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In Sorrento, Italy on our honeymoon.Engagement photosHappy Thanksgiving!I really need to start making the scale go down and not up. This photo is a bit of a wakeup call (I'm the tall one on the right). I look pudgy and droopy. Time to track food for real and naybe buy a better bra!Nothing like a great pair of new shoes for instant motivation!Apparently 2 someones think I'm gorgeous. I'll take it!At my daughter's 2nd birthday party, May 2016Just finished my workout. Felt great!Yesterday - so close to 10k!Practicing single legged squats while waiting for my allergy shot. #multitasking #getthoserepsin3 day streak of meeting my 10k steps. Let's try for 4!Cleared by the physical therapist to try running again! First time in at least 6 months, probably longer. Tiring but felt good!So ... I am 40 cals over my goal for today. But I had the following successes:
- exercised for 66 minutes, including my first jog in over 6 months
- reached 10k steps for the 4th day in a row
- forewent chocolate cupcakes for dessert on favor of tea and fruit
- AND lost 1.4 lbs since Monday.
I'd call that a successful day!A good day for stepping!Another jog!Standing desk today in an effort to get to my 10k step goal. It doesn't add much, but every little bit counts. #getupstandupWay too tempted to eat the peep off one of these cupcakes in the breakroom. Send encouragement. #staystrong #justsaynoVictory yesterday! I love when it flashes green to show I reached my goal!Walked, didn't drive, to the farmers' market. You find beautiful things when you walk!
Thanks to the spring 5% weight loss challenge and especially my Fitbit workweek hustle challenge for inspiring me.Look who I saw on today's walk around the office complex! #everylittlebitcountsDelicious healthy lunch: romaine salad with broccoli and radish sprouts and blue cheese, topped with salmon. Oil and vinegar dressing. Fruit for dessert. All produce from farmer's market. Yum!Vacation in Puerto VallartaThat moment when you're over your calories for the day, and then you realize you forgot to track a 45 minute walk ... And you're within calories again!Another 1.1 lbs down. Slow and steady reaches the goal!Present from my husband! 😍Question: here is my weight tracker from the app. How do I get everything before April 1 to disappear? I'm doing well since I've recommitted but would like to make the old weight gain stop showing up (on my body, too, but for now just asking about the graph). TIA!Well, didn't win my workweek hustle challenge, but I'm on the podium!Survived a trip to McDonald's and still on track!Beautiful hike with the family enjoying the last of California's super bloom and ocean views!Ready for a beach bike ride and lunch with an ocean view!Healthy, protein-pqcked lunch of poke, seaweed salad, and brown rice at the halfway point of my beach bike ride! 🚴🚴🚴Refreshing grapefruit mint water with ingredients from my garden.Hey, look! I didn't want the rest of my cereal so I didn't finish it! That's huge for me!
In other news, cold cereal isn't a very good breakfast for me. I need to be better about preparing breakfast the night before: baked oatmeal, chia pudding, or something else that fits my breakfast criteria of slightly sweet, cereal-y, but also protein packed.Summer is coming!!! (But I didn't buy any peaches today - they'll be far more delicious next week.)Somehow convinced that I look chubbier around the midsection today than yesterday. Couldn't have happened, right?Healthy and fresh lunch in the spring sunshine!Searing grouper for dinner. We usually have salmon - hope this is yummy!Mid-walk treat from my favorite coffee shop. Cold-brewed coffee with about 1 oz of half and half = 39 calories of delicious refreshment.Phew! Swimming is one of the best (and most exhausting) full body workouts I can think of!My hard work has been paying off this month! Down 4.5 lbs.Shabbat dinner!Seasonal fruit bowl on the counter!Such a beautiful day for a walk! Here is one house we saw on our way. Gorgeous roses, perfect weather!These shorts were too tight to wear comfortably a month ago; now they fit great! #NSV Next step, tighter abs too!Today was a great day for stepping!Remains of a delicious brunch eaten al fresco: breakfast sandwich with fried eggs, laughing cow cheese, and Trader Joe's turkey bacon on a whole wheat English muffin. Grapefruit half for "dessert". So satisfying!My daughter was painting with Grandma over the weekend. What a fun fridge we have today!Enjoying some relaxation in the front seat while someone small and cute snoozes in the back :)Getting ready for the week: zucchini and tomatoes for roasting, sweet potato soup in process, and onions and peppers sauteing in the back for thick and hearty black bean soup.Healthy snack under 200 Cal, full of protein and some fat: 2% Fage Greek yogurt with strawberries and cinnamon. 🍓🍓🍓I have been doing Coach Nicole's 12-minute Pilates abs for two days now in order to get rid of some of this bulge. Very sore abs! Let's see if I also get visible results.Canned salmon salad for lunch, eaten with celery instead of a fork. Watermelon for dessert. Lots of protein and healthy fats!Summer fruit is here!!!Back to jogging again! (Ok, intervals.) Over 1 mile, and over my 10,000 steps for the day. Nice and sweaty. #running #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcarePilates abs - day 3!Today's try at a healthy protein m–filled lunch: spinach salad topped with leftover salmon and sprouts, cup of hearty black bean soup with labneh, tangerine.Using my daughter's dance studio time to do my physical therapy leg exercises. Stronger every day!My colorful lunch! #tastetherainbowSnack time!Didn't want to go to the gym but did anyway. 10k steps, 1.5 mi. #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareMushroom soup simmering, and black bean chilaquiles ready to go into the oven. #cincodemayoEmpty gym here today on Cinco de Mayo. But I showed up! #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareSo close to winning this challenge! Do I have 4000 more steps in me before 10pm?Shabbat Shalom!My old scale (left) stopped taring. Hello shiny new petite friend!Well ... I really wanted to win my work week hustle challenge, but the other ladies were stepping and I just couldn't pull past them. But I beat my personal best! #smallvictoriesBrunch!Yummy treat! Steak salad :)Things I didn't eat today:
- birthday cake
- tortillas and rice from fish tacos
- CUPCAKES! (In a cupcake chandelier too!)
Go me!Workout done, 10k steps reached.
6 min elliptical warm-up
25 min leg exercises and other strength training
23 min jogging intervals + cool down
Phew! 🏃♀️💪🏋️♀️😅👍I got a trophy yesterday! Thanks Jerri and other fellow scarlet dragons!Lunch: poke, Brussels sprouts salad with dates, broccoli salad with ricotta salata. Yum!First outdoor run with couch to 5K app. Run periods were shorter than I have been doing on the treadmill,so I ran into the walk intervals a little bit. If I keep with this program, I'll be doing an all running 5K (or at least 30 minutes straight) in 8 weeks! 🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️
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careI always feel a bit lost when my Fitbit is charging. Hope I don't forget it today - I'm in two different challenges!My family eats cereal for breakfast, but it's not a good breakfast for me: too many carbs, two little protein, and too easy to overindulge. Today: baked oatmeal! Packed with Greek yogurt, eggs, and protein powder, as well as healthy carbs and fiber from oats and coconut, plus chia seeds and flaxseed meal, it's a great, filling breakfast that keeps me going until lunch.Afternoon treat for only eating 2 bites of the kids' Nutella crepe.Because of spark and my Fitbit challenges, I forced the kids to walk (not drive) to and from the farmers' market. Healthy and fun for everyone! And I am almost at 10k steps!No run today, but 7 miles on stationary bike. #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareYum!Couch to 5k day 2. Harder than last time!Look what I found at the supermarket today! Cherries are here!Not sure what this flashy green screen means on my Fitbit app, but I know that I like it!Lunch prepped for tomorrow's long day at work: big salad with salmon, cherries, assorted veggies, fruit, cheese, and yogurt. Yum!I bonked on my evening walk - ran out of blood sugar (I guess I didn't have enough dinner!), but I did get an award!
And, now I'm within my calories!Workout time truncated due to preschool mother's day festivities. But they were super cute! Now for an extra fast workout.Fastest run pace 5.5! I prefer to run outside, but there's something to be said for the consistency of the treadmill. #runningI'm officially down to 180.5, which is below my official pre-pregnancy weight. Down a total of 6.5 lbs. Still have more weight to lose, but can't blame on the kids!
This is the first time in over a decade that I have really felt I can make a difference in my weight. What an amazing feeling!I'm currently leading in my workweek hustle Fitbit challenge. (Enjoying it while it lasts!) #fitbit #10kstepsI won one!Goofy curly hair after an evening jog! I got to go while my husband and relatives cleaned up from mother's day dinner. Aww. Couch to 5k day 3.
#sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareThe benefit of hosting mother's day dinner is leftovers for lunch the next day!
