. I was with this wonderful group of ladies for a year and a half. At... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:37:46 EST Week 5 Reflections/Week 6 Visions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l615948615.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Week 5 Weight Loss: 2.4 lbs <BR> Total Weight Loss: 16.8 <BR> Total Weekly Fitness Minutes: 510 <BR> Weekly Calorie Deficit: -9133 <BR> <BR> This is the fifth week in a row that I have had a loss on the scale. I must be doing something right. I am almost back at the weight that my body wants to hold on to so I know the weight loss is going to start to stall soon but since what I am doing right now is working, I’m ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:50:38 EST Wednesday Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409466 This week’s loss: -3.1 <BR> Total loss: -14.40 <BR> <BR> CICO differential -10816 <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes: 550 <BR> <BR> Another successful BLC week for me!! We are 4 weeks into the 12 week challenge and I am almost ¾ of the way to my weight loss goal of 20 pounds for the entire challenge. I’ve been working hard and continuing to build on those healthy habits that are proving successful. When the BLC results were posted last Sunday, I found that I am currently ranked #8 overall (this i... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:48:33 EST Another Successful Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402254 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l30908771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This week’s loss: -3.5 <BR> Total loss: -11.30 <BR> <BR> CICO differential -9042 <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes: 505 <BR> <BR> As you can see, week 3 of BLC22 went well for me. I think it was a good decision to shake things up and switch teams this round. It has re-motivated me to get back to focusing on me and my journey. <BR> <BR> Last week I met every goal except one: I did not get 10,000 steps in every day... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:01:07 EST Making Healthy Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395257 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l5242596.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Weight Loss (week 2) -2.9 <BR> <BR> Total Weight loss -7.8 <BR> <BR> Week 2 fitness minutes: 535 <BR> <BR> Week 2 calorie differential: -9144 <BR> <BR> Well, I must be doing something right. I feel great and have a lot of energy as we start week three of BLC22. <BR> <BR> I met all of my goals from last week. I have been tracking faithfully for two weeks now, I have gotten up every morning for a week and worked... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:35:25 EST Effort = Results (Week 1 recap, week 2 plan) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386866 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1060208306.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Weekly Calorie Deficit (CICO): -6412 <BR> <BR> Exercise Minutes: 480 <BR> <BR> Lost: -4.9 pounds <BR> <BR> I had an <em>345</em> week 1 of BLC. I tracked my food, I tracked my exercise, I kept track of my calorie deficit and I have checked in with my team daily. You may notice my weight loss is way higher than my calorie deficit shows it could be and I am going to attribute this to getting back on track after... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:23:24 EST 12 Weeks to Lifestyle Changes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381990 For our first weekend challenge of BLC22, we have been asked to blog about our goals for this round of BLC. <BR> <BR> There are so many things that I want to change, it's nice to sit down and pare those down so they don't get so overwhelming and while the weight loss is nice, I almost think it is secondary to creating healthy, life long habits. With those habits, the weight loss just follows. <BR> <BR> So, my goals for the next 12 weeks: <BR> <BR> 1. Get back to a morning workout routine... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 23:26:45 EST Week 1 Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378955 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977796790.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's official!! BLC22 has started. I am so ready to get back to the structure of BLC. After taking too many weeks off, it's time to get serious and get back to it. <BR> <BR> Because I am still house sitting for a friend until Saturday, cleaning out the pantry isn't really an option for me but what I CAN do is stock up on good choices--fruits and veggies, lean proteins and other healthy choices. I will plan my mea... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:11:55 EST Tenacious Jungle Tigers Survey--BLC 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375647 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> <BR> Competition gives me a little push but I've never been fast enough/strong enough to be first so I really enjoy just having a group of people doing something with me <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... <BR> <BR> I'm definitely a veteran. Been with the BLC for 7 rounds, all with the Sapphires <BR> <BR> <BR> C is for CHILDREN... <BR> <BR> no children, not married <BR> <BR> <BR> D is for DOWNFALL... <BR> <BR> My... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 14:07:45 EST Crunch Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308637 As some of you know, I am doing another half marathon at the end of the month with Team in Training while raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am running in honor of my friend Juanita who was diagnosed with two rare strains of Leukemia last fall. She is a fighter but has really struggled with this disease. <BR> <BR> While training for a half marathon and raising money is hard, Juanita’s fight is even harder. If you would like to donate to the cause, you can do so at my sec... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:45:24 EST Ask Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283051 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l146964189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are 8 weeks into round 21 of the Biggest Loser Challenge and I'll admit it, I'm tired!! I've got so much going on right now, it's hard to compartmentalize it all. I've got fundraising and training for a half marathon, a full time job, just got back from vacation and co-captain duties for my Steely Sapphire Soldiers team. But you know what? I refuse to throw in the towel and give up. <BR> <BR> It's easy to make... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:50:46 EST Welcome Aboard Steely Sapphire Soldiers!