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Californians, please vote!
6/3/2014 12:39:56 PM,  5 COMMENTS

And since I've been working in ballot processing, here is my two cents' worth of advice: please follow the instructions and vote correctly. The write-...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

Beginners Guide to Best Nutritional Practices for Peak Performance Food as Fuel
5/26/2014 6:11:44 PM,  1 COMMENTS

If you have ever trained for a marathon or even a half marathon, you have probably tinkered with your food already. When we ask our bodies to m...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

After 5 years and a bunch of pounds later, here I am
5/21/2014 12:03:09 AM,  11 COMMENTS

I think it was 5 years ago that I joined Sparkpeople, although I can't be sure. Time is flying! I lost a total of 97 pounds, became an athlete, ran...  Read more

JUST_SIMONE

Moving on to yoga, treadmill, and tennis.
5/20/2014 12:32:43 AM,  4 COMMENTS

I did a good number of workouts to begin with for my most recent round of p90x/insanity hybrid, and I have been playing tennis regularly too. O...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

New Workout Round Started
4/21/2014 6:11:38 PM,  3 COMMENTS

Today have started a new round of p90x/Insanity hybrid and set the macros in the SparkPeople food tracker to 40% carbs 40% protein and 20% good fats...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

Article on struggling with food issues
4/1/2014 4:19:20 PM,  8 COMMENTS

I wanted to share this excellent article about struggling with food issues. How I Lost 60 Pounds Without Dieting Or Eliminating Food Groups by...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

Rule #11
2/15/2014 1:43:29 PM,  7 COMMENTS

I had an epic fail yesterday. I ate well all day, went for a long walk, drank my water, went and worked in my storage unit for a while... and th...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

The Rules (which I have NOT been following)
2/7/2014 1:10:30 PM,  8 COMMENTS

Thanks to BEAUTIFUL_REINA for asking a question in her blog that made me think about the things that help me succeed in weight loss. I needed this rem...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

Now THIS is a bruise!
1/13/2014 3:40:27 PM,  11 COMMENTS

Update on my fall at the gym on the 7th of January. Here is how my leg looks today, the 13th: Look, I'm a rainbow! 437 It looks pr...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

Humiliation at the gym
1/8/2014 5:56:15 PM,  19 COMMENTS

Yesterday I was feeling really tired, with a scratchy throat. With a potential cold coming on, I really thought about skipping the gym, but I talked m...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

21 done...
1/7/2014 12:54:14 PM,  2 COMMENTS

14. True or false: I like the way I look. Elaborate. True…BUT…I am way overweight. Thank goodness for the New Year. I’m turning the tide. I feel...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

#11, #12, #13 Hold on Loosely...no pushing necessary.
12/7/2013 4:35:32 PM,  2 COMMENTS

11. How often do you participate in physical activity and for how long each time? Are you satisfied with that? My main goal is to workout 6 days a...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

#10 ...Well I don't know If I'd call myself
12/4/2013 9:43:58 PM,  3 COMMENTS

10. What are the ways in which you are "slippery" and might cheat yourself in your efforts to reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge? W...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

#9 I am the center of my world...for sure.
12/3/2013 7:14:04 PM,  2 COMMENTS

9. What supports do you need in your life to help you reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge? Do you have those supports? What undermines...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

#7  No gym No trainer...ok some gym
12/2/2013 8:04:41 PM,  3 COMMENTS

7. What is your least favorite physical activity overall? at the gym? Explain. I usually do 30 minutes of cardio on 3 machines…the really hard s...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

#6 Not a big lifter.
11/30/2013 2:40:06 PM,  2 COMMENTS

6. What is your favorite physical activity overall? at the gym? Explain. I usually like cardio over lifting. I guess I am a bit of an introvert...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

#4, & #5 Brain Power
11/29/2013 6:49:50 PM,  2 COMMENTS

4. What motivates you to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle? As I type right now I have been suffering from the flu. I am just starting to i...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

#3 The J. O. B.
11/27/2013 8:29:54 PM,  3 COMMENTS

What is your big picture, long-term goal? Why is this goal the one you work towards? My big picture long term goal is for my life to be fun and...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

#2 learning to enjoy the ride
11/26/2013 10:42:05 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Imagine you have met your new short- or medium-term goal or challenge. What would you like to say happened for you while you were working toward that...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

#1 2014 is all about EXECUTION especially in my business.
11/25/2013 1:17:35 PM,  4 COMMENTS

1. Have you set a new short- or medium-term goal or challenge recently? Do you have a goal or challenge that you have been working on for a while? Wha...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

3 Week Blog Challenge
11/24/2013 5:06:49 PM,  3 COMMENTS

Better late than never! I am taking up DogLady13's challenge and doing this challenge. I love to write, so it looks like something I will follo...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