- salmon topped with pesto and pistachios
- beet salad with parsley and feta
- roasted asparagus
- fruit salad
I also made walnut raisin bread, but there were no leftovers of the loaf! (And strawberry pie, but didn't bring that to work 😋
Happy belated mother's day, everyone!Excited and inspired to see a runner shaped like me on an ad for Women's Running magazine. Maybe I can be a real runner after all!Low on time and couldn't make it to the gym, but I fit in Coach Nicole's 12-minute Pilates abs and 9-minute arms and shoulders workouts. I definitely feel the burn!Chicken prepped and ready to stick in the oven before this afternoon's workout. Healthy dinner for the week: ✅Crêpe at the farmers market: lunch of champions!View from my treadmill today. C25k day 4. Fastest run pace 5.6 mph. Made me perversely proud to see I was faster (when running) than the people on either side of me. #runningLunch was yummy - a Mexican-style salad with carne asada, brown rice, beans, a little cheese, and lots of salsa. But I'm full, so instead of finishing it, I'm going to save the rest for later. #smallvictoriesWas at work from 8am-8pm but still managed to get 10k steps and stay within calories! #winning #smallvictoriesMy royal walking partner for this morning's trip to the library and grocery store.So, I bought a bra online. Now it's a little weird that every time I look at Spark on my computer (even at work), I get images of bras. Um ... Healthy treat for lunch: spicy poke!Beautiful run today - my first on the strand since my surgery. (It's concrete - hard on knees.) feels great so far. Can't believe I get to exercise in such a gorgeous place! This is why I want to run!Happy birthday to my daughter! I may be on a mission to eat healthier, but I can still make a beautiful cupcake for my daughter's birthday. (I'll sample it but will try hard not to finish mine.)Had one bite of cupcake (plus the tastes of whipped cream I snitched while frosting). Now here's my delicious dessert.Today's healthy goals:
- eat within my calories, preferably at the low end of the range
- get 10k steps to win my five (!!!) Fitbit Goal Day challenges
- wear lots of sunscreen and don't get burned at the beach! ⛱⛱😎😎☀️☀️🌊🌊Breakfast!Treats for everyone! (Mine is the coffee :)
note - my kids don't have treats all that often, but I really do believe that in order to form a healthy relationship with food, they should eat 80-90% healthy (which we do at home) and then truly enjoy the treats they get, with no guilt.I feel a bit self conscious about wearing this form fitting dress, but it's a hit day, and gosh darn it, I'm going to do it anyway! In any case, it's the jewelry that really makes the outfit :)Had one bite of the buttercream frosting (my kryptonite), and said no to the rest! Hadn't planned to have any, but that's how it goes ...Healthy lunch: chicken apple sausage with a big green salad and cut up veggies. Tastes great after saying no to bagels, cake with frosting, and mimosas at a birthday party. My husband's suggested caption: this is what I'm reduced to eating!Today's run was on the greenbelt (wood chip trail). Hot weekend, but not too hot to run at 5pm. C25k week 2 day 3. 🏃🏃🏃 #sweatyselfieExtremely unfocused and unproductive morning. Hoping a chance of scenery and some caffeine will help.Couch to 5k week 2 day 3 repeat. Phew! #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieLook who decided to join me for morning toothbrushing and squats! #morningmultitaskingSummer berries are here!Another Tuesday, another family walk to and from the farmer's market. 🚶🚶🍓🍑🍏🍎🐟🍿☕️🍒🥒🥕🥑🥚🍊🍋 #healthymomI was a rockstar today!Snakes prepped for the workday.Alternative use of the flip belt: it holds my keys when I run, and also holds ice on my injured knee while driving.OK, I love hot dogs as much as the next person, but this is NOT a balanced meal. Where are the freggies?Happy anniversary to my main squeeze! 8 years of marriage today - here's to many many more healthy years to come. ❤Officially out of the 180s and feeling amazing! Now time for my workout.Couch to 5k Week 3 day 1. Runs are now 3 min long - much more difficult. But I'm progressing! #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareGorgeous and healthy lunch of leftover salmon over a green salad with sprouts, radishes, and sprouted lentils. 😋Off to San Francisco!A wonderful first day of our trip. Here's to day two!What a beautiful breakfast at this B&B! (There's also breads, quiche, cottage cheese, etc.)Today was a great day for stepping!Good morning! Back from our short vacation and back to eating sensibly and mindfully and fitting in bursts of exercise when I can. (And no more 25k step journeys across San Francisco, waah!) #morningmultitaskingHappy Memorial Day! First day of the summer season here in the US!Booyah! (Ok, it helps that I chose a heavy walking weekend for this challenge, but still!)It doesn't photograph well, but overnight, this will turn into delicious chocolate peanut butter Chia pudding for breakfast tomorrow.Here's what overnight chia pudding looks like in the morning (with strawberries). Yum!Farmers market day treat!Leftovers of a delicious and healthy dinner: seared salmon; salad with sprouts, raw turnip, and blue cheese; and red carrots. Not pictured: tomato soup (from a can - what can you do?).Had sort of a grumpy day. Over calories, despite eating only good choices, and under my 10,000 steps. But I know how to fix that! #letsdothis #gymratandproud #runningIn fact, I DO feel better! Endorphins FTW! Couch to 5k Week 3 day 2. #running #sweatyselfieMini inspiration board inside a picture frame I made at moms' camp. The text around the side is hard to read, but it says. "I will run a 5k in 2017!"I clean up good and can totally impersonate a competent professional. I am really convinced my waist is more defined than the last time I wore this :) #smallvictoriesSo weird - I realized today that the gym is actually my happy place!I'm still hungry after a small dinner, so I'm having a healthy protein packed dessert: Greek yogurt with cocoa powder and Splenda stirred in, topped with strawberries. Tastes decadent, but full of healthy ingredients.Some new bathing suits and summer dresses. Hope they fit! (And several hundred dollars with of food ...) #costcoLunch for two al fresco! (Canned salmon salad, veggies, fruit, iced tea.)My fave summer snack: cottage cheese with fresh fruit, sprinkled with sprouted lentils.Couch to 5k Week 3 day 3. This was hard - I think I didn't eat enough beforehand and bonked during my cooldown. But I'm proud of myself for doing it!Very excited about tonight's salad, which feature spinach, strawberries, pistachios, radish sprouts, and red onions soaked in icewater to remove the bite. Also chicken and fresh corn! Shabbat shalom!Another workweek, another workweek hustle won. These small rewards help when the scale doesn't change!Physical therapy drills completed while waiting for kids to leave the synagogue! #multitaskingDoggie cake in process for tomorrow's birthday party for my daughter!Stretching after #running. Couch to 5K week three day two, but I was focusing on longer runs - up to six minutes – and slower runs. Still felt very hard today, possibly because I didn't take a rest day in between runs.Lots of energetic dancing at tonight's Bar Mitzvah reception! Phew!Wanted to post a different shot so you could see both the awesome Fosse-esque hat (a dancing prop given out at the party) as well as my fabulous necklace and awesome cleav. I so rarely get to embrace the low neckline look these days!Happy third birthday to Mila, who loved her doggie cake! Gym bag packed so I can fit in a workout after work! Healthy snacks packed too! And leftover cake to feed my co-workers and get it out if the house!Fresh and healthy treat for lunch!Intervals! I was cleared to register for a 5k, so I ran for a longer distance - 5 min running, 2-3 min walking recovery. #running #sweatyselfieHealthy snacks and dinner prepared for a long day at work!This made me smile. Hope it does the same for you. Have a wonderful weekend, Spark brothers and sisters!Quick and healthy treat before the gym. #pokeloverToday I learned why is a bad idea to go for a jog right after lunch. Uurgh! Jog cut short. #sweatyselfie Maybe I'll fit in another run later tonight, but more likely tomorrow.A breakfast worthy of a restaurant! Whole wheat English muffin, laughing cow light cheese, sunny side up eggs, and lox topped with sprouts.My goal is 10k steps/day. I've hit that goal every day since May 16! #streakpowerThe best cure for a bad mood? A run! 3.1 miles of intervals not counting warm-up and cool down. 5k here I come! #running #sweatyselfieNeed inspiration to exercise?Lunch for one al fresco: tuna salad eaten with fresh veggies instead of a fork, fresh seasonal fruit, iced tea.Want a great motivation boost? Try listening to the theme music of your favorite adventure movies or TV shows! Who doesn't feel like a bad-ass when working out to the Indiana Jones or A Team theme song?Beautiful run on the beach! 4-6 min runs, 2 min walks. 3 miles. #running sweatyselfieCorn chowder on deck for dinner. Once the veggies are sauteed, I'll add the broth.Corn chowder, lemon balsamic chicken, roasted cauliflower. Dinner is served! (With plenty of leftovers for the week ahead :) 😋How's this for motivation? I REGISTERED FOR MY FIRST 5K!!!!Well, I WAS enjoying my salad until I discovered a bug in it! I think I may have eaten one, too (sudden unexpected bitter taste). PSA: always wash and check your lettuce thoroughly, especially if it's organic! #hazardsofhealthyeatingHealthy habit: if I'm needlepointing or knitting while watching TV, my hands are busy and I'm not snacking! Working on the background of this beauty.I ended up with an active day yesterday and then went a little nuts because Spark was down for maintenance and I couldn't post about it. 😂 #addictedtospark #thestruggleisreal
Hope this success carries forward into a good morning weigh in!Determined to have an efficient morning and both finish my report and fit in a run before preschool pickup. We can do it!Another beach run! Only 2.77 miles including warm up, but I'm confident I can do the whole 3.1 (5k). I actually passed another runner (then she passed me back, ah well.) 13 min mi run pace.Delicious and healthy fresh veggie salad!Goals for today:
- make progress on grading for class
- clean up house
- cook a healthy dinner
- exercise - strength training or cross-training
- 10k steps
- track all food and stay below 1800 calories
- no nighttime snackingFresh summer bounty for lunch!Nuff said!Arms and legs, worked out. Look at all that beautiful sweat! #sweatyselfie #crosstrainingPosting photos of dessert as a proxy for eating it :)Advantages of nighttime walks:🌙🚶♀️
- fresh night air and time to decompress from the day🎑🌙🌘
- exercise points so I'm not over my calories for the day 😎😎😎
- being out walking means I'm not home snacking 🚫🍰🍭🍪
- hopefully I'll win this week's Workweek Hustle Fitbit challenge :) 🥇🏅🏆Sharing my breakfast with Maggie the dog, lambie, and baby robot!Healthy and active family fun day at the beach!10k steps daily for 40 day streak!What do you call the main meal of the day when eating at 4 PM? How about, delicious? Fried eggs over a bed of steamed spinach, and leftover ground bison and lentils.Another run on the beach. 5k in just 7 days! (My phone died partway through, so I took this photo after I got home.) #running #sweatyselfieEpic summer day spent playing, walking, biking, and running at the beach. Happy summer, everyone!I was craving coleslaw the other day, so I made some! Sausage on the side for protein, and of course some fresh fruit for dessert.Despite my overall lassitude today and the frustration of being stuck in a plateau, this weekend I won a hard-fought weekend warrior challenge. Thanks to all my fellow dragon competitors! #smallvictoriesFinally off to the gym. Only 80 min later than planned. But should still have time for strength training for upper body and core, and for speed work for running. We can do it!Intervals! (Surges workout on Runkeeper): 5.5 mph fast pace (30 sec), 2 min recovery at 4.2 mph (still a slow jog for me). Faster and stronger every day! 🏃🏃🏃
Workout also included 5 min rowing warm-up, and 20 min of upper body and abs strength training. 💪💪🏋️♀️🏋️♀️
#sweatyselfie #running #gymhairdontcare #sweatisfatmeltingAdded bonus of working out in the afternoon: I shower after dinner, which means I don't need to shower in the morning. So I get a few more minutes to hang around in my jammies. (check out my awesome pajama shirt, left over from my college days)Cottage cheese, fruit, and cereal for breakfast!Avocado toast with lox. #lunchspiration I should remember I can make this at home too (but should add more protein :)Farmers' market day! The best day of the week! (And we walk there = over 10k steps and it's only 3pm)Lunch for tomorrow: check! Way healthier and more delicious than anything in the commissary!Woke up this morning feeling sore from yesterday's workout. But today I need to do a morning jog. Totally unmotivated. Quick, someone day something that will fire me up!Who cares if I didn't lose this week? Just ran 1.5 miles at 4.6 mph, walked half a mile to recover, ran 1.1 mile at 4.5 mph. That is the most I have ever run, EVER. 5K here I come!Saw duckies while coming out of the gym! Now that's unusual!A good day in step-land!Workout complete! Hip hop dance (50 min, fun but not as good of a workout as I'd hoped), 20 min running speed work, 14 min strength. Phew! #sweatyselfie #runningWeight lost! At last! Probably a result of using a different scale and I didn't actually lose 5.9 lbs overnight, but I'll take it! This is the motivational boost I needed!Morning hike!Over 10,000 steps, and found three geocaches with my son while on vacation. A great day! And if you haven't tried it, geocaching is a really fun way to get your steps in.Tomorrow is race day! Up at 5:30 to be there at 6:30 for a 7:30 start time for the Manhattan Beach 5K. my first 5K! So nervous and excited!About to start my first 5k!First 5k completed! 41:13.17. A personal record. The medal is a cookie!Post race breakfast of champions.Post race breakfast of champions.Well ... over calories today due to mismanaging food after the race. I was just so hungry! But LOTS of physical activity, and a successful 5k completion, so I'll consider today a success even if it wasn't a weight loss day. And I tracked all my food, too! Back on the wagon and within calories tomorrow!Beach-bound in my new tankini with healthy picnic lunch in tow! Goals for today:
- stay within calories, include protein and fats in every meal
- over 10k steps
- don't get sunburned!
