ZORAHGAIL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZORAHGAIL ZORAHGAIL'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/ Body Image Thoughts: Stop the Beatings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125978 Last Friday I decided to challenge myself in a different way during my squat workout. Since I forgot my lifting belt at home, I chose to go without any supportive gear meaning no shoes, no belt, no wrist wraps. What surprised me most is how fast my Inner Yuck Voice tore me apart when I reviewed the video to check for form/technique. Here's what I wrote last week but haven't shared until now. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> Please please please do NOT listen to the voice that cuts you down when you see yo... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:14:42 EST Physical vs. Emotional Hunger Infographic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099799 I created this infographic to help distinguish between the physical sensations of hunger and the psychological emotions of hunger. Hopefully the photo is readable. If not, just send me a Sparkmail and we can work out how you can receive it. <BR> <BR> Hmm, still looks small and unreadable. Here's what the text says. <BR> <BR> Physical Hunger <BR> - Signal from your body to your brain <BR> - Can locate the discomfort to a specific part of the body <BR> - Satisfied with fueling, variety of foo... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:42:57 EST Trust Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080716 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a38bb455-93f5-489d-840e-d39defe409e8.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Teachers, coaches, mentors, trainers can shorten the learning curve, give you feedback, and provide support. What they can't do is instill trust in yourself; only you can do that. <BR> <BR> Your leaders can set up the conditions for trust, but at the end of the day it's your responsibility. <BR> <BR> Only you can decide what's true for you, and if you're anything like me you'll drink... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:33:42 EST 2016 Themes plus Renegades and Reiki http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074667 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab2ee594-cf5c-4f00-a3e5-57c7fb6cfe16.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It took me awhile to finally settle on some theme words for this year, but I've finally got them figured out. Here they are! <BR> <BR> Courage: The ability to do something you know is difficult or dangerous. <BR> <BR> Consistency: A pattern of sticking with one way of thinking or acting <BR> <BR> Celebration: To honor or observe to mark as important <BR> <BR> Just like everyone else caug... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:31:46 EST Breaking the Mental Hold of Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040704 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3b1afc5-06a8-4da5-ac59-42c810f141ef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week I decided to do a 30-day kindness practice this month, so today's day 1. Each day I look for ways to be of service; my intention is to share experience, strength, and hope. Please let me know how I can support you by commenting here or sending me a Sparkmail. <BR> <BR> There was a question on MyFitnessPal that I thought would be useful here too. The question was by a person who's ... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:22:01 EST Tips to Build Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034846 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f04b506d-544a-4a73-a8bb-61d13d3d8ca1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next June is the 10 year anniversary of when I started on my fitness and weight loss adventure. Lately I've been brainstorming ways of paying it forward, and figure sharing some of the best lessons I've learned is a great place to start. <BR> <BR> When I first started out, stringing together more than a couple days of eating on plan or exercising was super challenging. Eventually one day tu... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:49:07 EST Gratitude vs. Appreciation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017574 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b70672ca-5d37-46af-ae73-87e380765822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sharing something I wrote in my BLC29 VIKINGS thread. Let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> My word of the day is "appreciation". Google defines it as "the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something." Some of the synonyms given are valuing, treasuring, high opinion. <BR> <BR> I bring this up because I've been practicing self-appreciation about 3... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:51:56 EST Choosing the Process or the Prize? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013832 Sharing something I wrote last Thursday, 10/8/15 and posting here on Spark in case it helps you. Comment and let me know what you think! :) :) :) <BR> <BR> **** <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3c98132-4a9c-4614-a442-20b03107d390.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 days out from my meet and I've already won. <BR> <BR> Last year I competed 6 times and don't remember feeling THIS.EFFING.GOOD. <BR> <BR> My body didn't get as beat up this training cycle so yeah, that's a plus. But that's... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:47:23 EST What's Your Story? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010535 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7f31e79-8c8a-4331-8400-7a19077e8825.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I used to think my story was a weight loss story. Seemed simple enough: I lost a bunch of weight, maintained it, did some cool stuff, blah blah blah. <BR> <BR> Over the last year and a half as I gained weight, my insecurities started to grow: Have I failed as a weight loss success? Was I being seen as a hypocrite? Why does it feel "wrong" to be "fat" again? <BR> <BR> I've wanted to crash ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:51:53 EST How Can You Make This Easy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981048 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89286163-946d-4c2a-a225-eb769f0e1e52.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Counting calories and getting the macros spot on is pretty damn hard!" <BR> "I've never pushed myself this hard." <BR> "I'm working hard to balance out healthy eating habits and exercise habits." <BR> "I have been trying hard to keep the faith. I've only dropped 2 lbs in 4 weeks." <BR> "Hard work is really paying off!" <BR> <BR> Sound familiar? Can anyone relate? <BR> <BR> I'm a stubborn,... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:11:11 EST Who Are You? You Already Know. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977924 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f78383c2-c316-4b0b-9e74-937b5f99ca6e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want more really REAL people out there. The thing with life is that it's super easy to get stuck on figuring things out, especially when trying to answer "Who am I?" <BR> <BR> Guess what? You already know. <BR> <BR> If you don't know, I call BS. "I don't know" or "I'm confused" are convenient excuses to avoid whatever mind drama's coming up. Maybe you don't like the answer. Maybe ... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:49:17 EST Nudges From The Universe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976797 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3aee244-340c-461b-b26e-498efcba4954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Reiki for Athletes. <BR> Mind-Body Transformation. <BR> Attract and Magnetize. <BR> <BR> I've had a passing interest in woo woo things like Law of Attraction, manifesting, Divine Order, alignment, chakras, tarot/oracle cards, etc. for years. I don't talk about it much outside of a few like-minded peeps because honestly I'm afraid of being seen "less than". <BR> <BR> WHATEVER. ENOUGH OF THA... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:39:29 EST Where Can You Love Your Life A Little More? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973698 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6901494d-34e1-4f49-933a-d9ec3c1d1888.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I dunno about you, but I've been walloped by Life lately. For whatever reason, things feel hard and exhausting, like rolling-a-giant-boulder-up-a-hill kinda deal. Where the heck is the ease, the sigh of sweet relief after pushing pushing pushing? <BR> <BR> Gratitude doesn't always cut it. Appreciating what you have feels kinda lame sometimes. So what to do? Take a look at your life, at your... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 12:36:59 EST Have You Cried During A Workout? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971998 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e675db5-c73b-4966-b444-ff19475879a1.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever cried during a workout? <BR> <BR> I've done it on a track, at the beach, in groupX, while slamming sledgehammers, after squatting. <BR> <BR> This is the exact stretch of beach where I've cried. I was doing 800m "sprints" and reached a point where my mind gave up before my body. Sprints is in quotes because I'm sure if there was video, I'd be doing a walking-shuffle-falling-f... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 12:37:47 EST Mental Toughness Training - The 4 C's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965466 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09090cbb-0f0d-4a56-8e5e-59373a849e76.png"> <BR> <BR> It's been far too long since I've shared anything on mental toughness, so here you go. <BR> <BR> There are a ton of ways to define "mental toughness", so I'm keeping it simple: It's how you respond to stress, pressure, or challenges, and is made up of 4 components. <BR> <BR> 1. Control - How in control of your circumstances (everything outside of you) and thoughts, feelings, actions, and r... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:27:51 EST 3 Questions to Check Yourself (Before You Wreck Yourself) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939677 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d811bee0-1bc5-4573-92ad-0b2153d5a27d.png"> <BR> <BR> One of the most effective ways I’ve found to determine if my expectations for a goal are realistic or not is to ask myself three questions: <BR> <BR> 1. How will my life be better when I have/get/do [really awesome thing]? <BR> <BR> 2. How will my life be worse when I have/get/do [really awesome thing]? <BR> <BR> 3. How will my life be the same when I have/get/do [really awesome thing]? <... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 14:17:47 EST How All Experience Fits Into 6 Simple Categories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939152 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22973297-c127-4605-a86a-818398f52739.png"> <BR> <BR> I want to introduce you to a tool that I learned from Master Coach Trainer Brooke Castillo. She created the Self-Coaching Model based on her studies of teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie and Abraham-Hicks. This helped her bridge the gap between “thoughts become things” as the Law of Attraction teaches, and the application of insights learned from becoming aware of her thoughts. She’s ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:17:53 EST Thinking Tools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931437 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83c9aa6e-0356-4c65-90a5-520e35a8a148.png"> <BR> <BR> Last week I shared 3 Feelings Tools to help you feel feelings (it's a skill!). This week I've got 3 Thinking Tools to help you manage your mind. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928026 </link> <BR> <BR> Be Kind. This is non-negotiable. I'll say this over and over. No beating yourself up. No judgy-ness. Just be curious about what's happening, why... Wed, 20 May 2015 13:36:10 EST Feeling Tools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928026 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83a148de-80c0-4534-a0e7-91650c90b7fd.png"> <BR> <BR> Last week I shared 3 Exercise Tools to get you moving. This week I'm sharing 3 Feelings Tools to help you feel feelings (it's a skill!). In case you haven't guessed, these are all things I need to learn myself. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923709 </link> <BR> <BR> Be Kind. This is non-negotiable. I'll say this over and over. No beating your... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:52:36 EST What Kind of Mindset Do You Have? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926431 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l564075721.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford <BR> <BR> Your brain is the most powerful yet underutilized machine on the planet. Being that we have 50,000 thoughts per day on average, with 95% of them being repeated from the day before, it’s worth looking at the quality of those thoughts. <BR> <BR> Before we do that, let’s step back a bit and talk about mindset. What is it and why ... Mon, 11 May 2015 15:15:51 EST Exercise Tools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923709 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1067788594.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week I shared 3 Eating Tools to help you pay attention to what you eat. This week I'm sharing 3 Exercise Tools to get you moving. <BR> <BR> Be Kind. This is non-negotiable. No beating yourself up. No judgy-ness of yourself. Just be curious about what's happening, why it's happening, and it's ripple effect. <BR> <BR> Suck At It. Or at least be WILLING to suck at it. Doesn't matter if you're new to exercise o... Wed, 6 May 2015 13:11:55 EST Say what?! NO emotional eating?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923208 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l970235062.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been a week since I started using these 3 eating tools: Be Kind. Hunger Scale. 4 Types of Eating. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919682 </link> <BR> <BR> Awareness is an amazing thing. Happy to say that after noticing which type of eating I was doing (fuel, joy, fog, storm), I didn't do any storm (aka binge/emo eating). Most of the time I was fuel eating, probab... Tue, 5 May 2015 18:00:41 EST What Frustrates You About Dieting & Weight Loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920334 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l179117276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was talking to a gal about going crazypants bonkers when losing weight. This isn't my first rodeo so I figure some of the same stuff will come up. What usually happens is this: <BR> <BR> Pick an eating and exercise plan. <BR> Follow religiously for a few days, or maybe even a few months. <BR> Worry about every single bite. <BR> Feel guilty if I eat Oreos. Don't feel guilty if I eat salads. <BR> Wonder... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:04:53 EST Eating Tools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919682 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l830676157.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Your greatest challenges are your greatest gifts." <BR> <BR> I eat A LOT. And most of the time it's mindlessly and habitual. Many times it's emotional, and sometimes it's really ugly. <BR> <BR> Today I choose to embrace this challenge openly. This week I'll be I'll be playing around with three tools: Be Kind. Hunger Scale. 4 Types of Eating. My intention is to not change any behaviors, but to just notice and obs... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:34:17 EST My Brain's Gonna Burst http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919120 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l738793281.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My brain’s going to burst. For the past few months I’ve been drinking from the knowledge fire hose ranging from business, coaching and fitness. <BR> <BR> Business: Marie Forleo’s B-School <BR> <BR> Coaching: Transformational Coaching Method Certification by Carey Peters and Stacey Morgenstern, The Life Coach School by Brooke Castillo <BR> <BR> Fitness: Freestyle Connection by Carl Paoli <BR> <BR> Why all the ed... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:59:14 EST Do You Know How to Feel Feelings? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909016 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1627655191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I really internalized that I'm not that skilled in feeling my feelings. Many times I'm either avoiding, numbing or reacting to them. <BR> <BR> This is pretty easy to do since I spend a lot of time in my head, constantly thinking, judging, learning, analyzing, planning. While I'm very connected to my body during workouts, it's like once I'm done the switch turns off and I'm just a floating head again. <... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:23:31 EST 3/11-3/17/15 Week 1 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895261 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l707893059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” (Santosh Kalwar) <BR> <BR> 3/11 WI: 165.0 <BR> 3/18 WI: 164.2 <BR> <BR> NSVs: Ate vegan on weekdays, tracked daily on MFP, shared thoughts/experience with hubby a few days during the week (vulnerability moments for sure!) <BR> <BR> First week of intentional weight loss is in the books. I noticed that there were a few times where "diet thoughts" creepe... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:05:25 EST Ready to Push Through Ruts and Challenges? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894118 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1540036380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "A lack of clarity could put the brakes on any journey to success.” (Steve Maraboli) <BR> <BR> I maintained a 80-90 lb. weight loss from Summer 2007 through the start of 2014. 7 years of learning how to listen to my body, to experience the ups and downs of maintenance, to grow and mature as a person. <BR> <BR> Now that I've decided to lose the 20 lbs. gained in the last 15 months, I know myself well enough that ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:03:10 EST Intentional Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891266 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75762272.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My next powerlifting weight is tentatively scheduled for July 11th, exactly 4 months away. I'm 20 lbs away from being in my weight class, and I want to be very intentional about how I lose weight this time. <BR> <BR> I've been told that I'm an expert at crash dieting. After a few years of growing older and wiser, I know in my soul that's no longer a choice. So what will I do instead? <BR> <BR> 1. Blog at least onc... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:59:19 EST Are You Your Own BFF? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890530 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1780718736.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be." <BR> <BR> I'm curious, are you your own BFF? Are you a friend to yourself? <BR> <BR> This is something I'm looking into, because while I'm fantastic at self-care things like getting massages, exercise, and connecting with people who lift my spirits, I'm equally fantastic at avoiding conflict, or identifying what's not wor... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:17:25 EST Starting & Supercharging Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888150 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1476430879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So excited about this A-HA I had to share. <BR> <BR> I led my last two practice clients through guided meditations where I asked them to really experience being in their desired state. <BR> <BR> Today my brain connected the dots in that we actually have to spend time IN our desired state to not only start the process of transformation but to *supercharge* it as well. <BR> <BR> Spending time in our desired sta... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:12:28 EST Life Coaching School! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886380 Last week I took a leap of faith and signed up for coaching school. I chose to go with the Transformational Coaching Method program for my certification and am so excited for this next phase of my journey. <BR> <BR> What I love about coaching is that it's a collaborative adventure. Coach and client work together every step of the way. <BR> <BR> Homework from the first week was to create foundational principles for our coaching practice, and I'd like to share mine with you. <BR> <BR> We, a... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:04:57 EST Loving Myself Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878064 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l521837771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Starting on 2/23, I'll be participating in the Water Challenge put on by Christina at <link>lovingmyselfchallenge.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is perfectly aligned with my desire to get back to basics here on SP. There will be daily prizes and giveaways, so I invite you to join in! Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:27:33 EST Spark Restart :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876758 It's been almost a year since I've been active here. I did some amazing things in that time (ninja warrior! powerlifting!) but I'm ready to get back to basics (again hehe). <BR> <BR> One of my 2015 goals is to do a powerlifting competition without having to do a water/carb manipulation cut the week of. That means I have to lose about 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> The word of the week is FOCUS. My plan for this week is: <BR> <BR> - Weigh myself on Wednesday, 2/18 <BR> - Use MFP to track calories every... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:38:12 EST 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