THINANDFITEMILY's SparkPeople Blog THINANDFITEMILY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 reflecting and getting the most out of every day I looked back a little at some of my plans to stick to a plan and re -read some comments. <BR> It is wonderful to have the support. <BR> I especially liked the spirit of Karen's words when she said <BR> "How about taking another look at what you want to achieve along with keeping in mind your nature as YOU. How would they change? How would your life look if goals were simply assisting you to be more of you? " <BR> <BR> I had read and enjoyed those words. Now I will take another look. Of c... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:45:44 EST tune in soon ok <BR> off to a crazy start not start lots of things going on... <BR> will post about my 42 days=6 week challenge soon <BR> - in case you were wondering... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:02:02 EST Not very exciting list type blogs- Eat to live program Hello- <BR> <BR> Just quickly thought I would share. <BR> Taking up the Eat to Live 6 week challenge although I am not thinking of it as a challenge really but a boot camp. 6 weeks is 42 days as you know and the point is to eat high density nutritional foods. <BR> There is plenty of info on the internet- just look up Eat to Live and or Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Also there is a wonderful Eat to Live team here on SP for support and motivation. <BR> Have been playing around with it for too long and i... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:42:18 EST On to Week 2 of the Sizzling Summer Slimdown- Go Turquoise! So week 1 went well! <em>244</em> <BR> I got in some interval cardio along with slower longer walks and bike rides. Healthy eating with a few treats. I am taking a rest day today because my body needs it as I took an 18.5 mile bike ride and a few 8 mile walks along with weight lifting. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> So on to Week 2 of this 10 week challenge. <BR> I am also on a 5% challenge team- which is new to me and so far is very motivational too. <em>334</em> <BR> 2.4 down! <BR> <img... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:56:50 EST Sizzling Summer Slimdown Challenge!-GO TURQUOISE!!!!! I am on the team Turquoise Titans- one reason my page is this color. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I have participated in past challenges. I have my head and heart into this one. <BR> Sizzling Summer Slimdown 10 week BLC challenge! <em>244</em> <BR> Starts today and ends August 22. <BR> I am still tweaking my 99 day journey along with this. <BR> My weight today is <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fridays will be tales from the scales. <em>40</em> <... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:23:31 EST musing on my musings I reread my Musing on the nines blog. I read it as if it were written by someone else. <BR> I wrote it 9 days ago. <BR> Here again is the list of nine things to do for 99 days- <BR> 1) Eat nutrient rich foods <BR> 2) exercise- cardio and or ST <BR> 3) keep hydrated (no coffee or alcohol for 99 days) <BR> 4) Declutter for a min. of 15 minutes a day <BR> 5) Artwork for a min. of 30 min. a day <BR> 6) Yoga and or stretch <BR> 7) Floss and self care <BR> 8) 7.5 hours of sleep <BR> 9) jou... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:39:57 EST musing on the nines (and number 99) to be dressed to the nines by day 99 Cloud nine <BR> Casting out nines <BR> Dressed to the nines <BR> 99 bottles of beer on the wall- shouldn't that be shelf? <BR> (anyway they are staying there) <BR> Agent 99 <BR> nine lives <BR> musing on the nines...the 9 muses of Greek mythology <BR> the nine worthies <BR> and <BR> my 99 day challenge <BR> begins on June 3 or 6/3...6+3=9 and ends on September 9 or 9/9 <BR> 99 days <BR> on each day I will: <BR> 1) Eat nutrient rich foods <BR> 2) exercise- cardio and or ST <BR> 3) keep hydra... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:58:48 EST keeping it simple continued.... I'm inspired by Jenna's simple lists - <BR> JBAILEY1122 <BR> She is in training for a marathon. Go visit her page and cheer her on! <em>321</em> <BR> I am still working on my list- <BR> <em>249</em> will be tomorrow of my own program. <BR> As I blogged before in my rambling manner I need to focus on good habits. <BR> <BR> I think making a check list of sorts and checking in at the end of the day is the way to go. <BR> Check list: <BR> 3 Nutrient dense meals and I might blog about what... Tue, 20 May 2014 10:23:35 EST Leaving no Wiggle room-for you Karen :) Reviewing my blog from yesterday I have decided to make list type blogs for awhile...perhaps daily in order to shake those sucker fish off butt <em>40</em> <em>14</em> <em>355</em> (thank you for the visual Karen) <BR> The list will change weekly and perhaps daily. <BR> The