Regularly scheduled exercise (and work) resumes tomorrow.My kids had ice cream at the beach. My treat? 7 ounces of plain Greek yogurt mixed with cocoa powder and Splenda, topped with strawberries. Delicious and packed full of protein!Lunch for tomorrow! Canned salmon salad, coke slaw, fruit, veggies, other snacks.32 min of intervals: fast speed 5.7 mph, slow speed 4.2 mph. Getting stronger and faster every day! #sweatisfatcrying #sweatyselfie #running #gymhairdontcareGot to take a walk on the Disney studio lot today. Pretty cool place, even in 90 degree heat!How do you keep your avocado toast safe? Put lox on it!How do you keep your avocado toast safe? Put lox on it!Picking up kids after a great full body workout at physical therapy.Pure summer happiness: fresh local peaches, apricots, and cherriums!Been feeling slim and attractive in my serious business dress today! #NSVNot much time to work out today, so I did 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training. Top running speed 7 mph. Faster than I have ever gone before! Faster and stronger every day! #running #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareMy dining companions. Thursdays are adventure days! Today, the bones museum.Many, many thanks to those who have commented on my blog, what do you do on your bad days? I'm not sure where you all found it! But I really value knowing that people have read it and that it has resonated. Thank you again! Here's how it makes me feel:2 miles of intervals on the treadmill at PT. The therapist says my form is good, even at fastest speed! #running #sweatyselfieTuna, coleslaw, and the cutest little personal watermelon for lunch!I may be fluctuating upward this week in terms of weight, but I did some great stepping!Potato, zucchini, and feta frittata. A very satisfying vegetarian meal!Oatmeal cottage cheese blueberry pancakes and fresh summer fruit!I live in paradise! Also a great place for a jog :) Faster and stronger every day! (My first outdoor jog in a while, and I probably snacked too soon beforehand. Lesson learned. Oof!)Beautiful weather on my walk with my brother. Unfortunately everyone else in Santa Monica seemed to have the same idea! 😎🌴🏖🎡🎢Yesterday: along but amazing day with my brother in which I had two great restaurant meals, probably went over calories, but also walked more than 12 miles. Today: a walk to the beach and back, followed by a family barbecue. Lots of fun stuff, but I am committed to tracking all food and staying within calories today!Chicken with homemade cherry whiskey barbecue sauce, and grilled corn. Not pictured: coleslaw, homemade guacamole, and Jell-O mold made with real fruit juice. Happy Fourth of July!Feeling a little "hangover" after the festivities of a four-day weekend. But today starts with a healthy breakfast and gets better from there!Taking the stairs down to lunch instead of the elevator. Every little bit counts! #fitbit #gottaget10kIn our house, even the stuffed animals start the day off with a healthy breakfast. What did you have for breakfast?Full body circuits!I was planning to jog on the treadmill, but I couldn't resist the call of the beach!Treated myself to poke for lunch! Healthy and delicious (though I actually prefer nontraditional salmon poke to ahi tuna).My running shoe company endorsed me as an athlete! (OK, it's a gimmick, but a fun one. I love seeing myself this way!)5k in 45 minutes of fartleks. I've always wanted to do a fartlek! Faster and stronger every day! #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfie #runningFeeling tired, but so happy and peaceful after a great weigh in and an even better run. Endorphins are real, and they are amazing!
I'm teaching tomorrow, which is tough on a summer Saturday, but plan to spend Sunday by the pool to see the new house of some old friends. Hope you have a wonderful weekend planned too!Veggies sautéing for a variation on shakshuka. Next step is to crack eggs in the pan and let them poach. Top with feta cheese if desired. Fresh and yummy!The shakshuka was amazing! Side dish of roasted cauliflower too.Beautiful! Found this sign during the cool down of my beach run.Beach run! So tired after teaching and a poor night of sleep, and it was hot, but I still got out and did it! #runningReady for another hot day tomorrow! Cold brew coffee steeping, grapefruit water prepared, overnight oats ready and waiting for breakfast. Gym on the agenda tomorrow. Over calories for today, but let's let bygones be bygones. Monday, here I come!World's easiest (and most beautiful) summer soup, cold borscht. Combine:
- 4 cans whole beets (with liquid)
- 4 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups apple juice
Blend until smooth. Season with salt, pepper, dill (preferably fresh), and caraway seeds. Serve over chopped cucumbers, hard boiled egg, radish, and/or avocado. A delicious dinner (serve alongside a protein like chicken). My Russian husband says it tastes just like the cold borscht of his childhood!Lunch! Leftover shakshuka (basically vegetable hash) with an egg on top, English muffin, nectarine. I have been hungry all morning, but this should do the trick!Can you read it? Wake up and frolic!Was having kind of a down day, but a nice sweaty bike ride turned around my mood. My longest in years! #sweatisfatcrying #biking #endorphinsFTWParenting is a lesson in picking your battles, interspersed with moments like this. We enjoyed our outdoor art day! Hope you are having a wonderful day too!Avocado toast with sardines!After a full day with the kids (and a very hot day too) I'm completely wrung out! But will try to do my leg exercise set this evening, and maybe some abs, for some light strength training.Pan-searing fresh salmon and yellow squash. Le yum!The full dinner: cold borscht over chopped egg, radish, and celery; seared salmon and squash; simple green salad with cherry tomatoes; and cut up veggies (mostly to ensure the kids will eat a vegetable, since they didn't touch the soup, salad, or squash). Served with homemade pumpernickel bread and butter, and iced tea. Summer dining at its finest (and everything was prepared in about 15 minutes, too)!Farmers' market bounty: peaches, mango nectarines, and grapefruits from our own tree. #deliciousdailymoment13x1 intervals. Fastest speed 6mph, fastest slow speed 4.4 mph (though I did slow to a walk for some slow intervals towards the end). Faster and stronger every day! #running #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareOops! I usually keep silverware in the top part of my lunch bag, but looks like I grabbed my son's bag today and found preschool art there instead :)Bougainvillea on my evening walk - an antidote to horrible LA traffic.Sometimes I make dinner into a BFD. (In our house that stands for "breakfast for dinner.") two fried eggs, English muffin with laughing cow light cheese, half a tomato courtesy of our neighbor's garden. Cherries for dessert.Worked up quite a sweat with an at-home full body strength workout courtesy of the Biggest Loser Challenge Indigo Shuffle! Go Scarlet Dragons! 🐲🐉🔥💪🏆🏅
#sweatyselfieCottage cheese and fruit for breakfast. But honestly, I am getting a little tired of it. What do you eat for breakfast?Ran about 2.8 mi (4.2 mph, sprint at end) without stopping. I'm ready for my next 5k! Faster, stronger, and more endurance every day! #running #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare
PS Spark, please add a fitness entry for running slower than 6 mph but not intervals! Make me feel like my slow running is still legitimate!Canned salmon salad and accoutrements for lunch! #deliciousdailymomentsSomething tells me this challah doesn't want to go into the oven! Shabbat Shalom!Breakfast! Looks exactly the same as Thursday night dinner :-)New summery sundress - a hand-me-down from a friend. Perfect for a summer Sunday by the pool! Now I just need a thick belt to emphasize my waist. Photo courtesy of my 3 year old :)Phew! Awesome day of swimming in a friend's pool (lots of treading water for deep end volleyball). I am exhausted! Hoping I have 7000 more steps in me whole cleaning the house and resetting for Monday to reach my goal.After a brisk evening walk, goal met! Now if only I could figure out why Runkeeper keeps dying on me ... #10kstepstreakLilies of the Nile at the end of a 3.1 mi beach run. I got tired toward the end, but definitely ran about 85% of the way!I have got to start packing my lunch to take to work. But for now, this is a pretty healthy option: brown rice poke bowl, cut up veggies (those are from home), iced tea.Had the nerve to wear a short skirt to work today. I like how it shows off my stems!Instead of snacking before bed, I did a brief full body workout! Stronger every day! 💪🏆🏋 #sweatyselfieRelaxing with ice after a vigorous physical therapy session, including strength exercises and stationary bike. I ❤ PT! Stronger and fitter every day! 💪🏋🏆🌟 #sweatyselfie
PS Pro tip for fitbit users - you can attach your fitbit to your shoe to get credit for pedaling!Kids weren't excited about the usual lunch choices at home, so I whipped up some smoothie bowls topped with granola, almonds, and chia seeds. Trendy, nutritious, and perfect for a hot day! #momwinWas intending to go for a beach bike ride this morning before work. Instead, I'm here at home, babysitting the plumber. Send me some encouragement so I can meet my goals of a workout and 10k steps today!Plumbing done. One cure for a bad mood coming up!Cure for a grumpy mood? A beach bike ride. 73 minutes and 13 miles of sun and ocean views! Feeling much better now. Faster and stronger every day!Beach views from my bike ride today! I truly live in paradise. #deliciousdailymomentSomehow I missed lunch today. So here's a hearty but healthy snack! #deliciousdailymomentTeeny tiny adorable (and only slightly slug-eaten) strawberries from our own garden!Salad prepped for a long day tomorrow! Greens, tomatoes, black beans, leftover salmon, and leftover squash from dinner. Dressing in an accompanying container. Yummy!Mountain views on my lunchtime walk.Fit in a few minutes of arm exercises -- and 10k steps -- on a very long day. Still over calories due to my skinny cow ice cream treat, but some days, that's just what has to happen. #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieFound an old pair of jeans in my closet. They were very tight a few weeks ago. Now they are totally wearable! #NSVSalad with leftovers for lunch. Le yum. But I miss the blue cheese :)Physical therapy exercises done! Also, I'm up .2 lbs from an afternoon weigh in, which means I most likely actually lost weight! The best part is that for my physical therapy cardio, I'm going to bike on the beach rather than in the PT office. #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieI wasn't feeling it for my job today, so it was mostly walking. But at least I went! Stronger, fitter, and more determined and consistent every day! 💪🏆🏃🎽 #sweatyselfieCheck it out! I reached 100k Spark points! And my 10k steps per day remains unbroken from May 16, even after a tough couple of days. Feeling determined! Stronger and more willpower every day! 