ZMONEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZMONEY ZMONEY'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/ Hey you! You're awesome. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509875 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1482540062.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In case you forgot, here are three tips to help you remember how awesome you are. <BR> <BR> You Are One of a Kind. Every single one of us is unique. You’ve got something to offer than no one else has. And if you don’t see this, no one else will. <BR> <BR> Love What You Got. Even if you don’t feel all that special, you are. It doesn’t matter what someone else has. All that matters is what gifts you have been b... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:59:29 EST Just Start. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503407 Sharing an article that hit home. Thought it might help some of you too. <BR> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> You Don’t Need to Know How to Do It. You Just Need to Start. <BR> <BR> Know Step A and do it. Then Step B, and then do it. <BR> <BR> You don’t have to listen to the negative chatter inside your head. <BR> You can choose to mute it and turn the volume up on the good stuff. <BR> <BR> You don’t have to be overwhelmed. <BR> You just take it moment by momen... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:22:02 EST No More People Pleasing: An Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500601 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838452285.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This used to be me. My last boss used to tell me each time I had a review that my area of growth was to stop people pleasing. He told me that 3 years in a row because I just couldn't give it up. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1606557976.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I never thought of it this way but I can see how it was true for me. It feels good to do something well, & like I said, I was one... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:37:07 EST I am enough. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489344 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l98205407.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I almost cried when I saw this picture. It tugged at my heart at first, then opened it wide. <BR> <BR> I am enough. You are enough. & that's enough. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:55:37 EST Signed up for a powerlifting meet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486723 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2134566400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's official, I've got my first powerlifting meet on the calendar. On December 7th I'll be competing in the Northwest Powerlifting Championships sponsored by Hardcore Powerlifting. There's a concurrent event called Kings of the Bench 9 which brings out some big names in pro bench pressing. I'm totally excited! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 23:26:08 EST People Pleasing: 5 Ways I'm Going to Stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481725 "There is nothing wrong with bringing others happiness. But, if you’re losing yourself in the process, then it isn’t fair to you. You have to find a way to be you without feeling guilty about it." -Christina McCalla <BR> <BR> Hi, my name is Z & I'm a People Pleaser, & a very good one at that. <BR> <BR> One of my strengths is putting out fires & turning down the noise for others. That works great in my job, but not so well in the rest of my life. Long ago I learned how to put others' needs... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:58:51 EST RIP Tigger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414281 On Saturday the 6th Tigger crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He's now eating all the treats in kitty heaven. <BR> <BR> He loved smelling DH's shoes (& feet!). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2102903809.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He also loved being super lazy & fat (he was 20-22 lbs). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1387643939.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In his honor I'm sponsoring Oliver from the Oregon Humane Society. He's looking for his Forever Home! <BR> <img s... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 11:41:53 EST 12-Week Goals for BLC22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380586 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1025188148.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My turn to share my goals for the next 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> SPECIFIC <BR> - WHAT do I want to accomplish & by WHEN? <BR> <BR> 1. I will weigh 123 lbs (or) be at 11-13% BF by August 28, 2013. <BR> <BR> 2. I will do 5 pull-ups with an additional 45-lbs strapped to my body by August 28, 2013. <BR> <BR> 3. I will decide by August 28th, 2013 whether or not to compete in my first fitness competition on October 19th,... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 17:27:39 EST 12 Week Progress Pictures & Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309264 Proud. Amazed. Humbled. Inspired. Grateful. Transformed. <BR> <BR> The end of my first 12-Week Transformation Challenge is here & these are just a few emotions I feel. <BR> <BR> My journey actually started in 2006, when I was 95 lbs. heavier & couldn't walk 2 miles without wanting to cry (there were days I did). Even after all these years, I'd have to say this was my first true transformation, where the outside is beginning to reflect the warrior spirit on the inside. <BR> <BR> <i... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 19:00:13 EST Honored & Grateful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296483 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1462354975.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Something amazing & unexpected happened yesterday: I was featured in a blog by Ross Enamait, who I've followed for 7+ years. He promotes excellence not only in the gym, but in life, & I credit his site for guiding me to where I am today. <BR> <BR> I'm beyond honored & grateful to have him share a bit of my American Ninja Warrior journey. <BR> <BR> Without Spark being such a safe place to grow, I never would'v... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:09:08 EST American Ninja Warrior Video & Overflowing Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292525 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1181697068.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy to report that I got my American Ninja Warrior application & video submitted by the deadline, 3/15/13. Had tons of fun filming footage & ended up with way more than I had time for. The max time limit for the video was 8 minutes & I squeaked in just under that at 7:58. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/tRRsht5VLYA </link> <BR> <BR> Some lessons I learned: <BR> <BR> - People are so amazingly supportive. The h... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:28:43 EST What's On My Mind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282966 Mostly I'm worrying about getting my Ninja Warrior video submitted on time. My personal deadline is to get it done by Wednesday night, that way if there any tech difficulties I've got a couple days to troubleshoot. <BR> <BR> Have an official start date for my new job, April 1st. Until then, I'm doing half days in both departments. <BR> <BR> My mom's been blowing up my phone the last few days. I need to set some boundaries & tell her this week is bad for driving her around to do errands... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:29:06 EST Ninja Warrior Snapshots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276392 American Ninja Warrior tryout applications are coming up quick. They're due next Friday, 3/15. DH & I have been doing a lot of filming lately in the gym, but there are still so many things I want to include. Here are some snapshots of what I've done lately. <BR> <BR> I'm having so much fun experimenting with new moves in the gym. Plus I feel pretty dang bad**** doing them too hehe. <BR> <BR> Handstand push-up <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l272024663.jpg"> <BR> ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 19:22:48 EST Checking off a few more goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257548 Earlier this year I set a goal of holding the Crow Pose for at least a minute. I haven't been practicing but last night decided to go for it, & held it for 65 seconds. Yipee! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l563321802.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Also got one step closer to doing 10 intentional acts of kindness, & donated to the American Lung Association. My friend is doing one of their Fight for Air Climb. He's pledging to climb 40 flights of stairs (approx. 6 hours of ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:19:51 EST 6 Week Progress Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254795 Here's what 6 weeks of clean eating, hard training & mental toughness have done for me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1861884812.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l374348754.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1718983571.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And my new fave body part - my back <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1807424399.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And a pull-up pic just for fun. <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:47:23 EST Flex Friday & February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233680 It's another Flex Friday! For those that follow me on Instagram/FB, you've seen this already. For the Spark world, here are my triceps. There's only a 2-lb weight difference between these pics. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l27433955.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are some February goals: <BR> <BR> Dare Greatly - Continue participating in the Bodybuilding.com Transformation Challenge. <BR> <BR> Choose Love Over Fear - Accept people where they are. Especially when it com... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 19:42:58 EST Spartacus Workout Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227542 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l692657091.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my 2013 goals was to complete the Men's Health Spartacus 2.0 workout found here. <link>www.menshealth.com/fitness/spartacus<BR>-workout-0 </link> <BR> <BR> I committed to 3 workouts a week for 4 weeks, which is a big deal for me because I tend to lose interest after a couple weeks. <BR> <BR> Happy with my stats, I increased my weights each week. Along with a clean diet & additional cardio, I lost 2.2... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:47:32 EST BLC21 Special Ops - Goals & Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226252 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1329896357.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why - To feel more of my Core Desired Feelings: Luminous. Grounded. Spunky. Ease <BR> <BR> BLC Specific Goals: <BR> <BR> - Drink Shakeology daily <BR> - Complete the Bodybuilding.com $100K Transformation Challenge (end date 3/31/13) <BR> - Do 10 intentional acts of kindness <BR> - Implement sandbag techniques/tools into my workouts <BR> - Hold Crow Pose for at least 1 minute <BR> <BR> Actions to Take: <BR> - Us... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:45:47 EST 2 Weeks Progress Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217578 YAY, I'm so happy! The awesome thing is that there's only a -0.4 lb. difference in weight from Jan. 6 to Jan. 20. The scale is only one tool to track progress. So glad I'm actually taking pictures & measurements this time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l200881371.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here it is without the text labels too. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l710646723.jpg"> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:08:58 EST What's Worth Doing Even If You Fail? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213357 "Lay down expectations, take up sincerity." -Danielle LaPorte <BR> <BR> On the 6th I entered a 12-week Transformation Challenge through Bodybuilding.com. There are prizes, which are always nice, but that's not why I joined. I joined because the journey of getting lean & athletic, of improving my fitness, was going to bring me more of what I want: to feel luminous, grounded, spunky, ease. <BR> <BR> I'm doing what I can with exercise, nutrition, mental training (visualization, planning, etc... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:11:00 EST 10 Days In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200876 Happy to report that 2013's been stellar so far. Each day I'm making more conscious choices and decisions instead of going through the motions. Keeping my core desired feelings in mind - luminous, grounded, spunky, ease - I'm better able to say YES to what I really want to say yes to, and NO to that which draws me away from feeling good. <BR> <BR> 10/10 on the daily habits of flossing, supplements, gratitudes, and meditation. <BR> <BR> 10/10 on eating clean and following my exercise plan ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:01:44 EST 2013 - My Transformational Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190505 2013 is pretty straightforward for me: build my life around these four feelings. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l738728897.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What I love about having feelings at the center of my choices & decision-making is that there are a zillion different ways to get there. <BR> <BR> For whatever reason, setting 2013 goals was really blah & I wasn't enjoying it. I took a couple steps back (thanks to Danielle LaPorte's program 'The Desire Map'), & honed in on my C... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 19:08:59 EST Stress Less Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125179 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l93985760.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are some de-stressing tips I use. What works for you? <BR> <BR> listen to music <BR> get a massage <BR> read a book <BR> work out really hard <BR> talk to a friend <BR> write or blog <BR> browse <link>positivelypresent.com </link> <link>positivelypositive.com </link> <link>daniellelaporte.com </link> <BR> do intentional acts of kindness <BR> do a good cathartic cry <BR> mindfully make some tea <BR> ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 17:25:36 EST Two Life Lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117069 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l362683347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Universe gave me two Life Lessons last Thursday. <BR> <BR> 1. Love and accept what is. That includes my body. <BR> <BR> About a month ago I started fixating on my belly. There'd be a quiet "I wish it were smaller" or a sneaky "It would look better if" creep into my mind. Long story short it turned into a bunch of nasty self-criticism. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm practicing mindfulness of my thoughts and feelin... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:33:35 EST Collage: Goals for the Next 6 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108592 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l504241100.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's my collage of my goals for the next 6 weeks. I'm shifting gears from "tasks" and "to do" type goals to ones that speak to being more real. <BR> <BR> Love yourself. <BR> Expect great things. <BR> Live positively. <BR> Stop wishing start doing. <BR> Listen to yourself. Only you know what will truly make you happy. <BR> Don't settle. There is no good reason not to follow your heart. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:28:03 EST Help me save sea turtles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100193 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l316535720.