SWEET*TRINA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEET%2ATRINA SWEET*TRINA'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/ Williams Sonoma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872812 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l172868335.jpg"> <BR> <BR> December 30, 2011: <BR> I was invited by the amazing Chef Beth Casey to do a demo as a "Guest Chef" at Williams Sonoma in Corte Madera, CA come Spring 2012!!!! *jumps for joy* :D <BR> I AM BEYOND THRILLED!!!! <BR> This is truly a dream come true :D <BR> GOD IS SO GOOD! &#9829; <BR> <BR> === <BR> <BR> The cooking demo last April 21st was SUCH a wonderful, <BR> memorable and fun experience---a... Tue, 8 May 2012 18:51:05 EST My own The Fit for Life eCookbook Vol. 1 is finally OUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4080621 After 4 months of painstaking work, it's finally here!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l488727740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My FIT FOR LIFE eCookbook Vol. 1: 50 Easy, Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Food Lovers. <BR> <BR> Nourishing, flavorful, guilt-free recipes to satisfy the health-conscious food lovers. 100+ pages of full-color photographs, detailed nutritional analyses, shopping guide, healthy cooking methods, motivational quotes, fat loss methods & tips on how ... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 04:33:28 EST "Orthorexia And The New Rules of Clean Eating - Part 2" by:Tom Venuto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3700090 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l721477537.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is such a great article! I love learning so much from this journey to getting fit. <em>224</em> TOM VENUTO ROCKS!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.burnthefatblog.com/archives/2009<BR>/10/orthorexia_and_clean_eating.php </link> Thu, 7 Oct 2010 19:16:56 EST Lessons learned in my journey to get fit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3613744 September 7, 2010 at 2:25am <BR> <BR> Doubt whom you will, but never yourself. <BR> <BR> You just have to accept that there is NO magic pill...NONE. If you want to look good, have tons of energy, get strong and stay FIT? Then, you must be willing to do the HARD WORK. <BR> <BR> If you want to see changes in your physique then you’re going to have to break out of your comfort zone. You cannot change anything by sticking to your current bad or lax habits. <BR> <BR> Surround yourself with P... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 06:00:02 EST My Dream Project LAUNCHED: FIGHTER DIET Recipe eBook (July 29, 2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3487695 "Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities." ~Sue Atchley Ebaugh <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l606477122.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I AM BEYOND THRILLED as my "dream project" was launched YESTERDAY! <em>104</em> I am an aspiring chef but I didn't push through Culinary School. Its very expensive and also, I cannot live a "healthy" lifestyle if I had to work with heavy creams, butter and rich ingredients in school. I was introduced to the FIGHTER DIET l... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 07:17:33 EST My First 5K Run: The San Francisco Marathon (July 25,2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3487669 "The principle is competing against yourself. <BR> It's about self improvement, <BR> about being better than you were the day before.” ~Steve Young <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l919360587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I AM NOT A RUNNER. That was me 2 months ago. <BR> Actually, a few years ago. No, I meant, the last 31 years of my life. <BR> <BR> Since 4th grade, I have been overweight. And that was a hindrance to any athletic dreams I would have. Not that I was aiming... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 06:57:45 EST Every thing needs to serve a purpose... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3184324 Fighter Diet is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. It can be used to cut a lot of fat but it’s not a project you go on and then move on to something else. if you do you will regain what you lost. It’s how it works. What takes you places is what will KEEP you in the place you want to be in… <BR> <BR> When you choose what kinds of foods you want to have included in your life, you must remember your goal. You want to lean out? Then you must watch where you get your calories and what nutrients and so... Sun, 2 May 2010 03:37:49 EST Spring'10 Training Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3157815 February-March 2010: <BR> Super sets. 3 Sets + Warm Up. <BR> 12-14-16 Reps on Light Days. 6-8-10 Reps on Heavy Days. <BR> Only Push Ups for Chest. <em>320</em> <BR> BACK/LEGS/CALVES (2x) <BR> CHEST/SHOULDERS/ARMS (1x) <BR> HIITs 30 Mins/Session; Cardiokickboxing 30 Mins/Session = 3-5x/week <BR> <BR> April-May 2010: <BR> 4 way split. Triple Drops. 