THINANDFITEMILY's SparkPeople Blog THINANDFITEMILY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Climate Interesting article- <BR> <link><BR>rancis-tell-congress-meat-and-dairy-ca<BR>uses-climate-change </link> <BR> <em>532</em> <em>434</em> <BR> It can be difficult to navigate through all the info out there. One example is Mercola. Easier to understand when you see what he has to sell <BR> <link><BR>1/joe-mercola-proof-positive-that-quac<BR>kery/ </link> <BR> <BR> So back to weight loss things or my plan an... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 11:13:16 EST Butter will raise your good cholesterol! HDL That is a good thing isn't it??? <BR> Or is it more like it is a good thing you have a mop to clean up a spill when it happens? <BR> <BR> The info can get confusing and it pays to be analytical. I think I am concerned lately because a couple of my friends and a family member are going the low carb route. Losing weight when you are obese is important for health. <BR> <BR> Sugar is not the way but neither is Bacon <BR> <BR> This is a good current article by Dean Ornish. <BR> <link>www.huf... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:22:29 EST If I could turn back time... Love this man and love this info- <BR> Turning the clock back 14 years <BR> <link><BR>-clock-back-14-years </link> <BR> <em>270</em> <em>332</em> <em>550</em> <em>216</em> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:33:00 EST menu and my 133 days Another blog post! <BR> Quick check in- <BR> 10 days have passed- <BR> Heading in the right direction. <BR> Today for breakfast kale smoothie and a bowl of brown rice <BR> Lunch- Corn Chowder and a burrito and a green salad <BR> Supper- chickpea burgers and cabbage slaw and sweet potato fries <BR> <BR> I walked 4 miles. Still doing decluttering here and another walk later on. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:35:03 EST mindful eating and live and let live Learning quite a bit as of late about the impact of my food choices. <BR> <BR> Simply- our choices affect all of us. <BR> <BR> Simply- I am vegan for the environment and whole food (unprocessed) and plant based for my health. <BR> After all I could be vegan and eat oreos all day but that will not get me thin. <BR> (wait....actually it could- if I restrict the calories and only had 1200 calories a day of them....but then my health would suffer) <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> My point is I carry/w... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:14:32 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 Day 2 of 123 days to get to 123 So busy today!! <BR> So I will make this quick. <BR> Weight= 157 <BR> Calories= 1200 <BR> Burned- 1200 <BR> I will sleep well tonight <em>102</em> <BR> Get up and ride the bike tomorrow morning. <BR> Errands after that. <BR> Yardwork. <BR> Paint lawn chairs some funky color... <BR> Swim at lunch time. <BR> HUGE cleaning of the house which may end up being my exercise for 2-3 days. <BR> Not sure yet... <BR> Keep smiling Sparkies!!! Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:26:01 EST Extreme for the rest of 2015- Day 1 of 123 to be 123 <em>249</em> <BR> Weight= 158.6 <BR> My time to SHINE: <BR> 8/29-12/29={123-128} <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Slept in a little bit.. <BR> Burned 1164 in exercise <BR> Consumed about 1130 calories- <BR> Tomorrow I will make sure I eat more calories but I just was not that hungry and so decided to go with that. Tracking food is difficult for me. I make most of my food. It is not very mainstream. I won't track calories I consume every day but be mindful of my plate with periodic tracking. <BR>... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:42:11 EST Going extreme for the rest of 2015 My mind has been here before. Setting dates and goals...just recently laying out a good plan. <BR> The times are a changing... and the situation is looking good to put the plan in motion. <BR> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Taking another look at the calendar I had decided to I will be kickin' it up a notch as Emeril says although in my case it will be more exercise and less food and all of it healthy. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> And since the target is 123 for weight <em>292</em> my own... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:15:51 EST skeleton of the days Daily-Skeleton layout <BR> Nerves, muscles and skin decided on a day by day <BR> <BR> Wake- <BR> 5:45 <BR> water~ <em>274</em> tea- herbal/black depending.... <em>469</em> <BR> Journal- no SP or computer yet... don't do it! <BR> Workout-6:15-7:45 <BR> 7:50-8:10- quick clean up <BR> Breakfast- 8:10 <BR> 8:30-10:30 work on Art/Writing- alternate days <BR> 11:00- 11:40- swim <BR> 15 minutes of computer time- SP <BR> Noon- Lunch <BR> 12:30- 1:30 cook and or clean <BR> 1:30-3:30 art/writing... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:19:04 EST Neon NINJAS!!! Fall challenge!GOALS!!! Super excited to be in a challenge with my NEON NINJA family! <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <BR> Our first challenge is to get a plan together. Set goals for the 8 weeks ahead- <BR> <BR> I decided to put it here in this blog so that I can read it every morning of the challenge. <BR> <BR> Dear Self, <BR> <BR> My plans are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1.GOAL-- 10 pound loss min. 10 pounds is a reachable attainable goal for 8 weeks- for me. <BR> Actions <BR> A. Morning exercise. Have to get... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:48:33 EST Health Journey August 19 until September 29 = 42 days of health. Not that I intend to stop being healthy after <em>246</em> <BR> I have talked about committing to the Eat to Live 6 week challenge before and this is similar but a bit less restricting. <BR> On September 30 I will go in for my blood work. <BR> For the next 42 days I will <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> Eat 100% vegan whole food plant based <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> Drink Water! <BR> ... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:46:38 EST Doing my homework before the test I still need to get my blood work done. My insurance was iffy and so I procrastinated. <BR> Last time everything was well within the normal range but with all the usual suspects of disease in the family I feel better to be safe and get great numbers. <BR> <BR> I want total cholesterol to be at or under 150 with HDL higher. <BR> <BR> I am doing research into food and heart disease. Stroke and high BP are things I want to avoid. <BR> I came across this and related info and am impressed enoug... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:53:04 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 butter in coffee...cheese on grass fed beef... <em>40</em> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 7 Aug 2015 13:51:18 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 Sunday- a day of reflection I got in a great workout this morning with Jari Love. <em>198</em> My plan for tomorrow is to get a good morning bike ride <em>332</em> and a swim at lunch and then a walk later on. <BR> <BR> Been thinking of streamlining. Keeping it simple and keeping it real!. <BR> What works for me is to be consistent. Workout. Eat my vegetables! <em>550</em> <BR> I am still loving the plant based way and hope to go to the Boston Veg Fest in October. It is the right price. <BR> I look at some ot... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 12:29:47 EST Accountability for Eat to Live I made family's favorite lasagna. They call it THE lasagna. Lots of cheese in it. <BR> Ben and Jerrys pistachio and Dale's Pale Ale- well those two not together-yuk! <BR> Oh right and chips too <em>468</em> <em>22</em> <em>297</em> <em>39</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <BR> Not a good weekend...I WAS doing great. Gained of course but I know much of that is water but I will record it. I think I got bored or something...not sure ... <BR> I have decided to go back to the 6 week ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:15:32 EST so much info out there Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words- <BR> who do I believe? <BR> Grains- <BR> <img src=" rip"> <BR> <img src=" torre"> <BR> or this man with the double chin? <BR> <img src=" chin"> <BR> This is interesting- <BR> little long but good- <BR> <link>... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:25:38 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 How do you work this thing? I checked and I joined SP on January 21, 2010. 5 Years. Hmmmm <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> 5 days ago I decided I would take a break and I would not weigh in. <BR> The past 5 days have been good. <BR> Good eating and good workouts. Back in the groove! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> So I thought I will add in teams slowly. The ones I need. Keep my time here to a minimum. <BR> And keep in the groove. No more than 5. <BR> <BR> And what about the scale? <em>193</em> <em>38</em> <em>24</em> ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 20:24:07 EST Before~During~Laters I had a wonderful time camping. Hiked. Slept. Napped. Read! <BR> And contemplated. <em>41</em> <BR> I have decided to take a break from SP. Meaning I am leaving all the teams I am on. <BR> Not checking in daily but every once in awhile when I feel like it. <BR> <BR> Decided to go back to Plan A and not weigh in weekly. My next weigh in will be on November 7. I will keep the before picture blog post here and then take another in November. <BR> <BR> I am still "here" but need to be away... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:22:19 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 I'll have what SHE's (he's) Having! :) -Going the Distance I feel like I have found the keys to the Kingdom of Weightloss and the tools to be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound- ok well maybe not that as I still fear heights so no parkour for me but still feeling awesome these days! <em>530</em> <BR> All it involved was slaying the Protein Dragon. <BR> This article explains it better than I can. <BR> <link><BR>slaying-the-protein-dragon/ </link> <BR> and this is interesting too and helpful as healt... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:44:57 EST Tiger Monarch 5% Summer challenge- back on the scale I ended up in a challenge. One that requires we weigh in once a week. <em>193</em> <BR> GO TIGER MONARCHS!!!!! <em>241</em> <em>88</em> <em>531</em> <em>381</em> <BR> So! <BR> Back on the scale I did go. <BR> The last time I was on it was May 23 and I had designed a 150 day challenge. It meant living the healthy lifestyle and then seeing where I ended up on October 19 as far as the number on the scale. <BR> I kept seeing SP friends involved in the 5% challenge so I debated abo... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:09:24 EST 10 K today and doing ok! It is now day 27 of 150 days of my Health challenge! I figured I would check in. <BR> I was very gung ho in May with my exercise minutes but started slowing down in June but am getting back to it. <BR> I just walked and ran a little- 10 K. <BR> It seems that I am ready to get back to running and so I will! <BR> The whole food plant based way is both delicious and fueling me. I have quicker recovery from workouts and in general have more energy. <BR> <BR> I got an instant pot and am enjoyin... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:28:14 EST On tracking I just came back from a 6 mile walk.I won't be tracking it. <BR> I also want to mention that I will keep in touch with my SP friends. I know some of you want a nudge once in awhile and a reminder to keep Ben and Jerry out of the house <em>334</em> ahem... <BR> So- I will be reading posts on my teams and participating here and there. <BR> What I will not be doing is tracking my exercise. I will not be tracking my food either. I will not be spinning the wheel or the bonus wheel. <BR> <em>... Sat, 23 May 2015 10:48:35 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 Birthday musings- going away-150 days I turn 54 today!!! <BR> Looking at the calendar is important this month with all the happenings! <BR> <BR> I noticed that while I was away I lost quite a few pounds. I gained a couple back but am still doing ok. <BR> I have decided that I will be "active" here for 16 more days. Finish the Neon NINJA BL challenge and then stop checking in. I have extended the time that I will work my own plan and only check in here to check in on a couple of teams and friends....maybe. <BR> <BR> I may wri... Thu, 7 May 2015 09:04:30 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