TEKRU1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEKRU1 TEKRU1'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/ BLC20.5 RESTART! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109180 To be honest, this will be short and quck - it's late and I'm tired. <BR> <BR> Life has been tough this round and I've let it get me. Still struggling with health issues - partially stress induced and partially residuals from foot surgery last year. To some extent I've let it derail me, but I'm ready to move forward. <BR> <BR> STRESS REDUCTION PLAN <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l824613821.jpg"> <BR> Get back to cardio in daily doses - it doesn't have to be a ton,... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:27:33 EST BLC20 STRONGEND PLAN 12 weeks to success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057981 New BLC, New Team, New Plan! <BR> <BR> Week 1 September 12 - 18 Recovering from nasty food poisoning/flu bug. Should be quiet weekend. Hubby's traveling so it will just be DD & me. In the past, this could be a recipe for a blowout, but plan to keep food on track. Exercise probably light. <BR> <BR> Week 2 September 19 - 25 Challenge this weekend will be traveling to Mizzou with DD. College visit - should be fun, but travel is always hard. Food on the run, eating in the dorm (oh boy!). Will g... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:40:22 EST FIRST REGISTRATION CHALLENGE RESULTS! ON YOUR MARK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036244 <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <em>236</em> <em>306</em> <em>334</em> <em>386</em> <BR> Woo-Hoo! We had over 100 people participate in last weekend's challenge AND total their scores! <em>244</em> There were more who participated and posted partial scores, but to get credit, you needed to TOTAL your score! <BR> <BR> Let's see if we can BEAT the total number of participants in the NEXT weekend challenge - GET SET! (I know, holiday weekend, but still!) <... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:23:36 EST BLC-WIDE SPARKPAGE DECORATING CONTEST! - THE RESULTS ARE IN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907526 <em>243</em> <em>250</em> <em>209</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>209</em> <em>250</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> THE RESULTS ARE IN! <BR> <BR> Let's start with a HUGE <em>304</em> and ROUND OF APPLAUSE to everybody who participated! Competition was fierce and our judges had to make some tough calls. <BR> <BR> Our WINNERS ARE: <BR> <BR> IN THE INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY: <BR> First - UCANTTAKETHESKY <BR> Second - SWEETMNTHING <BR> Third - NUTZ4HARRY <BR> Honorable... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:57:01 EST DARE #2 THE CUPBOARDS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892884 This is part of a series of blogs from Admin in response to TRUTH or DARE week in the BLC. BLCers DARED Admin to perform various tasks. One was to show the good, bad and ugly in our cupboards and fridge! Here goes: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966834728.jpg"> <BR> We start with my secret (not really, everybody knows where it is) stash of chocolate! The good stuff - currently 72% cacao from Trader Joes. These little bars will give me 2-4 servings of sanity! S... Tue, 22 May 2012 11:36:56 EST DARE #1 - HULA HOOP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892101 This week, BLCers DARED Admin to perform several tasks. One was to hula hoop for one minute. Here I am, using a weighted hula hoop and explaining why I'm cuter than Kat (another Dare!) Mon, 21 May 2012 21:57:08 EST FREGGIE DARE CHALLENGE - FAVORITE VEGGIE RECIPE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891156 I don't consider myself a veggie fan, but this is one veggie recipe I love (and it works with a lot of combinations). First a little disclaimer - I learned to cook from my mom, who was one of those cooks who just threw things together without a recipe or measurements. When I was getting ready to move away from home, I sat in the kitchen and asked questions and have a bunch of recipes from Mom that say things like "taste and guess", because that's how she cooked. So this is kind of one of thos... Mon, 21 May 2012 11:29:47 EST IT'S A FREGGIE FRESTIVAL! Weekend 4 STRONGEND Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887443 Here we are at Weekend 4 ALL READY! This has gone by WAY too fast! <BR> <BR> This weekend I was scheduled to: "WEEK 4 - NUTRITION - Continue Project Cardio and Relax. Nutrition week - actually track a couple of days to make sure I'm really on track with nutrition. Find new recipe to try. Farmers markets should be rolling by now - check a few out and see if I can save money on produce here" <BR> <BR> So to start with a recap: <BR> <BR> Project Cardio is doing well - I'm walking the neighb... Fri, 18 May 2012 15:03:40 EST BLC Week 3 - Why do we have holidays again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881137 It's Rest and Relax weekend on Azure Destinations, which SHOULD mean this, right? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l237704175.jpg"> <BR> Hah! Not in my little world. The weekend started well enough - I was so wired at work, I gave myself a Mental Health Day on Friday, intending to get caught up on all the "stuff" that's stressing me out - all the personal calls I needed to return, Azure "business", that trip I have planned, but not scheduled (hey, that's importan... Mon, 14 May 2012 15:23:48 EST STRONGEND Update - Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867362 Exciting title, right? Sucks you right in. Oh well. <BR> <BR> First, to look back at STRONGEND 1 - My trip to KATWorld. Fun, exhausting and COLD! WTH? St. Louis has already dipped its toes into its summer heat pattern <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620028356.jpg"> <BR> so imagine my surprise to arrive in sunny Southern California and find it cool! I packed shorts and t-shirts and pretty much wore the one pair of long pants I had all weekend! <BR> But I met Jenny... Sat, 5 May 2012 09:12:20 EST BLC19 GOALS FOR STRONGEND http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837864 Since I am the one who stole the term, I want to give credit to Tammy, Captain of the Sassy Shamrock Sheriffs. If you like the idea, give her a <em>250</em> I don't know what her program consists of, but considering the success of her team, I suspect it's GOLDEN! <BR> <BR> So, I've delayed making my STRONGEND goals as long as I can, mostly because I DON'T plan ahead (don't tell anybody, they'll take away my reputation as being organized - if they only knew), unless it's vacation. Vacatio... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:01:50 EST Fried "Rice" LOL-my computer is so stupid! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4736453 This first posted as "FRIED". I saw that on one of the Team Streams and thought - uh oh, there's somebody having a bad day - nope it's me! LOL. Real blog below! <BR> <BR> I've spent the last 6 months recovering from 2 foot surgeries. Gained a lot of weight in the first one (since obviously there has been a lot of time sitting on the couch with my feet elevated - keep it clean folks), plus I've had a lot of time to think and read nutrition information on the internet. I've been exploring Pal... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:52:35 EST BLC FOUNDER'S BIRTHDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4295237 All of us who benefit from participating in the BLC owe a huge debt of gratitude to the BLC's own <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l150002922.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From the time she was very young, Kat was special. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l925266036.jpg"> <BR> She wasn't like the other kids <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l424227594.jpg"> <BR> <BR> However as one of BLC's ADMIN's she seems to have found her place. Everyon... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 09:38:57 EST THE RANGERS ARE REVOLTING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4260324 Wait a minute! That doesn't sound right at all! What I MEANT to say is that the Rangers are starting a REVOLUTION! We'd reached the midpoint of BLC16 and that stage where people start to forget their goals and/or realize they'll never reach them anyway, so what's the point? Sound familiar? <BR> <BR> So, we decided to start our VERY OWN, BRAND NEW challenge! The RANGER REVOLUTION! <BR> <BR> Rangers <BR> <BR> Excel <BR> <BR> Venerable <BR> <BR> Outstanding <BR> <BR> Life Changing <BR> ... Fri, 27 May 2011 17:50:06 EST November - New month, New start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3755471 I haven't blogged in almost forever, but I need to shake things up and get myself back in gear, so here we go . . . <BR> <BR> I have had a tough couple of months - my husband has been having some health issues, meaning we may be cancelling a trip that I've spent HOURS planning (not to mention that he's now been on crutches for a year and is really crabby). Work has been extra busy, I'm on medication (for only one more month, thank goodness) that has a side effect of making me a little depres... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 21:31:43 EST Breaking Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3715484 Dear old friend, <BR> <BR> It's time to say good bye. You and I have had many fun times, but I'm leaving you. In the past, you left grease stains on my clothes and in my car - sometimes ketchup stains, and bad smells too. But that's not the reason I'm leaving. See, it's what you've done to my thighs that really bothers me. And did you notice what you did to my butt? I know, I know. It's not only you, but also some of those you hang out with. <BR> <BR> So, I hope it makes you feel better ... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 15:58:20 EST One Word Blog challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2986144 Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> pocket <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> yes <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> short <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> gone <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> cantakerous <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> mp3 <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> none <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> water <BR> <BR> What room are you i... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 09:11:19 EST Why Weekends are harder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2939939 I do pretty well Monday through Friday. I make breakfast and lunch, two snacks, and take them to work. I go to the gym Tuesday and Thursday (and usually Saturday morning), plus I'm tracking for the Iditawalk, so I'm trying to walk the dogs (or myself inside if its too cold) at least an additional 20 -30 minutes a night. The other nights, I either go for a longer walk with the dogs or hit the elliptical downstairs for 45 minutes or more. <BR> <BR> So why do I always eat crap on weekends and ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 20:22:12 EST It feels like SPRING really is coming! Woo-Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2936069 This has been a tough winter so far. My MIL has been lingering, not doing well, but still here. Her son and my hubby, her only child living in town, has spent as much time helping as he can. I've tried to help, but she hasn't really come to think of me as "family" yet (after 30 years, really?), so there are certain things she just doesn't feel comfortable with me doing. Since DH broke his ankle around Thanksgiving and is still on crutches, things have been tough. Could go on, but this was sup... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 20:18:37 EST Goals are funny things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2933039 I've been on Spark for just over a year now. As we reached the middle (the motivational dead-zone, if you will) of BLC12, I was thinking about my goals and what really keeps me working to lose weight when the excitement is gone. <BR> <BR> And I gotta say, its gone all ready! On the positive side, I've lost 70 pounds over the last 2 years (and if you count the weight I've lost and gained and lost and gained and lost, we're well over 100 by now). I feel better than I have in years - more ener... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 22:23:43 EST Health Freak? Me?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2559076 I was having a conversation with someone at work and in passing he referred to me as a health freak. It took me by surprise because I certainly have never considered myself to be a health freak! In my mind a health freak is somebody who is a skinny, preachy, vegetarian weirdo who never eats sugar, doesn't have a normal life because they're exercising all the time and is no fun at all (the contents of this blog are not based on any specific person and any similarities that you see in yourself... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 15:40:40 EST 8 Week Battle - Ready to begin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2471174 I need a new push to reach my goals for December, so I joined a new team - the 8 Week Battle! I'll be a Blazing Blue Warrior and I'm excited to get started! <BR> <BR> To show my progress, I have to admit where I am now, so I'm breaking my longstanding anonymity and posting current pictures: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/2/b42869306.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/7/b871196999.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/5/b558666512.jpg">... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 21:42:30 EST Why are YOU here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2464110 I haven't been around SP for too long, but I have noticed a trend. We have a breakthrough moment when we decide its time to lose weight (for me it was the picture of the fat woman waddling into the ocean holding my son's hand - and the realization that that fat woman was me). <BR> <BR> We're going to do it this time! Nothing will stop us! We get all fired up and start looking for tools to help us. SP provides many of those tools, food and fitness tracking, support groups, exercise and diet... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 20:30:03 EST Felines Focus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2446349 This week, the Fierce Fuchsia Felines are doing something different! <BR> <BR> We're not joining a group challenge, although we love coming out ahead in group challenges and we love the back and forth with other groups. Last weekend we had a tough challenge that really pushed us, but less than half the FFF team posted a loss for the week. Even though we won the challenge, I'm not sure I can consider that a win. The reason I like these weekly challenges is because they push me to do what I n... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 09:23:54 EST Spark-a-vention! It was the best of times, it was . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2434940 No it wasn't the worst of times, but . . . I think it brought home how far I still need to go! Since there have been so many great blogs detailing the events of the day, I thought I'd make this a little more personal and detail my personal view of the weekend. <BR> <BR> It started with a grey, wet, foggy Saturday morning, so I chose to snuggle back in bed for an extra half hour of sleep rather than the morning walk. Then I got up and got ready in my ridiculously reasonable two room suite, w... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 10:36:09 EST BLC11 - Are you ready to get SPARKED? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2399536 It's just 11 days until the Spark Convention! Are you going to be there? <BR> <BR> I will! I'd like to know who I might see there. <BR> <BR> BLC ROLL CALL: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 18:47:33 EST Arghhh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1958606 So the company I work for is having an employee health fair. Lots of information about available health programs, screenings. A few free pens, that kind of stuff. I go, wander around, I learn a few things. <BR> <BR> I get my blood pressure checked. High. Terrific. Did I remember to take my medicine this morning? Possibly not, so no big deal. Then I decide to take the fitness evaluation. I have been exercising pretty regularly for the past several months. Bring it on! <BR> <BR> 3 minute step... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 15:30:58 EST Happy its Friday, looking for other positives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1939788 Nothing but bad news about my Mother-in-law unfortunately. She started radiation for brain cancer and the radiologist seems optimistic, but now they've seen "something" in her lungs. Since that's where the cancer started 5-6 years ago, we're not real optimistic. <BR> <BR> She still can't feel anything in her right foot so even using a walker, she's kind of hazardous walking around right now. However, she has told us that she doesn't want anyone living there with her. I think her 2 daughters... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 11:47:33 EST Lining up for my kick in the butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1925486 Not enough exercise, eating not too good and way too much stress. Started with a dirty house and lots of relatives coming for dinner on Friday. Spent Thursday night cooking instead of doing my usual strength training to boost my gym activity. Friday was a "vacation" day spent cleaning house - no time for real cardio. <BR> <BR> Friday night went well until, on the way out, my mother-in-law, who's been dealing with some numbness in one of her feet, fell and hit her head - hard. We called para... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:18:21 EST Exercising in the dark (clean) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1907849 Life has been interesting. To save money, my husband decided to disconnect our home phone and set up to have someone come out to make sure that we'd still have DSL-this was last Friday. The technician called and told him that he didn't need to come to the house, but it was all taken care of. It wasn't. We didn't have DSL all weekend and despite multiple calls to ATT, couldn't get anybody out until Monday. <BR> <BR> Internet finally reconnected yesterday, just in time for our power to go out... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 09:46:07 EST Always Look on the Bright Side of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1894494 Isn't that from a Monty Python movie? Regardless, its my motto this week. I have always felt like a frustrated optimist. I want to look at the positives, I really do. But something (life) always seems to knock that idea down. When I was in college, I had a plaque on the wall: What a beautiful day -- now watch some *!!% mess it up! No more. I'm going to be positive even if it hurts. (sorry, that was a joke) <BR> <BR> Feeling much better this week, though I still wake up coughing at night and ... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 14:42:37 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day, Grandpa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1886801 My Grandpa Smith passed away when I was very young, so my memories of him are vague snapshots. He was my one "fun" grandparent though, so he's the one I still miss at times and always on St. Patrick's Day. A holiday he embraced wholeheartedly, down to the tips of his Polish toes. <BR> <BR> Grandpa was a fun-loving, out-going man, but he was only Irish on St. Patty's Day, like many people. I wish I had the words to bring to life the man he was - a charmer, he always had a joke or game availa... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 08:58:45 EST Nasty Little Flu Bug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1883333 I feel like I have been away for months. <BR> <BR> I caught a nasty little bug (from my boss, who came into work sick, interesting way to motivate the team) and was out most of last week. Kind of a mega cold with an added bonus fever. Lucky me. Still coughing (especially at night) and tired, but back. Haven't done any exercise except take the dog for a very short walk yesterday afternoon. After his bath, which for once I didn't to participate in. Yea! Sick benefit! <BR> <BR> It's irritatin... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 09:03:57 EST Weekend Rebellion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1862561 Feeling tired and stressed last week, I took Friday off to rest and rejuvenate. It was a great day. The weather was gorgeous here, rode bikes with my daughter at a local park and along the river for over a hour, ate well and felt much better. <BR> <BR> Saturday started well, by going to the gym. Down 3 pounds!!!! Worked out, then they had a class about the new weight loss plan they are supporting. They do a lot of research on women and weight loss, so I went to the class just to find out wh... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 09:36:37 EST March 4 Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1849540 Day 4 of Manic March Madness!!! <BR> <BR> So far, so good. <BR> <BR> I've done 183 minutes of cardio so far this month, including hills and stairs - 15 flights on Monday - the quads are still complaining. <BR> <BR> Yesterday included Curves plus upper body strength training. I'm so excited that I can do pushups! Girl style, but still 3 sets of 12 yesterday, plus tricep dips (those look so athletic) and reverse planks, well plank. Also crunches and reverse crunches. <BR> <BR> Eating wit... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 11:28:41 EST 1st of March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1843221 Sunday has traditionally been a day of rest. Not yesterday. Way too much to do. Stuff I've been putting off and the start of the new month of fitness challenges. <BR> <BR> Once I talked myself into obeying, I did. Went to a park with good sized hills (it was in the low 30's and windy, but at least we didn't get the snow they've been promising). Walked the dogs around the lake, up the hill to the bluff overlooking the Mississippi and back again. Wore me out and the dogs - they didn't move al... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 13:32:39 EST Finally February Flees, Moving Marchward Magnificently! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1839183 Followed the February Fitness Challenges pretty well. For my first month, I thought it went very well. I tried some new things, pushed myself harder and posted the good and bad. <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Ended up losing 4 1/2 pounds, less than half of what I wanted to lose, but down is still better than up. More importantly, I have much more energy, my pants a little looser, and I feel much better about myself. I even went shopping and managed to buy clothing in the regular sizes rather ... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 09:09:18 EST Day 27 or Day 28, depending on who you talk to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1836997 Friday was a good day and a bad one. I started the day filled with positive energy, feeling that I can do this and things will all work out in the end. Then, I'm not sure what happened, but I hit a wall and suddenly I found myself on the verge of tears all day over nothing and everything. Very PMSy, I hope. <BR> <BR> I had to force myself to go for my lunch walk and didn't go as far as usual. I've spent the last week adding upbeat, fun new tunes to my mp3, but none of my usual favorites wor... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 09:58:09 EST Day 26-It's not a diet, it's a WOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1834319 Active Challenge - tried but probably not - we had a lunch thing at work, so I didn't get my usual walk at lunch. <BR> <BR> Exercise Challenge - Cardio & Upper Body - Curves day, then added some upper body. Actually made it through 2 sets of pushups and some tricep dips(the ones where you lower your body in front of a chair) - always wanted to try those, but never had the nerve before - I could actually do it! <BR> <BR> Flexibility Challenge - my routine is now some stretching in the morni... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 09:08:39 EST Day 25 - Afternoon, house to myself - Yea! ! ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1831333 Active Challenge - Stand Up -- made an effort to stand up instead of rolling the office chair around. Took a nice walk outside at lunch - it was sunny, in the 50's, an all around gorgeous day! <BR> <BR> Exercise Challenge - Total Core - I did pilates core after my time on the elliptical <BR> <BR> Flexibility Challenge - Yoga - thorough stretch after workout, threw in some yoga moves <BR> <BR> Nutrition Challenge - OK, tanked this one. But I have recently bought some cute little 4 ounce de... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 09:08:24 EST Day 24 - stuck with the program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1828148 Active Challenge - did this, without the alarm. I do better if I remind myself to get up every hour and take a break. If I use an alarm, it feels like one more person/thing pushing me to do what they want. <BR> <BR> Exercise Challenge - Total Body Strength - Curves day. 650 calories, plus great cardio workout today. I intended to add some strength training at home, but time got away from me <BR> <BR> Flexibility Challenge - complete stretch after workout <BR> <BR> Nutrition Challenge - Fr... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 08:35:59 EST Day 23- New Goal - Approve of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1825152 Active Challenge - Been doing morning and evening stretch for awhile now, all of this new exercise is making the bones creaky in the m0rning. <BR> <BR> Exercise Challenge - Cardio - this was hard, but I felt really good about myself for doing it. My daughter thought I was nuts, probably because I was groaning by the end of the first push, but I did it! <BR> <BR> Flexibility Challenge - always stretch after cardio and core work. <BR> <BR> Nutrition Challenge - Slow It Down -- this one is s... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 09:15:52 EST Day 22 - Hurry up Spring! ! ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1822060 Your Active Challenge - Still too cold and windy to walk outside very long, which is what I really wanted to do. COME ON SPRING! ! ! So daughter and I went to the mall for a long walk and I managed not to buy anything! By the time we did that and our errands, we ended up walking for an hour. <BR> <BR> Your Exercise Challenge - Lower Body & Abs - I was so tired from all of our running, I completely spaced on these. I was going to do them after dinner, but developed a splitting headache by the... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:01:13 EST Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1819559 Active Challenge - Didn't really do this. Don't have an exercise ball, though I'm considering picking one up for the abwork. It was a Saturday, so a jam-packed day. Wasn't much sitting around to replace with standing. <BR> <BR> Your Exercise Challenge - Strength & Cardio - Today was Curves-687 calories. Excellent workout. <BR> <BR> Part 2 - added some pushups to my core routine later in the day. Surprised myself by doing 2 sets of 10. Didn't know I coud do that! Girl style because I felt a... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 11:34:19 EST Day 20- Still mostly on course, of course http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1816932 Active Challenge - Avoid all escalators, elevators, moving walkways, etc. all day. <BR> Normally not much of an issue, today I found myself in a building where the stairs only go down (OK, the staircase does go both ways, because it doesn't move, but the inside doors are locked, you can go in from any floor, but only exit from the lobby level), so I had to take the elevator to the 6th floor. My compromise is marching in place while in the elevator - I was really glad that noone else was in t... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 08:46:32 EST Day 19 Flashback to the fat lady in the swimsuit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1814544 Gorgeous sunrise this morning, my reward for dropping the ungrateful teen at the bus stop at 6:30 this morning. Wish I'd had a camera, I'd have taken you all a picture. <BR> <BR> Active Challenge - Set an alarm to go off every 30 minutes. <BR> Oh, come on, 30 minutes? That just seems pushy. I did start doing this, but my boss asked me to do a special emergency project and the day just flew by. So, nope, not this one. <BR> <BR> Exercise Challenge - Light Cardio - somehow I got off on these... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 09:05:48 EST Day 18- feeling momentum (and the burn) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1811588 Active Challenge - OK, I didn't actually set the alarm, but got up within 10 minutes of the hour to stretch and walk around. Last time I used the alarm, and it was difficult- and annoying. I have a tendency to break after each small project anyway, but really want to finish what I'm doing - otherwise, I have to backtrack and redo part of the work when I return. (you lose the concentration and have to start over) <BR> <BR> Exercise Challenge - Strength: Wednesday wasn't a strength day, so I d... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:09:59 EST Day 17 - "This shouldn't feel like torture" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1808601 "The idea is for you to push past self-imposed limits...this shouldn't feel like torture" <BR> <BR> Are you sure? Losing weight has always seemed like a form of self-inflicted torture. Exercise instead of sitting on the couch watching a fun movie or dumb tv show, making healthy meals at home instead of ordering in a pizza, veggies instead of brownies, thinking about what and why you are eating instead of just inhaling - - - I know that it is supposed to become a lifestyle, but in some ways ... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 09:15:59 EST Day 16 - Monday Morning Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1805405 Still feeling very down today (yesterday). It was good that it was a work day, so my food choices were easy -premade. I really didn't want to exercise and skipped my walk at lunch, but I forced myself to get on the elliptical after dinner. And something I've recently started to notice (occasionally) happened - I felt better afterwards! Maybe there is something to this exercise stuff - not just left wing conspiracy propaganda put out by fitness nazis! (Something I have suspected since childhoo... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 09:13:28 EST Day 15 Reward Day should have felt more rewarding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1802902 I had set aside yesterday as a day to reward myself for all of the hard work I have done so far - a little mini-vacation, so to speak. I started off right, sleeping in a little. Got up and planned to have breakfast in my jammies. Managed to get into a fight with my husband while making breakfast. My husband is wonderful in most ways, however he is also the cheapest man on the planet. <BR> <BR> The issue is one I should know better than to bring up, because no matter how hard I try, I can't g... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 12:27:15 EST