THINANDFITEMILY's SparkPeople Blog THINANDFITEMILY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spring Cleaning while it snows outside Getting a ahead on Spring Cleaning so when Spring comes I can go out to play. I think that photos and mementos are the most difficult part of sorting and cleaning. <BR> I came across a couple of old photos of me back in the 80's when I could look good in an old rain poncho lol and anyhow we have some event this weekend. not sure how dressy I am to be but took a few things out. One surprise was that a dress- a very dressy dress fit..BUT do I just dress up nice or elegant?? <BR> an... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:44:39 EST Your Mission should you choose to accept it! And I do! And we are off. Today is weigh in day. <BR> Starting out at 152.2 Our challenge is 8 weeks long so I am aiming to see the 140's!!! <BR> We have weekly challenges too and our first one is: <BR> <em>411</em> <BR> 1.WEEK 1 PLANNING <BR> Start with a plan of goal for next 8 weeks. BE REALISTIC!! Outline your plan of attack and set a goal for next 8 weeks. Try something different by using a journal or a Vision Board. Each week stop in this thread to outline what *new thing* you are ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:09:19 EST 2016 is a L~E~A~P year...leaping in... Leftover fortune cookie on the kitchen table today. I opened it. <BR> <img src=""> <em>334</em> OK! <BR> <BR> This is a leap year. I have started a new small journal and taped that fortune on the first page. <BR> I am leaping into the New Year: <BR> <em>185</em> LEAP <BR> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> Give us an L <BR> L is for LIVE (and also Love) fully every 366 days of 2016! <BR> <em>321</em> <em>... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:54:27 EST That time of year again I read the article here on SP about resolutions: <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1979 </link> <BR> And my reaction was well I am going to go ahead anyway and make all those resolutions. <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> And then I thought some more <img src=" think"> and remembered two of my kids mentioning the idea of leaving something behind instead of making resolutions. I l... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:18:20 EST Slow and steady- getting ready Have been sick with a cold the past few days. Uncle passed away and the funeral was yesterday. <BR> I have reflected over the past few years. I have decided to be kind and patient with myself. <BR> Most importantly I will also be consistent and maintain a balanced approach to my weight loss and health. <BR> What this means is that my goal date is based on a slower weight loss and I expect to be there in November of 2016 <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>208</em> <BR> That is it in a nu... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:54:25 EST the amazing adaptable human body Great video- hope you take time to see it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ge-your-enterotype/ </link> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:28:29 EST KazHammm? or Quork Roast? I have been having great fun experimenting in the kitchen. Plant milks. Soy milk....tofu- ok still working on that one. Yuba! Which turned into a great bacon for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Always got something going on in there. My nuts are soaking right now! <em>334</em> They will be turned into creamer and milk in the morning. <BR> <BR> Two days ago I took a little of this vegan loaf idea and a little of that and a few ideas from making "burgers" and made what tastes like ham! <BR> We enjoy... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 16:41:15 EST 8 week plan of ATTACK! It is Round 2 for our NEON Ninja team!!! Our challenge this week is to put together a plan for this challenge. The link given to us from SP was very helpful! <BR> <link> s_ articles.asp?id=696 </link> <BR> I read the article and gave it some thought. My strategy for the next few weeks- <BR> <img src=" ninja"> <BR> Our weigh ins are on Wednesday. <em>192</em> Wednesday wil... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:31:06 EST Not looking back Walk casually ahead not looking back at the fat burning behind me!!! <BR> and don't pick up anymore on my journey ahead! <em>246</em> <BR> <img src=" fat"> <BR> ok- yeah that is not me...if I had time to photoshop.... but I like looking at Hugh/Wolverine lol <BR> Sat, 7 Nov 2015 07:34:19 EST More adventures in the kitchen I made soymilk this morning! Used a recipe from Asian Tofu <link><BR>est-Make/dp/1607740257 </link> <BR> It was so good and eyeballing it from the 13 pound bag of soybeans I bought I think it cost about 50 cents or so. Maybe less... A quart usually costs anywhere from 2-3 dollars. Thing is it tastes so good! It is just plain. I am so looking forward to making tofu soon when I get a kit and study it up a