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey there SparkFamily! <BR> <BR> Please help me win a chance of a lifetime by voting for me in this contest. I'll win a trip to Nicaragua to help sea turtle conservationists track and tag nesting mothers, and also place baby eggs in a protected hatchery. <BR> <BR> The contest is on Facebook and runs through this Sunday the 21st. Please select my name, Zorahgail B., if you wish to vote. <BR> <link>bit.ly/1210_... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:41:30 EST Love Who You Are http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096360 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495176664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A funny thing happened when I got clear about loving myself: I loved my past, present and future self all at the same time. <BR> <BR> Become instantly rich tomorrow? Yep, still love myself. Lose everything and live in a cardboard box? Yep, my heart still beats for me. Have to feed a zombie pug pepperoni to keep it from eating my brain? Well, I'd still want to hug that pug to death (or is it undeath?), and i... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:03:45 EST The Power of Self-Compassion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091444 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459077413.jpg"> <BR> "If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation." -Jiddu Krishnamurti <BR> <BR> Not long ago I used to get out of breath and sweat while toweling off after a shower. A barrage of self-criticism and self-directed vitriol would follow. <BR> <BR> Last night I retold this story and started crying. I understood who I was in that moment: a young woman who d... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 14:50:11 EST How do you want to feel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082556 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l980426374.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First, get clear on how you want to feel. <BR> Then, do stuff that makes you feel that way. <BR> <BR> (From 'The Fire Starter Sessions' by Danielle LaPorte) <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> Coming up w/ October goals is tough for me today; frankly I'm stumped. The usual Nutrition, Exercise, Family/Friends, Health, etc. goals aren't lighting my fire, they're not amping me up. <BR> <BR> I've got a sneaking suspicion that... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:06:12 EST 10 More Things I'm Grateful For http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080129 1. BodyCombat. Tried it for the first time today and had a blast. I'd gone in grumbling about Les Mills' formats but cleared out all that junk when I got into the Group X room. Kept an open mind and sweated buckets. <BR> <BR> 2. Nike Training Club app. Did the Butt Blaster workout also for the first time. Leads me to #3... <BR> <BR> 3. My body! It's healthy and does what I ask it to do. Love it! <BR> <BR> 4. Dark Matter post-workout recovery powder. I feel like it coats my insides.... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 01:29:52 EST 10 Things I'm Grateful For http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078819 My husband Matt <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l825874764.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Danielle LaPorte's Fire Starter Sessions <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l498543254.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Camp Do More 2012 NY Jets Team <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l474757188.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Chocolate Vegan Shakeology <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599281054.jpg"> <BR> <BR> BLC20 CAMO Crew <BR> <img src="http://phot... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:04:06 EST BLC20 Week 2 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075621 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l433810828.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SW: 130.6 <BR> W1: 127.4 <BR> W2: 128.0 <BR> <BR> Gain due to unplanned BBQ dinner last night; still within maintenance range so I'm happy. Healthy = happy!!! <BR> <BR> Met all but one of my Week 2 goals, woohoo! <em>248</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> NOT MET (only ate 5x): Vegan 6x <em>277</em> <em>267</em> <BR> Meditate 5x <em>135</em> <BR> Blog 2x <em>17</em> <BR> ANW workout 1x <em>386... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:49:09 EST Celebrating 31 years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073662 Yesterday was my 31st birthday, woohoo! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25820710.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been working hard over the past year to honor my top Life Priorities: Relationships, Health/Fitness, and Making a Difference. <BR> <BR> Here's what gets me through the tough times and keeps me motivated: <BR> <BR> My husband Matt (Relationships) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l115590303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Growing muscles with chin-ups! (Healt... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:15:45 EST BLC20 Week 1 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066377 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l433810828.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SW: 130.6 <BR> W1: 127.4 <BR> <BR> Loss attributed to overeating a ton the week prior to the start of BLC20. Today's weight reflects my normal, stable weight. <BR> <BR> Met all of my Week 1 goals, woohoo! <em>248</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Vegan 6x <em>277</em> <em>267</em> <BR> Meditate 5x <em>135</em> <BR> Blog 2x <em>17</em> <BR> ANW workout 1x <em>386</em> <BR> Run 1x <em>312</e... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:53:30 EST 3 Questions for Easier Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064946 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l857028559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (from <link>www.daniellelaporte.com </link> ) <BR> <BR> 1. Out of what needs to be done in your life — work, household, creativity – what do you do best? <BR> <BR> Work: get people answers. keep the heat off of others. manage systems all day long. manage data. putting out fires. <BR> <BR> household: make lunch for the next workday. wash dishes. do laundry. clean the shower. brush my teeth :) <BR> <BR... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:15:47 EST 20 Goals for BLC20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059532 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l287145448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm a Master of Maintenance this round, so my goals will focus less on weight and more on everything else. <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> 1. Do the American Ninja Warrior circuit at least once a week <BR> 2. Run at least once a week (can be intervals, steady state, hills, etc) <BR> 3. Go to yoga class or do a yoga DVD at least twice a month. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> 4. Eat vegan 80+% of the time (26 out of 30 days) <BR>... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:04:52 EST BLC Summer Break Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973861 Almost forgot to share my plan to get me through the break between BLC19 and 20. Keeping it simple. <BR> <BR> DIET <BR> 1. Continue dairy-free <BR> 2. Eat vegan 5-6 days instead of 4-5 days a week. <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> 1. Use ADAPT training Groupon. Includes fitness assessment and classes. <BR> 2. Run Hood to Coast Relay. <BR> 3. Decide and begin either Infinite Intensity or Never Gymless 50-day program. <BR> <BR> FAMILY/FRIENDS <BR> 1. Go on a dinner date w/ DH. <BR> 2. Handwrite... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 01:26:52 EST July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953989 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l638019181.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DIET/WEIGHT <BR> 1. Take waist, hip, bust, quad, calf, bicep measurements on the 1st and 31st. <BR> 2. Weigh 129 lbs or less. <BR> 3. Eat dairy-free. <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> 1. 500 pull-ups. <BR> 2. Do 1 circuit workout wearing a weighted vest. <BR> 3. Run 2 10Ks. <BR> <BR> FAMILY/FRIENDS <BR> 1. Go on a hike w/ DH. <BR> 2. Go on a Friday lunch w/ my friend DC. <BR> <BR> FOR MYSELF <BR> 1. Visit my dad on the 29t... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 18:22:13 EST June Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952090 DIET/WEIGHT - Goals not met <BR> 1. Make 2 recipes from <link>www.chocolatecoveredkati </link> <BR> 2. Weigh 129 lbs or less <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> 1. Speedwork 4x <em>248</em> <BR> 2. 1,000 chin-ups <em>248</em> Total 1,075 <BR> <BR> FAMILY/FRIENDS <BR> 1. Girls' Dinner w/ BFF and DS <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Date night w/ DH <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Hike w/ DH - Not met <BR> <BR> FOR MYSELF - Goals not met <BR> 1. Buy a copy of Brene Brown's book "Gifts of Imperfection" <BR> 2. ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:33:38 EST TGIF- Dare Greatly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937764 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l48622644.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Trust: Today I'm trusting that my hubby's right about the changes my body's gone through in the past few months. He says I've got more definition, which I don't really see. I'm trusting my head will catch up w/ my body and perceive what's really there. <BR> <BR> Gratitude: Today I'm grateful for 1) my Camp Do More captains; they've done an amazing job of bringing us together and raising team spirit. 2) TED.com b... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:38:50 EST A new spin on TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927757 Trying something new to cultivate gratitude and joy. Taking a page out of my current fave author/blogger/researcher/storyteller, Brene Brown, and writing about Trust, Gratitude, Inspiration, and Faith. <BR> <BR> Trust: Today I'm trusting that I'm on the right path to health and will meet my goals. I've had less mental clarity and more emotional vulnerability this week. To top it off, the Shame Gremlins are replaying "not good enough" messages the past couple of days. Self-doubt's creep... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:48:31 EST BLC Vlog - Magic 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918392 I filmed this at 1AM while traveling last September, and am sharing it as part of BLC19's weekend challenge. <BR> <BR> Exercises are: 10 dumbbell snatches, 10 dumbbell swings and 10 burpees. Repeat 5x for a total of 50 reps of each, hence the name Magic 50. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> Fri, 8 Jun 2012 23:33:30 EST June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914918 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l191959045.