TAYGRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TAYGRL TAYGRL'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/ More Dispatches from the Month from Hell... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479937 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ffd85305-afdb-489e-9318-f5bcf980611e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> So my goal of getting in at least one ride a day using my Peloton app was briefly sidelined yesterday when I went to the doctor and learned I had a cyst on the top of my foot which had been the source of pain and discomfort the past week or two. But now that I how to treat it and after a day of warm compresses and pain meds I’m ready to get back at it. <BR> <BR> New goal for the mon... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 09:24:46 EST My Very Modest Goals for the Month from Hell: AKA--April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478339 And there's only three of them: <BR> <BR> 1) get in one ride a day using my beloved Peloton cycling app <BR> <BR> <em>316</em> <em>316</em> <em>316</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a223282-4cb8-483a-8122-958f59f13dc0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2) attempt a loss of 5lbs (I say attempt because, well, best laid plans...and weightloss not being linear and all.) <BR> <BR> 3) given all the work mayhem--make self care the order of the day <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Apr 2018 17:26:48 EST Another NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472760 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/699c7a75-47c5-463f-9279-ecc2ed898a9d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Down one bra band size and two cup sizes. I will take it-most definitely! Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:31:59 EST Another Upcoming Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466405 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2006b61-80e6-4ecc-9b07-1eadb75d7dbc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> So I am coming up on ride #125 with my Peloton app and this month was my “HIIT It and Quit” Challenge where my goal was to incorporate more HIIT and tabata rides for the month of February. <BR> <BR> Since I only have 4 rides left, I wanted to be very intentional so I am planning my rides out in advance: <BR> <BR> 2/25 - 45 min. Feel Good Ride w/Ally <BR> 2/26 - 20 min. Tabata Ride ... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 01:03:35 EST What SNL's Leslie Jones Can Teach Us About Real-World Wellness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461060 <link>https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articl<BR>es/what-snls-leslie-jones-can-teach-us<BR>-about-real-world-wellness?utm_term=po<BR>s-2&utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&ut<BR>m_campaign=180208 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/868e4de5-5854-4866-bbbf-d1d80b1a580c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Feb 2018 14:51:46 EST I did something I don't normally do... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455442 Yesterday, I made a semi-poor food choice purchase (convenience store cappuccino) which I promptly forgot I had when I decided to have a plain glazed donut that a coworker had brought in for me. I don't have donuts very often--in fact it had been months. And she had brought it from my favorite donut place in town--so I enjoyed it--no guilt. <BR> <BR> However, when I got back to my desk and saw that I had a coffee drink waiting for me, I took two sips and threw the rest out. I knew that had... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:20:05 EST 12 Emotional Stages of Going to the Gym First Thing in the Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452339 Pretty sure I counted at least 15 stages this morning, tho... <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Emo<BR>tional-Stages-Working-Out-First-Thing-<BR>Morning-39879121?stream_view=1#photo-39879148 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/352d81c1-2c24-40b9-b6d6-679e23e20bd1.png"> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:20:39 EST January 2018 "New Year, Better Me" Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445508 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ce4393f-74b4-4a1d-a71f-51af2818551f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Start the Year Off Like a BOSS <BR> <BR> Goal: Ride TOGETHER for 20-22 rides (I’m aiming for 25) in the month of January and complete 80 mins of Beyond the Ride. <BR> <BR> <em>316</em> <em>316</em> <em>316</em> <em>316</em> <em>316</em> <BR> <BR> Weekly schedule: <BR> <BR> 5 classes per week <BR> 3 short form content & 2 long form + <BR> 20mins beyond the ride {stretching,... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 11:20:58 EST What are YOU proud of this year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441590 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9233ccf5-280e-4b98-bab0-df72fc3e1154.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Getting a new position at work that challenges me. <BR> <BR> 2. Having the courage to embrace my most perfectly imperfect self. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Taking a chance on another person. Trusting someone after being hurt is hard. <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> 4. Hiding my scale and focusing on how I feel rather than a number that doesn't tell the wh... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:07:55 EST More NSV Dispatches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440264 1. I think 10 more lbs and I'll be in the next size of jeans down. <BR> 2. Being able to JOG up the hills on the campus where I work. <BR> 3. Better runs due to the cardio work I'm doing using my Peloton (indoor cycling) app. <BR> 4. Fitting in clothes I haven't worn since summer 2013. <BR> 5. Increased overall lower body flexibility (also due to the cardio work/stretching I'm doing using my Peloton app). <BR> 6. Being able to touch my foot to my butt when I perform a standing quad st... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:49:10 EST Nailed it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439935 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fa65a16-6613-4fd3-ab59-2970939fc7e1.jpg"> Aside from being a little under the weather... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:40:27 EST Accountability- 12/11 through 12/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439446 Mon: lunchtime 30-min walk (active recovery day)/PM 45-min intervals walk <BR> Tue: AM 45-min interval run/PM 45-min arms & intervals ride <BR> Wed: AM 40-min interval walk/PM 30-minute live DJ ride <BR> Thu: AM 45-min interval run/PM 45-min hip hop ride <BR> Fri: AM 45-min low impact ride <BR> Sat: 60-min rhythm ride <BR> Sun: rest (and then again, maybe not-- <em>246</em> ) <BR> <BR> How are YOU gonna boss up this week? <BR> <BR> <em>594</em> <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <em>30... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:19:18 EST ‘‘Tis the season... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436292 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44a7e4cd-4f09-44c6-9bad-1c6df120ccc2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> For bringing my “A” game, bossing up, and leaving my excuses at the door Full.stop. <BR> <BR> I have ONE December goal: 2000 fitness minutes. That’s all. Fri, 1 Dec 2017 00:56:57 EST NSV Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434800 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32c906dc-8277-41f4-ae2c-2ed781e28cf4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. My recovery time in between intervals is getting shorter and shorter which means I am utilizing oxygen more efficiently as I get more fit. <BR> <BR> 2. I went down TWO bra sizes—not cups (thank gawd—LOL!) but band—from a 42 to a 38. I.WILL.TAKE.IT. And smile. 😄 <BR> <BR> 3. More muscle definition in my legs, bicep and now triceps—I mean that I can actually SEE. <BR> <BR> 4. ... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 08:51:26 EST Accountability- 11/20 through 11/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433009 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2fe5fb5a-2aff-4093-aa45-ecbbfdf24ad6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another week, another opportunity to be awesome. <BR> <BR> Monday: AM 60-min run/walk and hill intervals; PM: 45-min low impact ride <BR> Tuesday: AM 60-min run/walk; PM: 30-min climb ride <BR> Wednesay: AM 60-min run/walk and hill intervals; PM: 45-min climb ride <BR> Thursday: AM 60-min run/walk and speed intervals <BR> Friday: Rest <BR> Saturday: AM 75-min endurance ride <BR> Sun... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:49:59 EST Glad to be home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432556 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/327aa974-abef-4730-84b1-5169ce1114ec.jpg"> After basically 6 weeks on the road for work and another week on vacation, I must admit, I’m happy to be home. I have increasingly become an even greater creature of habit and was missing not only my own bed but my gym, nature walks and little slice of the Central Coast. In sum, my routine. And while I most definitely did NOT over due it food-wise while away and found ways to work out and be active—... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:58:46 EST What happens in Vegas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431181 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5782accd-db56-4240-b4c2-caceb43e80b1.jpg"> SOOO...apparently my official race time (from when my shoe tag crossed the start line to when I crossed the finish line) was 1:18 (and some odd seconds). At least that’s what the announcer called out as I crossed. That would mean I shaved off a good 1.5 minutes from my traditional 14-minute mile. I wasn’t trying to set a PR or anything—I just wanted to finish. But I’ll take it!! Vegas totally turn... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:42:46 EST Beast Mode On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425988 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a29e8aad-0296-48b6-9fc9-b04d020cb3af.jpg"> I keep looking for ways to up my game. #bossoctober #bringit Sat, 28 Oct 2017 21:41:37 EST Accountability 10/23 - 10/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425227 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47a043e2-676f-438a-9036-7f706cf38742.