Protein vs. Carbs for Breakfast?
11/23/2013 1:32:15 AM,  13 COMMENTS

My "normal" breakfast is mostly carbs - oatmeal or high fiber cereal, banana and coffee. However, this week, I have been having all-protein brea...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

Roar!
11/19/2013 7:26:46 PM,  8 COMMENTS

One of these days I'll actually write something inspiring. In the meantime, here is another AWESOME link - watch the video to the end! If You Did...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

Chair Yoga Videos
11/5/2013 1:03:58 PM,  6 COMMENTS

Here is a link to some really excellent chair yoga videos I found on Youtube by Mindful Chair Yoga. www.youtube.com/user/MindfulChairYoga G...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

Brazilian Style (fat clothes vs. the bikini)
10/21/2013 4:44:47 PM,  8 COMMENTS

When I was at my heaviest, Lane Bryant was my favorite shop. I wore oversize styles that would hang in straight lines, not hug my body or wrinkle arou...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

Inspiring women: 95 year old yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch
10/20/2013 3:00:59 PM,  4 COMMENTS

This woman is absolutely one of my heroes. Maybe if I practice for the next 40 years, I can be like this at 95 too! (Be patient, the page takes a...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

So you think you can't do yoga?
10/19/2013 8:18:06 PM,  11 COMMENTS

Check out these amazingly beautiful photos of a "large bodied" woman doing yoga. Yes, I said BEAUTIFUL. www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10907/i-am-a-yog<...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

Cool blog about body image and yoga and stuff and junk
10/14/2013 11:34:16 PM,  1 COMMENTS

I read a great blog today about yoga, weight, strength, how we perceive ourselves, and a whole bunch of other stuff that comes up while reading. ...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

First 5K practice run a success!
9/27/2013 2:24:40 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Yesterday I did my first practice run (OK, jog/walk) for the upcoming 5K Color Run October 19th, which I shilled in my previous blog. I felt so b...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

The Color Run 5k - Ventura, CA - Oct 19, 2013
9/24/2013 1:33:17 AM,  6 COMMENTS

Anyone interested in joining me for this event? It looks like big fun!!! Not only that, we get $5 off the event fee if we have a team of 4+. I'm...  Read more

MOVEITMARY

I juiced a Watermelon and I think I'll do it Again!
8/24/2013 4:50:59 PM,  6 COMMENTS

http://www.livestrong.com/article/260036-b
enefits-of-juicing-watermelon/ http://youtu.be/qwH42SuJk7c I watched a couple videos on You...  Read more

ALFA_SUNSHINE

Living & Maintaining
6/15/2013 10:50:28 AM,  5 COMMENTS

Sorry I've been AWOL for a bit, just been off living & maintaining. I've recently realized that I've been "maintaining" (plus or minus 10 lbs) a 60 l...  Read more

BRILLIANTAQUA

Beans are a go!
5/18/2013 9:27:40 AM,  4 COMMENTS

So after the cheese debacle I decided to eat comforting foods that would hopefully make me feel better. I couldn't even really stand the thought of c...  Read more

BRILLIANTAQUA

Cheese Hangover
5/17/2013 9:46:45 AM,  2 COMMENTS

So, I tested it last night. I had some habanero jack (my favorite), some Jarlsberg reserve, and some habanero cheddar (just spotted it at Whole...  Read more

BRILLIANTAQUA

Aftermath
5/16/2013 3:14:47 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Thanks for the comments about the decrease in meds...I'm super excited! I'm also happy that others are trying it out and having great success with th...  Read more

BRILLIANTAQUA

Whole24?, Summary
5/14/2013 9:50:45 AM,  5 COMMENTS

Well, I've decided to end it early (for a variety of reasons). On Sunday, I moved towards a more traditional Paleo plan (which does include honey, ag...  Read more

BRILLIANTAQUA

Whole30, Day 23
5/10/2013 11:50:52 AM,  3 COMMENTS

So, I wasn't going to post today because I'm feeling tired & a little like I need to hibernate, but then something kinda cool happened this morning......  Read more

BRILLIANTAQUA

Whole30, Day 22
5/9/2013 1:00:30 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Ok, my fussiness is largely gone. I still want to experiment with things, but I'm cool with waiting a week. It's not like I'm going to just go crazy...  Read more

BRILLIANTAQUA

Whole30, Day 21
5/8/2013 2:18:59 PM,  2 COMMENTS

A week & a little bit left! I think I'm going through the need to nap all the time phase again (from days 5-6) after my off-plan day last week. I sl...  Read more

BRILLIANTAQUA

Whole30, Day 20
5/7/2013 6:58:13 PM,  3 COMMENTS

So sleepy today after lunch (I think I ate too much in preparation for rock climbing). I was supposed to do more climbing today, but I'm so sleepy th...  Read more

BRILLIANTAQUA

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