💪🏆🏅😎Sitting in a giant Adirondack chair during my class break. Life is good!Yup! Showing up is half the battle!Old behavior: went to get frozen yogurt after class. Not terrible, but lots of sugar and not portion controlled. New behavior: Greek yogurt and a nectarine from home. Healthier, cheaper, more protein, and I don't have to drive to the froyo place = I get home sooner. Win-win-win!Trying something new for a light dinner: turkey wraps with avocado, bell pepper, laughing cow light cheese, and hatch green chile salsa. I think it will be yummy!Trying KT tape to see if it will help with my tennis elbow.World's healthiest picnic!I roasted peaches at 350 for one hour, and will eat them for breakfast with cottage cheese or yogurt. So yummy, and this totally deepens and intensifies the flavor of already sweet and delicious seasonal fruit. #breakfastspirationGood morning! Let's get the day started right!Posted a photoIf only grownups could go to art camp! Summer is the best!Breakfast for lunch!Do you hate your thighs? Don't feel bad! Even this carrot has inner thigh rub 😂 #iloveuglyproduce #farmersmarketMy first try at aquafaba meringues (vegan, fat free, but with lots of sugar). They taste good, but next time I would use a stand mixer to whip the mixture for more, and probably use some cream of tartar to stabilize it as well. Or I might just make meringues using actual egg whites :-)Ran on the wet sand today to be gentler to my knee. The ocean is always beautiful, but the star of today was the cloudy sky! #running Faster and stronger every day!40 push-ups! Stronger every day! And I mind someday soon, arm muscle definition!Daily inspiration! Even this car is telling you to get your workout on! It'll cure what ails you!Quite a colorful haul from today's farmers market!Beach bike ride. Feeling blessed!Another view.Workout complete! Feeling fit and strong. Better every day!Treat time!Beautiful and perfectly symmetrical succulent on my walk today. Also, I am trying walking barefoot to see how that feels.20 min jog without stopping! Plus warmup and a relatively long cooldown. Faster, stronger, and more endurance every day!Date night. Look, Ma, I'm wearing makeup!Today's adventure: California science Center! No official exercise, but I did get almost 7000 steps :-)45 push-ups. Stronger every day!Party at physical therapy today (really!) Live music, shave ice, dancing!29 minutes of intervals. Feels good to get back to running! #running #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieShabbat services on the beach, and the beauty of the setting sun's rays peeking through the clouds. Shabbat Shalom, everyone, and a peaceful and joyous weekend.Colorful breakfast!My sidekick and I are cleaning out the refrigerator. Makes it so much easier to prepare meals when you can find everything!Organized -- and labeled too! Goal accomplished!Booya! 20 min running without stopping. Run pace 12:30/mile (whoa!). #sweatyselfieAll this and 50 push-ups too! 50!Super yummy brunch: avocado toast over fried eggs over sweet potato and pork belly hash. And a victory: I ate moderately and didn't stuff myself! Lots of hash and avocado left over :)Date morning: bike to brunch and back.Oatmeal made with protein powder, topped with peach and strawberry, plus a hard boiled egg. It's what's for breakfast!Lunch! Homemade pressure cooker black bean soup topped with labneh and green onions, and sardine and avocado cabbage wraps. Cut up bell pepper and nectarine on the side. About 550 cal, and it looks like a ton of food! I may not even finish it. And so colorful too!My endorsement check arrived! Thanks Brooks! #professionalathlete #running #goHilarygoLunch al fresco! Black beans and turkey avocado wraps, accompanied by fresh veggies and fruit.Lunch al fresco! Black beans and turkey avocado wraps, accompanied by fresh veggies and fruit.I'm sick, so I didn't jog as I normally would have, but a brisk walk sure felt good! #sweatyselfieIn case you needed more evidence that weight loss doesn't go in a straight line ... but the general trend is in the right direction. That's all that matters! Don't give up!Brisk bike ride + humid weather = lots and lots of sweat! #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieToday my helpers assisted with a delicious quinoa vegetable salad! Now they are excited about eating it!1/8 cup of ice cream. Weighed, measured, and accounted for. Now to enjoy!Long summer day! Highlight was the cutest picnic ever. Hope you enjoyed your day too.Tired at the end of a long day, but still managed to fit in 20 minutes of strength training while watching TV. Didn't want to log zero minutes of exercise! Go Rebels! #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareToday at physical therapy a fellow patient told me I look like an athlete! Best compliment ever. Also, I find that the way to alleviate boredom on the treadmill is intervals. Today I fartleked! #running #sweatyselfieFinished my silly kitty cat hat for my daughter. Knitting keeps my hands busy so I don't snack while watching TV :)Squats done! Every morning.Really great upper body and abs workout today! (I had been planning to go biking, but bikes were all checked out. That's what you call making lemonade out of lemons!) coming soon, upper body muscle definition! Can't stop won't stop! Stronger every day. #sweatyselfieBFL: breakfast for lunch!Found a really pretty walking trail near my in-laws' house!Overnight oats prepped for tomorrow's breakfast. Lunch packed too!Busy Monday morning of a busy week. I'm starting out with a quick trip to the gym. Let's carpe this diem!Run complete! Faster and stronger every day! #sweatyselfieNew (to me) skirt! I think it makes me look slim :)Family dinners are really great. We eat the food and then the plate. 😂 (from an old children's book my parents used to read to me)
Tonight's menu: watermelon soup, leftover shakshuka (eggs on top of vegetable hash)/scrambled eggs for kids, and поджариний картошки (Russian fried potatoes made by our nanny).52 push-ups. A new record!Farmers market is my happy place! The kids love all the produce, especially using the cucumbers as telephones!Nice sweaty stationary bike session at PT. My next to last session! Bittersweet for sure :) #sweatyselfieLong day at work, but I managed to stay within calories AND get in 10k steps, thanks to an evening walk. A successful day!Long day of working with no chance to go for a jog. But! I did a brief arm workout and resisted the siren call of the chocolate ice cream sandwiches. So it's not all bad.Got to do ladder drills today at PT! Just like the athletes!As of today, I am officially down 15.5 lbs. About halfway to goal! Been trying since April - I am certainly in contention for slowest loser. But speed doesn't matter, as long as you're headed in the right direction! #slowestloser #slowandsteadywinstheraceLunch at my desk today as I bust my hump to get ready to go on vacation for a week. But at least it looks pretty healthy!Challah and sautéed vegetables. Not pictured: turkey meatballs, baked peaches with crumble topping, watermelon soup. Shabbat Shalom!My neighbor is growing beautiful sunflowers! I am sick and tired of working, but excited to be leaving for vacation tomorrow! Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!Yesterday's leftover sautéed veggies became the basis for today's veggie scramble. Just add eggs or egg whites, and shredded cheese. I know it doesn't look great, but it was amazing! #recycleyourveggiesRealized that for the first time in years, I won't have to worry about whether my jeans fit after summer is over. Because I lost 15 1/2 pounds this summer! #winning #NSVYummy pea soup at the famous Pea Soup Anderson's in Santa Nella. Driving from LA to Bend, Oregon.You will never believe what happened! We missed our flight and ended up driving up to Oregon (12+ hrs total driving time). Today we are having breakfast at our hotel in Redding, north of Sacramento, and expect to reach our destination around lunchtime. Here's breakfast! Scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and fruit- quite satisfactory!Lunch!Still did my push-ups, even on vacation - my husband was impressed!Sad to be saying goodbye to beautiful Sunriver, Oregon. See you next year!Spent some quality time in the bouncy castle with this one today. Going to count it as trampolining :-) definitely good exercise!Had a chance to try rowing (in a rowboat, not a rowing machine) on this beautifully serene lake. Great exercise!Back from a really great vacation – away from home and away from Spark too! I didn't track my food, and I even had an ice cream cone today. But I was also quite active on my trip. Tomorrow, I will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to exercise, track my food, and meet all my goals. Sometimes we all need a break!Healthy breakfast eaten and tracked. Back from vacation and starting off on the right foot!First run back after vacation!Overnight oats prepped! Tomorrow is going to be a good day. #dailydeliciousmomentWell, yesterday was the first day back from vacation. It went well until dinner time, when I met my girlfriends for book club. At an amazing restaurant. Totally overate. Feeling much heavier than two weeks ago today (I haven't had a chance to weigh myself since I got back). But today is a new day, and a Monday, and a great day to recommit to healthy eating, food tracking, and exercise. Have a wonderful day!All food for the day tracked. And within calories, too (albeit just barely!).Loved my Fitbit so well that the original purple band broke. Hello shiny new pink accessory!New day, starting out with 46 squats!Over 10k steps already today. So this is a well-earned snack! And a table decorated with beautiful fresh blooms.First day of kindergarten!Long day! I didn't get to 10,000 steps, but I did get in a walk and even a few minutes of weights while watching TV. And I'm within calories! It'll be a busy day tomorrow too! Good night!Weight lost over vacation! I finally got a chance to weigh myself (albeit on a different scale) and results are good!Made good food choices today at the fiesta - BBQ tri-tip, grilled corn on the cob, an apple. Proud of myself! Pictured: my and my favorite boy on the ferris wheel.30 min running without stopping. Beautiful breach run on a perfect overcast day. Slow but steady! #running #lappingeveryoneonthecouch #sweatyselfieAt the theatre. In a dress I haven't worn in years. We clean up good!14 miles of bike riding! With a beautiful brunch too :) healthy date morning! 🚴Ingredients for a fresh and healthy summer succotash dish to accompany grilled sausages.Today I went running with my sidekick! She did some great running, and then we brought the stroller for when she was tired. It felt very different running with the stroller! #running #sweatyselfie #fitmamaTotally delicious homemade dinner: yesterday's summer vegetable succotash made into whole wheat three cheese summer vegetable pizza, plus salad. My secret ingredient for the pizza was cottage cheese, which added a lot of protein and not too much fat. Mixing it with a small amount of Parmesan adds a great flavor and a ton of creaminess.Not as much time as I'd like to be on Spark recently, or to exercise. But today my husband referred to me as "my svelte wife!" Going strong!The clouds are beautiful today as I walk the long way around back to my car from a long day at work.So sleepy this morning! But I did a brief pre-shower workout: sit-ups, jumping jacks, squats, wall sit, push-ups. Good morning!Delicious birthday breakfast! That's basil poking out from under the egg.Birthday dinner with my main squeeze. I'm 39 and feeling fine! 🎂
So proud to be 10 lbs less than this time last year, and hoping for more success in 2017! It's a little scary now that my workload has gotten more intense, but I promise myself I'll persevere with food tracking and exercise.Took the day off of tracking yesterday for my birthday party (but I did eat reasonably). I'm back today! Goals: 100% tracking, 10,000 steps, almost finished with my report except for proofreading. Happy Labor Day!Today:
- put the finishing touches on my report and turn it in!!!
- farmers' market with kids
- exercise - in back yard? Kids' club at gym?
- 10k steps - getting a good start on this by walking my son to school this morning
- track 100% of food and stay within calories
Let's go!Lunchtime!Steps accomplished. Report turned in. All food tracked. Day ended within calories. Success! 🏆💪💫🎉
Tomorrow: getting lots of sh*t done before my trip to Dayton, including an actual workout. Hooray!Amazingly beautiful day for a jog! Get out there and do it!
(Thoughts and prayers to all those in the path of a recent out upcoming hurricane ...)Gorgeous breach run today. Well, the first part was running. I bit off more than I could chew, was getting a blister, and walked the rest of the way back. Still. Almost 2 miles running, 4 miles total! #runningExercise completed. Errands done. Time for a delicious poke lunch!I've lost focus the last few weeks, but now school has started, I jogged today, and I'm back and ready to show that flab who's boss. The good news is that I appear to have maintained weight rather than gained over vacation and work week from hell.