bit. The pulp/ lees or okara as it is called is ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 12:48:15 EST Vembers!!! No thanks!!! No rush in so many ways for November! <BR> Here is urban dictionary defining Vember- <BR> <link><BR>erm=Vember </link> <BR> For this month of November I will just say NO to Vembers! <em>246</em> <BR> No sugar! No alcohol! No caffeine! No fast pace! <BR> Meaning? Good sleep! Water! Healthy food! exercise- but stretch!!!! <BR> <img src=" calm"> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:56:36 EST Tales from the scales- week 2 one day early Reporting in early as I am changing over to another sometimes that may delay even getting on! <BR> Here is the number- <img src=""> <BR> 3.4 loss from last week. <BR> Will continue with whole food plant based along with a few yummy treats. <BR> Walking. I am going to do more pilates and yoga for strength as I know that when winter is here it will be the season to concentrate on strength training. <BR>... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:50:15 EST VegFest! Had a great time at veg fest! I only went on Saturday but it was great to see all the exhibits and to hear Rich Roll and Dr. Greger. <BR> I don't have the best photos... I did like connecting to Julie Piatt. It was wonderful to connect with her and to talk a bit about homeschooling and cooking and I had to cut it short as the line was soooooo long for the book signing. She told me to email her! I will. <BR> I was validated about my vegan experiments in the kitchen as my husband like my veg... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:06:44 EST No foods are bad- done with diets Interesting idea. And one I agree with. No FOODS are bad. <BR> Then the next step is ...just what is food? <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> To me it needs to be what will fuel me best. Enable good health. Make me happy and productive. <BR> <BR> Although I had planned on doing the 6 week plan..... I have changed my mind. I will eat what I consider healthy. What is food. Greens, beans, grains,tubers, fruits and nuts and seeds. Spices. Herbs. Potatoes!!!! A little salt. A little sweet. No cooking wit... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:56:53 EST Day 1- initial weigh in-Wednesday reports methinks there was too much salt in my food last night! <BR> Hey- I have to start somewhere. <BR> I weighed in: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> NO WAY am I going back to 160ville! <BR> Today is <em>249</em> <BR> I know what I need to eat and what exercise to do and <em>521</em> <BR> I will be back next Wednesday with another tale from the scale. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 08:33:46 EST Vegan Pizza <em>4</em> Need to make a salad to go with these. No I am not going to eat both! <BR> I used Daiya cheese (I had the cheddar version) but am going to experiment with healthier options next time <img src=""> <BR> I smoked up the mushrooms or baconized them with smoked paprika, maple syrup, tamari and tiny bit of cloves. Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:31:25 EST Day ZERO Health= Nutrient/Calorie. <em>550</em> <BR> Gearing up for 6 weeks of food as fuel! <BR> Grocery shop tomorrow. Exercise- will be going back to morning walks unless the weather is very bad and then I will pop in a DVD. <BR> Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Sunday mornings I have scheduled ST. <BR> Saturday and Sunday I will do Upper body on Saturday and lower on Sunday. <BR> Tuesday before lunch I will do a circuit training DVD and Thursday I will do Jillian's yoga meltdown and No M... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:37:31 EST 6 week challenge I am prepping today for the 6 week Eat to Live challenge. <BR> Creating menu and then a grocery shop tomorrow. <BR> I will get on the scale Wed. I seem to be stuck in the middle of the 150's and need to head into 140ville! I will post Wednesday Tales from the scale on of course Wednesday! <em>334</em> <em>192</em> <BR> I believe that the 6 week challenge and sticking to an exercise plan will get me there. <BR> So off to pull out my copy of Eat to Live <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:26:37 EST Red potatoes and life is good <img src="">Just a quick one here. <BR> 6 mile walk <em>244</em> Beautiful fall day <em>465</em> <BR> Brunch- roasted red potatoes with a bit of rosemary infused olive oil <BR> Avocado toast <BR> Tofu and veggie scramble with cilantro. Used kala namak salt for egginess <em>4</em> <BR> That is pretty much it! <BR> Feeling groovy <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 4 Oct 2015 13:09:07 EST Red Pants and Hip to Waist Ratio <em>122</em> Targeting Valentines as a day to love myself as well as all those that are dear to me I have set that date to be under 130 pounds and in great shape. <em>128</em> <em>410</em> <em>283</em> <BR> I have a stash as I said of smaller sized clothes. Sizes 16-4. Lowest in pants is size 8. I am glad I have the stash. I do not like to shop. So it is all there waiting for me. <BR> I have gotten rid of the size 16 clothes and am rapidly getting rid of the size 14 ones too. ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:08:35 EST Review~Renew~RESET! Time to: <BR> <img src=" set"> <BR> <BR> Review- Whole food plant based works wonders- now to stick with it. <BR> Same for workouts <BR> <img src=" stick"> <BR> <BR> Renew- <img src=" bag"> <BR> RESET! <img src=" Sat, 12 Sep 2015 09:00:20 EST Happy Camper I loved it even with the dark and stormy night and some rain getting in the tent. <BR> Beautiful hikes and a dip in the lake. Paradise. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 16 Aug 2015 11:11:35 EST "Mozzarella" I made the mozzarella from Miyoko Schinner's book- The Homemade Vegan Pantry. <BR> Many steps! Came out veeery good. Tasted and approved by family members. Healthier and cheaper than the store bought versions. I am going to put it on a pizza. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 7 Aug 2015 20:50:19 EST Dinner Dinner- unsausages from Miyoko Schinner's The Homemade Vegan Pantry. <BR> yum <img src=""> <em>4</em> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:18:44 EST Do it! Even if your stuff isn't shiny! On your left! Got out for a morning bike ride. Looked like it might rain but no!!! Just cloudy. A couple of folks passed me "on your left" they said. <BR> Nice bikes! <BR> I ended up catching up to them and she said to her husband - on your which I replied oh no I am riding what is like a big old truck. <BR> So I said I would be replacing it next year I hope on my birthday. She said go lighter it makes a world of difference! And so they kept riding ahead of me. <BR> Wish list for sure! <em>... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:56:39 EST Lunch Break Biked 18.5 miles <em>332</em> took 90 minutes this morning <BR> Swam - 40 minutes <em>237</em> - will have to figure that out distance of that as I do laps but have not measured that out and next up a n 8.24 mile walk <em>311</em> <em>244</em> <BR> I have a sort of day off today and so wanted to do my own staggered throughout the day Tri <em>246</em> <BR> I am not running until I weigh somewhere in my 140's and that day WILL come!!!! <em>138</em> <BR> On a lunch break- <img ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:25:04 EST lunch time <em>4</em> <img src=""> <BR> Green salad including endive and hearts of plam with kalamata olives and vegan pecan "parm" for dressing (parm is home made too) <BR> BBQ (homemade sauce!!!) Tempeh on sprouted bread with yellow tomato and Just Mayo brand vegan Mayo and lettuce and Bubbies sauerkraut. All vegan- all plant based although not 100% E2L BUT my goal with THE E2L PLAN is to eat 90/10- as I work out so much... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:45:55 EST a week late but the before photo for the 5% Just got back from riding 18.5 miles in 85 minutes and got on SP and saw some folks have done a before so took a selfie. <BR> Did not suck in my gut. <em>246</em> <BR> Here is the before - a few days late and then I will see how it goes at the end of the challenge. I will wear the same clothes. <BR> <img src=""> <img src="">yes steppi... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:49:20 EST May 23. It begins today and Prize day Off for a walk...but first to blog a little. <BR> First it is prize day as DS's school. They give out awards in different areas. It is good too because commencement will be a little shorter. That happens this afternoon. <BR> Tomorrow he graduates!! And on the 31st my nephew is getting married. May has been merry indeed! <BR> <BR> Today I got on the scale. I won't be on it again until October 19. I stuck a little note on it that said no peeking. <em>211</em> I am up a little from last w... Sat, 23 May 2015 07:09:13 EST Tomorrow- week 10 of our BLC! Tomorrow is our last weigh in for the 10 week challenge. I have enjoyed being a NEON NINJA!!! <BR> What an awesome team!!!!! <BR> We have so far managed to lose 176 pounds together! <BR> I will step on the scale in the morning and report in my exercise minutes as well. <BR> This week is amazing. The Month of May is busy and happy! <BR> My DD graduated from Emerson college on Monday. <BR> Last evening at the school concert my DS was awarded for his contributions to the music program. He will ... Wed, 20 May 2015 11:47:31 EST 5 more days In 5 days our Spring challenge will be over. I have had the great pleasure of getting to know and getting to know better our awesome team mates on the NEON NINJA team!!! <BR> <BR> Our final weigh in will be on May 21. <BR> Then I will do my own weigh in on May 23. Will take my waist and hip measurements. <BR> I will then embark on my vegan, no alcohol, no oil, no processed foods, lots of exercise journey until October 19. The big reveal will be on that day. I will trust in the process for... Sat, 16 May 2015 11:10:31 EST Getting fired up again Had a wonderful time with DS at Stanford. It will be hard to say goodbye in the Fall but what an awesome place for him to start out! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I did get to have a bit of a vacation. They have a fantastic Rodin collection. <img src=""> <img src=""... Fri, 1 May 2015 09:03:10 EST Day 8- I eat! Got tons of errands to do so glad I ended the juicing yesterday. <BR> Lost 6 pounds so that was great- but may gain 2-3 back. I expect that. <BR> I have less cravings! And will get into the habit of sipping a freshly made juice instead of beer/wine while making dinner. <BR> This is me this morning kinda glad it is over! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Keeping May in mind! <BR> Bir... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:00:17 EST The number 7 Today is day number 7 and I hate to disappoint but TODAY will be the last day of the reboot/fast. <BR> <BR> I took a gander at the fridge and I have enough veggies and fruit for today but that will leave no freggies for the family. For eating! I do not have it in the budget to buy more. <BR> <BR> If I were doing this for health reasons I would find the money. I would keep going. <BR> <BR> I am not disappointed in myself! <em>334</em> <BR> And of course I do love the number 7 <em>20</e... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:25:14 EST 8 and then she ate Looking again at the calendar I have decided to end the reboot on the 25th instead of the 26th. That will make it 8 days total! Happy with that- so 8 and then I eat. <em>20</em> <BR> I will be picking up DH and DS late on the 25th <em>535</em> and then we all have to get up early the next morning and I will make them breakfast. I am going to plan ahead for transition foods. This means plant based for at least 5 days following the juice feast although I plan on doing it longer an... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:22:49 EST Decisions decisions ... decided. Day 5 of the juice REBOOT- not calling it a fast. <BR> This has been a great time to do it with family members away- here and there. In a few days they will return and the normal routine will be back. <BR> Needed to take a look at when I will stop and I have decided my last day will be March 26. <BR> That will be 9 days of juicing. And of course loving prime numbers I can't stop at 8. <em>41</em> (well I just amended that - thanks CBRINKLEY!) I must have been thinking odd and said pri... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:02:30 EST on to Day 4- because you want to know <em>524</em> Send freggies quick! <BR> Other than going through freggies like water all is well. My energy is good. Yes I am peeking at the scale as that is a motivator. And it is going down. <BR> I do not know how long I can do this because of the cost of produce. Today is day 4. <BR> I think I picked the perfect time to try this. Last night I did wake up after two hours of sleep and felt..odd. I drank a big glass of water and went back to sleep. <BR> Nothing very interesting to report. ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:30:39 EST Inquiring minds or enquiring minds want to know Here in US it is always inquiring I learned- <BR> <link><BR>/11/have_you_got_an.html </link> <BR> nice to learn something new everyday. <BR> So it looks like many are curious about the juice fast! /feast <em>20</em> <BR> What I find interesting is that it is called a fast. I am buying more produce than ever. It is a bit ridiculous. <em>344</em> <em>368</em> <em>368</em> <em>368</em> <BR> For example one of my juices had 6 collard greens, ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:16:22 EST Week 1 weigh in- 9 more weeks to go. What a busy and crazy week. I had to fit in exercise and make best choices. Only thing to do when you get daze like that. <BR> Week 1 report- going down <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:28:21 EST GO NEON NINJAS!!! Starting Weight for Spring into Shape Challenge! Today we weigh in. I am working towards a 15% loss. In this challenge! I will not keep that kind of goal for summer but a more realistic 1-2 or even less as I get closer to my goal weight. <BR> Today this blog is just about my seeing the numbers out there. <BR> A 15% loss of my current weight means 144.5 as my goal weight. The last weigh in is on May 21. <BR> I plan on 1200-1400- daily calories of high density nutrition and at least 800 calories burned a day. <BR> 70 days! <BR> No Excuse... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:18:46 EST Day 4 of 163 Snow, snow and more snow. My plans to take bus and then train to see my daughter are cancelled and son will be taking his final tomorrow as the car was slip sliding all over the drive way. <BR> I am relieved that he did not have to drive. My other daughter is at work but she has had a bit more driving experience. Son has certainly gotten quite a bit experience driving in snowy conditions. <BR> <BR> The fridge is cleaned out and I found a bit of leftover frosting from the bake sale. It i... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:39:55 EST Day 3 of 163 Days I need to put a leash on time. Lasso it. Make the calendar my bitch. <BR> <BR> But let me start with last night. As many of you can relate to this. Sleeping partner. What a funny expression. Enough said really- with his restlessness some nights and slight snoring - some nights and his talking in his sleep- some nights. Sleep is a solo activity <em>211</em> It is not every night so when I settle in I do not want to make my bed some where else.(unless Henry Cavill gives me a call) <em>211... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:25:48 EST Day 2 of 163 “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” <BR> <em>134</em> <em>311</em> <em>186</em> <em>104</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Walking the talk. Running the fun. Running for fun. Would it be crawling the drawl? <BR> Reflecting on yesterday's blog I realize that I was....that I am...that I will- I am acting according to my beliefs. My body is shaped by my actions. My actions are my belief system. I got into a decade of letting it go. I let me fa... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:26:50 EST Day 1 of 163- Reality I am super excited about the the Spring into Shape Challenge! Obviously!!!! and have had fun setting it up with all my other fearless leaders and getting to know my fellow Neon Ninjas! <em>334</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <BR> At the end of the Winter Challenge I lost 11.4 pounds bringing me to 162.8. I averaged 380 minutes of cardio a week and 100 minutes of ST. I worked hard but could have bumped it up but considering it was Winter- what a Winte... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:49:18 EST one of my heroes <img src=""> <BR> and one of his quotes- <BR> “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” <BR> And that is my intention for the Spring into Shape Challenge. <BR> We were asked to get ready by writing a letter: <BR> WEEK 1 PRE CHALLENGE -- Write a Letter to Yourself Feb 26 to March 4 <BR> Whole books and workbooks have been written on goal setting. One of the main points I have found in these books is... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:55:13 EST is getting ready Gearing up for the BLC Spring into Shape Challenge. <BR> I am a NEON NINJA and a leader and it is final countdown with May being a huge month for me. The challenge starts on March 11 and I am getting ready! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:05:51 EST Week 1 report for Grey Wolves team BL Winter challenge is a loss! Not huge but good. <BR> The only changes I am making for week 2 are to commit to adding in yoga and or stretch. I always make an excuse but I feel much better after. I also will add in some more ab work. <BR> And since my DS has a break from school I will attempt once again to change my morning cup of Joe to herbal something. <em>469</em> <em>334</em> I need to get as many things in my favor. I hope for a better sleep- although I am doing pretty well with that. <B... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:33:42 EST Initial weigh in - BL Winter Freeze off- Go Grey Wolves HOWOOOOOOOL! <BR> And so it begins!!!! <BR> 10 weeks <BR> Determination <BR> Dedication <BR> Discipline <em>198</em> <BR> and running with my Wolf Pack <em>186</em> <em>186</em> <em>186</em> <em>186</em> <em>186</em> <em>186</em> <BR> to lose 15-20 pounds by the end of the 10 weeks <BR> GO Grey Wolves!- we will drop POUNDS of fat in the next 10 weeks! <em>224</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (hmmm gotta check this camer... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:48:12 EST Vision statement pre- challenge The team I am on for the 10 week challenge is asking that we put a vision of where our weight loss journey will take us. <BR> <BR> Where we see ourselves in 1 year - 5 years- 10 years. <BR> I will start with the 10 weeks. I am loving this team and the motivation and support. I know in 10 weeks I will have more energy and stop making excuses and see results. I won't pin down an exact number but do have a healthy plan. <BR> Three healthy meals- a snack if I need it. <BR> Healthy is whol... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 18:04:38 EST I am not giving up but I almost did <BR> I am shocked at the number on the scale...I mean I did not think I was that far off- <BR> Giving up is not an option. <BR> Today I did a Bob Harper boot camp workout. I also have the time to go to the pool and will swim. <BR> The truth is I feel tired. I am tired so right now I am in fake it 'til you make it mode. <BR> I am going to go back to blogging on Friday with my weigh in so the tales from the scales are back. <BR> I am back. <BR> Pretty much to the beginning. <B... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:03:20 EST