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DIET/WEIGHT <BR> 1. Make 2 recipes from <link>www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com </link> <BR> 2. Weigh 129 lbs or less <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> 1. Speedwork 4x <BR> 2. 1,000 chin-ups <BR> <BR> FAMILY/FRIENDS <BR> 1. Girls' Dinner w/ BFF and DS <BR> 2. Date night w/ DH <BR> 3. Hike w/ DH <BR> <BR> FOR MYSELF <BR> 1. Buy a copy of Brene Brown's book "Gifts of Imperfection" <BR> 2. Choose 1 Guidepost from her book to f... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 14:40:18 EST May Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907551 Here were my May goals: <BR> <BR> DIET <BR> 1. Eat vegetarian on weekdays. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Eat vegan 4x or more. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> 1. Run the RNR Portland half marathon on 5/20. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Do a Nike Training Club workout 4x. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> CHALLENGES <BR> 1. 100% participation in weekend challenges. - 3/4 <BR> <BR> <BR> FAMILY <BR> 1. Have a girls' night dinner w/ my BFF and DS. - 0/1 <BR> 2. See Avengers with DH. <em>248</em> <B... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 14:10:56 EST May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861859 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l672809217.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are my May goals. Format borrowed from fellow BLC19 CAMO Crewmate JDUBLANKO. <BR> <BR> DIET <BR> 1. Eat vegetarian on weekdays. <BR> 2. Eat vegan 4x or more. <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> 1. Run the RNR Portland half marathon on 5/20. <BR> 2. Do a Nike Training Club workout 4x. <BR> <BR> CHALLENGES <BR> 1. 100% participation in weekend challenges. <BR> <BR> <BR> FAMILY <BR> 1. Have a girls' night dinner w... Tue, 1 May 2012 19:54:43 EST 10 Good Reminders for Stressful Times - #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844271 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l972277526.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 8. Being a ‘work in progress’ is a great state to be in. <BR> <BR> Stop berating yourself for being a work in progress. Start embracing it! Because being a work in progress doesn’t mean you’re not good enough today; it means you want a better tomorrow, and you wish to love yourself completely, so you can live your life fully. It means you’re determined to heal your heart, expand your mind and cultivate the gift... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:08:08 EST 10 Good Reminders for Stressful Times - #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788783 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l423829077.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not getting what you want can be a blessing. Not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of good luck, because it forces you reevaluate things, opening new doors to opportunities and information you would have otherwise overlooked. Remember, some things in life fall apart so that better things can fall together. <BR> <BR> (from MarcandAngel.com) <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> I'm going through this righ... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:28:04 EST 10 Good Reminders for Stressful Times - #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4772062 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l458954806.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 6. You are not what happened to you in the past. <BR> <BR> No matter how chaotic the past has been, the future is a clean, fresh, wide open slate. You are not your past habits. You are not your past failures. You are not how others have at one time treated you. You are only who you think you are right now in this moment. You are only what you do right now in this moment. <BR> <BR> (from MarcandAngel.com) <BR> <... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:37:58 EST 10 Good Reminders for Stressful Times - #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767623 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l840202766.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 5. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. <BR> <BR> You can learn great things from your failures and mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them. If you’ve been asking the same questions for months or even years, yet are still stuck, it’s probably not that you haven’t been given the answers, but that you don’t like the answers you were given. It takes a lot of courage to admit that something needs to ch... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 18:45:25 EST 10 Good Reminders for Stressful Times - #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4765720 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l768036807.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4. How you feel when you’re stressed is not a true measure of reality. <BR> <BR> Just because you’re afraid, doesn’t mean you’re in danger. Just because you feel alone, doesn’t mean nobody loves you. Just because you think you might fail, doesn’t mean you will. Look beyond your doubts and keep searching for the truth. Be aware of your mental self-talk. We all talk silently to ourselves in our heads, but we a... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:24:22 EST