From the better late than never files, I also had a great week a few weeks ago! Look at my shiny new badge!Caught a glimpse of myself in my undies in the mirror and thought, you know, I look pretty good! Sometimes I surprise myself when I spontaneously have positive self-talk. #NSV #TMII just love being able to walk my son to kindergarten. So much fun to see the other families, see him interact with the kids, and say hi to the parents. And on a humid day like today, it may be only a brisk walk, but I sure get sweaty!In transit ... Chose healthy Greek yogurt and a banana while en route at O'Hare in Chicago.Used Dayton's bike share program to tour around the city yesterday. Affordable, quick, and healthy too! The city is beautiful!Making the best choices I can at the airport travel lounge. Skipped mac & cheese and clam chowder in favor of salad!Jogged through the O'Hare rainbow tunnel. Not a lot of exercise, but on travel days I'll take what I can get!Ingredients for summer veggie pizza!Busy busy day today! Goals:
- make good good choices, stay within calories
- record ALL food
- 10k steps
My first day of return to normalcy. I can do it!!Beautiful beach jog today! #running #keepingmypromisestomyselfHalf a Fitstar workout while my son watched Wild Kratts. Something is better than nothing! I'll fit the other half in later. #sweatyselfie2nd kid home from school. 2nd TV show. 2nd half of workout! #sweatyselfie #keepingmypromisestomyselfGreat day at Universal Studios with my mom for her bday celebration!Snacks and water bottle packed for a busy day!Lunch today: fresh, colorful, healthy, delicious!Long day! All I wanted to do was watch TV this evening. But I did the 9-minute arm weight exercise routine - this time with my new 10 lb weights!Found the most awesome die to use for my Scarlet Dragons BLC monopoly challenge! 🐲🔥🐉💪 #dragonstrongBonked around mile 2 of my run today, despite eating immediately before. Also, running on wet sand may be easier on the joints, but it's definitely more difficult overall. Still, first mile was at 4.41 mph, which is great for me.
I need to remember that just because I ran a 5k in June didn't mean I've maintained that level of fitness without training :( time to do it again! #runningToday's summary:
- jogged 3.1 mi (intervals)
- stayed within calories
- almost 20k steps
Huzzah! Today was a great day!Morning push-ups: done! Even after months, they're still hard, but I did 60 :)Costco is certainly the cheapest place to buy neat and other essentials. But unfortunately, it still adds up when you buy this much. At least I got lots of steps in!While the family swam, I spent 40 minutes treading water! Kept me warm in the cool water! 💪💪💪Really fun backyard BBQ today - my family's annual triple birthday party for my husband, his twin, and me. I made a beautiful cake, and, ok, ate a little more than I intended. (Also, I feel a little chunky, though that's partly because of some healthy but extremely salty poke yesterday.) But otherwise I made good choices, and I also fit in a 24-min brisk walk and short upper and lower body workout videos. Overall, declaring today a success.Haven't been to the gym much recently. (I've been working out at home or running outside.) They remodeled! But I get a better workout at the gym. It's fall, time to get back to it.Workout completed! Haven't done intervals in a long time, and they felt great. I really had to push myself.Down .1 lbs from Friday. Not what I was hoping for, but slow progress is better than no progress!Flu shot achievement unlocked! Here's to a healthy fall!Check it out! Size 10 jeans! I haven't been a size 10 since I was a teenager! 15 lbs makes a lot of difference, even though I have more to lose. #NSVHere's what I'm having for my snack instead of leftover cake. Go me!Family dinners are really great! I love fish night!Really great beach run today. I managed to sort of do intervals outside. Fastest pace 5.46 MPH! Faster than a (very slow) speeding bullet! #running #sweatyselfieGreat workout capped off by a great weigh in! Added bonus: I hit 10k steps, and I also won't have any trouble drinking my water today!Shana Tova from my family! On our way to do Tashlich (symbolically throwing our sins into the water) off the pier.Ready for Rosh Hashanah dinner!Difficult run today. Forgot to eat a protein bar beforehand and bonked, and couldn't finish running. But I did it! Also, I was trying to do intervals of 10 min slow, 10 min medium, and 10 min fast, and that was very hard. But still, stronger every day. #sweatyselfie #runningSuccessful managed to head off a binge this evening!Oatmeal cottage cheese pancakes!Delicious looking salad from the aquarium cafe!Saw the world's biggest spiders on my walk yesterday!It doesn't look like much, but it's chocolate chia pudding for breakfast for the next few days!Ending the day under calories. And I feel pretty! Blue is my color :)The whole family enjoyed vegetarian chilaquiles from Moosewood low fat cookbook for dinner tonight. Even my picky eater liked the chips and cheese, and ate a few of the veggies. #winning #momlifeToday my get up and go sort of got up and went. Tomorrow I vow to be better:
- school drop off
- grade week 2, class message
- begin watching client videos
- school pickup 1:35
- farmers market
- finish birthday sign for papa
We can do it! As inspiration, a photo from my awesome spin/TRX Class on Sunday.Morning walk with my best girl and her babies.Morning push-ups? Check. 65!Ocean was so placid today on my beach run. And I learned I can run faster than a 10 min/mile pace for a few minutes! #running Faster and stronger every day!Did my 50 walking lunges while walking back to my car from my beach run. Thanks for the suggestion, daily coach sparking tip. #strongereveryday 💪💪💪🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️Proud of myself for sticking to my no-added-sugar vow almost completely, despite a long and difficult work day.Been making good choices so far today. Lowfat Starbucks egg sandwich for breakfast, hard-boiled egg for a snack, sushi for lunch. Walking over my lunch break. Here's to 10,000 steps and within calorie range today!Seen on my lunchtime walk. For people who really really like chess. #everystepcountsSugar: successfully avoided
Calories: within range
Steps: over 10k
Exercise: short walk at lunch, push-ups, bicycle crunches. Not great but not nothing!
I'd say today was a success!Got to fit in a quick run before preschool dropoff, thanks to my husband. ❤️💪🏃♀️🏆I love these candies. BUT a promise is a promise. #justsayingno #keepingmypromisestomyself #nosugarNice n sweaty! Not my best speed ever, but I did it! #running #sweatyselfie2 min squats, 50 push-ups. Morning exercises: ✔️Lunch!Think you have to go to the gym to work up a sweat? Wrong! A little pre-dinner backyard workout courtesy of the Fitstar app. Stronger every day! #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare #sweatisfatcryingWithin calories. Great sweaty full body strength workout. 8 glasses of water. Lots of work done on my report (though still dreadfully behind on my to-do list). Groceries for the week purchased. On track for 10k steps. I even got my oil changed. A thoroughly successful Monday!Late summer Farmers Market is the best!Plums vs chocolate. Pleased to report I made the right choice today. #winningManaged to find energy for my favorite 9-minute arm workout video. Thanks, Coach Nicole!Well ... Another very long day at work. Over calories and under steps. But I avoided evening snacking, so that's something! #smallvictories This is a terrible photo, but it's intended to be a selfie with my client's case of Emmy awards :) looking forward to a more relaxing day, with time for exercise, tomorrow.Biked to the gym. Weighed in, and now I'm nice and sweaty after a 7 min full body workout. Now to bike home!Bike ride completed! 🚴🏻♀️🚴🏻♀️🚴🏻♀️ now shower and being productive time.Lunch in the sukkah!Healthy choices for lunch (note no bread!)Took a day off tracking yesterday. Got a good night's sleep and I'm back in it today! Fitstar Quick Strength workout was not quick, but it was intense! Stronger every day! #fitmamaNothing like a brisk morning walk to school with my son to get the blood flowing! I got off track in over the weekend, but I'm determined to make today a good day.Ok! Just weighed myself. 176.1. I'm sick and tired of not committing, not tracking, and bouncing around the 170s. My goal is for my first two numbers to be 16 by the end of the year (or sooner). No more dinking around. Real talk: it's fall. Time for $#!+ to get real. Time to focus and get it done.Nice healthy lunch colon leftover coleslaw and quinoa salad, and turkey Roll-Ups for protein.Both my sidekicks worked out with me today! #sweatyselfie #thefamilythatworksouttogetherGood morning Sparksters! Had a wholly successful day yesterday; let's do it again today!
- efficient work following the goals I set
- farmer's market - solo today, but that'll be so much faster
- exercise - today a beach jog, I think
- fish and pumpkin soup for dinner
- track all food, within calories
- 10k steps
Si se puede!Taking a break from work to get my push-ups in while I wait for tea to boil.Phew! Loving my new routine of bike to the gym, short Fitstar workout, bike home. #sweatyselfieLunch!So ... No exercise today, because my knee is aching so I'm taking a rest day. And I'm over calories. But I was so moderate at my book club and made great choices! Ate beforehand to avoid gorging on charcuterie, and brought knitting to keep my hands busy and avoid much munching. Not sure how I ended up over calories - I think my lunch turned out much larger than I'd planned. And I'll get to 10k steps before bed. So still counting today as a success! :)A walk, cold brew coffee, and a little bit of me time before a very long and intensive afternoon of work.Over calories again today, as I often am on Shabbat. But only mindful eating, no grazing, no nighttime binging. I also didn't really have time for exercise, which is unusual on a Friday, but I've been slammed with work and the kids were home sick. Overall, I'm giving today a B+.Knee pain is mostly better, so I'm back. 4 mi of quarter mile intervals. Faster and stronger and longer every day!
Wish I could have run outside on this beautiful autumn day, but the kids are at the gym kids club. Treadmill is easier on the knees anyway. #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcare #runningPinquito breaks for lunch with fresh veggies!Lovely evening at dinner the theater with a close friend. Thank you to the rowdy rebels for reminding me to track food!Another backyard strength workout. My husband joined me this time! #sweatyselfieA bounty of fruits and veggies!Behold my masterpiece! Hazelnut brown butter cake with whipped cream frosting for my MIL's birthday. The plan is to eat moderately, focusing on veggies and lean protein and eschewing most carbs, and finish with a small piece of cake. Very small. I can stay on track!Today's final verdict:
- under 10k steps BUT
- 23 min strength training workout
- all food tracked and within calories! 🎉🏆
Huge accomplishment on a weekend day with a party! And getting to bed on time-ish to help ensure a great week coming up.Beautiful fresh fall kale persimmon saladSteelhead with salad. So fresh and healthy!So I'm a bit of an over-spender, but what beautiful farmers market bounty!Lots of fresh veggies for lunch!Pretty office park walk at lunch!Today's final verdict: work was crappy.