3 Sets + Warm Up. <BR> 6-8-10 Reps. Heavy Lifting. <BR> Day#1: BACK/LEGS/CALVES with Arc Trainer HIITs (gym) <BR> Day#2: OFF **walking with s... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 08:20:11 EST How to get "lean" and stay "lean"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1785880 From my ultimate fave, PAULINE NORDIN: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/2/b429450689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am sitting here writing on my Fighter Diet “the short-cut” ebook and I can’t help thinking about all those truths about losing weight and or get lean and mean. I’m in a funny mood this night, just got back from leg training and I’m on a high. It’s so easy to get in shape it’s almost embarassing. If you are healthy, not paralyzed or have a serious illness, there is absolute... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 05:52:41 EST The answer to my frustrations about my ABS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1758319 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/5/b152904774.jpg"> <BR> *my dream abs...Pauline Nordin's abs are AMAZING!* <BR> <BR> "The lower abs is often the first place the fat goes when you gain it, <BR> and the last place it comes off when you're losing it. <BR> Think of ab fat like the deep end of the swimming pool. <BR> No matter how much you protest, <BR> there is no way you can drain the deep end before the shallow end." <BR> ---Tom Venuto <BR> <BR> I NEED TO WORK HARD: DIET &... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 03:03:04 EST Crunch CARDIO Dance PARTY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1755763 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/6/b361365979.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got my first ever fitness DVD from Netflix! <em>104</em> <BR> Soooo excited to do this next week...I WILL KICK A$$, for sure <em>244</em> <em>216</em> <BR> Starting this week, I am committing myself to do these fitness videos 2-4x/week for my cardio. I am also adding a 30-60 min/day walk on work days. And add 60-90 min/day (2-3x/week) hike with HIITs on my monthly week off. <BR> <BR> My 2009 Goals: <BR> 1) 38-... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 03:06:33 EST 7 WEEKS OUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1755755 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/2/b521918941.jpg"> <BR> ***Pauline Nordin: My ultimate favorite female bodybuilder!!!*** <BR> <BR> WE ARE STILL ON, LADIES!!! <BR> 2009 IS OUR YEAR FOR PHYSICAL IMPROVEMENT :) <BR> ARE WE JUST GOING TO SLACK? <BR> GIVE OUR 50-85% EFFORT? <BR> OR ARE WE GOING TO GIVE IT OUR ALL??? <BR> LET YOUR BODY SPEAK FOR WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT LIFE! <BR> FAT = UNDISCIPLINED. TALKER. SAD. <BR> FIT = DISCIPLINED. DOER. HAPPY. <BR> SO, WHICH ONE... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 02:56:17 EST I just kicked Jillian Michael's a$$ :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1730077 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/7/b976680938.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I bought my first ever workout video, Jillian Michael's CARDIO KICKBOXING. It's a group exercise lasting 20-25 minutes long with warm-ups. I finally did it tonight (Pauline Nordin - yup, PAULINE NORDIN was telling me to get my lazy ass working! Haha!) Anyhoo, it looked easy. I was doing it for 10 minutes and I was thinking, why am I not breaking any sweat? Was it too easy for me? Hmmmmmmmm...Then alas, after the next ... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 22:59:29 EST Commitment. Dedication. Strength. Consistency---whether on vacation or NOT. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1705244 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/5/b451026614.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had a terrible stomach flu last week (1/5-1/7). I missed work, my 2nd day of training and several Cardio sessions. Thank God I got well in time for our trip to Lake Tahoe (1/10-1/13). <em>41</em> Though I was on vacation, I was very disciplined when it came to eating. I packed my protein shakes, protein bars, oatmeal, splenda, odwalla drinks, brown rice, green tea and flaxseeds. I was able to enjoy the home-cooked... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 04:01:16 EST Goal: Size 4...OMG, I'm almost there!