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I’m back on the road for work and I continue to hold my feet to the fire by hitting the hotel gym and getting my steps in. I want this last quarter of the year to look entirely different from the first. And it will—one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Got up—early—powered through a challenging workout and now a leisurely morning before work belongs to ME. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:45:06 EST Latest NVS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423520 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6b63c59-d17b-4349-af61-f80af7856963.jpg"> Being able to do climbing rides/rolling hill intervals on a stationary bike at a higher resistance AND cadence (speed) because your legs are getting stronger. More often than not, the path to better health and fitness is rarely a straight one. So celebrate the victories in between. The scale (that I put away 3 months ago, BTW) may not be budging but I’m not really focused on that right now. I am foc... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:59:41 EST Challenge accepted... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420973 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/514744a7-2b73-459b-afe5-29fe5fc404ba.jpg"> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 03:00:24 EST Fall in love with yourself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419659 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5be80f1c-5c44-4e60-ad9d-eadfe76e5099.jpg"> About a month ago I signed up for this weird newsletter at the suggestion of a friend. They are just positive, little daily affirmations that make me smile. Here’s today’s, which I really needed. It can be so easy to fall into the trap of getting down on ourselves when we should be our own best cheerleader. So here’s to you! And me! Mon, 9 Oct 2017 09:24:47 EST Accountability 10/09 - 10/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419483 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a46060c-5df9-4445-9823-dfd7dec7ea15.jpg"> With my travel schedule being so hectic, like last week, the goal is the be as balanced with my meals as much as possible and keeping active—a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 20:37:50 EST Accountability 09/04 - 09/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407850 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fae2cc79-a14b-489b-b5f3-dfb76ce965c8.jpg"> <BR> Being on the road these next 8 weeks or so will be the longest I have traveled for work. So my goals are simply this: <BR> <BR> 1. It's going to be warm a lot of the places I will be visiting so make sure every hotel I stay at has a gym. <BR> <BR> 2. One ride minimum a day of at least 30-minutes. <BR> <BR> 3. There will be plenty of walking but I will supplement my workouts with strength trai... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 08:50:07 EST Accountability 08/28 - 09/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405333 8/28: AM 30-min climb ride/PM 45-min hip hop ride w/intervals & a heavy climb <BR> 8/29: AM SLEEP in/ lunchtime 60-min walk/PM 30-min HIIT ride <BR> 8/30: 35-min hip-hop ride w/intervals/lunchtime 60-min walk/30-min groove ride & <BR> 8/31: rest/flexibility training/total body <BR> 9/01: AM 90-min ride <BR> 9/02: Shenanigans of some sort, I'm sure since one of my besties is hangin' for the Labor Day weekend <BR> 9/03: rest/active recovery, more shenanigans--a given <BR> <BR> So this week is... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:23:51 EST Accountability 08/21 - 08/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403107 8/21: AM 60-min intervals ride/PM 30-min arms & intervals ride <BR> 8/22: AM 45-min intervals ride/mid morning 40-minute walk/lunchtime 30-min walk <BR> 8/23: 35-min hip-hop ride w/intervals/lunchtime 60-min walk/30-min groove ride & <BR> 8/24: rest/flexibility training/upper body <BR> 8/25: AM 30-min HIIT ride/45-min lunchtime walk/PM 45-min adv. beginner ride <BR> 8/26: PM 90-min ride <BR> 8/27: rest/active recovery <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7255dcb2-c506... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:35:03 EST Accountability 08/14 - 08/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399765 8/14: AM 50-min intervals ride/lunchtime 30-min walk/PM 45-min arms & intervals ride <BR> 8/15: AM 45-min climb ride/lunchtime 45-min walk/PM 30-min tabata ride <BR> 8/16: 45-min run/walk intervals <BR> 8/17: rest <BR> 8/18: AM 30-min HIIT ride/45-min lunchtime walk/PM 45-min adv. beginner ride <BR> 8/19: PM 90-min ride <BR> 8/20: rest/active recovery <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8ffc50a-9b06-43a7-9759-a3eec9321ce8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:09:03 EST Accountability 08/07 - 08/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397366 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8eb1eb6-d3a9-4ec3-b07a-2e8d070fecd7.png"> <BR> <BR> 8/07: AM 30-min arms & intervals ride <BR> 8/08: AM 45-min climb ride/lunchtime 45-min walk <BR> 8/09: 45-min run/walk intervals/45-min lunchtime walk/PM 30-min yoga <BR> 8/10: rest <BR> 8/11: AM 30-min HIIT ride/45-min lunchtime walk/PM 45-min adv. beginner ride <BR> 8/12: PM 90-min ride <BR> 8/13: rest/active recovery <BR> <BR> Goals: food 80/20, sleep, and smiling--a LOT. <BR> <BR... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 07:25:14 EST Accountability 07/31 - 08/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394014 7/31: AM 45- min walk/run/PM 45-min climb ride <BR> 8/01: AM 45-min arms & intervals ride/PM 45-min groove ride <BR> 8/02: 45-min run/walk intervals/PM 30-min yoga <BR> 8/03: rest <BR> 8/04: AM 30-min HIIT ride/PM 45-min adv. beginner ride <BR> 8/06: AM 90-min ride <BR> 8/07: rest/active recovery <BR> Goals: food 80/20, cross training hikes, <BR> sleep, and laugh as if my life depended on it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/398da0fc-0ee1-4cab-be81-1f037678cc0f.... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 22:54:33 EST Accountability 07/24 - 07/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392071 So this is my final week to bring it with the goal being to hit 2000 workout minutes. <BR> <BR> <BR> 7/24: AM 30-min ride w/HIIT <BR> 7/25: AM 45-min arms & intervals ride/PM 65-min intervals & heavy climbs ride <BR> 7/26: 45-min run/walk intervals/PM 30-min yoga <BR> 7/27: rest <BR> 7/28: AM 30-min tabata ride/PM 45-min low impact ride <BR> 7/29: 75-min ride <BR> 7/30: rest/active recovery <BR> <BR> Add in some light hikes + delicious healthy eats + restful sleep + lotsa laughs + ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:55:32 EST Accountability 07/17 - 07/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388713 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2019350-f10f-4788-a4bf-2d8d7228287a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was a particularly busy weekend work-wise so a recalibration is in order. <BR> <BR> 7/17: PM 75-min ride w/intervals and arms <BR> 7/18: AM 45-min climb ride/PM 45-min adv beg. <BR> 7/19: 45-min low impact ride/PM 30-min yoga <BR> 7/20: rest <BR> 7/21: AM 45-min run/walk intervals/PM 30-min HIIT ride <BR> 7/22: 75-min ride <BR> 7/23: rest <BR> <BR> FUEL.SLEEP.STRETCH.LAU... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:50:58 EST Accountability 07/10 - 07/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386660 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f279f8db-ae99-4519-bd40-11195f8df564.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon: 30-min AM ride/ 45-min PM ride/5-min stretch <BR> <BR> Tue: AM--20-min interval ride/PM--60 brisk walk on the treadmill <BR> <BR> Wed: 35 minute brisk walk on campus at lunch <BR> <BR> Thu: 60-min AM endurance ride <BR> <BR> Fri: AM 45-min arms & intervals ride/PM 45-low impact ride <BR> <BR> Sat: 75-min ride <BR> <BR> Sun: stretching <BR> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:42:28 EST Birthday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382860 So I turn 48 in count 'em, eighty-four (84) days. After giving it some thought, I have a few goals I would like to tackle between now and then: <BR> <BR> 1.) see a return to my lowest weight to date of 194 (summer of 2013) which at the time was down from 257, my highest (January 2007). <BR> <BR> 2.) See # 1. Seriously, thaaaat's pretty much it. <BR> <BR> January 2014 after I moved 350 miles away for a new job, new life, pretty much new everything--I had regained some of the weight I lost... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 14:44:20 EST I Lost (and Kept Off) 70 Pounds by Doing These 3 Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382838 <link>https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/70-<BR>Pound-Weight-Loss-Running-43673788?utm<BR>_source=fitness_newsletter&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_campaign=fitness_newsletter_<BR>Mon_07032017&esg_id=181903852&trk=article_title_1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Makes total sense when you think about it... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30efca0a-4cf7-4a4c-80cc-49a77eedb968.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7ed5e26-a538-4a3a-9581-70e1688b7... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 13:35:04 EST Accountability - 07/03 thru 07/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382647 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bb6c8fb-c0e0-41a4-a8f1-36ebcb845b06.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon: 20 min HIIT ride/45 min live DJ ride <BR> <BR> Tue: 60 min intervals & arms ride <BR> <BR> Wed: 90 minutes endurance ride <BR> <BR> Thu: 30 min low impact ride <BR> <BR> Fri: 30 min advanced beg. ride/30 hip hop ride <BR> <BR> Sat: Kickaerobix <BR> <BR> Sun: chill <BR> <BR> Cross training to include--light runs, hikes and other as yet TBD shenanigans. (i.e. kicking it ... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 02:02:03 EST Accountability 6/26-7/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379559 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82893539-ba84-44ca-9bde-0a3d01c1b5ba.