But I got in about 20 minutes of weight training in addition to a walk at lunchtime. I am on track for 10,000 steps. Drink all my water, stayed within my calories. From a spark perspective, a good day!Really excited about my midmorning snack today: seeded crispbread from trader Joe's, laughing cow light, heirloom tomato slices. And now to work!Pretty excited about my roasted veggie feta basil quiche (in progress).One of those days where I was exhausted and wanted to stuff my face all day. At 5;30 I finally convinced myself to go for an easy run instead of noshing. #keepingmypromisestomyself #sweatyselfie #10ksteps #runningThe finished quiche, topped with breadcrumbs. Next time I'll also add some sun dried tomatoes. 3 out of 4 family members approved!Bike today to the gym, 15 min full body workout, bike home. Awesome routine! Stronger every day! 🚴🏻♀️💪🏋️🚴🏻♀️Bike ride home finished. Look at all the beautiful sweat! #sweatyselfieLots of fun at Halloween carnival!Dessert: raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, pomegranate seeds. So fresh tasting!Beautiful beach run this morning. Looking forward to running in cooler weather soon! #running #sweatyselfie Faster and stronger every day!Post run treat!someday I'll be able to wear the clothes from this Boutique if I keep it up!First lunch: avocado toast with egg. Le yum!Appreciating the beauty of the city as we drive home from Santa Anita.4500 steps this morning at school drop-off. All for so far on program and tracked. Now I'm enjoying how quiet it is in my house. Time to get work done! Later, kiddo pickup, homework, and a workout for all of us :)Lunch: salmon salad, half a seeded crispbread, celery, green salad. Yummy!3 out of 4 family members loved this fresh, seasonal vegetable soup with onion, beet, carrots, parsnip, wax beans, canned tomatoes, and homemade vegetable broth. My grandmother would have added "wagon wheel" noodles; I had whole wheat rotini on hand. Devoured! Accompanied by leftover roasted vegetables quiche and bread. #vegan #supermomTook a little break from the program yesterday. Just got a little too overwhelmed with life. But I'm feeling good and back today. Going to start the day with a workout after school drop-off!
- workout - treadmill intervals, weights
- 10k steps
- track all food, stay within calories
- finish guest lecture, read program proposal
- list of points to justify continuing employment
- wrap gifts for tomorrow's birthdays
I can do it!More fartleks! I've lost focus recently, and I can tell something hormonal is going on, and I'm up a pound, not down -- no surprise. But the only way out is through! Keep going! Faster and stronger every day! #running #whofartleked? #sweatyselfieNOW I'm sweating! #gymhairdontcareLunch: harvest kale salad with pomegranate and persimmon, topped with egg for some protein. Yummy!Salmon salad! LunchFrustrating morning with kid tantrum, social anxiety. Extremely time crunched. Picked a treadmill intervals program but it wasn't users enough. Then did 6 min of rowing - that got the heart pumping and the sweat flowing!Used our kid free morning to take a walk around super hip North Culver City.Nice and sweaty. I love the slimming racing stripes of my pants! Bike, weights, bike. Sweat! #sweatyselfie #crosstrain 🚴🏻♀️🏋️🚴🏻♀️💪🏆🎉Very frustrated that despite making good choices today (only half a beer at the Halloween party, and no dessert), according to my calculations, I'm 350 calories over range. Two parties in one day is just hard. Sigh. Tomorrow is a new day!Tomorrow's goals:
- gym (running if knee feels better, otherwise bike or row, plus weights)
- make mushroom soup and bison meatballs and salad
- lunch under 500 calls and before 1pm
- 10k steps
- make sure all food is as joyful as this beautiful floor picnic
- don't get despondent about the scale going on the wrong direction; get determined!Today's kindergarten Halloween parade was just the cutest!My knee has been aching (10 months after ACL reconstruction surgery) and I'm freaking out. Scared and not in a good way! 😱😬 Going to do my best to rest and sit today. Can't let my exercise goals get in the way of my health!Thanks to the magic of the slow cooker, this will become a healthy vegan bean soup for us to eat before trick-or-treating!Halloween successful! Within calories, no candy binges, no meltdowns! Still having knee pain; physical therapist says it is almost certainly just inflammation and to take a few days off exercising. I'd rather not, but I'll do it (will focus on upper body tomorrow). 🎃👻💀🏆Lunch!Just completed a very lengthy census survey. Research karma!After a few days of resting my knee, I'm back! Easy bike ride on a beautiful sunny fall day and upper body weights.A really nice day. Took my son to school, preschool carpool, coffee with friends, beach bike ride, poke lunch while relaxing, friends over for dinner. Most of all, I'm expecting to enjoy my weekend with just my daughter (the boys are on a scouting trip) and the week of less work. Feeling a great lightness!Ditched yoga in favor of a nice sweaty 5k run! Knee felt ok too as long as I don't push to go too fast. #running #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareStrength training completed. TRX is an awesome workout! Look at all that beautiful sweat!Banana oatmeal cottage cheese pancakes. Delicious, full of protein with no added sugar. To with applesauce. A great breakfast for me and my best girl!Cleaned out the Halloween candy and didn't eat any! #winning The rest will go to the troops.Beautiful breezy day. Biking and strength training complete!Did great all day today until dessert, when I had a second frozen brownie. But still within calories. And tomorrow is another day.Did well at sisterhood dinner tonight: wine, but no bread, very little pasta or tiramisu. Focus on fish and salad and veggies. 🌟A special lunch date with my special guy!Preschool carpool accomplished! One of the more taxing parts of the day. Now for a quick workout before my 1130 phone call.Today’s beach bike ride was 8 miles!Seen on my walk today.Knee is still bothering me 10 months after surgery. Tendinitis or joint inflammation, definitely swelling. WTF?
But I went for an easy run today - 2 miles of intervals on wood chips. Hope I didn't exacerbate anything. But I feel better everywhere except my knee! #running #sweatyselfieHealthy and hearty potato vegetable soup in progress. Perfect for fall!It may be elementary school run club, but the whole family can get a workout!Got back to my normal routine of squats, calf raises, and push-ups in the morning. Feels good!2.07 mi run/jog intervals. Total 2.07 mi. No walk breaks. Booya!Hooray for a workout! Beach bike ride and Fitstar 15.Simple healthy veggie forward dinner!Registered for my second 5k, a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning in downtown LA. Eeeeee! Don't know if I'm more excited about an actual finisher medal or the fact that my son might join the kids' 1k race!Beach 3.5 miler. Of course I took some walk breaks, but overall I ran well despite the heart. I guess I'm ready for Thursday's 5k Turkey Trot!Farmers’ market bounty!Dinner!Turkey trot completed! Chip time 36:51. (Just under 12 min/mi pace.) Not too shabby!Lunch of champions! Er, does 80th in my age division count as a champion? Sure it does!Skipped the dirty chai latte (yummy but maybe 300 Cal) in favor of my usual cold brew coffee. It's never too late to make good choices!Back from a few days away for Thanksgiving and back into running! 2.29 easy miles in 31 min on wood chips (that includes warm-up and cool down). Run pace around 11min/mile. #running #sweatyselfie
The holidays continue, but don't give up!3 appliances in use making food for the week: whole wheat bread, veggie broth for soup, steel cut oats all.On my way to the gym. Still having a fair amount of knee pain and swelling, so today's goal is an extremely gentle workout: stationary bike and upper body weights, maybe some therapeutic knee exercises.Borscht and salad. Colorful and fresh!We love fish night!Check out my shiny new Fitbit badge!On business travel. Not enough energy to work out today, but I ate reasonably and took a walk to get to my 10k steps. #nottooshabbyProud of myself for finding the fitness room and putting in 20 min of running before today's sessions. Now it will be a great day!20 min stationery bike, and some bodyweight exercise.Salad and wine in front of a cozy fireplace! #hyggeligRun and stretch. But a) I forgot my Fitbit, and b) my knee has really been bothering me. No more running until after I go to the doctor and get this sorted out :( #sweatyselfieGot to take a walk over lunchResolution fulfilled part 1: on the elliptical! 🏆🥇Safari sogoodi, as my father would say. All food and exercise for the day tracked and plenty of calories left for dinner. Go me!A very successful day! All food tracked, and I ended up within calories. Let's do it again tomorrow! #bedhead 😴💤Quick morning workout: ✅ Thanks, Fitstar app!Still on business travel. My friend couldn’t meet with me. It’s Hanukkah. But I still managed to enjoy a very nice and not too decadent meal (Houston’s Thai Steak Noodle Salad) with my book and a glass of red wine. Decaf cappuccino for a leisurely dessert. Bliss!Lit the first night Hanukkah candles with my brother in Brooklyn thanks to FaceTime. Happy Hanukkah!This morning: 25 min on the elliptical. I prefer running, but I'm still nice and sweaty!I didn’t gain, and even probably lost weight, on my business trip! And worked out every day!Hanukkah with the family in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. On vacation, but that doesn't mean I'm giving up on healthy eating or on holidays either!Back from vacation, today was my favorite breakfast! Here’s to being on track for the rest of the year :-)Shot some vigorous solo hoops whole the kids played at the park. Who says you can't watch the kids and work out at the same time?Today's workout: done! Fitstar + my backyard FTW!Lunch! Under 500 cal and yummy!Beach bike ride felt like relaxation, not exercise :)Oh yes.Spent the morning at a new year's drum circle with the kids. Getting ready for a rhythmic 2018!Ended 2017 right with a vigorous 5k (walk due to injury) on the beach at sunset. Started 2018 with decadent yeast raised waffles and a tea party for the kids. May this year be a balance of the healthy and the decadent!Last week was a pretty good week for movement :)At the gym on New Year’s day! I think my hips look slim :)Posted a photoDoc says my knee pain is bursitis - not a big deal. So back with a very gentle run. Not as sweaty as I'd like, but it'll come.Oof. Had a very good day today food wise - until right before bed when I ate 2 pc of cake leftover from New Years. Boo to evening snacking! 😕🤬 well, anyway, I'm 250 cal over. But at least I tracked it! Here's to a better day tomorrowHad one of those days - headachy all day, hungry all day. Way over calories. BUT I snacked on healthy foods (leftover salad and grapes for dessert) and did two spark workout videos on the evening, so I'm ending on a high note!My sidekicks is demonstrating back plank, the last exercise in my workout today. Workout completed!10 minutes of elliptical before bookclub!Walk after book club. I'm fortunate to live in such a warm and beautiful place!Bike intervals! Gentle on the knee and makes me nice and sweaty.Enjoyed walking the kids to school in the first rain shower of the winter!Beautiful walk to school this morning after 2 days of rain.Workout complete. Jog plus TRX for upper body.Man, this was one tough workout! #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareHealthy snack!Grr. I was hungry ALL DAY today. I made good choices (no sugary foods or my other vices) but devoured a ton of air popped popcorn. And had a healthy but relatively high cal dinner (that's what was on the menu - maybe a poor choice for me to cook for the week!). Net result? Despite my exercise this morning, I'm 500 calories over. And STILL going to bed hungry!!! Pissed off. #ventingYesterday was a hungry day. But today WILL be better!Post run club. Workout complete!Trying a more protein intensive breakfast: Greek yogurt, pb2, and pear. Hope this helps with all day hunger!Some challenges with eating and with hunger last week, but it was a good pick for exercise!Got to sleep in - thank you Grandma and Grandpa for babysitting! Now a bike ride and brunch. Lazy Sundays are the best! #healthydateEnded the day within calories AND turned in my long and hairy report. Booyah!Beautiful beach run on a lazy Monday. Now to pack for my work trip to SF. Don’t forget gym clothes!Brought my own dinner to the airport - leftover fried chicken over homemade kale apple salad. #balanceReading spark articles this morning kicked my rear into gear. On my way to the gym before work!Went to the gym on my business trip. It was expensive and I left my boots in the Lyft. Sigh. Can't win em all! #atleastIworkedout #theywereoldbootsanywayHard run followers by some TRX for upper body. 💪🏅🏆Over calories due to a long day and a big lunch at my client’s very nice cafeteria. But: I tracked all food for the day, made healthy choices, had fruit for dessert, and will have 10k steps. Not too shabby. #smallvictoriesToday's successes:
- within calories!