blogs may be slightly boring as lists are not very interesting.. <BR> So from yesterday: <BR> 3 nutritionally dense meals a day <BR> and if anyone is wondering what I mean by nutritarian eating check out Helyn's b... Sun, 18 May 2014 10:17:33 EST Fat Loss Amusement Park Well here I am at the <em>530</em> Fat Loss Amusement Park <BR> Some rides are exciting and make me want to hurl- circuit and tabata training and some are a bit fun but seem to go on forever- some DVD's (at the arcade) and sometimes long walks at the local trails...then there is the water park- <em>237</em> (I joined the pool and there is a sauna and hot tub there) <BR> and bike rides...wheeeee <em>309</em> <BR> and games of skill <em>362</em> <em>358</em> <em>318</em> <em... Thu, 8 May 2014 09:40:18 EST end of week 4 and 6 more weeks! well what to do ? <BR> Seems I lost and then gained and almost lost back to the beginning...but basically back to the starting line... <BR> hmmmm <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Get back to it! <BR> Make the plan and work the plan and get to goal! <BR> I planned on a 10% loss in our challenge which will bring me to 153 pounds and I will be 53 years right before it ends <BR> and I'm GOING TO DO IT!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:05:48 EST Day 4 of 42- going to get a bit selfish Breakfast: <BR> Ezekiel raisin bread and 1 T of no salt peanut butter and 1 cup of sliced pineapple <BR> Snack- green smoothie <BR> Lunch: <BR> Tomato soup <BR> <link><BR>-soup-with-roasted-garlic-and.html </link> <BR> and veggies and hummus (homemade) <BR> Supper: <BR> Lentil loaf <BR> <link><BR>/11/the-ultimate-vegetable-lentil-loaf<BR>.html </link> <BR> and caulipots which are from Isa's book and is actually he... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:10:46 EST Day 3 of 42- what the heck is a desem? this is me just passing through.... <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> yesterday got a bit busy so since I had dough already madeI ended up making the pizzas instead of pita bread and pizza for today. <BR> Now the recipe comes from a book called Breadtime stories which is FILLED with all kinds of things about self rising dough, desem breads and of course sourdough as well as quick breads. Desem is a very interesting bread project that becomes a part of the family! <BR> The author is Susan Jane Cheney... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:31:06 EST Day 2 of 42 So no joke I put cooked quinoa in my Smoothie this morning and it was good! <BR> So today's menu- <BR> Breakfast- Green smoothie <BR> well actually it was purple since it has blueberries in it and all the usual suspects and the 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa <BR> Lunch~Homemade hummus and veggies and salad with cashew balsamic dressing from one of Isa's cookbooks and a cup of fireroasted tomato soup <BR> Supper~ "strirfry"- water sauteed veggies and baked tofu and rice- I will use a tsp of sesame o... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:56:09 EST Day 1 of 42- Great Greens Batman! I will not be tracking my food during the 42 days. I don't usually use the SP plan anyway because it does not contain many greens- not sure why but here I go- <BR> For breakfast today I had <BR> quinoa porridge and sliced banana and 1T ground flaxseed and a splash of pumpkin seed milk (plain and home made) <BR> 2nd breakfast/elevenses is a green smoothie and I will use up my Nutiva hemp protein powder in that although not tech E2L. I will use a bit but most of it will be baby spinach and blu... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:04:09 EST It's only 42 days- I can do it After reading Joel Fuhrman's book Eat to Live I have always wanted to finish up the 6 week challenge. As many will say it is a lifestyle because it is such a healthy way to live. <BR> However I can see the wisdom in his challenge of 6 weeks. Similar to challenging to a 10 minute daily challenge of exercise as in at least you will get the 10 minutes and most of the time you will exceed the challenge. <BR> <BR> Making any of the choices in the book will help- more veggies and fruits for examp... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:32:15 EST I put it in my top drawer so- last week I was food shopping and there is this Salvation Army Thrift store nearby... <BR> - I don't really need any clothes but have been doing really good about my exercise and food and not drinking beer-so I go in and I found a very cute Vera Wang skirt with a cool pattern and a colorful happy looking shirt that is also designed by Vera Wang (guess she knows her stuff LOL)- both fit and a cute sweater and a scarf that was only $1.50(I'm trying to figure out the whole scarf thing and... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:12:47 EST Week 1 weigh in- missed it by this much.. I did lose! <em>334</em> but not as much as I thought I would for all the exercise minutes. <BR> My goal is to lose 1% of my weight each week and I did come very close to that number so I am happy BUT I am sore and tired and a bit queasy too. <BR> I did 735 min. of cardio and most of that was <em>198</em> hard work pushing myself cardio. I did record some minutes of heavy cleaning (because I broke out in a sweat) and a couple of the walks were slower than my 17 minute pace but for the ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:21:38 EST Turquoise Titan BLC Spring Challenge- and we begin! Our Spring Challenge begins today-sure do wish it looked like spring out there- <BR> It is snowing AGAIN! <em>101</em> <BR> Our initial weigh in is due today and we have 10 weeks to give it our best! <BR> My goal is a 1% loss at least every week. <BR> Here goes! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> so next Friday's goal is 169.2! <BR> Have a Sparkling day and GO TURQUOISE TITANS!!!! <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:23:15 EST One Step Closer Bit tired today- TOM and being peri well..taking it a bit easy and looking over what needs to be done: <BR> <BR> This morning I got an eye roll from teen DD and it was about food. We do not eat like normal people apparently. My DS has a batch of kombucha brewing. I am going to make cashew "cheeze" this weeekend.... <BR> She had a friend over last night and they were goofing on my home made pecan milk. Just awhile back she was a vegetarian...anyhow these days I am plant based vegan. She is a... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:23:58 EST Putting myself into the rhythm of the day Calories in. <BR> Calories out <BR> easy peasy right? <BR> If I start with my night that may be interrupted with teens events... or husband coming home late...not so easy to work that plan as fatigue sets in <BR> then meeting family's needs <BR> and extended family... <BR> ok <BR> <em>227</em> <BR> where did I go??? <BR> Up and down according to my nemesis <em>193</em> <BR> so what is the smart thing to do? <BR> Schedule in little bits of things that will give me back MY day <BR> My l... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:18:53 EST 3 days of the vegan version of Eat to Live I'm feeling TONS of energy! At first I felt starving but then all I had to do was look at my "reserves" and know I was going to be fine until my next meal <em>246</em> <BR> This vegan thing feels pretty good and this is certainly inspiring- <BR> <link><BR>lete_jim-morris-vegan-bodybuilder </link> <BR> alright off to make some bean and portabello mushroom tortillas with awesome guacamole! <em>4</em> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:18:05 EST Day 6 of 203 Goal- 171 <em>248</em> <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <BR> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:38:35 EST Day 5 of 203 until 129 <em>524</em> <BR> So my 2 older kids will be back for the weekend and MIL is flying in to see my youngest play Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without even trying and he does sort of look like this after we got his haircut <img src=""> <BR> and I am to contribute cup cakes so I better get going. Last year I made shrek cupcakes but this year just simple ones. <BR> And no I will not be eating any. <BR> I have hit my Sunday goal a... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:52:49 EST Day 3 of 203 to 129 I had a lovely cup of Earl Grey this morning and there was a glimmer of an idea to go run outside but not enough of one to get me out on in the cold and dark and venture out on the slippery icy roads. <BR> So I popped in a Bob Harper power walk video. He is great! It was a new one and one I will do again. I also did level 1 of Jillian's Shred. <BR> Then it was time to take DS to school and there was someone parked in the no parking section making it impossible for me to get out. Usually I c... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:10:05 EST Earl Grey- hot!~Day 2 of 203 days until 129 People's taste can change- but oddly just this morning after buying organic decaf yesterday to wean off of coffee(by mixing it with the full strength coffee) I now want Earl Grey....I think I must be thinking of Captain Picard too much! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It was good- I bought the Earl Grey yesterday on a whim (we do have many other teas) and some Silk vanilla soy creamer. I consider the creamer my cheat for the day and no- it did ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:27:41 EST Day 1 of 203- Journey to 129 <em>249</em> <BR> THIS WEEK'S GOALS!!! <BR> <BR> stay within calorie range - 1300-1500 <BR> <em>4</em> <em>550</em> <em>265</em> <BR> Drink 80 ounces of water every day <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> ST- 3 days a week- Today is one of those days! <em>34</em> <BR> Eliminate coffee by drinking more decaf until end of week is all decaf and then switch to herbal tea. Rooibos is good! <BR> <em>106</em> <em>55</em> <em>254</em... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:09:36 EST Prime Time! Day zero. Journey to 129. Pressing the reset button today. <BR> Day zero or Day 1...not sure what to consider it as I like the idea of day zero. <BR> - then Day 0 it is! <BR> Today I am making the plan for the week and plan to sit down every Sunday and do that. <BR> I also think I will progress if I maintain the IDEA of day zero and that every day should carry at least a spark of enthusiasm to get me to my goal. <BR> I do need an end in sight too for planning purposes and that will be a total of 203-204 days but m... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:24:41 EST Valentines- will you be mine?- accountability buddy wanted~ First of all-Happy Valentines Day!!!! <em>26</em> <em>212</em> <BR> Time is flying by~ <BR> I will not let 2014 slip past me and not get to my goals so here goes: <BR> I want - er WILL lose 40 pounds by mid August of 2014 <BR> <BR> Actions do speak louder than words so I must put together and DO a program that will get results and I am thinking I may need a buddy or perhaps to blog every day...although I know part of what I need to do is spend less time on my butt and more time gettin... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:10:47 EST A simple Thank you Thank you! Thanks to everyone who read yesterday's blog and today's and my other's <em>246</em> <em>252</em> <BR> Thanks for your continuing support- <BR> - I did yesterday's list <BR> TA DA! <em>211</em> and now on to Today! <BR> Wishing you all the best!!!!! <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:09:48 EST rambling to do list- out of the closet! well I guess I'm blogging again! <em>246</em> <BR> - more like just thinking aloud as I figure out my to do and I will check back later on to see if it is TA DA ! <BR> -made some polenta to go withh today's breakfast which for me is going to be leftover chile + egg + 1/2 avo and family will add in piece of fruit and the polenta if they like /other options- I am on Day 4 of the SBD P1 <BR> then- <BR> take out garbage- <BR> then <BR> <em>206</em> is that a step emoticon?- well anyway 45"... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 05:56:59 EST seeds <em>246</em> <BR> this one is just for you Karen- (since you suggested it) <BR> THINFITRAWKIND <BR> I will share the specific goals I made in my journal here in my blog <em>30</em> <BR> Looking at my schedule and my other goals I came up with a realistic plan which can be implemented starting today- <BR> 1- getting my art materials together <BR> that will be today <BR> 2- Looking through my books and coming up with a syllabus-Thursday <BR> 3- Starting-Friday - <BR> I have 60 minutes a d... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:55:47 EST not just about the weight loss As so many of us here on SP realize it is not just about the weight loss. I cut open this tomato this morning. I was inspired. Images inspire me all the time <BR> Every where I look! <BR> so I am going to take photos of them as I still need to get a good working space to draw and sketch. I can at least keep the inspiration until the time I can sketch. I like using colored pencils and they can be time consuming. <BR> -Also I am self taught and I need some organization in this area of my life.... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:37:08 EST 4 years of Yo - Yo- NOW is the time to let the weight GO! This Tuesday will be my 4th year Spark Anniversary. <BR> Same old 10 pounds being lost and gained with a few dips into the 150's- the forecast is now improving <em>67</em> <BR> Time to use my super powers and break on through to the other side! <em>530</em> <BR> I will blog again when 10 pounds have been released...hmm where does it go??? <em>40</em> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:56:07 EST Simply simplify! oooops I did it again <BR> I joined too many teams and spent too much time on SP <BR> When I see that I can get a bonus spin and have not tracked my fitness yet then it seems more like a warning than a reward- <BR> <BR> So- <BR> I will yet again leave some teams. I need motivation and support from the teams I join so as I declutter that I will think about that and actually how much time I have. <BR> <BR> I did manage a workout schedule and considered my life while creating so I can stick t... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:48:19 EST morning walks on vacation here is some of the scenery- it did rain but that made for some nice rainbows on morning walks <BR> - hope to post more about vacation later <em>213</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:57:58 EST some thoughts for the year ahead <em>292</em> <BR> I have been thinking about what I want. I may have some more thoughts about this when I come back from vacation but for now: <BR> <BR> <em>402</em> toning up my stomach. It is crazy that after 4 kids my belly was flat and then I let it go a few years later. I can't blame pregnancy for any of that. <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> Become muscular again. I miss it! <BR> <BR> <em>366</em> yes- I prefer longer distances anyway. ...I do know I need to build up to it <BR> ... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:18:46 EST labels- actions speak louder than words It has dawned on me that I am not going to be upset about labels anymore. <BR> It never really mattered to me what label someone gave me as some of them were so far off it was ridiculous but I never really cared for them- <BR> I might have started getting annoyed with them because when I was a kid our parents would label us- I was the actress and my brother was the scientist...and all my other siblings were labeled too. <BR> I used to read JAMA at this rental house we got to stay in as kids... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:29:54 EST Am I ready to BE the girl of my dreams??? Don't ya just love a bargain? <BR> I do- have several goal clothes for the girl I will become but they are not bargains unless I can wear them. Visited my DD lately and noticed as she has her clothes hung up in her room that she took a few out of my skinny boxes downstairs. Honestly it was flattering that she liked them enough to take them as her own- but that is it! <BR> the rest are MINE!!!! <BR> Also I got these shoes for $5 and I noticed that they fit better when I have lost a few poun... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:39:46 EST so what is the plan?- the one that works..... My goal weight is 123-127 based on how I feel at that weight. <BR> I am going to lose 43-47 pounds by Valentines day of 2014. <BR> I need to make a plan that works and after getting my PHDs- Previous habitual dieter and Previous heavy drinker I am dropping both- everything in moderation within a certain amount of calories- 1250-1500 is the range. <BR> Fruits and veggies are a priority. <BR> Mon- Wed and Friday are ST days. I have some dumbells and I have some DVD's and on those days do 15 - 3... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:09:41 EST Robo RUMBLE Friday is the big event and last day of class. We have the PA system and a good loud playlist. The teams will come in and battle on a sumo ring I had made for the competition. <BR> We are working out the rules. <BR> The students built and program the robot to behave in a certain way with certain goals in mind. It is autonomous. <BR> Unfortunately as the summer program is jam packed with activities we only have 30-40 minutes so I am working out the details to make it fair and fun. The other ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:52:09 EST these 2 crack me up <img src=""> <BR> so I just had to put them on the windowsill so I can get a good laugh when I am washing these dang dishes Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:30:46 EST It is time to get out of my comfort zone I find I am doing just enough to not gain too much and then just enough to lose the little I gain...and around and around I go <BR> I must really like this carousel.... <BR> do I? <BR> Don't I want to be at my goal weight EVER????? <BR> Because I keep acting like I just want to stay where I am. Not too overweight...healthy enough...happy enough <BR> Enough is NOT enough. <BR> I realize I need to stick to my plan or my dreams are NOT going to happen. This includes other no weight loss dreams s... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 09:17:04 EST Busy Busy Bee Buzzing around-working hard! Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:56:34 EST Cherry Pie-a love story Last Thursday my son had a birthday. He wanted nori maki sushi and miso soup and carrot cake. <BR> It was delicious and it was nice to have a small party-we were just missing his sister as she is at college. <BR> My husband had asked if we needed anything from the store and even though I said we were fine he went to Wholefoods-he loves to do that. Mostly for the samples. <BR> <BR> That day they were giving out samples of cherry pie. <BR> <BR> <em>289</em> My DH loves cherry pie-he loves... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:53:12 EST Don't hide like Henry said- <BR> <BR> "As if you could kill time without injuring eternity". ~Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> and many other carpe diem quotes can motivate you to live your life despite the number on the scale,dress size or even physical limitations. <BR> Procrastination is one thing but putting off really living until you reach that magic number is a waste-a large waist <em>20</em> <BR> sorry <BR> My Mother inadvertently taught me that lesson . The message was really brought home a... 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