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So wrapping up with 8 week of my running for weightloss app and transitioning to my Peloton app, because frankly, I'm hooked. Also, it's a nice break for my bum knee. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon: 60-min ride <BR> Tue: 45-min ride intervals/arms <BR> Wed: 75-min endurance ride <BR> Thu: 20-advanced beginner & 30-min intervals/arms <BR> Fri: 50-min low impact ride <BR> Sat: mad stretching <BR> ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:43:45 EST If you don't push yourself, who will? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379173 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20257d26-9f38-4575-95e1-33cdb5c06c96.jpg"> Me after today's 75-minute, heart pumping hip-hop ride *with* arms using the Peloton app... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:36:39 EST NSVOTD (Non-scale Victory of the Day) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378289 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ec0d971-af83-41d5-a153-79141fd8ad31.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> So about a week ago, I began the 14-day trial period with The Peloton spinning app. Now granted, I have a bad knee so I have been using the app with a recumbent bike but still challenging myself using a variety of moderate to difficult rides ranging from 30-75 minutes, sometimes with arm/upper body work. All of the rides include different levels of intervals/hills. What I have noticed ... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:26:25 EST I'm working on this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377856 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/065466ee-2d26-4715-bcc5-bd2ef367937c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>593</em> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:40:23 EST Pretty excited about this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369445 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2db5d92e-aadc-4c84-b862-221c345a255d.jpg"> Achievement unlocked. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:47:57 EST What if... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366630 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/593c45cf-48cc-4679-bf8c-80eae530b779.jpg"> Thu, 25 May 2017 20:34:00 EST Yup... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363794 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12677062-41bd-48b8-8e54-e99b8093b6aa.jpg"> Fri, 19 May 2017 02:14:29 EST It's called living... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360211 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d88b868-28c1-427e-ac90-83f2bebefe9b.jpg"> Wed, 10 May 2017 14:20:23 EST 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358795 Day 6 Despite our flaws, I live in the greatest country on the planet. Sun, 7 May 2017 09:43:26 EST 30 Days of Gratitude!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358402 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9e656d2-ecd5-493d-8a7e-4b43bca556cb.jpg"> I am grateful for this man who came into my best friend's life, saw how amazing she was and makes her happy. And now he's my bestie too! Sat, 6 May 2017 10:39:50 EST 30 Days of Gratitude!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358401 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9e656d2-ecd5-493d-8a7e-4b43bca556cb.jpg"> I am grateful for this man who came into my best friend's life, saw how amazing she was and makes her happy. And now he's my bestie too! Sat, 6 May 2017 10:39:36 EST 5 Ways to Live Without Regret http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358043 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ecdcf3a9-cd33-4621-9051-62f9d4e56969.jpg"> Fri, 5 May 2017 12:48:17 EST 30 Days of Gratitude!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357923 Day 4 I am truly grateful for my friend and housemate who, when we were told by our landlord 2 months ago she was ending our respective tenancies (he in the main house and I in the attached studio in the back) come June so she and her family could move in, did not hesitate to think of us as a team and asked me to consider moving with he and his son. He has been a true blessing in my life since I relocated to Santa Cruz, CA for a job 3 yrs ago--350+ miles away from my family in S. CA. The U... Fri, 5 May 2017 08:09:28 EST THE 30 DAY GRATITUDE CHALLENGE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357677 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67406d5d-625c-495d-ba01-40c78d99cce9.jpg"> Day 2 and 3: I am grateful that I have a job that I love. They say when you love your job it doesn't feel like work. Related to one of the reasons why is its lovely location. Thu, 4 May 2017 16:20:27 EST THE 30 DAY GRATITUDE CHALLENGE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356627 Day 1 <BR> <BR> While I may not be at my goal weight (YET), I am grateful that have a body that supports me, that is not hindered by injury or chronic illness. I am luckier than many and I need to remember that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb85d07f-0b19-488b-9b78-7c92ce1edd9d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 May 2017 11:37:11 EST