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/ 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 ... 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" cree... 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 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