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202740 I am so thrilled to be starting another round of the Biggest Loser Challenge. When I joined this challenge in September 2011, I didn't really know what to expect. As a Sapphire, I was challenged every day of the week in both exercise and dietary choices. <BR> <BR> When you first join the BLC, it is a little overwhelming. You have all kinds of new people coming in, some from past rounds and others who are joining for the first time. Then you have so much information to go through at first. T... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:53:08 EST 2013: The Year to Come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180096 So, we all know that the new year usually comes with promises to get started, to do better or to succeed. Whether it be finances, weight loss, jobs or something else, the week between Christmas and Jan 1 we start reflecting on the past year and determining what we will do better or different when that calendar on the wall gets changed. <BR> <BR> I feel like I had a pretty successful year this past year. I have stuck with the Biggest Loser Challenge for four more rounds. This past round I did... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 18:30:52 EST BLC Break!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152682 It's hard to believe another round of BLC is coming to a close!! The Sapphire team has had a very successful round (the best since I've been on the team) and we are still Sprinting toward the finish with four days left. <BR> <BR> BUT, what happens in four days, when the structure of challenges and a team is gone? How do we survive the holidays and undue all of the success that we have had? <BR> <BR> Well, I believe the first step is making a plan!! So, here is my plan: <BR> <BR> 1. I have ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 14:38:16 EST Giving Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143570 Happy Thanksgiving to all of those Spark Friends in the US. Today is a day to be with friends and family. There are so many things I am thankful for in my life. I thought I'd take the time to sit down and share some of them. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. My family. They are far away but I know there are there when I need them <BR> 2. My friends. Real life and online friends support me in whatever I am doing <BR> 3. My job. Yes it can get crazy and hectic and there are days that are miserable but for th... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:53:08 EST I've done it again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137892 I have been a member of Team in Training (TNT) off and on over the past six years. I joined for the first time in 2006 and initially signed up to do my first half marathon. Through my coaching and my TNT friends, I felt strong enough to go ahead and sign up for the full marathon instead of the half. I have now fundraised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society while training for three different races. I just signed up today to join my fourth race with TNT!t <BR> <BR> Rock N Roll Phoenix 2007 w... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:50:41 EST Movie Quote Game--Take 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132676 1. “Even a poor tailor is entitled to some happiness!” <BR> ??? <BR> <BR> 2. "I know you are, but what am I?” <BR> Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure <BR> <BR> 3. "They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God.” <BR> ????? <BR> <BR> 4. "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." <BR> Ferris Bueller’s Day Off <BR> <BR> 5. “How's it going, royal ugly dudes?” <BR> <BR> Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure <BR> <BR> 6. “Carpe diem. Seize the da... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:59:38 EST Movie Quote Game--Take 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131473 <BR> Can you name which movies these quotes are from? <BR> <BR> 1. "...Bond. James Bond." <BR> <BR> Casino Royale, <BR> <BR> 2. “I'm sorry, sir. I could never answer to a whistle.” <BR> <BR> The Sound of Music <BR> <BR> 3. "Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye." <BR> <BR> ???? <BR> <BR> 4. "Hasta la vista, baby." <BR> <BR> Terminator 2 <BR> <BR> 5. "I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries." <BR> <BR>... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:36:59 EST Movie Quote Game--Take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130513 The Movie Quote Game Part <BR> <BR> (Applause! Applause!) <BR> <BR> Official games Rules: <BR> 1. Keep track of your own points. 1 point per correct answer. Please check your answers by clicking on the link to my blog and post your points in the comments section: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_ <BR> individual.asp?blog_id=5130460 <BR> 2. Post your Day 2 answers in a blog post & then stop by Azure's chat thread to let us know you're still playing. <BR> 3. -1,000,000 points if you... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:57:13 EST Movie Quote Game!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129893 OK, here goes <BR> <BR> emoticon The Movie Quote Game Part 1emoticon <BR> <BR> (Applause! Applause!) <BR> <BR> Official games Rules: <BR> 1. Keep track of your own points <BR> 2. Post your answers in a blog post & then let me know you are playing by posting on the Azure chat thread. <BR> 3. -1,000,000 points if you cheat and use internet searches or peek at other people's answers. <BR> Prize: Winner gets bragging rights & a sparkgoodie! (Must participate in all four parts to be eligible fo... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 19:21:24 EST November 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120531 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l672019652.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is November 1. The day after what is often the glutton-fest of Halloween (thankfully I had no issues with this last night). I always feel like the first day of a new month is a good time to review where I am at with everything. <BR> <BR> So, here goes: <BR> <BR> I have decided the November is going to be the month I give up diet sodas for good!!! One of the girls on the Sapphires (shout out Stasha!) have u... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:50:34 EST Halfway Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106320 We are in week 6 of BLC20. It's the halfway point, the point where the newness and excitement has started to fade and old habits my start to creep back into our daily lives. <BR> <BR> I have had a pretty successful first six weeks of the challenge (I'm well on my way to reaching my goal of 10 pounds lost over the 12 weeks, I'm over halfway there) but I want to continue to have some success. Back in September when BLC began, we blogged our plan for the challenge. I thought it was time to rev... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 19:04:03 EST A few pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100177 Here is the view off the back porch where I was housesitting this weekend <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l949597186.