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1650904 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/8/b684520932.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay okay. So my friend gave me a pair of GAP Skinny Jeans for Christmas. As of October/November last year, Size 6 jeans fit me well. I asked my friend to get me a Regular Size 4 (to get me motivated to FIT in it!!!). When I tried it on, it didn't fit me yet. I can't even button it. <em>198</em> But a few weeks after, I tried it on...and surprisingly, IT FITS ME! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> I know I have THAT "muffi... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 04:21:26 EST You can either make excuses or get results, but you can’t do both! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1646766 5 Excuses For Not Getting In Shape That Won’t Fly In 2009 <BR> by: Tom Venuto <BR> <BR> It’s 2009. Your old excuses for not getting in shape won’t work. As Dr. Evil (Austin Powers) said, ZIP IT! I don’t want to hear them anymore! Read em’, then haul your excuseless butt to the gym! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. I have no time <BR> <BR> According to a story in a recent issue of Men’s Health magazine, Barack Obama works out for 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Obama doesn’t just play basketball either... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 04:14:51 EST Out-doing myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1631968 I was able to deadlift (stiff legged deads) 135 lbs ( 2x 45 lb plates + 45 lb bar) last Sunday. Wuhoooooo!!! I started doing deadlifts this year at 60 lbs. So proud of myself. I had a great workout last Sunday especially for my shoulders & legs. My legs have never been this sore...OMG! <em>28</em> But I am glad that I pushed myself at the gym. <BR> <BR> I am also back to 155 lbs. I gained 2 lbs in between the weeks of December. And I am taking responsibility for it: lack of Cardio and ate... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 07:23:12 EST Need to spark up my Spark Page SOON!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1625000 I haven't been updating my Sparkpage lately. Photos, measurements or weigh ins, workout plans, workout logs etc. I have been religiously logging in my workout routine, but it's still scribbled in my notebook. Still haven't found the motivation to type it all in. November 'til present...that's a lot! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Also, I wasn't able to measure last November but I weighed in at 155 lbs. I will try my best to update my page. My data may not be updated but that doesn't mean I'm losin... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 18:00:06 EST From OUT of Shape to IN shape by Pauline Nordin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1624169 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/0/b107372552.jpg"> <BR> (my ultimate IDOL and inspiration...PAULINE NORDIN) <BR> <BR> Pauline Nordin | Pauline's Ramble... | Tuesday, 18 November 2008 <BR> <BR> There is this one young woman at my gym who´ve been there as long as I remember. One month she his pretty normal weight. The other month she is fat. And then almost thin. Which then transforms into fat again. <BR> <BR> She seems to be out of control of her lifestyle and her diet in part... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 01:24:55 EST My Holiday Fitness Challenge To You (by TOM VENUTO) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1599352 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/3/b930187412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Media reports say that most people gain between 5 and 10 pounds of body fat in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. According to research from the New England Journal of Medicine, the average amount is much more modest - just over a pound. However, even modest holiday weight gain may be cause for concern: A study by the National Institutes of Health found that this seasonal weight gain - even just a pound... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 05:47:24 EST Food, Training Routine & Calories Burned DAILY LOG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1594572 For my detailed Training Routine, it will remain logged on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Starting DEC 2008, I will be using FitDay.com for my food intake & calories burned. <em>250</em> Thanks, Amy! <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> <link>fitday.com/fitness/PublicJournals.ht<BR>ml?Owner=glamdiva%2Atrina </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Dec 2008 18:15:57 EST My first size 6 jeans! Wuhoooo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1579188 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/7/b175792956.jpg"> <BR> (Old size 8 jeans compared with my new size 6 jeans...) <BR> <BR> Bought my first size 6 jeans EVER! I am soooo ecstatic that it fits me well. <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>236</em> Next goal? 18% Body Fat by Winter (December 2008-February 2009) <em>104</em> <em>250</em> <em>84</em> I WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!! Thanks for believing in me, SparkFriends! <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Sweet*Trina <em>252</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2008 01:48:12 EST Training Routine (11/20-12/20): Two Way Split http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1572135 I will change my Strength Training routine from: <BR> #1: Chest/Back/Calves/ Abs <BR> #2: Shoulders/Arms/Legs/ Abs <BR> ***Techniques: 'Descending, Drop Sets with 'Rest-Pause' & 'Partials'. Low Reps and Heavy Lifting*** <BR> TO <BR> #1: Push (Chest/ Front & Side Deltoids/ Triceps), Calves and ABS <BR> #2: Pull (Back/ Rear Deltoids/ Biceps), Legs (Hams, Quads, Glutes) and ABS <BR> with the same Bodybuilding techniques. <BR> <BR> ***SPLIT#1*** <BR> <BR> CHEST <BR> >Smith Machine Incline ... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 14:14:45 EST 8 Weeks Out: Action plan for the Holiday Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1570315 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/3/b735851494.jpg"> INSPIRATION: LEAH DIZON <BR> <BR> My plan of action this Holiday Season...Also, we will be in Lake Tahoe <link>www.visitinglaketahoe.com/ </link> for a family trip come 2nd week of January. I want to look "more toned" come that week. Here's my plan... <BR> <BR> 8 Weeks Out <BR> Start: November 17,2009 - Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> The Workouts <BR> <BR> Two-Way Split ST (1.5- 2 Hours/Session) <BR> (1) Push Routine (Chest/Sh... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 14:43:18 EST Elephant Bar's MOCHA MUD PIE *yum* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1560529 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/5/b953777498.jpg">After the 10-week challenge, I decided to have a cheat meal last night on our datenight. Dinner was semi-healthy: grilled pork (no fats) with vinegar/soy sauce/garlic dipping sauce, sunny side up egg, brown rice. But I went all-out on the dessert!!! Our all-time fave....Elephant Bar's Mocha Mud Pie: Coffee Ice Cream, Oreo Cookie Crust, Whipped Cream, Nuts and Caramel/Chocolate Sauce. Mmmmmmmmmm....I shared it with my hubby, of c... Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:51:43 EST URBANMOMMY's 10-Week Challenge RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1548832 I was on Kim's 10-week challenge from September-November. <BR> <BR> ACCOUNTABILITY: Out of the 420 meals that I ate those 70 days? I only ate 1 hard-core cheat meal: Cheesecake Factory's Crispy Steak Strips with Veggies & Jasmine White Rice (1 cup) + 1/3 serving of Banana Cream Cheesecake (shared with hubby). There are days when I ate grilled skinless/boneless chicken or grilled lean pork with WHITE RICE. For me, WHITE RICE & MASHED POTATOES are a cheat meals. I prolly ate 1 cup of white ric... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 14:42:55 EST Why Is It Critical To Visualize Your Success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1503645 Well, as you're the one who's in charge of your goals and dreams, you cannot let yourself wonder about whether you've got what it takes or not. Who's to judge that? Well, you and you only. <BR> <BR> Don't listen to those telling you it's impossible. They don't know, they just think they do. Of course, hear people out, but be careful about what they tell you, and what you tell yourself. Remember, you are what you believe you are! Period. <BR> <BR> PAULINE NORDIN <BR> <BR> ==================... Thu, 9 Oct 2008 14:35:45 EST Low-Carb Fruit: Lists of the Best and Worst http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1502060 Choose Low-Sugar Fruit <BR> By Laura Dolson, About.com <BR> Updated: September 6, 2008 <BR> <BR> About.com Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medical Review Board <BR> See More About:low carb food listslow carb fruitlow carb snacksfruit <BR> Photo � Karen StruthersSponsored Links <BR> 1 rule to a flat stomach: <BR> I cut down 12 lbs of stomach fat every 2 weeks by obeying this rule! <BR> www.CarlasWeightLoss.com <BR> <BR> Zero Carbohydrate Pasta <BR> Seen on ABC Ne... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 17:39:29 EST Vegetables on a Low-Carb Diet: The Best and Worst Low-Carb Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1501727 By Laura Dolson, About.com <BR> Updated: September 6, 2008 <BR> <BR> About.com Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by our Medical Review Board <BR> See More About:low carb snackslow carb vegetableslow carb food lists <BR> Photo © Olga ShelegoLow Carb Diet Ads <BR> Low Carb Meals <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Foods <BR> <BR> Diet Menus <BR> <BR> Low Calorie Diet <BR> <BR> Eat Rite Food <BR> Most vegetables are encouraged on low-carb diets (though the carbs need to be counted ... Wed, 8 Oct 2008 13:44:59 EST DEADLIFTS...Why I love this workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1469121 BY: FRANCESCO CASTILLO (BodyBuilding.com) <BR> <BR> The Deadlift has always been considered a "Mass Building" exercise. This idea, which was first only supported by the pioneers of bodybuilding, has now begun to be supported by scientific evidence. The Deadlift, like other exercises that involve the intervention of compound muscle synergies like the Squat and Bench Press, acts as a noticeable factor of phsyco-physique-metabolic stressogen (or stressor) stimuli, with the stimuli being themsel... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 09:12:54 EST The MENTAL Factor (Weight-Lifting)....by Pauline Nordin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1458129 Frustrated about not being able to further increase your poundages? Convinced that your muscles could lift so much more than they do? Well, it's time to open up your mind to reach a new level! <BR> <BR> I remember when I was a child and the older ones showed me how they could carry each other using no more than their index fingers. I couldn't believe my eyes as I saw how four children lifted their class mate so easily! Well, today I more than believe it. I now know that if you believe in you... Sun, 14 Sep 2008 13:00:35 EST 9 WEEKS OUT: 100% CLEAN EATING & HEAVY LIFTING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1451834 It's been crazy busy from the time we got back from our San Diego vacation. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> We have a personal challenge in our thread (Kim's First Figure Competition) here in Sparkpeople. But I started a few days early since I was planning to do the same challenge for myself anyways. From the time I started (August 25th), I have been eating 90% clean. It was kinda hard to stay 100% clean during vacation and I just made some wrong decisions when I got back. August 25th-September 7: I... Wed, 10 Sep 2008 14:18:57 EST Back from VACATION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1439372 I'm baaaaaaaaaacccccccckkkkkkk!!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby and I went to San Digeo over the weekend for our cutie Chloe's (our rescued chihuahua-pug mix pooch) race. She represented the Bay Area region in PETCO's Search for the FASTEST CHIHUAHUA in AMERICA! Wuhoooo!!! The nationals was held Aug 31st. Over 29,000 people were in the PETCO park. Chloe' competed against 14 other regional champs. We also made it on the cover of several bay area newspaper/daily. We're ecstatic!!! <em>104</em... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 17:58:15 EST 8 WEEKS OUT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1420730 Photo Above: <BR> One of my favorite "Natural" Figure Competitor... <BR> WALESKA VALLE <BR> 2003 Max Muscle Naturals Figure 1st Place Short Class & Overall Winner <BR> ==================================== <BR> <BR> NOOOOO, I am NOT joining a Figure Competition. NOT YET. I am still at 20-21% Body Fat. My goal is 15% by Summer 2009. But I need to get to 12-13% to get qualified to join a competition. <BR> Then, why 8 Weeks Out??? Well, I want to train myself as if I was to enter one by startin... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 03:18:56 EST Need a smack on the head? READ THIS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1418381 I wanted to share this wonderful article posted by my SP Friends: <BR> Amy (MY2DOGSMAMA). Thanks so much!!! <BR> A fun yet entertaining read with no BS! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> ========================================<BR>== <BR> <BR> AN ALWYN FAT LOSS RANT <BR> By Alwyn Cosgrove <BR> <BR> This week I've heard more excuses as to why people are not losing fat than I have ever heard in my life. I have literally heard people tell their trainers, "I'm following the nutrition program exactly, ... Sat, 23 Aug 2008 16:59:25 EST Be your #1 FAN... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1391624 AM I JUST BLIND or DO I REALLY LOOK DIFFERENT NOW? (check photo above) <BR> After 14 months in Spark people...my mom, dad and my girl best friend STILL don't seem to notice the "amazing" improvements in my body. <em>39</em> When they see me, they don't say anything. I mean, ZERO. To think they all have witnessed my struggle of being overweight from 4th grade 'til I was 29. I do not understand why, for the life of me, they FOREVER see me as "FAT". I have undergone so many positive changes in... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 07:07:18 EST Why I love IFBB Pro PAULINE NORDIN... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1361760 One of my favorite Female "Natural" Bodybuilder...PAULINE NORDIN. <BR> <BR> ***Excerpts from her blog*** <BR> <BR> Who is Pauline? <BR> Fitness figure professional athlete, AST sports science spokesperson, Fitness journalist, fitness model, TV personality, Trainer and Nutrition coach, Swedish Bodybuilding champion three years in a row, Cover model Ironman magazine, Cover model Body Magazine, fitness profile etc etc. <BR> <BR> Married to photographer Pavel Ythjall, born in Sweden, now livi... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 08:59:23 EST Stay the Course... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1360373 <BR> "So you're well on your way to achieving your weight-loss goals. Feels good, right? Remember, though, my program is about total health. Those changes you're implementing in your life? They've got to be PERMANENT, baby. You might get into a size 8, or have a six-pack to show off, but that doesn't mean you can cheat, get lazy, or stop counting your calories. <BR> <BR> Keep in mind, all this work — mental and physical — is helping you look at your life in new ways, with deeper insight and... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 11:10:45 EST AIDS Walk '08: 6.2 Miles...WE DID IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1353275 WHAT? AIDS Walk San Francisco <link>www.aidswalk.net/sanfran/ </link> <BR> WHEN? JULY 20, 2008 <BR> WHERE? Golden Gate Park - SF <BR> HOW LONG IS THE WALK? 6.2 MILES <BR> REASON FOR WALKING? <BR> WE ARE WALKING TO FIND A CURE FOR AIDS..SO THAT ONE DAY, OUR "FUTURE" KIDS CAN LIVE IN A WORLD HIV/AIDS FREE. <BR> <BR> Hubby, Chloe' pooch and I attended the AIDS Walk last Sunday. Started the day by sipping a nice cup of cappuccino from Coffee to the People. Walked .2 miles from our parking to... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 07:25:17 EST I just got my "EAT-CLEAN DIET" Book by Tosca Reno http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1335300 SOOOOOO EXCITED TO READ THIS...SHE'S SUCH AN INSPIRATION! I LOVE HER OXYGEN ARTICLES. ANYHOO, I WOULD LOVE TO TRY HER "CLEAN" RECIPES TOO! *YUM*. MY GOAL IS TO REV UP MY EATING HABITS OR FOOD CHOICES TO A "CLEAN"-ER ONE THAT WOULD FIT MY LIFESTYLE. <em>30</em> <BR> I CAN SEE MYSELF REACHING THAT 18% BODY FAT GOAL COME WINTER...YAY!!! <em>244</em> <em>84</em> <em>216</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2008 09:45:27 EST AIDS Walk - San Francisco, CA: My first ever walk for a cause http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1330256 <link>www.aidswalk.net/sanfran/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am ecstatic as this is my first ever walk. <em>186</em> ..and great thing is we are doing it for a great cause. <em>104</em> Hubby and I registered for the upcoming AIDS Walk in San Francisco. We are walking 6.2 miles on July 20th so that one day, our "future" children might know a world without HIV/AIDS. <em>48</em> I am also raising funds for the WALK. Hopefully, I reach my $500 goal (I have 7 days to raise it---it should be easy!) A... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 05:47:49 EST CREATIVE DROP SETTING - By: Tom Venuto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1262868 I started bodybuilding nearly twenty years ago, and during that time, I've had the opportunity to experiment with literally dozens, if not hundreds of high intensity training methods. These include supersets, giant sets, pre-exhaustion, negatives, partials, static holds, continuous tension, peak contraction, 5 sets of 5, 8 sets of 8 and 21's just to name a few. If I were only allowed to pick one high intensity technique for building muscle, that technique would be drop sets. That's right - I ... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 00:22:21 EST The Recommended Hours of Sleep...TOM VENUTO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1241317 <link>www.formerfatguy.com/articles/sleep-<BR>recommended-hours.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Answer from Tom Venuto... <BR> <BR> Sleep is very important, but sleep is also a very misunderstood subject. Three years ago in my newsletter I wrote something about sleep that stirred up some controversy and really disgruntled a lot of readers… <BR> <BR> In issue #6 of BFS newsletter, August, 2001 in an interview with Lori Braun from female muscle.Com, I wrote: <BR> <BR> "Sleep is for wimps! A friend ... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 06:08:57 EST Tom Venuto's BURN THE FAT, FEED THE MUSCLE Concept/Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1241316 In a nutshell... <BR> <BR> 1. Have a concrete goal, write it down, and remind yourself of it every day. Dream big! You can do it! <BR> 2. Calculate your basic daily energy needs. This is done by using a formula for estimating your basal metabolic rate (BMR) and then using a multiplier for your basic activity level. You will see that discussion in detail at the bottom of this thread. <BR> 3. Eat 5-6 times a day with meals being roughly the same amount of calories. <BR> 4. Try and get roughly ... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 05:59:36 EST Happy Anniversary to ME...One year in Sparkpeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1218078 Here are my 12th SparkPeople WEIGH-IN RESULTS: <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthcentral.com/cholesterol/ho<BR>me-body-fat-test-2774-143.html </link> <BR> <BR> ***Home Body Fat Test*** <BR> <BR> Age: 30 <BR> Current Body Weight: 165 lbs. (lost 3 lbs) <BR> Sex: Female <BR> Hips: 38 inches (lost 2 inches) <BR> (Stand with your feet about 4 inches apart and <BR> measure the widest part of your hips.) <BR> Calf: 15 inches (no change) <BR> (Place your weight on your dominant leg and measu... Tue, 20 May 2008 01:59:49 EST Sick Sick Sickly Me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1210894 I have been sick with bad colds and a lil' cough for 4 days now. I wasn't able to go to work yesterday *sigh* No Strength Training this week until I am well. I will still continue to do our daily walks, but not as strenuous meaning no hiking or uphills. This is my REST week. <em>298</em> <BR> I will still have to measure my self for my 12th SP weigh-in (5/12/08). I cannot wait to measure myself. I know I lost a few inches. My upper back is flatter now and my shoulder blades are NOW visibl... Fri, 16 May 2008 02:30:06 EST How Bad Do You Want It? by: URBANMOMMY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1208713 From my fave URBANMOMMY's page: <BR> <BR> Sunday, May 04, 2008 <BR> <BR> I receive dozens of emails every week from people, asking me questions about my fitness journey. So many people want to know how I’ve been able to reach my goals and maintain them. Specifically, I am asked most often, “How do you stay motivated? How do you remain consistent with your diet and exercise plan? And how long should I expect to wait before I see results?” <BR> <BR> That last question gets asked a lot. We ... Thu, 15 May 2008 00:12:30 EST Five Ways to Rev Your Metabolism! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1175894 While it's true your metabolism naturally slows down by about 2 to 5% per decade after age 40, there are plenty of things you can do to fight back. <BR> <BR> Exercise is key for immediate - and lasting - benefits. <BR> <BR> <em>231</em> * Engage in aerobic exercise 4 to 5 days a week: It's obvious that aerobic activities like running, brisk walking, swimming, and bike riding burn calories and increase metabolism while you're working out. But interestingly enough, several studies show t... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 17:20:25 EST WHAT IS A WORKOUT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1171727 saw this in NIKKYL's page.... <BR> <BR> WHAT IS A WORKOUT? <BR> A workout is 25% PERSPIRATION and 75% DETERMINATION. <BR> Stated another way, it is one part physical exertion and three parts SELF-DISCIPLINE. <BR> Doing it is easy once you get started. <BR> A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday. <BR> It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind and toughens the spirit. <BR> When you work out regularly, your problems diminish and your CONFIDENCE grows. <BR> A workout is a ... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 04:20:29 EST ~* My Ticker is My Body Fat Percentage, Not Pounds Lost *~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1171702 My Stats...... <BR> <BR> April 2007: 43.5-35.5-42.5| 30 % Body Fat = OBESE <BR> April 2008: 40-32-39.5| 22.9% Body Fat = FIT <BR> Total Inches Loss: 9.5 <BR> <BR> 2008 Goals <BR> end of Spring: 38-30-38 OR 18% Body Fat = ATHLETIC <BR> end of Summer: 36-28-36 OR 15% Body Fat = ATHLETIC <BR> <BR> From now on, I will use my TICKER for measuring BODY FAT% instead of Pounds Lost. <em>85</em> I am throwing the scale away for now. Will start weighing again when Summer starts (June 2008). ... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 03:07:22 EST