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/ 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 You, me, we can... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352853 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a05e764-a8f9-443d-90e5-dc6a10d144de.jpg"> Walk/run/sprint intervals Stationary bike high resistance intervals Kickaerobix Yoga Eat to live. Play, laugh, love, sleep. Every.day. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:44:01 EST A dose of badassery... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351068 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f3f6a84-a690-4240-a432-be3760d4dd99.jpg"> Cuz we can always use some... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:20:57 EST A dose of badassery... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351067 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f3f6a84-a690-4240-a432-be3760d4dd99.jpg"> Cuz we can always use some... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:19:45 EST QOTD... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350575 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05d7449b-be62-4f5d-9d3c-4d7f133f88c8.jpg"> Everyday, find something about your life that inspires you. Today I am inspired by the fact that I am surrounded by love, in all its many forms. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:16:29 EST QOTD... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350574 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05d7449b-be62-4f5d-9d3c-4d7f133f88c8.jpg"> Everyday, find something about your life that inspires you. Today I am inspired by the fact that I am surrounded by love, in all its many forms. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:16:19 EST This weeks goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349591 Walk/run/sprint intervals <BR> HIIT kickboxing/Kickaerobix <BR> PiYO <BR> Eat to live <BR> Sleep <BR> Play <BR> Laugh <BR> Dance <BR> Embrace all parts of me <BR> <BR> Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:54:45 EST Daily Visualization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348047 "Imagine that you are satisfied with your body the way it is right now. When you look in the mirror, you smile at what you see and feel no self-hatred. How does it feel to love yourself unconditionally, just as you are? If you feel down on yourself today, remember how it feels to embrace your unique body as it is right now—and remind yourself to love it at any size." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f6c86329-748c-440d-8889-2f434f3870bd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img ... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:39:03 EST 7 Cardinal Rules for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345084 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cf5960d-bf91-4b4e-be52-6c6ea8a3738a.jpg"> Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 10:44:56 EST Accountability 03/26 - 04/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339443 Gonna kick it up a notch this week--literally. In addition to my run/walk intervals, I'm aiming for four days of kick boxing. Mon. AM: hills Mon. PM: Kickaerobix Tue. AM: stationary bike Tue. PM: HIIT Kick Wed. AM: run/walk Wed. PM: Kickaerobix Thu. AM: stationary bike Thu. PM: HIIT Kick Fri. AM: trail walk/run Fri. PM: Rest Sat. AM: stationary bike ride w/resistance intervals Sun.: Rest #youbettahbringit #wegotthis Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:15:20 EST You Deserve to Be Happy Now, Not Just When You Reach Your Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337904 <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/you-deserve-to-b<BR>e-happy-now-not-just-when-you-reach-yo<BR>ur-goal/ </link> <BR> <BR> "I realized that, instead of going from diet to weight loss to happy, I could go straight to happy. <BR> <BR> I showed myself that feeling confident and beautiful was not a luxury afforded only to those with bodies deemed perfect by our society. I realized that I deserved to feel good. No conditions. No weight restrictions. And that set me free. <BR> Make your list. <BR> <B... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:27:59 EST Spring Affirmations to Renew Your Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336350 <link>www.horoscope.com/article/spring-aff<BR>irmations-to-renew-your-spirit.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b981809d-3102-49cb-b689-468f4d235da0.jpg"> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:22:55 EST 15 Reasons to Work Out That Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332335 <link>https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Ben<BR>efits-Exercise-41069822?utm_source=fit<BR>ness_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_c<BR>ampaign=fitness_newsletter_v1_03132017<BR>&em_recid=181903852&utm_content=placement_8_desc </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> These are awesome! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7929609-7269-42ea-9c9d-29e86d90793d.JPG"> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:32:36 EST QOTD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331897 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c61a497-bcf0-4639-a19a-5c78733e1b79.jpg"> "Self-care is the most selfless act you can do for everyone who encounters your energy. You are going to be a better sister, a better partner, and better co-worker." --Robin Arzon — Adidas ambassador, ultramarathoner, and Peloton instructor Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:14:36 EST Strong is the new sexy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331241 https://www.facebook.com/allure/videos/101<BR>55062981113607/ Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:54:19 EST Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327755 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1d17d89-19d5-4d03-a1f6-0af820ec921f.jpg"> Sat, 4 Mar 2017 14:06:23 EST Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327754 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1d17d89-19d5-4d03-a1f6-0af820ec921f.jpg"> Sat, 4 Mar 2017 14:05:55 EST Self-care takes many forms... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322750 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/668cb85d-7dae-4600-8644-2c868496eb55.jpg"> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:53:50 EST I am *so* all about this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322062 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a25359f3-8e23-4c5e-863c-8d8d4bfe1a6d.jpg"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:20:21 EST Hey SparkFam... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320232 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20141cce-92e9-4edd-acf0-bdbb3ad1891b.jpg"> Every.slice.of this. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:18:47 EST Goals are important, no doubt... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318925 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7a2bf35-2bd5-4b6a-9b50-c277e0ac17b6.jpg"> But don't forget to enjoy the journey. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:23:53 EST Me--In a nutshell these days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318400 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e6f9418-07d3-4919-b001-12ce4e922106.jpg"> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:14:39 EST I really needed to share this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314947 Because I think *so* many of us can relate. http://runner12dotcom.blogspot.co<BR>m/2017/02/start-anew-sunday-or-how-cap<BR>tain.html?m=1 Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:01:29 EST The name of the game... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313927 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b119e7e2-01c2-43fb-b15d-e8b7a85ff900.jpg"> Note to self: keep pushing. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:18:46 EST Resolutions: The 2017 Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291488 #nuffsaid <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6242d498-a30b-41b0-87c2-46a4f790031c.jpg"> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 21:38:06 EST I feel prettiest when... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286923 How about you? <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7197adc6-7bb5-4e1c-8096-02696d5285de.jpg"> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:18:14 EST Guess what??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274721 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de0b3a66-b4b0-4a84-9c45-b633fc668c5b.jpg"> I've gained 3 lbs in the last two months with a major holiday that just passed. Since my jeans are loose, my legs and arms are more toned and my stomach is noticeably flatter, gonna go out on a limb and assume my increase is due to the strength training I have been doing. I'll take it, Universe. Thanks! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:19:14 EST Third virtual race on the books for 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154033 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30e6188b-0b60-4482-bfb5-b907d887eb99.jpg"> I had had set a goal of one virtual race per month for the year. With the except of February, due to illness, I have stayed pretty much on track. What I like about them is that they are a relatively inexpensive way to keep my motivation up, increase my mileage per week and just achieve better, overall fitness. Three immediate family members have been diagnosed with diabetes--my mom and middle sister mo... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:37:12 EST PEACE & LOVE TEAM: MAY CHALLENGE - DAY 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154012 May 1st <BR> <BR> REFLECT: Write down three things you're grateful for today. Studies show that people who do this tend to be happier than those who do not take time for daily gratitude! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. First and foremost--I am grateful to my family and friends (both virtual and not)--the community that has sustained me on this journey called "Life". <BR> <BR> The Fam: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/846a94fb-121f-45d5-8dda-8decae2d0d6b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <B... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:12:14 EST Peace & Love Team: May Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152522 So my goals for next month are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. to get more consistent with my runs - aim for 3x a week <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> <em>315</em> <em>315</em> <em>315</em> <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. yoga, pilates/general stretching twice a week <BR> <BR> <em>401</em> <em>402</em> <em>403</em> <em>405</em> <em>406</em> <BR> <BR> 3. aim for at least 4x a week where I get at least 8 hrs of sleep <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/g... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:09:01 EST It Isn't the Falling Down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139529 But rather, the getting up. Repeat as necessary. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2afcf08c-69bb-4bb2-a0b7-ef2bf251e78b.jpg"> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:09:20 EST You Are Beautiful; Can You See It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118932 <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/you-are-beautifu<BR>l-can-you-see-it/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/985520a2-4804-47b3-8ce1-8ded195aee31.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77be20ff-48ff-4618-b816-5a935804d75a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7319f54c-32bd-4da2-8d97-5951d2a67bdf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aee43494-2f... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:10:22 EST Virtual Race #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115861 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ecdfe8b-24f1-40a2-86c7-672d13ed88ec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another one for the books! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:57:47 EST The Joys of Cooking--Redux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102504 Sooo...I "cook". I used the term loosely to a certain extent because I haven't really *cooked* a meal from scratch in a very, very long time--for a couple of reasons. When I was with my ex, he basically did all the cooking. I did some cooking but mostly I shopped for the household groceries. It wasn't that I no longer enjoyed cooking--when I lived with my folks I used to cook all the time. But when my ex and I moved out together in 2001--the kitchen sort of became his domain. And I was ok... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 23:50:16 EST So this is popping off starting tomorrow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084426 And I'm pretty excited about it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/780c096a-3b44-45b9-b841-e396cf770d71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca11f439-d60f-4aec-82f5-982bdf29dd4f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f31b6c01-d651-4f05-ac80-8b920468b72b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> End. Of. Story. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:14:41 EST 5 Ways to Feel Better in Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081443 <BR> <BR> <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/5-ways-to-feel-b<BR>etter-in-your-body/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d984ac5-b36f-42d0-962e-11f44276ce12.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f37451b-66a3-4c91-bfca-7cf2744384ef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe8b475c-8d38-4585-bfd0-1fdfe0b313bb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5795a68b-05ce-4507-bf... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:52:26 EST