- 10k steps
- no time for real exercise but I did get a nice walk after dinner
- snapped this photo on the commute homeLong day! But I got in 40 min of easy treadmill intervals instead of crashing in front of the tv!
On the downside, I think these otherwise awesome pants make my spare tire more pronounced. Need to rein in 2 weeks of great free food at my clients’ cafe.Made it to the gym before work (and I'm NOT a morning person). And ran a whole mile at 5.5 mph - impressive for me! #fastereverydayAwesome bike ride today on a beautiful January day!Mid morning snack: Apple with laughing cow light, and 1 ounce of edamameWhen elementary school run club starts at 7:45, I'm amazed how much I can get done before 9am!Kale salad with almonds, Apple, radishes, and pecorino, topped by a fried egg, topped by red caviar. Because lunch. #putaneggonit #howwerollDriving home from a beautiful beach run. Happy Friday! Tomorrow I rest before race day on Sunday. #running #fastereverydaySuch a beautiful hike yesterday! #gratefulPeanut butter and banana on English muffin. Race day breakfast of champions!5k completed! I took walk breaks, but ran most of it. Final chip time 36:39. 12 seconds off previous 5k time from Thanksgiving. Not too shabby! Also proud of myself for being courageous enough to wear these snazzy pants! #running #fastereverydayI had a good weekend!Run club today! Only 15 minutes (a little over 1 mile) but it's time I otherwise would have spent coralling kids. Now to work!Elementary school run club!A delicious and healthy brunch choice! Scramble with goat cheese, avocado, and veggies, fruit on the side. Higher calories than my usual lunch, but I'll have a smaller snack than usual.Windy but beautiful walk along the beach. 10k steps: ✅Did the best I could with food choices with family at The Magic Kingdom. (They don't let you bring food in now! Really!) Had half a hamburger for a snack instead of sugary junk. Didn't eat all the bread on my panini at lunch. Salad for dinner. Diet Coke instead of mine julep. And tons of walking, of course. Not too shabby!Our last day at the magic kingdom. Sad to leave, happy to be returning to the gym and to healthier food and the farmer's market tomorrow!I am loving working out with my new personal trainer. Certainly a worthwhile investment.Met with my trainer today, and I have another session next Friday. I will be traveling 3 days next week, but my goal is to work out four times between now and then. Mix of strength and cardio. I can do it!I didn't have cake for dessert (even though my husband did). That's a win!I’m proud of myself for stopping after a single bite of cake and not devouring much more. I’m proud of myself for remembering that a single bite of cake is not a dealbreaker.My favorite breakfastToday's run was tough. But I did it!My sidekicks got sidetracked partway through, but I enjoyed the Fitbit Trainer Strong Resolve workout!No kids club availability? No problem! Fitstar workout followed by two circuits from my new personal trainer. Because I rock! 💪🏆💪An exhausting day of single parenting while my husband was sick. And I'm heartsick as I keep thinking about school shootings (I know, time to turn off the news). And I stress-ate dessert. But not a ton. I did some vigorous exercising and lots of walking today, so I'm still within calories. Tomorrow I'll be on a plane!!!Third consecutive day of workouts. I sometimes forget, running outside is great because of the fresh air and greenery, but treadmill is great because it's easier on the knees and doesn't let you cheat. And you get to watch TV! #running #fasterandstrongereverydayMade my dinner leftovers into a really delicious lunch. Meatballs, roasted chickpeas, and labneh over salad.Just arrived in Seattle. It is colder than a witch's tit here. Literally 6 degrees from freezing! And this Californian didn't bring a warm hat or gloves. And I don't even own any winter weather exercise gear. And rain is forecast for the next few days. Guess I'll be doing all my exercising in the hotel gym :)Proud of myself for working out at the hotel gym - and for coordinating with the decor!I am smart enough that I grabbed an egg and some oatmeal for breakfast. So I don’t have to rely upon the all carbs all the time warning stack my conference. Go me!Taking the stairs!Look! Sweat!Yoga hair, don't care :)Had an ice cream binge last night :( but I'm on track and at the gym this morning. 1.5 mi continuous running - a treadmill with a view!Phew! Long day! One highlight was shopping at the farmers' market with this little one in her tutu. Of course she brought her shopping cart and her doggie too!Got to do some rock climbing today with my little one while my older one was in climbing academy. After some initial fear that the auto belay wouldn't hold me, I did pretty well!Workout completed! Booya!Jogging as well as exercise at PT today.Buckets of sweat from today's workout. 💪🏆🏋️♂️Proud of myself for making good choices and eating moderately at brunch with a friend today. Bonus - I now have leftovers for a snack!Got my jog on. Gotta get ready for Saturday's race. (And gotta remember that it's about the run, not about the final time or breathing a previous race time.)This tamale pie was pretty yummy. 75% of the people in my house loved it (what can you do about picky kids?)Ok, so I am slightly over calories for the day due to brunch out. But I ate moderately, made good choices, went for a run, and avoided late night snacking. I'm calling that a win!Within calories today!My sidekicks and I went rock climbing today!Lunch in the sun!Today's workout included wall balls, battle ropes, and tabatas. Booya! 💪🏆🏋️♂️ #strongereverydayBeautiful beach run today. I'm still nervous about Saturday's race, but I'm not sure why - the time doesn't matter and I know I can finish. But still ...Getting ready to race!5k time: 34:23. Not too shabby (and 2:16 off my previous 5k time!)Nice n sweaty!My dessert.Wasn't feeling it today. Worked out anyway! Not my best run ever, but it'll do. #gymhairdontcareNot only did I work out, but I bypassed the snack mix and wine at the event at the gym.The sweat is strong today!Over 15k steps today marching against gun violence and school shootings.Post runYesterday's run was beautifully sunny but VERY windy. I felt good despite the goats like gusts!Today's exercise: rock climbing with these two goofballs. I feel really proud that I managed to get to the top of a red (hard) climb. Ok, it was in the children's climbing area, but still an accomplishment!Super excited about today's lunch! Salad topped with beans and canned salmon salad.#gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieAwesome run today. No walk breaks!My sidekicks were working out with me but got bored halfway through :)Feeling hung over today (and not because I drank too much). But I ran anyway! Not as far as usual, but still.A new Fitbit badge!Just got my St. Patrick's Day race photos and wanted to share them with you. Next race is next Saturday!My lovely lunch. That is a “naked“ orange on the left Dash Zaz did for some baking. Next time, lunch needs to be before 3:30 PM!Workout in the back yard. Because it's such a shame to go to the gym on such a beautiful day!Victory: 100% of food tracked and within calories for the day!Passover rock climbing adventure today!Exercise helps with depression for sure! #sweatyselfieDown 1.6 lbs today. Right direction!Today's lunch was delicious! Salad with chocolate balsamic vinegar and olive oil, quinoa, roasted cauliflower, and steelhead trout. So huge I didn't have room for my orange!Lots of sweat today!Tracked All food and with in calories: steak since Sunday. And down another half pound!Walked to and from dinner for date night. Adding in that activity kept me within calories for the day!Lunch today was yummy! Baked sweet potato with yogurt, salsa, and fresh herbs.Advice needed: I am supposed to run a 5k tomorrow, to meet my goal of 1/month. I did something weird to my knee while working out on Weds, and now it is swollen and painful. Walking is ok; stairs and squats deeper than about 90 degrees are painful. I haven't been to a doctor yet. Do I walk the 5k to keep up my streak and keep myself from feeling wimpy? Or just blow it off?
(Also, any sympathy would be helpful - sooooo tired of being injured.)Spring vegetable soup and seared zucchini for dinner (along with chicken).Fun hike and lunch al fresco with the kids. I think we hiked the 1.8 miles in the slowest possible way, exploring side trails, identifying plants, looking for bugs, trying to catch lizards. And snacking too!