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of Shadow (who I walked with a lot this weekend) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l289921951.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> And here are a couple of pictures of the beautiful view I have from my office window (makes it worth coming to work sometimes) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:28:21 EST Sunshine and Shadow!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095746 This weekend I am house sitting for a friend (Friday night - Sunday afternoon/evening). I love staying at this friend's house because it feels like a mini-getaway whenever I get to hang there. She has a black lab named Shadow who is very gentle. He gets taken on a walk in the morning and a walk in the evening and this is why I stay at my friend's place when she and her kids go out of town. <BR> <BR> The down side of staying here is that very often I treat it like a vacation. I eat junk and j... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:56:56 EST BLC20 Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059679 The next round the the Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC20) started this past Wednesday. In order to succeed, you need a plan so I wanted to put one into action. I don't want to try and do too much at once so this plan is going to be pretty simple. <BR> <BR> 1. Track, track, track. I have made my tracker viewable on SP so that my fellow Sapphires and BLCers can keep me accountable if they notice me slacking in this area. Even if I go over my calorie range for the day, I need to track everything. ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 21:38:13 EST Familiarity = Complacency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956249 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l964679305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been thinking a little bit about how I get stuck. I get stuck with my weight loss, I get stuck with my job and I get stuck with my social life once in a while. This brings me to ask why? What is it that makes me give up caring every once in a while (this is especially true with my weight loss). <BR> <BR> My answer? Complacency!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966296737.jpg">... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 10:24:15 EST Best Veggie Recipe (My new favorite anyway) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888508 One of the girls at work shared her version of the Whole Foods Super Foods Salad with me. This makes a TON of salad so it's a great recipe to take to a picnic or potluck. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422676562.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Super Foods Salad with Acai Dressing <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 20 <BR> Number of Servings: 20 <BR> <BR> Tips <BR> <BR> all measurements are approximate and adjustable to your taste. Salad is even better after letting it marinate ... Sat, 19 May 2012 12:10:19 EST My Plate vs . Healthy Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883140 Do you remember when Michelle Obama and the USDA took the food pyramid and made it into a plate to make things more clear to the general public? <BR> <BR> <link>www.choosemyplate.gov/print-material<BR>s-ordering/graphic-resources.html </link> <BR> <BR> Yes, it is a step up but there are still a few issues with the My Plate plan. <BR> <BR> For example, My Plate says to make at least half or you grains whole. Why wouldn't you make all of your grains whole? The protein area of the plate ... Tue, 15 May 2012 20:19:26 EST Just Do It (Race Report) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857289 Below is my race report from the Country Music Half Marathon yesterday but before I get to that, I just want to share something. I am not someone people look at and would say, "She's an athlete" or "She's athletic." People would probably never guess that I've done a full marathon, several half marathons, some sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and even a half Ironman. I am 90 pounds from my goal weight but I refuse to let that stop me from enjoying some of these things. <BR> <BR> If you... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 09:37:58 EST Stop Being a Weight Loss Martyr! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846365 Today's email for the April 30 Day Weight-Loss-Athon from 52 Weight Loss Missions was so good I had to share it! So many people don't take care of themselves because they are so concerned about caring for everyone else in their lives, it is a necessary thing to take a step back and look at why YOU need to take care of YOURSELF: <BR> <BR> Step 1 <BR> <BR> The first step today is to realize that saying yes to your weight loss means saying no to other things and to other people’s priorities, a... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:38:22 EST Stop Overeating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840057 I posted this challenge for my BLC interim team and it was suggested I put it in the blog so it can be accessed later. Besides, I'm happy to share the info! <BR> <BR> One last challenge for anyone who would like one while we wait for BLC19 to open. This one was again taken from 52weightlossmissions.com 30 day weight loss-athon. Sorry, ladies, it looks like a lot of reading but it's really not bad! <BR> <BR> Stop Overeating (Part 1) <BR> <BR> For most of us with extra weight, overeating pla... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:34:41 EST It's MOSTLY in the Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835110 Have you heard this before? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l424594520.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What about this? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l395164968.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> There have been too many times when I have used my exercise as an excuse to eat poorly. I believe this is why I am still struggling to get to my goal weight. I can do really well with an eating plan for a few days and even a week but then I go off plan too much the ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 18:41:58 EST It Takes a Village (BLC19 Registration now open) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809541 I long ago discovered the importance of community when it comes to losing weight. Community is important for several reasons. <BR> <BR> First, it is important to have a community of people to keep you ACCOUNTABLE. You know when you are really failing at something but can very often convince yourself that it's not as bad as it really is. Having a group of people to ask you, "Hey, how are you doing with (fill in the blank with tracking, exercising, training, giving up sugar, soda, etc)" is ver... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 19:43:43 EST