WIO_ALISA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WIO%5FALISA WIO_ALISA'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/ Rockefeller Center on Thursday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744742 Heads up! <BR> <BR> Dina, the boys and I are planning to stand in Rockefeller Square tomorrow morning (Thursday). Look for us on the Today Show. Be sure to set your dvr. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> 51 Capitals in 51 Days <BR> <link>51in51.com </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:07:24 EST Weekend Plans - 1st of 51 Capitals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727651 We arrived in Salem, Oregon yesterday so that we are here this morning to go to our first state capitol in our quest to visit all 51 capitals this summer. <BR> <BR> After doing a 10km walk (volksmarch) this morning we will head to Sacramento (about 8 hours away). We'll be spending the night with my uncle. On Sunday morning we'll visit the California capitol on a 10km. Later that day we'll head to Carson City, Nevada..., etc. <BR> <BR> So excited! and 120 minutes of exercise each day for t... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:17:16 EST Summer plans... 51 walks, 51 capitals, 51 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708477 I haven't been on Sparkpeople much lately except to log in and get my Sparkpoints... but, I wanted to put out there what I've got planned for this summer. Last year I climbed the Eiffel Tower 100 days in a row - 1665 stairs a day. <BR> <BR> This summer, we're doing something different... <BR> <BR> I woke up on January 5th with a dream that I loaded my two boys in our van and we set off to visit all 51 US capitals in 51 days. I couldn't let go of the idea that for the rest of their lives my ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:28:34 EST Starting over today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527312 Well, the last two months have not been pretty. Since vacation things have been stressful at work and stressful at home. I can't say I've even been "trying" lately. I've re-gained about 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> A coworker and I have discussed that our weightloss and exercise are things we can control in our lives right now with everything that's going on at work... today I'm going to take steps to take back that control. <BR> <BR> I'm resetting my Striiv to get my motivation back to get my 10,0... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:28:42 EST Vacation Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475233 We had a wonderful time on our whirlwind vacation. <BR> <BR> 9 states <BR> Did a volksmarch in my 49th State - Utah ( <link>www.ava.org </link> ) <BR> 8 days/7 nights <BR> 3600 miles <BR> <BR> I've posted pictures on Facebook here: <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?<BR>set=a.10201146189915824&type=1&l=aad9f<BR>236d7 </link> <BR> This link should get you to the pictures, even if you don't "do" Facebook. <BR> (If it doesn't work as a link, try copying the url and pasting it ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 00:38:19 EST Vacation here we come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463941 Heading out the door shortly for a whirlwind 8 day, 7 night driving vacation to Yellowstone, Salt Lake City, Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon and Los Vegas! <BR> <BR> Who is going? My boys, my sister, our mom and me. <BR> <BR> The trip started out as a quick trip to Salt Lake City so that I could do a volksmarch (non-competitive walk) in my 49th state - Utah! Soon expanded into a 3000 mile road-trip. Ah, togetherness. <BR> <BR> What is the lone state I will be missing after this trip? Wiscons... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:39:33 EST Finished climbing Mt. Everest for 5th time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453197 Finished climbing Mt. Everest for 5th time on Sunday - 193,525 stairs. I had already done my Eiffel Tower climb in the morning when I realized I needed less than 500 stairs to make it to the top of Mt. Everest for the 5th time. So, back to the stairs I went. No picture yet, but I realized I haven't posted my picture from finishing the 4th time on July 22nd, so here it is: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1162948525.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's a picture from the first... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:55:26 EST 116,000+ stairs and streaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408570 Today was my 53rd day in a row of climbing the Eiffel Tower. I've climbed 116,424 stairs during the Spring Into Summer 5% Challenge which began May 11th. <BR> <BR> Today I also finished climbing Mt. Everest for the 3rd time - 116,115 stairs. <BR> <BR> My sister has also started climbing stairs and she texted me this morning that for the first time she made it up 20 floors without stopping - twice! Yeah Dina! <BR> <BR> For the 93rd day in a row I've exercised at least 10 minutes a day. (60 ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 12:40:59 EST Update on my stair climbing streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390306 I've continued climbing the Eiffel Tower everyday. <BR> I'm on day 36 of my climbing streak - at least 1655 stairs a day <BR> and day 76 of my exercise streak. <BR> <BR> Just so I have a record, here's what I've accomplished since I last posted my daily stairs - <BR> <BR> 6/2 - 1916 <BR> 6/3 - 2706 (finished climbing Mt. Rainier - 19,210 stairs) <BR> 6/4 - 2031 <BR> 6/5 - 1827 <BR> 6/6 - 2172 <BR> 6/7 - 2238 <BR> 6/8 - 2398 <BR> 6/9 - 2226 <BR> 6/10 - 2574 <BR> 6/11 - 2048 (Climbed the Gre... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:30:55 EST Walking and Climbing The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390295 Sorry I haven't been posting much, I've been busy walking and climbing... <BR> <BR> In my Spring into Summer 5% Challenge we started using our exercise minutes to travel to Machu Pichu today (Saturday). I heard that was the challenge when it was posted on Thursday, so I decided to hop a plane Thursday (figuratively of course) to Peru, to do my exercise there on the trail to Machu Picchu from Cusco. <BR> <BR> Here's what our 5% Challenge instructions had to say about where we're headed: <BR>... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:18:30 EST Climbing the Pyramids of Giza Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385689 My fellow SparkDoggies and I finished our trip to Cairo, Egypt this morning on our Spring Into Summer 5% Challenge. In honor of that accomplishment I thought I'd climb the Pyramids. <BR> <BR> The Giza Necropolis stands on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. This complex of ancient monuments includes the three pyramid complexes known as the Great Pyramids, the massive sculpture known as the Great Sphinx, other smaller tombs and a workers' village. It is located 5 miles inland ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:39:38 EST Finished Climbing Mount Rainier Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377421 I finished climbing Mount Rainier tonight after Dina's and my workout with our trainer. I just needed about 350 steps to finish climbing 19,210 stairs to the top of Mount Rainier. My friend Shelley&#65279; joined me climbing stairs this morning. :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1298693799.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next I'm taking a short climb up Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park in honor of my Spring Into Summer 5% challenge - we're currently traveling to the C... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 00:14:42 EST Stairs, stairs and more stairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375039 I woke up this morning with 10,172 stairs left to climb to reach the top of Mount Rainier. So, what did I do? I climbed stairs of course. <BR> <BR> And set another PR in two climbing sessions today - 5,568, which beats my previous personal best of 3,336 by more than 2,000. I climbed stairs for 2 hours this morning and broke 4,000 stairs and then I decided to do a few more this afternoon - for 50 minutes. <BR> <BR> So, that leaves me with 4,604 stairs to the top of Mount Rainier. I doubt I w... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:50:44 EST Still climbing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372435 Since accomplishing my goal of climbing Mt. Everest on Monday, I have continued to climb stairs. <BR> <BR> My minimum goal remains 1655 stairs - to the top of the Eiffel Tower. <BR> <BR> 5/27 - 2,710 (353 to new goal) <BR> 5/28 - 2,325 <BR> 5/29 - 1,975 <BR> <BR> Total stairs since 5/11 - 43,358 <BR> <BR> So, my new goal - Climbing to the top of Mount Rainier in my beautiful state of Washington. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2080663042.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As... Thu, 30 May 2013 10:45:34 EST 38,705 Stairs up Mt. Everest - Goal met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369471 <em>248</em> <BR> I finished my Mt. Everest Stair Climbing Challenge today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1663008406.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l568000201.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 38,705 stairs. <BR> <BR> I accomplished it in just 17 days (I'd given myself 30). <BR> <BR> Average stairs per day - 2,271. <BR> Most in one day - 3,686 stairs. <BR> The flight of stairs I used was 18 stairs high. <BR> I actually went up 38... Mon, 27 May 2013 16:09:06 EST Almost there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368808 I climbed a total of 3,686 stairs yesterday and 2,577 stairs today for a two week total of 36,348 stairs. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I should have no problem finishing my Mt. Everest Climb. I just need 2,357 steps to accomplish the goal. <BR> <BR> I haven't decided what my next goal will be... I just didn't think I would finish the goal this quickly. There are no more stair challenges to accomplish on my Striiv except to climb up Mt. Everest a second time and a third time... <BR> <BR> Do I keep cl... Sun, 26 May 2013 22:34:39 EST 204 Flights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367853 As I've been walking up the stairs I'm using for my Mt. Everest Challenge, I've been pondering how accurate my Striiv is in the counting. I know it occasionally misses stairs, but really, how many? <BR> <BR> So this morning I counted out 100 pennies from my sister's penny jar and took them with me to "my" stairs in a cup. <BR> <BR> Every time I climbed the flight (18 stairs) I put a penny in the cup at the top. <BR> <BR> Gradually, the jingle in my pocket got quieter and quieter. When I r... Sat, 25 May 2013 20:00:53 EST New stairs PR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366856 “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.” ~Joe Girard <BR> <BR> I have today off from work as a bonus day. Yeah! <BR> <BR> Took the opportunity to see if I could climb 3000 stairs at one time... the answer is yes! <BR> <BR> My total stairs since starting my stair challenge on May 11th is 30,004. I'm 75% done with my challenge to climb Mt. Everest. I'm thinking I may try to finish it this Memorial Weekend... Of course to do that, I have to ... Fri, 24 May 2013 15:47:27 EST Too fun not to share... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365535 In response to BLESSED2BEME & SAMBIDEXTROUS posting this: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=yEH4Yu<BR>m4nN4 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the second one... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKPtNDYezLY </link> <BR> <BR> Sign me up! <em>334</em> Thu, 23 May 2013 10:20:17 EST Party tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364907 It's our Executive Director's retirement party tonight (though he's staying on for a while as a consultant to help the new ED transition). Volunteers and sponsors will be attending - about 200 in all I think. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, this means that I don't have as much control as I would like over what I'll be eating. I'm thinking I may just try not to eat anything (unless there are fruits and vegetables) and eat dinner later. <BR> <BR> As an intovert, I'm not really looking forward to min... Wed, 22 May 2013 18:58:27 EST I Have a New Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363280 After being without a trainer for the past two months, the gym finally got one who could work on Monday nights. My sister and I met him last night. Seems nice enough and to know his stuff. We're going to give him a try. It will be nice to get back to doing some strength training. I'm sure I've lost some of the strength and balance work we'd accomplished... Next training session is Thursday night. Yeah! Tue, 21 May 2013 10:15:27 EST Over halfway now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362739 Just looked at my Striiv and I've got a total of 20,211 stairs in the last 10 days so I'm over halfway to my goal of climbing Mt. Everest (38,705 stairs). I was going to try to climb it in 1 month. At this rate, I'll be done by the end of May. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I've climbed the Eiffel Tower 10 days in a row now and my Spark Exercise Streak is at 50 days. <BR> <BR> And speaking of taking the stairs, do you climb stairs when an elevator or an escalator is available? If you don’t, you... Mon, 20 May 2013 20:59:56 EST Mt. Everest - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361101 I've now climbed the Eiffel Tower 9 days in a row and my SparkStreak is 49 days for exercise. Total Stairs - 18,256 - 47% of the way up Mt. Everest! <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday (Saturday) I got up early to do my stair climb because it was going to be a busy day at the Armed Forces Day Volksmarch. I ended up sweeping the trail with my sister, so I got a <em>365</em> walk in yesterday, too. <em>311</em> My total mileage for the day - 11.8 miles, 26,000 steps, 1,999 stairs... Sun, 19 May 2013 12:42:25 EST Day 5 of my Mt. Everest Climb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357745 Did you know that walking up stairs at a moderate intensity should burn 5 calories a minute for a 120-pound person, 7 for a 150-pound person, and 9 for a 180-pound person. I ought to be melting away... <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I'm well on my way to my goal of climbing Mt. Everest in 30 days - 38,705 stairs - an average of 1291 stairs a day. <BR> <BR> My Striiv stairs: <BR> <BR> 5/11 - 2,334 <BR> 5/12 - 1,717 <BR> 5/13 - 1,924 <BR> 5/14 - 1,929 <BR> 5/15 - 2,261 - received the "Stairw... Wed, 15 May 2013 18:23:57 EST I've got a new streak - I've climbed the Eiffel Tower 3 days in a row http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355773 The Eiffel Tower is 1,665 stairs. <BR> <BR> My Striiv tells me I've climbed this many stairs: <BR> <BR> Saturday - 2,334 stairs <BR> Sunday - 1,717 stairs <BR> Monday - 1,924 stairs <BR> <BR> Total - 5,975 stairs <BR> <BR> I'm well on my way to my goal of climbing Mt. Everest in 30 days - 38,705 stairs - average of 1291 stairs a day. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 13 May 2013 23:29:56 EST Climbed the Eiffel Tower today on my Striiv http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353210 Today is the first day of the Spring into Summer 5% challenge so I wanted to do my part. I've also made it a goal to climb Mt. Everest during the 5% challenge... <BR> <BR> So, today I walked to the middle school, climbed stairs there for 45 minutes and then walked back home for a total of 2 hours of exercise. <BR> <BR> It took my 43 minutes to climb up (and down) 1665 stairs. I raced Walkatron the whole time, so not only did I climb the Eiffel Tower, but I also challenged Walkatron to climb... Sat, 11 May 2013 15:08:01 EST 2013 So Far - on my Striiv http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353056 I'm resetting my Striiv Pedometer this morning. I decided to start brand new for the Spring Into Summer 5% Challenge. Having to rebuild MyLand will motivate me to keep moving. <BR> <BR> My exercise streak - 41 days <BR> <BR> According to my Striiv Pedometer in 2013 I have taken/walked - <BR> <BR> Steps - 1,490,477 <BR> Stairs - 45,557 (I've climbed the equivalent of Mt. Everest - 38,705 stairs and Mt. Fuji - 16,520 and I've climbed the 16 times Eiffel Tower - 1,665 stairs in a week) <BR> M... Sat, 11 May 2013 11:43:17 EST Mt. Everest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351948 I just decided last night when I was climbing stairs at my son's middle school to make a goal of climbing Mt. Everest during the 5% challenge - 38,705 stairs. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> I'm going to reset my Striiv pedometer on Saturday - back to zero - for the extra motivation to complete the Striiv challenges and build up MyLand. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Update: <BR> 5/11 - 2334 stairs <BR> 5/12 - 1717 stairs <BR> 5/13 - 805 stairs <BR> <BR> Total - 4856 stairs Fri, 10 May 2013 10:12:06 EST Spring Into Summer 5% Challenge - Activity 9 - Know Your Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350272 Well - here it is officially - 5% - 11.9 pounds in 8 weeks <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Especially since I've been staying within a 5lb range for a long while... <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> A) How many pounds will you lose to achieve your 5% weight loss? <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 238.0 pounds <BR> Target Weight: 226.1 pounds <BR> By When: July 6, 2013 <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> B) Update your data in My Trackers/my Goals & Progress Section <BR> <BR> Done. <BR> <BR> C) Update ... Wed, 8 May 2013 20:39:00 EST April Striiv Steps & NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341827 April - <BR> Steps - 307,419 <BR> Stairs - 10,783 <BR> Miles - 140.4 <BR> Minutes moving - 4,529 <BR> <BR> My exercise streak - 30 days (had to start over after missing Easter Sunday - sigh) <BR> <BR> According to my Striiv Pedometer in 2013 I have taken/walked - <BR> Steps - 1,380,529 <BR> Stairs - 39,641 (I've climbed the equivalent of Mt. Everest - 38,705 stairs) <BR> Miles - 627.9 <BR> Minutes moving - 20,619 <BR> <BR> Non-Scale Victories - <BR> <BR> Flew to California and did not ne... Wed, 1 May 2013 10:17:45 EST Introduce Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336697 I got to do this for a team I just joined (Spring Into Summer 5% Challenge) and I thought I'd share the info as a blog, too, so Sparkers on other boards can get to know me better, too. <BR> <BR> Hi, my name is Alisa and I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest just south of Seattle. I’m new to the 5% challenge and I’m looking forward to being motivated by the challenges (I can be a little competitive). <BR> <BR> What do you like to do for fun? <BR> I like to read, surf the net, and spend ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:20:49 EST Tale of a Former Slowpoke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312975 I thought some of you might like this story about a 13 year old runner. <BR> <BR> From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners <BR> <BR> Tale of a Former Slowpoke <BR> <BR> By Claire Howlett, age 13 <BR> <BR> <link>www.chickensoup.com/newsletter.asp?n<BR>ewsid=article-daily-130405&utm_source=<BR>CSS_Email&utm_medium=Bulletin&utm_term<BR>=20100216&utm_content=css-orig&utm_campaign=daily </link> <BR> <BR> I looked up her name online. <BR> <BR> Here is an article about her this year runnin... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 19:50:02 EST Striiv Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307325 According to my Striiv Pedometer in 2013 I have taken/walked - <BR> Steps - 1,073,110 <BR> Stairs - 28,858 <BR> Miles - 487.5 <BR> Minutes moving - 16,090 <BR> <BR> My exercise streak sadly ended at 98 days - I totally forgot to get even 10 minutes of steps on Easter Sunday. Starting over now. <BR> <BR> Striiv is replacing my pedometer (as soon as I mail it in) because it's not always syncing easily and it sometimes stops counting my steps. I've been carrying one of my son's Striiv's too f... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:27:01 EST Farms2Fork - Anaheim - Anyone else going? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302446 Just wondering if anyone else is going to Farms 2 Fork in Anaheim next month... <BR> I have a double room and would love to share it with a new SparkFriend. <BR> <BR> Here's the announcement: <BR> <BR> In just over three weeks, our second Farms 2 Forks Weekend of the season will take place in sunny Southern California from April 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County! <BR> <BR> Join host Rip Esselstyn along with Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Doug Lisle, Jeff Novick, R.D. and special guest Dr.... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:14:25 EST Over 100 Pounds and a 5km Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273265 It hit me last night as I was drifting off to sleep... <BR> <BR> I no longer have to lose over 100 pounds... I will never again have to say to myself, "I need to lose over 100 pounds" (or more)... <BR> <BR> I've already moved from morbidly obese to obese! Yeah! <BR> <BR> I only have 87 pounds (or so) to lose now with the 45 pounds I've already lost... <BR> <BR> Will I have lost more than 100 pounds when I get to my goal weight? Yes! <BR> But, I don't have 100 pounds LEFT to lose! <BR> <... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 19:54:12 EST So you’re feeling too fat to be photographed . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234357 Please take a moment to read this blog... <BR> <BR> <link>myfriendteresablog.com/so-youre-feel<BR>ing-too-fat-to-be-photographed/ </link> <BR> <BR> So very few pictures of me because I'm usually the one with the camera, if any of us even think to take pictures... Gotta fix that... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:46:47 EST January Exercise Accomplishments and February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233384 As of January 31st - <BR> January Striiv total steps - 406,469 steps - daily average 13,311 steps <BR> January Striiv total miles - 186.0 miles - daily average 5.9 miles <BR> January Striiv total stairs - 11,950 - daily average 385 stairs <BR> Exercise Streak - 40 days <BR> Completed Weeks 1, 2 and 3 of the SparkPeople 8-Week Rookie Running Program Couch to 5K program <BR> <BR> February Goals <BR> Steps - 12K <BR> Miles - 5.5 <BR> Stairs - 400 <BR> Exercise Streak - 68 days <BR> Complete ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 14:46:51 EST I have a neck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222364 I got dressed to go to the gym tonight. I paused in front of the mirror... <BR> <BR> Wait... What is that? <BR> <BR> I have a NECK! Really??? <BR> <BR> And, I only have a double chin when I put my head down so my chin is on my neck... <BR> <BR> When did that happen??? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I had changed in the bathroom at work on the second floor. I walked downstairs to head out and I had to stop in the bathroom on the first floor to confirm it. <BR> <BR> Yep, I have a NECK! <BR>... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:03:41 EST So tired of losing the same pound over and over again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214538 I know the scale isn't everything... my clothes are looser and I can see I'm losing fat (4 inches overall since I started with my trainer this fall), so I'm obviously gaining muscle, but I sure wish I could drop some weight, too. <BR> <BR> I'm adding some treadmill work and some stair climbs now to try to shake things up. <BR> <BR> I'm not hungry, so I'm pretty sure I'm eating enough, and I'm paying attention to what I eat, so I don't think I'm eating too much, either. <BR> <BR> I've been ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 16:44:11 EST January Steps and Mileage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214533 Taking this from my Striiv SparkTeam and my Striiv pedometer. I'm going to keep a running total going here, too. <BR> <BR> I reset my Striiv back to zero on January 1st. <BR> <BR> As of January 31st - <BR> January Striiv total steps - 406,469 steps <BR> January Striiv total miles - 186.0 miles <BR> Exercise Streak - 40 days <BR> <BR> Jan 1 Goal -10K, Steps -13,285, 5.9 miles, all challenges completed <BR> Jan 2 Goal -10K, Steps -13,566, 6.1 miles, all challenges completed <BR> Jan 3 Goal ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 16:37:22 EST 2012 Striiv in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183683 Striiv All-Time Total Stats <BR> 7 months, 22 days <BR> - 2,357,158 steps <BR> - 65,303 stairs (somehow I get stairs on the elliptical some days?) <BR> - 1,017 miles <BR> - 367,699 calories <BR> - 35,949 minutes moving <BR> - 56,766 running steps (? - how on earth did I get that many when I rarely tried?) <BR> - 35.0 M energy points <BR> <BR> Personal Bests on Striiv (in one day) <BR> - 25,515 steps <BR> - 1,648 stairs <BR> - 11.2 miles <BR> - 3,601 calories <BR> - 324 minutes mo... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:34:54 EST Training Adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117386 My sister and I joined a gym about a month ago and got a trainer... I missed working out with him last week because I was sick... Our trainer told us to get gloves... then he worked my biceps so hard that my left arm is flopping like a noodle. This is the biceps workout Dina did last Wednesday that had her using ice packs for a couple of days... I think I will indeed be sore after this. <BR> <em>328</em> <em>23</em> <BR> <BR> 45 minutes on the elliptical this morning, too. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:19:08 EST Family Portrait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930053 We had our family portrait taken for the church directory. Lots of great shots. I spent way too much... Waiting for the CD of the whole family - mom, dad, my sister, brother, his partner, my boys and me. Here's a picture of me and the boys, Hard to choose.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l826112289.jpg"> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 12:17:25 EST Bonding Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930041 My 13yo son gave me a workout with our Striivs yesterday - 9,000+ steps, 4.5 miles, throw in some stairs (I've conquered Mt. Fuji now!). He pushed me to keep walking faster than I probably would otherwise and throughout he kept saying how great it was to spend time with me and that it was a good "bonding" time. Gotta love him! Thanks Tristan! <BR> <BR> Total miles: 203.0 miles since May10th <BR> <BR> Spending bonding time with the family today for Father's Day. Also celebrating my parent's ... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 12:11:03 EST How Heavy Is This Glass of Water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4250801 The Miracle Minute <BR> <BR> How Heavy Is This Glass of Water? <BR> <BR> A confident woman with a raised glass of water walked around a room while explaining stress management to an audience. Everyone expected her to ask, "Is this glass half empty or half full?" After a long pause she asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?" <BR> <BR> .... (Here's the link to the whole article - <link>themiracleminute.com/theweeklymiracl<BR>eminute.html </link> ) <BR> <BR> "One key to forward ... Mon, 23 May 2011 11:43:44 EST One good decision can lead to another... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4218227 Just caught this advertisement for Nutrigrain bars... <BR> A great reminder for the journey we're on! <BR> http://www.nutrigrain.com/TVSpot.aspx Sun, 8 May 2011 12:58:22 EST Tina Fey’s prayer for her daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4180172 First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches. <BR> <BR> May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty. <BR> <BR> When the Crystal Meth is offered, May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer. <BR> <BR> Guide her, protect her <BR> When crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming ... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 20:36:14 EST Feeling too old to try something new or make some changes??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4127879 Olga Kotelko: The 91-year-old track star <BR> <BR> <link>news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/world<BR>_news_america/9439116.stm </link> <BR> <BR> Hmmm, maybe I can do some running with my boys someday... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 22:31:12 EST Finished WIO for the 9th time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4119707 Finished WIO for the 9th time on very easy settings, chip penalty turned off. <BR> <BR> Took me 13 rainbows, 19:03 Total playing time, 323,513 steps and 93.6 miles (though on Thursday I didn't spend any of the chips I earned -16,718 - even though I'd earned 30,455 steps and 9.1 miles... I was near the end of the tour and I didn't have time to search through the hours so I said, "oh, well."). <BR> <BR> I keep saying I need to find another way to exercise, but I love having a record of my mil... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 13:48:58 EST "Success is a process of diverting one's scattered forces into one powerful channel." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4090561 Read this quote today from James Allen, 1864-1912, British-born American author of 'As a Man Thinketh.' <BR> <BR> Definitely food for thought on this weight loss journey. Whenever I'm scattered, I don't get the results I hope for, but if I can stay focused I'm much more likely to succeed. <BR> <BR> How to get there? Put my focus on proper motives. When motives are honest, worthy, constructive, and helpful and I am clearly more focused on what I am doing, and I can become unstoppable! You c... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:10:47 EST