WIGIRL74's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WIGIRL74 WIGIRL74'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/ I can achieve anything... (Days 7-8) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084098 I have faith in myself & believe I can achieve anything I put my mind to no matter how big or small (or difficult). In doing so, I never take anything in life for granted (no matter how big or small). <BR> <BR> So, how am I doing so far? Okay I guess. I've been trying my hardest to stay within the 'range' on my food tracker... My only difficulty so far? The 'fat level'. Other than that, I've been focusing on increasing my water intake. <BR> <BR> I'm proud to say, I've dropped 2 lbs (HOORAH!... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 17:08:38 EST Bring it on! - Days 5-6... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081248 Had one busy day at work yesterday... Constantly moving while working an 8 hour shift at the store. Stepped on the scale this morning... Dropped 2 lbs. Hoorah! <BR> <BR> Today is my birthday... I turned 38. And as with every year, I sit back and reflect on things from the past year (September to September). Thinking back on things from 2011 to the present time, I'm feeling great! Although I'm overweight, I'm able to walk (distance) and exercise... I'm living a normal life. Have been for 9 mo... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:51:29 EST Is the glass half full or half empty? (day 4) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078953 Wow... What a week it's been. 37+ hour work week (although I'm supposed to be working only part-time), 2 chapters of homework for my 1 class, cleaning/packing to move within (appx.) 26 days, etc. <BR> <BR> So, where does this leave me? Well... I think I'm doing okay, but feel I could be doing better. I've been measuring my food portions religiously, & have been writing here for the last few days. Still need to work on the exercise portion & getting more than 5-6 hours of sleep per night (dif... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:25:25 EST Yes I can... Yes I can... Yes I can! (Day 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077651 Yes I can! My 'positive' thought for the day. <BR> <BR> I work part time in a bakery, so the temptation is there almost daily. Yet, I've been very good cutting back on the sweets -- 3 whole days w/o sweets from the bakery counter & in the break room. Instead, I've been bringing homemade sandwiches & snacks (fruit/veggies) from home & drinking plenty of water. <BR> <BR> Now, if I can just get motivated to exercise every day I'll be in business. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:33:26 EST And we're off... Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076554 Whew... Happy the day is finally over with. It was nothing but go, go, go... Or so it seemed. <BR> <BR> Logged into SP first thing this morning to spin the wheel, watch the daily SPCoach video, & wander around the site. Then, I was off. <BR> <BR> Despite the busy schedule, I did manage to multi-task today. While at the laundromat, I brought my school books with me and did some homework. When arriving on campus at the community college, I parked the farthest away I possibly could within a sa... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:45:02 EST It's my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075126 It's my life... Not only is it the title of my new blog (through Google) I'm in the process of creating, it's also my way of taking ownership (responsibility) of my actions as I strive to get back on track with my lifestyle 'change' journey. <BR> <BR> 'Let's start from the very beginning... A very good place to start... We begin with Do-Ra-Mi' (j/k). Seriously though, it's time to take a few steps back progressing forward with baby steps as I break the 'bad' habits I've created. <BR> <BR> M... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:33:48 EST DELICIOUS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814168 So happy... Today, I stayed completely w/in my range(s)... Calories, Fat, Carbs, & Protein. <BR> <BR> What helped was the chicken recipe I cooked up from the SP Cookbook... Tonight, it was the Spinach-Stuffed Chicken w/ Cheese Sauce. Not only was it high in protein, it was delicious too (although it took about an hour to prep/cook). <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 21:53:06 EST Temptation, temptation, temptation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4806334 Do you ever notice that if you go into a food store hungry, you’re more likely to buy more? The same goes for if you’re shopping on a day when the food demonstrators (samplers) are out in full force sampling varieties of food. How can a person not buy the item they just sampled? Ooh, it tastes so good and it’s (usually) on sale too! And what about the alluring appearance of the bakery and deli counters? The temptation is definitely there. <BR> <BR> However, the absolute worst scenario is wor... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:37:08 EST Catching up is hard to do... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804610 Here I am (again)... Which is great because it's another (healthy lifestyle) habit forming energy I've developed. <BR> <BR> Last week I picked up extra hours at work, so things got hectic towards the end of the week. With today being my day off, it was time to play catch up on the "little" but necessary things. <BR> <BR> So, what did I accomplish today... My day started off with planning my meals for the week before heading off to the grocery store for the weekly shopping trip. Arriving hom... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 21:23:45 EST Saturday blues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803158 What a dismal day outside... Cold & rainy (w/ heavy fog in the morning). <BR> <BR> Spent my day at work today which was good because it kept me occupied & my mind off the weather outside. Arrived home & took a (short) nap. <BR> <BR> And now, here I sit reflecting on the fact that I got little to nothing accomplished because I spent 8 hours at work. Although I stayed w/in my range (calories, carbs, fat & protein), I can honestly admit my meals were not all that healthy (2 out of 4). And beca... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 20:40:46 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4801990 Get up... Spin around... Hands in the air... Let's dance! Today is Friday. <BR> <BR> So, how did I do today? Let's see... Despite the fact that I went out for lunch today, all my meals were relatively healthy (I used the Fast Food App on my IPad to check nutritional info. to plan lunch accordingly). I logged into SP, spun the point wheel & tracked my meals for the day as well. Now, I'm sitting here typing this journal entry. All that will be left to do is type (and post) my (personal) blog e... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 22:31:44 EST One step forward... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800617 Today was a good day... <BR> <BR> Started the SP 28-Day Bootcamp DVD today and although it was only a 22 minute segment (warm-up, exercise routine, cool-down), it proved to be a challenge (and oh, I love a challenge). Guess I'm a lot more out of shape than I thought. <BR> <BR> Ate 3 healthy meals today as well despite the fact that I was tempted to snack on something sweet (I work part-time in a bakery) - which I didn't. <BR> <BR> Arriving home from work, I logged into SP, spun the point w... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:19:36 EST I DID IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798772 Hooray for me! I did it... It only took the entire 2 full days, but I accomplished everything on my '2-Day To Do List' (in which all items had to be completed during my 2 days off from work). <BR> <BR> So, how have I been doing otherwise? I've eaten the healthiest meals possible (at home & at McDonald's) utilizing various apps on my IPad, I've kept up w/ my (personal) blog, etc. <BR> <BR> So, what's next? Creating a habit forming energy (of sorts). To do this, I'll continue my focus on eati... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:18:31 EST Work in progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797697 I didn't get as much as I had anticipated on my agenda today, but I think I did okay despite the circumstances. <BR> <BR> Today, I ran some errands & got 2 rooms in my apartment cleaned up. As my agenda is a 2-day list, I'll have a busy day tomorrow cleaning the remaining 2 rooms in my apartment, going on the 'road trip' to find the location for my Friday meeting, etc. <BR> <BR> How did I do otherwise... Although I only ate 1 (healthy) meal at home, I did okay staying w/in my calorie, fat,... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:35:21 EST A day in the life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796001 Good to be back. <BR> <BR> Today, I did pretty good... Better than expected. I started my day w/ doing 30 minutes of Pilates (muscles are stiff which was to be expected). I ate 3 healthy meals (from home), staying w/in my calorie, fat, carb, & protein range(s). <BR> <BR> Besides that, I typed my blog for today, created my 'To Do' list for the next 2 days (as I have off of work), etc. <BR> <BR> What's the game plan for the next 2 days (Tues/Wed)? #1 on my list is to clean up the apartment,... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:34:42 EST I'll have a fried egg & some ginger root w/ that... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4793695 I know, I know... I gained a ton of weight since my auto accident (33 lbs. to be exact), but hey it's not every day that someone gets hit by a 45-50 ton moving vehicle (aka: the infamous semi truck). And although this is the main cause for the weight gain, it's not an excuse. <BR> <BR> I say that because although I had medical restrictions while recouping (9 months to be exact), I've been slacking since then. Add to that the fact that I've become an emotional eater (Egaads!) since losing my ... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 17:54:56 EST Improving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4071684 Today is day 6 of tracking my meals / exercise... One more day to goal. I can do it, yes I can! <BR> <BR> Another goal reached... Tonight, I increased my spinning time from 30 to 45 minutes and feel great! <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Mar 2011 22:32:53 EST One step forward... One step back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4069568 Had a rough night last night... <BR> <BR> After a week of beautiful, 30+ degree weather the snow returned last night after an entire day of rain... And for some reason, my apartment building (and only my apartment building) experienced a power outage; which lasted about 2+ hours. <BR> <BR> Due to the lack of sleep, I slept in this morning instead of getting up to exercise... I was just too tired. <BR> <BR> Running errands before leaving for a friend's house, I ate lunch on the fly at Tac... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 00:38:10 EST Moving forward... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4064662 Today was a good day... Day #3 of staying on track w/ logging my meals & exercise. <BR> As I'm struggling with getting back into the swing of things, my 1st mini-goal is 1 week (7 days) of logging. If I do that, I'll shoot for another consecutive week (and continue from there). <BR> <BR> Although I'm still moving at a slower pace, I'm still determined to lose at least 10-15 lbs before I leave for vacation on June 11th. <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 22:09:24 EST A milestone moment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4056019 Being in an auto accident involving a semi-truck and being able to walk-away from it w/ only muscle spasms in the lower back/neck was nothing short of a miracle.... <BR> And today, was the first day since the accident in which I did not experience any lower back or neck pain. (Hoorah! :) ) <BR> <BR> So, what did I accomplish in this little bit of time (1 month, 13 days)? <BR> <BR> - After doing the "required" daily morning/evening stretches to loosen up my back/ <BR> neck muscles, I can... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:12:19 EST Plugging along... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4040108 Snow plummets the Central US as things heat up in the WI State Capitol. Democrats still MIA, as the Governor tries to move on; refusing to negotiate w/ the public & Democrats... Exciting, isn't it? <BR> <BR> Three days of snow shoveling back to back... My back and neck are aching from the "extra", strenuous activity. Thinking of calling in to work sick tomorrow w/ a case of Cabin Fever --- lol (j/k)... I can't because I'm scheduled to open tomorrow at 7:45 am. <BR> <BR> Did 30 min of Pilate... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 23:37:48 EST Beating the odds... And starting over (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031191 So far this year, I've been batting zero w/ all the bad luck I've been having. <BR> Yet, amazingly enough I haven't gained a pound... Instead, my weight plateaued. <BR> <BR> Early morning on Saturday, January 15th, I was driving down the highway heading home from a friend's house when a semi-truck (cab & rig) came speeding up fast behind my car and, unable to slow down (due to the snow) slammed into the back of my car (a 2006 Toyota Corolla), shaving off most of the trunk & pushing the backs... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 21:42:21 EST Back in the saddle again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3864761 Wow... It's great to have the Internet up & running properly (again). It's also great to be back. <BR> <BR> Sadly, though I've gained weight (again) and just found out my mom purchased everyone tickets for a European cruise (June 2011)... UGH! That leaves only 6 months to lose the weight. <BR> <BR> Okay, enough w/ the holiday woes. I received a crock pot & new cookware for Christmas, so it's time to start making use of it... Just need to find some vegetarian recipes & I'll be in business. <... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 12:44:58 EST Becoming a vegetarian... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3729659 Becoming a vegetarian is something I've often wondered about as my diet for the past 1-2 years was, for the most part a meatless diet. In due time, my craving for meat base foods dwindled to the point where I didn't crave it at all. <BR> <BR> So, here I was, eating a meatless diet; yet I was clueless about everything else (i.e. nutrients/vitamins, calorie intake, etc.). Finding a book on the subject of transitioning to becoming a vetarian, I began reading it and not only found recipes that w... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 22:22:13 EST Going "Green" and Lovin' It... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3562807 While wandering through a local bookstore looking for a fitness book, I came across a display pertaining to "Going Green"... Looking at the display, one particular book caught my attention, so I purchased it; never realizing it would change my life. <BR> <BR> Going "Green" was challenging at first; but using the book as a guide made things easier. In the process, I've improved my health by trying new foods and met people along the way who are continuously teaching me about eco-friendly produ... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 14:51:46 EST So excited to be back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3231962 Wow... It's been ages since I've been on the SP website and blogging here... And, although excuses are never an "acceptable" reason for anything (well almost) this one is legit. <BR> <BR> Somehow a "new" website security blocker was added to the anti-virus program on my computer; blocking all the websites I routinely used, turning off the Internet everytime I tried using these sites. <BR> <BR> Despite this problem and the length of time it took to fix the problem, I made a conscious effort ... Sat, 15 May 2010 09:57:18 EST "The Spark": Chapter 3 (Lifestyle Change)... Day 1/Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2769932 Lifestyle change... Isn't that what this is all about? Yes, it is... And change is good! <BR> <BR> I'm so psyched! Since picking up where I left off on my SP journey, I've tracked all my meals / fitness activities. I've even found the time to exercise (even if only for 10 minutes at times). Definitely a step in the right direction. <BR> <BR> *** On an unrelated note... <BR> <BR> I have a friend who is morbidly obese; who fails to understand the concept that nutrition and fitness go hand in... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 23:07:26 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp... Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2769824 Completed the required video today using heavier weights this time around. What a difference! Yet, the workout felt great. <BR> <BR> Completed 60 minutes of cardio tonight; but learned an important lesson. If I'm going to watch a movie while spinning, make sure it's a DVD instead of an "Instant Play" movie from NetFlix (one that plays on the computer). The computer was too tempting & distracting. Whereas watching a DVD, I simply "hide" the remotes & spin (or do whatever other cardio I'm up t... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 22:41:15 EST "The Spark": Chapter 7 (Healthy Diet Habits)... Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2764374 End of week 2. <BR> <BR> So, how did I do? <BR> - Stayed w/in my calorie range every day. <BR> - Didn't quite reach my goal of doing cardio 30 min 5 days per week (which is okay) <BR> <BR> Overall --- I'm doing good. Even lost 3 lbs along the way! Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:27:47 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp... Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2764341 Wow... What a workout. <BR> <BR> Normally, I'm not a morning person. But for some reason I just woke up an hour earlier than usual. Not sure what to do w/ myself; I turned on the morning news program, changed into my workout clothes and hopped on my stationary bike... Spinning for 30-min --- Followed by 5-min of rowing. <BR> <BR> Completed both the required video along w/ the bonus 10-min Pilates video after dinner. And because I was so energized; I did 15 minutes of step aerobics, 5 more m... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:23:21 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp... Days 13-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2758859 Okay, I'll be the first to admit life got in the way of journaling this week. <BR> I did however manage to complete all the required videos and squeeze in cardio (although not the full 30 minutes each day). <BR> <BR> On a positive note... <BR> - Since starting bootcamp & reading "The Spark", I am proud to say I dropped 3 lbs! <BR> It's not much, I know but it's a step in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 19:53:11 EST "The Spark": Chapter 7 (Healthy Diet Habits)... Days 4-6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2758781 Me bad... I got so busy w/ things, I didn't find the time to journal Friday-Saturday. <BR> I did however manage to squeeze in some strength training and cardio although not as much as I had hoped. <BR> <BR> On a positive note... <BR> - I stayed w/in my calorie range all week and found the time to log all my meals (as well as fitness). <BR> - Also, since I started reading "The Spark" I dropped 3 lbs! I know this isn't much, <BR> but it's a step in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 19:37:21 EST "The Spark": Chapter 7 (Healthy Diet Habits) -- Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2747275 Today is day three. <BR> <BR> Although I stayed w/in my calorie range, I only ate 2 fresh fruits/veggies today. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, I did good... <BR> - Completed the required SP strength training video for "Spark Your Body <BR> Bootcamp". <BR> - Followed up w/ 5-min of stationary rowing & 55-min of spinning on my stationary <BR> bike. <BR> <BR> NOTE: Watched a really good documentary movie while spinning. "Food Inc.". For <BR> those who are interested in documentries, th... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:15:36 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp: Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2747229 Wow, what a day... <BR> <BR> Completed the required video for today. <BR> <BR> Started off my cardio w/ 5-min of rowing. <BR> <BR> Then, slid the Netflix movie of the night "Food Inc." into the DVD player; hopping on my exercise bike to begin my workout. I was so enthralled w/ the movie I spun for 55 minutes before I looked at the clock; realizing how late it was. <BR> <BR> ** NOTE: If anyone is looking for a good documentary (movie); "Food Inc." is the movie for you. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:07:38 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp: Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2742441 Today I was so energized... <BR> - Completed the required video for the day <BR> - Followed up w/ 45 minutes of spinning; 10 minutes of rowing. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 22:26:24 EST "The Spark": Chapter 7 (Healthy Diet Habits) -- Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2742431 Today, I did really good w/o even realizing it... <BR> - Incorporated 5 fruits/veggies into my meals today. <BR> - Exercised (cardio) for 55 minutes, strength trained for 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> Still need to work on getting more sleep. Wed, 13 Jan 2010 22:24:35 EST "The Spark": Chapter 7 (Healthy Diet Habits) -- Day 1 (Week 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2737384 Wanting to get ahead on the reading, I read chapter 7 last night; realizing several of the items mentioned I'm already incorporating into my SP journey. <BR> <BR> Signed the pledge when I first started over a year ago. Hung it on the bulletin board where I can see it every day. I've also been using the nutrition / exercise trackers for some time. <BR> <BR> Participating in Spark Your Body Bootcamp re-enforces exercising at least 10 minutes per day. <BR> <BR> In regards to successful eatin... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 22:50:44 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp: Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2737313 Whew... What a day! <BR> <BR> Today's bonus challenge was to incorporate a salad into lunch or dinner today. I ate a salad for lunch. And it wasn't just a salad... No, it was a mixed green salad (romaine/green leaf lettuce & spinach) w/ raisins, toasted walnuts, and a sliced pear w/ a homemade raspberry vineagette dressing. To balance out the salad, I also ate 1/2 C low-fat cottage cheese. <BR> <BR> Completed the required video for today; following up w/ 5-min of rowing, 30-min of spinning,... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 22:39:16 EST "The Spark": Chapter 6 (Fastbreak) -- Day 7 (end of wk 1/Stage 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2732381 Today is the last day of week 1. <BR> <BR> So, how did I do in completing my fastbreak goals? <BR> <BR> -- Hard to believe, but I did better than I had anticipated. <BR> ** Tracked my meals/exercise every day. <BR> ** Journaled everyday; except 1 day (which made up for by journaling 2x the <BR> following day). <BR> ** Ate fresh produce daily <BR> ** Exercised for 15 minutes in front of the TV everyday; except for the two <BR> I wasn't home. <BR> <BR> On top of a... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 23:46:52 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp: Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2732345 Today I did great!! <BR> <BR> Completed both the required video; along w/ the (optional) bonus video despite the fact that squats & lunges are hard on the knees --- I have "bad" knees, so this was difficult. <BR> <BR> After completing the videos, I put on some jammin' music and hopped on the 'ol exercise bike for some (power) spinning. Spun for 30 minutes... Felt great. <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Jan 2010 23:37:10 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp: Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2725905 Started off my morning w/ 5 minutes of yoga stretches. <BR> <BR> Completed the required video for today; making sure to log it on the Fitness Tracker. <BR> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 21:23:19 EST "The Spark": Chapter 6 (Fastbreak) --- Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2725889 Stayed out late last night, so I slept in this morning to ensure I got 7-8 hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> Did really good today w/ meeting my Fastbreak goals. <BR> - Tracked all my meals <BR> - Completed 15 minutes of exercise in front of the TV <BR> - Ate some fresh produce today <BR> - And now, I'm journaling. <BR> <BR> ** Today I also tried a new SP recipe which is one of my goals -- Try one new SP <BR> recipe per month. Tonight it was Chef Meg's Grilled Strawberry Sandwich... <BR> ... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 21:21:02 EST "The Spark": Chapter 6 (Fastbreak) --- Day 5 (Belated blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2723446 Me bad... <BR> <BR> Arriving home from the grocery store yesterday, I received a call from a friend inviting me out to Olive Garden for dinner and then out to a trendy Country bar where a friend's band was playing that evening. <BR> <BR> I had exactly 1.5 hours before I had to hit the road. Managed to squeeze in my required SP video for the "Spark Your Body Bootcamp" I'm participating in; but that's all the time I had for exercise as I had other things to do prior to leaving. <BR> <BR> So,... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:16:22 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp: Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2723408 Me bad... <BR> <BR> Yesterday after arriving home from the grocery store, I received a call from a friend inviting me out for the evening (dinner and then off to a Country bar). <BR> <BR> Having exactly 1.5 hours to spare before leaving, I unpacked the groceries before doing the required video for the day. Unfortunately due to the time restraint, I was unable to find the time to add the additional cardio I was hoping to squeeze in that evening. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, today (Sunday) I'll hav... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:06:46 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp --- Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2717353 Blizzard blew through Milwaukee, WI so had the grandeos opportunity to go outside and shovel out the car from the snow --- 20 min. of cardio first thing in the morning; the brisk air energizing me. <BR> <BR> Back inside, I was so energized I hopped on my exercise bike; spinning for 10 minutes before having to get ready for work. Ended the workout w/ 1 round of the Sun Salutation (yoga stretches). <BR> <BR> Completed the required video for the day after work... The workout was okay, but I'm ... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 23:10:03 EST "The Spark": Chapter 6 (Fastbreak) --- Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2717262 Had another good day today... Met all my Fastbreak goals. <BR> <BR> Although I despise winter to some degree (i.e. blizzards), I'm reeping the benefits of getting my cardio in by shoveling my car out of the snow. <BR> <BR> Still working on creating my visual collage... Searching for pictures that capture my interest/attention. <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Jan 2010 22:42:03 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp: Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2712548 Woke up early this morning to "access" the weather conditions... No shoveling required despite the parking lot/road conditions. <BR> <BR> Arriving back inside ate a bowl of oatmeal before completing 1 round of the Sun Salutation (Yoga). Reading through my e-mails, I got ready for work. <BR> <BR> Due to the weather/road conditions the drive to work took an hour. Despite this, I still arrived on time. <BR> <BR> Completed another round of the Sun Salutation on my lunch hour... Felt great! I c... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 23:07:31 EST "The Spark": Chapter 6 (Fastbreak) --- Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2712383 So proud of myself today... <BR> <BR> 1.) Avoided temptation at work by not eating any of the cookies left over from New <BR> Student Orientation last night. Ate an apple instead. <BR> 2.) Successfully completed all my Fastbreak Goals for the day. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Jan 2010 22:39:55 EST "The Spark": Chapter 6 (Fastbreak) --- Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2707106 Eeek!!! While going through the refrigerator to create a grocery list I found 5 particial blocks of "regular" cheese! (Thought I finished off the cheese last night) Note to self: Purchase either fat-free or low-fat cheese at store. <BR> <BR> On a more positive note... I completed my 3 fastbreak goals today (Hoorah!!). <BR> I also went out and purchased poster board so I can create a vision collage (something I didn't do earlier). <BR> <BR> ** In an effort to continue motivating me to exerc... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 23:03:51 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp: Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2706961 Woke up at 6:00 this morning starting my morning off w/ 1 round of the Sun Salutation (yoga). Ate a chocolate protein shake for breakfast before packing up for work. <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************** <BR> <BR> Completed another 1 round of the Sun Salutation (yoga) on my lunch hour. Felt wonderful! <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************** <BR> <BR> Completed the required video after dinner... Struggled w... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 22:38:32 EST