XPHOENIX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=XPHOENIX XPHOENIX'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/ 2014 = The Year of NO Resolutions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578877 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1896620299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, yes I AM alive. Thank you to everyone that has left me goodies, emails, notes, comments.. you guys are awesome. I am doing SO much better and AM alive, yes! I got clearance in October from my doctors to jump back into fitness, but it really didnt work for me. I was still struggling with fatigue, food, etc.. and I have been working actively to get myself back on track enough to get back with the program. <BR>... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 01:39:16 EST Is This Thing On? *tap* Oh HIIIIIII :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294415 Well, hi SparkLoves! I have been off and on and more off since the end of last year.. and for that I would love to apologize, but I simply cannot. I have published two novels, had some bad times but even more FANTASTIC times, learned a lot, and found out what does not work (that's huge!). So, now I have decided to shake off my winter blues and find my inner sexy beast again. Let's face it, my sexy beast simply cannot escape. All it took was me OWNING that I feel sexy and BAM, she stayed ;) he... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:39:40 EST Coach Nicole's Total Body Sculpting DVD Review! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196160 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1363480356.jpg"> <BR> <BR> OMG Everything hurtssssssss! (That's what I was saying the day after I first did this DVD.. lol). I did each section of the DVD on my first time through. That was a POWERFUL hour+ and it kicked my entire butt! (big work for sure.. hehe). I felt things I hadn't felt in a while and I work out regularly, so.. well done! This DVD is amazing and I LOVE it! Great job, SparkPeople and Coach Nicole! The combos of movement... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:22:35 EST Happy 2013! *SQUEE* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184193 So... I just wanted to share two images that I made with you guys. <BR> <BR> #1 is my Project Happy Place photo.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1512083229.jpg"> <BR> I'm doing this and invite you to join me. Doesn't have to be just scale victories, NSV's, etc.. it can be anything that makes you smile or you enjoyed, etc. Just jot it down and toss it in the jar (I am going to be putting dates on my papers!) and then on New Year's Eve, I'm going to open the jar and... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:21:17 EST Reflection And Planning Ahead for 2013 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174645 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l717406786.jpg"> <BR> THIS is my New Year's project! Starting January 1st, every awesome thing that makes me go "WooHoo" will be written down and placed into the jar, so.. NEXT New Years Eve, I can read through all of them and know each amazing thing that happened and what I have to be proud of, etc.... that's my only resolution.. to keep up with that jar! lol <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This year was a complete success in so many ways, I can't co... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 19:11:21 EST 100 Pounds Lost Vlog/Story/Ramblings.. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096016 So..... a few people asked me why I started and what I do and to tell them more about how I do things, so... this is what happened. LOL 25 minutes of BLAH BLAH BLAH from a non-expert, but... still.. if you are curious and have nearly half an hour to blow.. go for it :) <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/PecxUaZZBlU </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am posting this and then immediately leaving for the airport! I'm on vacation now and won't be coming back until the 22nd (super late), so.. if you have... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 04:14:20 EST 100 Pounds DONE :) Let's celebrate! WOOT!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092079 Well, I thought I would share with you amazingly beautiful Spark Family members of mine that I am OFFICIALLY DONE with 100 pounds! YAYYYYYYY! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l15133777.jpg"> <BR> Took me a while, but hey... this is forever! It's not a race and I'm certainly not in a competition with anyone else. Taking my time is what's working for ME. KNOWING what works for me and taking my time is what will ensure that this "holds" forever! Right? :) I have drastical... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 23:40:44 EST Totally Impossible/Crazy/Weird/Freaky FUTURE :)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066933 Sooooooooo, my RHH Challenge chicks (aka the sexy posse :p haha) got a HIIT mini-challenge from me this week (because HIIT is awesome!!!), but also, at the end, I asked them this: <BR> I want you to think about something (fitness related) that seems TOTALLY impossible/crazy/weird/freaky and tell us about it. Something you would NEVER attempt or something you would LOVE to do one day if possible. Think big here, ladies! <BR> <BR> So, if I'm going to ask them to do it, I must also do it myself... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:00:28 EST Remixxxxxxxxxx! Freestyle Dance Party! Woot!!! :)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063450 My kiddo and I had a mini-dance party as our warm up on Labor Day before we did Insanity, so.. we video taped it... and I am sharing. :)) We had a CD in our car that we were really enjoying (lots of songs from some dance movies we like) so.. yeah, we just.. acted like morons. But yes, we had some fun. We get really crazy about 9 minutes or so into it.. hahahah! <BR> <BR> ANGELWENDYMAMA has asked for a "freestyle" video before, so.. this one's for you, Angel! :) Mwah! <BR> <BR> <link>htt... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:07:50 EST I Am a Super Hero! (duh!) =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040439 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l669440959.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever thought of yourself as a Super Hero?... Cause... I know I am one. I mean, just by the sheer awesomeness of changing my life day by day... I feel more and more powerful than ever before! It could be that I'm just super-proud of myself or just feeling like I can leap tall buildings in one bound or smash things that get in my way. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l483705096.jpg"> ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 20:24:50 EST Color Me Rad 5k ~ Pittsburgh! Woot!! =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030889 YAY!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l670539592.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Color Me Rad 5k was today in Pittsburgh and... even though I haven't had lots of sleep lately and really, today was the last day for God-knows-how-long that I could have slept in, I pulled myself out of bed at 5:45 am to head 45 minutes away for what I KNEW was going to be a wicked awesome day. And, if you don't know me well, I will just put a disclaimer here and now... I LOVE to be right. Don't al... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 19:47:38 EST Find Your Fun!! (Positive Reinforcement!) =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021332 You know when you were a kid... and any time could be turned into something fun? You used your imagination and the couches were mountains and the living room floor was lava? Or your bedroom was a castle or a fort that saved you from evil? Or your backyard was the desert and you had to cross it to save the Prince from the castle? Ok.. maybe that last one was just me, because I was ambitious, but.. still, you know what I mean, right? When you were a kid, it wasn't "exercising", it was "playing"... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 01:30:52 EST It's REALLY Ok To Say NO!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015533 Recently, it's come to my attention that I matter, too. I know, what a shocker! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l121326117.jpg"> <BR> I've begun to put myself (which includes my health) first... who knew that was even possible?! <BR> <BR> But, I have worked too hard for too long and give myself TOO much effort and feel-good/life revealing moments to just screw around and go back to my old ways. Honestly, I don't miss my old ways. Why would I? Why would anyone miss be... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:42:24 EST AHHHHHHHHHH! I'm WHAT Size? Mini-Fashion Show! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005130 AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I knew the only people in the world that would truly understand my over-excitement right now would be my besties and you, my lovely Spark Family, so... here I am to say YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY for today! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l857654169.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am going on a cruise in 2 months. I know basically what I will need and just want to prepare because there are 3 of us that I have to consider. At the beginning of summer, I bought us all "wat... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 13:31:38 EST Rainbow & Reasons For My Journey (RHHC Mini) :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989893 I loveeeeeeeeee rainbowsssssssssssss! <em>437</em> *cough* Oh.. umm.. maybe I should focus so I can write this.. lol <BR> <BR> So, for this weekend, I challenged my Red Hot Heartbreakers to tell us all WHY they are on this journey and want this new lifestyle (can be normal or strange reasons... all reasons are good ones.. and some of mine might seem strange, but they are MINE so :p hehe). I also challenged them to "Taste the Rainbow" this weekend.. and NO, not Skittles!! The natural ra... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:23:47 EST Advice: Beat Cravings & Plateaus, Eating the Goodness, etc! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984741 I saw these pics on FB and various other sites and just thought they were inspirational and useful enough to share.. just in case you have these problems or need some help... so... here ya go! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l560258433.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l764651204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326672443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l3734... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:29:39 EST BOOM! Reggaeton Dance Party =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983554 *shake*shimmy*wiggle*groove*dance* <BR> hehe... FUN! <BR> <BR> Since my "Pump It" video is (at the time) not working, I decided to give it a shot and see if this one will load. :) *fingers crossed* :) Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:33:21 EST Pump It by B.E.P. (DONE Girl Dance Party!!) =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983532 ....Take two!? The video keeps showing as "almost available"... not sure what the error is about. I can post the video straight to FB if you guys wanna see it, just let me know! ;) Sorry that is being weird... I dont know what the problem is :( <BR> <BR> <BR> Me and my kiddo rockin' to Just Dance 3 and the Black Eyed Peas... you know you wanna Pump It with us!!! :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l814380248.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The other day, my darling gir... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:15:53 EST Yoga/ST Is NOT For Wimps!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973982 Ok, so this is going to be a (semi) short and sweet blog... <em>40</em> OMG Nixie won't talk for ages? Please don't die of shock.. :) hehe <BR> <BR> Yesterday, before beginning my "prep" for today's colonoscopy, I had a lovely workout that rocked my socks. HAPPYKITTYNZ (Carissa! XOXO) and I have a challenge going on with each other to do EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. of the strength training exercises on the SP tracker. Yeah, ALL of them. In one week. 10 reps each. <BR> <BR> Yes, we are crazy. <BR> ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 06:30:50 EST To Fear or NOT...? Colonoscopy... :S http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971726 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l878258182.jpg"> <BR> Yay! I'm a big girl now (hehe) and that means I regularly see my doctor, dentist, etc! I make an appointment if something is "off" or I am not feeling well, if I injure myself (more than bandaid, heating pad, Motrin, or rest and over-the-counter meds can handle), and just basically to keep myself in line and running like the awesome machine that I have become. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 19:35:39 EST Forget You! (More DONE GIRL DANCING!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969283 For Flirty Friday (or .. on FB, it's "Sexy" Friday.. *whistle* hehe), I decided to share another vlog of my son and I from yesterday doing CeeLo Green's Forget You on Wii (Just Dance 3). We were having such a good time and well, I want to encourage ALL of the DONE Girls to join in and make your OWN vlog! Show us your DONE Girl Dance! It's so fun and look.. I'm doing it! :D If I can do it, you certainly can!! <BR> <BR> At 1:30 I harass my son, as you see, he doesn't skip a beat.. LOL He's so ... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:28:13 EST Party Rockin'.. aka DONE GIRL DANCE! (1st Vlog) Woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967855 So... I was given an awesome video camera (thanks MOM!) for my birthday last week and I asked what sort of vlog I should do first and I got a few responses (tell about my journey so far, shout outs to people "Hey Piichii!!" hehe, etc) and nearly all of them were asking me to do a "Done Girl Dance!" So... here you go! <BR> <BR> My son and I playing Just Dance 3 doing Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO. We actually did 3 videos and I had to choose... MAN that was tough to decide! LOL What's weird is.... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:03:21 EST For the Body I WANT Mini-Challenge (Red Hot) :)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958823 <em>362</em> <em>45</em> <em>357</em> <em>267</em> <em>346</em> <em>491</em> <em>274</em> <em>356</em> <em>381</em> <BR> So, for us DONE Girls involved in the Red Hot Heartbreakers Challenge, I posed this mini-challenge this weekend called "For the Body I Want": <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l597847443.jpg"> <BR> To write a blog for yourself about your body goals, current measurements, and current photo to have to compare at the end of the challenge. A lot ... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 04:38:08 EST July = SMASH Month (Fun Fitness, Recipes, Goal, Spark-a-versary and More!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949668 *warning* This might get slightly long because I am verbose (aka talk too much..lol) and usually just post a blog when I have something (or a lot..hehe) to say, so.. here we go! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169147157.jpg"> <BR> So, I have decided that July will be my "SMASH" month. I plan to: <BR> Set big goals <BR> Make myself a priority <BR> Apply myself to find new/better/fun ways to sweat <BR> Support (and love) those around me more <BR> Have fun! <BR> <BR> S... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 00:01:46 EST Clean-Machine Projects (and pics!) YAY! aka... Super Hero Status :p http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938382 For the last few days, I have been in super-clean mode. I don't know what sparked it (no pun intended!) but I just dove in and tackled my office and my garage/storage room! YAY! And yes, I took pictures... lol <BR> <BR> When I attempted to walk into my office.. this is what I saw: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l226640302.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l402680696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And, after.. it looks MUCH better! <BR> <img src="http... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 00:03:55 EST Society Made Me CUSS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937164 Do you ever have one of those days were you wake up and you just know something is "off"? You start your day knowing something extraordinary is going to happen... and just have to brace yourself for it...? Yes, I just had a day like that... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my "date day" with my son. We planned our day out well (I think) and got up at 8:30, had some juice and a bit of breakfast before heading out the door. We had a plan to go to the bank, then swimming for 2 hours, then lunch out, gro... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 05:27:03 EST Honesty Moment - HORRIBLE Choices! Who Am I!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919680 Honesty moment! Tonight, I went out to the drive in with my hubby and son. The movies were cute and I had a great time with my guys. I knew we would be there for a double feature, so I took an apple, grapes, a granola bar, and water. We also took our fold-out chairs, a blanket, and a football (to play before the movie started and during intermission). I planned ahead so that I could share funnel cake with my son... that was my very first mistake. You know when you wake up and eat something ba... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 03:29:11 EST Sweaty and LOVING It! Goddess Challenge :)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908164 Our mini challenge this week for our Frolicking Goddess Challenge is to sweat like we mean it and blog about it, so... here we go!! :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l908847402.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I vowed (yesterday) to make June my sweatiest month so far (yeah, I know.. sounds SO sexy, doesn't it? haha Sweaty girls rock, just in case you didn't know!!).. and I started off STRONG today! And I plan to stay like that all month! WooHoo!! Today I did a 45 minute Tabat... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 23:14:40 EST Crazy Aspirations? Dream BIG!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905131 as·pi·ra·tion <BR> [as-puh-rey-shuhn] <BR> noun <BR> 1. strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition <BR> 2. a goal or objective desired <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l474204772.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We all started this journey for a reason and have goals and things we are aiming for. SO, I decided I wanted to talk about that for a second... <BR> <BR> I started this journey because of my son. He is the most precious thing in my whole life and I adore him. He came to ... Wed, 30 May 2012 23:54:59 EST Holy Healthy-Ness, Batman! :) Zoo Visit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889217 My family and I went to the zoo!! My husband has two jobs, but has worked it out so that he is off from both on the weekends now! YAY!!! So that means he is busy all week, but on the weekends, we get quality family time! Umm.. YES PLEASE!?! :) hehe <BR> <BR> So, while on a planning moment between jobs this week, we decided the zoo would be nice, because it's free (yay for being members!! LOL) and we could get a lot of walking and sunshine in! YAY! <BR> <BR> So, we got up and I packed us a ... Sun, 20 May 2012 00:35:27 EST Super Great Mother's Day Weekend! *gloat/smile/dance* :)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879592 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l396794499.jpg"> <BR> Happy Mother's Day to all of my lovely and amazing Spark Sisters that are blessed enough to have such an amazing job. :)) <BR> <BR> For those not friends with me there, my Facebook status from yesterday said: <BR> "This weekend is going to ROCK. Because, I am the mom (aka ruler of this dwelling) and I say so!! :) Today hanging with son for a nice walk and some basketball, then we will pick up some movies for our movie ... Sun, 13 May 2012 15:51:15 EST Vow of Positivity and Change :) Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876722 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l22616365.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if you are adored by hundreds or even thousands or millions, you have to love yourself first. I am working on that. I DO love myself, don't get me wrong, but sometimes I just let things get the best of me, I guess or I lose sight of my goals or just get lazy. I'm not sure what it is. But, I am vowing to love myself more. Right here. Right now! <BR> <BR> I feel as though I am in a constant state of... Fri, 11 May 2012 09:06:41 EST Surprise Fitness! Physical Show and Tell :)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861329 With our Frolicking Summer Goddess challenge.. I gave a mini challenge this week that states: <BR> <BR> Ok, Goddesses... I want you to do something physical this weekend. I want you to either do something you LOVE, something NEW, or something you just dont do often. And.. yes, I want you to either take one yourself or have someone take a photo of you doing this new thing or thing you love/dont make time for and post a blog about it. Doesn't have to be a BIG blog, just can show the pic and sa... Tue, 1 May 2012 13:38:31 EST Goddess Who!? I'm a Goddess! Mini Challenge :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843017 So.. this week I challenged the Goddesses over at the Frolicking Summer Goddess DONE Girls Challenge to tell me about themselves. I asked: <BR> "I want you to write a blog entry (with pictures!) about what Goddess you are and I want it to include what your element is, what strengthens you, what your weaknesses are (things you are working on or that you think need improvement), what you plan to do when you reach your goals, etc. Talk about you. Really (yes, truly), its ok to talk about yoursel... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:26:44 EST A Little Shove (Motivational Item!!) ~ Thanks MOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835296 I just need to start with one thing..... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l916947612.jpg"> <BR> *wiggle*wiggle*wiggle* hahahaha :D YAY! <BR> <BR> So today we were out (my mom, son, and I) and I saw this ADORABLE dress.. checked out the tag and it was an XL.. (insert massively sad face here). I was putting it back and my mom was like "Oh wow, that's SO cute! You should get it!" and I said "No, it's too small and I dont need to spend money anyway." She was like "Oh shut ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 21:35:12 EST Frolicking Summer Goddess: Ready Set GOOOOO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826214 I dared/poked/prodded my Summer Goddesses (Done Girls team challenge) to post start weights, measures, and pictures so that at the end of this challenge, we can compare and see how far we have come. We are going to melt some pounds, shred some inches, change our attitudes... we are doing to rock this challenge!!! <BR> <BR> My measurements make me.. grouchy to a point, but... as long as they go down.. I dont care! <BR> <BR> Measurement suggestions: <BR> Neck ~ 17 <BR> Chest ~ 53 <BR> Waist ... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 22:38:51 EST April Goals, Challenge, and Smiles :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816035 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l948285288.jpg"> <BR> Sounds simple... but is it? :)) <BR> <BR> Honestly, seems like a good plan for ALL the time. Thinking positive is on my daily radar, as well as exercise, eating balanced, dancing more, love... oh yeah. I need all of this to be happy :)) DONE! <BR> <BR> For April, I am aiming to get myself in a groove.. on track.. and "with" it. Food-wise, I am doing SO great! Yes, there are many days I want to have chocolate (and I ha... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 01:37:04 EST Flex Your Vixen Mini-Challenge :)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805419 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303011845.jpg"> <BR> <em>189</em> Your mini-challenge is: Flex Your Vixen <em>189</em> <BR> <em>319</em> <em>331</em> <em>320</em> <em>34</em> <em>312</em> <em>323</em> <em>216</em> <em>317</em> <em>344</em> <BR> We are some sexy Vixens... and I want us to flex that and finish this challenge off STRONG (in every sense of the word!) <BR> . <BR> So, to my Vixens (and anyone that is willing to be tortured with us.. I mean.. join us!... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:16:46 EST What Foods Are No-No's? Any? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804244 I posted about this in a thread to the DONE Girls, but... I wanted to post as a blog as well so I can get a broader base for opinions/thoughts :)) And, I've been thinking about it for a few minutes, so I have more to say.. as usual.. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l50904607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I saw this article and wanted to share it for a few reasons... first.. here is the article: <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutritio<BR>n/0224/the-49-worst-diet-... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 16:40:28 EST Life Gets in the Way.. But I'm Still Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788737 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l40467835.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes life truly does get in the way of keeping up with all of our outside obligations but.. the good news is, I have finally discovered that this IS my lifestyle. My son's birthday was last week and I had a piece of cake, but couldn't finish it and felt a little nauseous afterward. That happens actually after I eat anything that I have no business eating. lol Also, even when I dont track, I stay pretty close to my r... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 09:56:46 EST I Feel Flirty/Sassy Today! YAY haircut!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4744300 For my "Flirty Friday", I decided to do all kinds of things to make me feel good! I slept in.. then grabbed some lunch with my husband (he has had the week off.. took vacation for Valentines week so we could get a lot of time together instead of gifts that we dont want/need like chocolate, flowers, and random junk haha). Then, we went to see Woman in Black together, because we never get to do that alone and our son definitely could NOT watch that and sleep alone (ever again... lmao). Then, af... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 02:17:47 EST OMG YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!! Going on a CRUISE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722621 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l562257096.jpg"> <BR> My mom has been hinting at us going on a cruise and we had planned to go on one at the beginning of October that was cancelled :( I was all sad, but then, she sent me an email that said "please help me plan our excursions for OUR CRUISE October 13th!" OMG!!!! We are going to Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay, and Costa Maya, Mexico!! Ummmm HECK YEAH!!!!!! So... in 251 days, I'm going to be on board a Carnival Cruise! I'm so ... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 22:05:21 EST SPARKly and Shiny ME!! :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709560 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l544563757.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I gave a mini-challenge to my Shamrockin' Cupid Vixens (DONE Girl Challenge) this weekend... It was: <BR> Ok, so your mission for this weekend is: <BR> I want you to write a blog about yourself... about what makes you "SPARK"le and shine. What do you love about yourself? What do you want to love more in yourself? Why this journey and why now? I want you to blog about your fantastic-ness and let's celebrate self-lov... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:00:38 EST Friends and Foes :) Happiness is Important! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701825 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l345020479.jpg"> <BR> In friendships... there are ups and downs, good times, bad times, days when you want to beat a friend with a blunt instrument, and other days when you just cannot stand to be out of their sight. This blog is dedicated to that! <BR> <BR> <BR> First and foremost :) It is the Year of the Dragon!! YAY! Yesterday was Chinese New Year, so I wanted to wish you all a beautiful year full of amazing things! <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:21:19 EST Life, Death, and All The Times Between (SMILES!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685693 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l822160024.jpg"> <BR> SMILEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Life is beautiful!!! :) <BR> <BR> <BR> So... I wanted to share a few things with my Spark Family! Cause... well... we need some reminders sometimes! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l23430147.jpg"> <BR> Take ACTION! We can do ANYTHING!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l574830337.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes, some people take things WAY too serio... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 23:03:36 EST Flash Challenge ~ Animal Inside (Shamrockin' Cupid Vixens)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4672432 In my Shamrockin' Cupid Vixens challenge, I surprise-challenged the girls today... and I just cant give them a challenge without doing it myself, now can I!? :) <BR> <BR> Today's challenge said: <BR> "I want you to think about who you are... as a person and then think about what drives you, what pushes you, what makes you who you are? Is there an animal inside of you? Or one that inspires you? One you idolize? Do you work out like a cheetah? Or are you graceful like a butterfly? Or even loya... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:25:24 EST Just a few inspirations :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666593 Saw this and had to share it... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l395170571.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Then, from today's Spark messages... and added on to by me (and posted on FB) ~ <BR> "Life is like a marathon. We run and run, not knowing where (or how far) the finish line lies. We focus so intensely on prolonging the race but sometimes--despite our best efforts--the race is cut short. Too often we don't relish the path of and enjoy the details instead of just pounding ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:41:15 EST Happy 2012 & Shamrockin' Cupid Vixen Challenge! :) (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649394 <em>412</em> <em>410</em> Happy New Year!!!!!!! <em>409</em> <em>407</em> <BR> <BR> I spent my New Years Eve at First Night Pittsburgh and it was SO fun, omg! :)) I walked like... a zillion miles! <BR> We took bunches of pics, so... I decided to share some with you! <BR> <BR> Before leaving: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l127320615.jpg"> <BR> My mom (CAROLRN7) and me :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l188046716.jpg"> <BR> My kid... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 20:02:51 EST 28-Day Boot Camp DVD Review (I heart Coach Nicole!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4645139 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l612904588.jpg"> <BR> If you know me.. you should know that it is no secret that I absolutely ADORE Coach Nicole... its true! She's my favey! <BR> <BR> I got her new 28-Day Boot Camp DVD and... it rocks!!! Here are my thoughts on it: <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> The DVD is broken up into sections <em>34</em> ~ <BR> Warm Up 6 minutes <BR> Cardio Burst 12 minutes <BR> Short Cardio Sculpt 12 minutes <BR> Tone & Burn 20 minutes <BR> Total Body ... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:18:32 EST Merry Fit-mas! hehe CHRISTMAS = Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638212 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l926925489.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since Santa cannot "deliver" a "slim" body to me... I GUESS I will just have to get it myself.. haha And... for Christmas, I got a few tools to assist me in that. Some people might be offended by fitness-related gifts, but... I was like "OMG YAY!" haha 'Cause.. that's something I was REALLY wanting and didn't want to spend the money on myself. lol YAY!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 22:36:51 EST