The calorie count is way off on this, but it did take us about 3 hours!Believe it or not, this is actually a wild cucumber - but you should definitely not eat it! Find hiking in the LA area.Within calories (I THINK) and all food tracked again thanks to this hike (even though calories came out wrong because we hike so slow). This despite wine and matzo crack (and smores for the kids) this evening!Heading to a baby shower with an open bar. (I know that’s weird :-)) this post is to remind me to eat moderately and sensibly. I can do it!Ok. Way over calories today with baby shower and book club (and not managing my hunger well in between). But tomorrow is a good day to start over and do it right!This is how we lunch!So physical therapist says it is joint inflammation and that I have to take it very easy this week. Sigh ... But glad it's not worse!I am 17 calories over for today. I want dessert but I'm not having it because I'm over calories. That's an accomplishment (but I still want my chocolate to close out the day ...)My favorite place to shop!Lunch!Poor planning, no exercise (too busy + ordered to stay off weight bearing exercise for my swollen knee), and too little protein for lunch = 350 cal over. Bleh. I'm trying to see it as a learning experience.I'm determined that today will be a good day for food! Got it all planned out. Trickiest thing will be a workout at noon - Need to have a big enough snack so that I don’t bonk, but without adding in too many extra calories.Thought you'd all like to see my colorful getup today. Only upper and abs as I try to let my knee heal. Less sweat that way :(Only 45 calories over today. I choose to think of it as a success!Update: I found the food I tracked but didn’t eat. Deleted it, and now I’m under calories! Had the most divine strawberries and yogurt for a snack.Lunch today was salmon salad with black beans and blue cheese over regular salad. Very yummy and the lettuce really bulks it up. Multicolor radishes and tangerine added for color and more freggies. Can you believe all this was 500 calories? (Ok, I didn't eat ALL the radishes :)A warm day, and our first outdoor dinner of the year. And I ended the day within my calorie range too! Shabbat Shalom!A week later, knee still had joint inflammation and I'm still off weight bearing exercises. :( But I have this cool octo kinesio tape design on my knee, so there's that ...Spent the day enjoying a party with my son's Hebrew school class (and siblings, including this munchkin). Ended up over calories, according to my calculations, but I ate mostly salad and skipped dessert ... Maybe I calculated wrong?My delicious dessert! 0 calories and soothing!70 calories over. But this not exercising and resting my knee thing is still a bummer ... Gotta get back to the gym after my week of testing is over.It didn't photograph well, but I made a really yummy curried sweet potato soup this evening.My favorite shopping venue. Every Tuesday!My lunchtime view!Can't run due to unidentified knee pain. Just tried to go for a bike ride and that hurt too (even though physical therapist said it was ok). I might cry.Upper body workout completed. Man, I need to do more abs!Today: pity party over. MRI is scheduled for next week. In the mean time I am going to stop eating my feelings and declare the pity party over! Exercise make me feel like this and I can still do it, just being mindful of which ones are ok for me and what hurts.Couldn't go for a bike ride today due to injury. So we went sea kayaking!Chaotic but fun family dinner! My superpower is that I can pull together dinner for 8 at any time from what I have in the house.Radishes dipped in curried sweet potato soup are surprisingly yummy!Ended the day just about within calories even with some overindulging on birthday cake!My son is so proud of himself for cutting up a bell pepper and creating a beautiful dish of veggies! #proudmamaLunch! Salmon salad on salad with beans and blue cheese. Tangerines for dessert.Got my climb on today during my son's lesson. Ok, it's the kids' area, but there's still a strength benefit to pulling yourself up these walls! I can't attempt the more difficult ones right now due to a knee injury, but I'm still climbing!Well, I went over calories today due to weird dinner situation (kosher visitor rather than planned dinner). But I'm proud that I had a mango for dessert instead of a sugary treat or dried fruit! And I drank all my water too!On our walk to and from school drop off.On our walk to and from school drop off.I blackened the salmon in my impatience, but it still looks like a really yummy lunch!Lunch!Stealth abs workout this weekOmg. Haven't weighed in for a while and I'm up 5 lbs to my highest weight in a year. Much of it is due to another knee injury that doesn't let me work out as I normally would. But I've mostly been eating well and I'm SHOCKED. This is a wake up call!Cottage cheese with farmers market fresh berries. So beautiful!Look what I found at Trader Joe's: a variegated bell pepper (enjoyable variety). Fancy!Finally good to ride the bike again!Went over calories again today (after swearing I wouldn't). And it was even a higher calorie count because of exercise that was probably overestimated in caloric terms. In my defense, it was a difficult day (brunch out, a dinner party). But still. Fortunately tomorrow is another day!Every morning I weigh my cereal :)Today: all food tracked. Within calories. Short upper body workout completed. Daughter in bed only 15 min late. All is right with the world!Brekkie!Beautiful beach bike ride today and almost no knee pain. So grateful!Victory! Finished the day under calories (just barely) even though the synagogue gala was tonight. Hooray!Lunch on the go, but still healthy- and crunchy too!When you eat healthy, colorful veggies, even your food prep is beautiful! Raw broccolini and purple radishes are so good together in a salad!All food tracked and within calories (although just barely). A successful day!Workout. No trainer today, but I got it done!A little girl just ran Passed me shouting “I love this day!“ We should all be so lucky. Tuesday is my happy day. I hope today treated you well too.Dessert - fresh berries and some really yummy farmers market yogurt.Beautiful plants on a rainy morning walk!Shopping at my favorite venue today!All food tracked! Within calories!Lunch was a bit heavy, but it was also a big bowl of deliciousness!New haircut! And all food tracked for the day, and within calories, thanks to biking to our dinner date. Nice!Workout complete! Literally dozens of push ups and (assisted) pull ups today.Down 3 lbs (from last week's highest weight in a year)Remnants of lunchWarm up :)Goals for today: track all food, get 10,000 steps, stay within calories, make good choices. I can do it!Israeli festival!OK, it may not look that great, but I’m really excited about today’s breakfast. Over the weekend I cut and brew laid oranges with a little bit of brown sugar on top. Now I’m having them over cottage cheese sprinkled with sprouted pumpkin seeds.Manage to do the school drop off run without my fit bit! But it was probably about 4000 steps. At least I’m tracking my walk!Today’s goals:
- 6000 more steps today (I did the first 4000 without my fit bit on, oops!!)
- get to the gym
- make wild rice and onion soup, and spinach feta quiche or other dinner entree
- finish grading week four of my class
And ... Go!Lunch! At long last.Lunch! At long last.Seen on my walk to and from school today. Such a lovely day!Evening walk instead of tv!Look! Stone fruit is here!We both got our workouts yesterday!Walk to school today and a rose for teacher appreciation day!Hardcore workout today!Ending the day on the low end of my calories range!Turkey wraps with avocado, mustard, tomato, purple radish, and broccoli sprouts for lunchFamily hike to a waterfall!Been enjoying good food on my business travel, but very much needing to get back on track. So far today’s been a good day.Look! Veggies! (I’ve been missing greens while on travel)Beautiful night walk around the exotic streets of downtown Philly.Ate half a brownie for dessert. It was delicious, but the other half is going in the tag where it belongs. #restraintEnding the day within calories! #pricelessMade a good choice for dinner tonight. Seared scallops, brown rice, broccoli. Oh, and wine :)Smart choices look yummy!Happy birthday to my favorite 4 year old! They had gelato, I got a really yummy coffee.Walked downtown to celebrate this kiddo's birthday with gelato!Workout complete! I was really tired but I did it!CanNOT believe how much I ate for dinner today. Healthy choices, but I really picked out on Cuban chicken, rice and beans, fried plantains, and empanadas. OK, those last two are not healthy :-) tomorrow is a new day!Breakfast. Greek yogurt, pb2 powder, strawberries.Trader Joe's poke bowl for lunch. But it looks rather low protein. Too bad!Me and my mini me. I am just checking in mid day. So far today has been a good day. All food tracked and all foods planned and healthy. Later today we’re going to a birthday party, so one trick will be to avoid the frosting on the cake – my Achilles’ heel.Food prep for the week: mushroom stuffing for chicken cutlets, and beet soup!Finished the day within calories. It was hard but I did it! Boo Ya!First day of cherries at the farmers market today!Seen on my walk to and from volunteering for my son’s school.So very ready for lunch. Salad with salmon and blue cheese on top, cherries, peach.Workout complete! Rocked it today with rowing and lots of upper body, abs, and back.Down .4 lbs since Sunday. I'll take it!I spent a few hours yesterday making delicious mushroom stuffed faux fried chicken cutlets for the week. They got left in the (cold) oven overnight by accident. I was looking forward to eating one tonight but now they have to be thrown out. I am SO MAD AND DISAPPOINTED. 😡🤬 I'm hangry and pissed off completely out of proportion.Lunch!Seen on today’s walk to and from school.Happy anniversary to us! To celebrate we went on a tour of the historic LA Times office, then we walked 1 mile to the restaurant and had a delicious dinner al fresco. Yes, I went over calories, but for the most part, we ate moderately: shared a salad, some burrata, and some fish. And the restaurant comped us champagne and dessert! Even though I’m a bit of a calories, I’m proud of us for making mostly healthy choices and not splurging too much.My daughter rocking her Rainbow Dash sweatshirt on this morning's walk to school.Dripping sweat after 25 minutes on the bike!Eggowiches with green chile (and left over green beans). Weekend brekkie!Very picturesque "hike" to the sunken city in San Pedro!Chef's salad. Best choice at this diner.Breakfast. Cottage cheese with peach, strawberry, and heritage flakes.First corn on the cob of the summer! Shehecheyanu!Did really well today UNTIL it was baking time. Then I snuck lots of tastes of chocolate cake batter and marshmallow fondant. At the time I just wanted to eat the sugar more than the weight loss. I've been craving sugar in fact. I think I may need a detox just to get the sweet taste out of my mind. Grrrrrr. I did make myself a sweet diet soda to distract me while baking, and it didn't help AT ALL. Next time I'll try mint gum or brushing my teeth first. So frustrating when I let myself down!!!!Really proud of myself. I assembled these two beautiful cakes without sneaking ANY bites, thanks to peppermint gum. Every time I wanted to taste, my mouth was already busy! I enjoyed my small piece (and ok, snuck a taste of frosting during clean up) but I didn’t overdo it!A pretty good day today. Got 10k steps easily. Bought lots of fresh fruit and veggies at the farmers market. Help the kids with a project involving fondant, but didn’t eat any (Thanks, peppermint gum). Was under my calories enough that I allowed myself a piece of leftover cake for dessert (maybe too large, but I think it was reasonable). And they put the rest of the cake in the garage fridge, where it won’t talk to me.Goals for today:
Make good choices and eat below calories.
Get in some exercise either between test sessions or after work – a quick home workout.
In bed by 11 PM.
I can do it!Today’s good: work accomplished. Did a 15 min home abs workout. Ate on the low end of my calories.
Today’s bad: Didn’t get to the gym. Didn’t hit 10,000 steps (I’m at 8200). Fell prey to late night snacking on lo-cal ice cream. I made good choices earlier in the day and was way under calories, so calorically this was fine, but still not the best way to end the day.
The ugly: it’s now after 11:15 and I’ve been on Instagram. I’m ready to get into bed, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to sleep yet.Today’s good: work accomplished. Did a 15 min home abs workout. Ate on the low end of my calories.
Today’s bad: Didn’t get to the gym. Didn’t hit 10,000 steps (I’m at 8200). Fell prey to late night snacking on lo-cal ice cream. I made good choices earlier in the day and was way under calories, so calorically this was fine, but still not the best way to end the day.
The ugly: it’s now after 11:15 and I’ve been on Instagram. I’m ready to get into bed, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to sleep yet.Today's goals:
- run test session
- finish grading
- send sample report
- 10k steps
- eat within calories
- gym after 2pm
- bed by 11
- don't poke at face
- only positive self talk allowed!Dandelion on this morning’s walk to school.I’m pretty sure the weather is going to clear up later today, and instead of going to the gym, I’m going to take a bike ride! Very much needed.Eggowich with trout for lunch. Fish added because I was extra hungry :)Went for a bike ride at the beach. Wonderful! (I went down and stuck my toes in the water too.) Why has it been so long since I've done this?Portion controlled non-triggering dessert: some fruit, a single piece of chocolate and tea.Workout complete! Tweaked my knee a little - now time to ice.I am down 3 lbs! What a great way to start the weekend!It’s been a long short week and I deserve a healthy reward. Here’s my poke lunch!Kayaking!Kayaking today! A beautiful day on the water.Dessert!I had a great day yesterday! Lots of sunshine and exercise, within calories, avoided late night snacking. I even finished my grading (FINALLY). (If only I’d gone to bed an hour earlier!)
- 10k steps IF my knee feels ok
- within calories
- kids in bed by 7pm!!!
- be with kids all day without losing my cool :)Salad for dinner!Such an awesome day today! Spent it with my favorite people at a birthday party, a picnic, the library, and the beach. Weather couldn't have been nicer! And I was within calories too!A well-deserved snack of Greek yogurt and berriesA disappointing day. Spent the whole day running sessions and rushing around. I only had 10 minutes for lunch, so I made a PB&J – not a bad choice, but it didn’t leave me satisfied. Even though I made good choices for the rest of the day, with no exercise, I still ended up 300 hundred calories over. I feel like it’s not entirely my fault, but it’s still not a great outcome.Scene from today’s walk to schoolScene from my favorite shopping venue, the local farmers market. That's a balloon rainbow unicorn she's holding!Within or under calories today. Arm workout in the evening. A good day!Knee: not great. But the rest of me is worked out solid. Added 5 lbs to my bench press!Up 0.9 lbs even though I did everything right this week. Grrr.I make the best salads. #lunchgoalsWithin calories! Even on a very tough day where I was running around all day long. Bam!Today will be a tough day. Very busy, lots of running around. And my knee is really hurting, to the point where I didn't want to walk home from Adrian's school and has my husband drive home and pick me up. Pronounced like. I would like to eat my feelings. Good luck to me on not doing so! I am determined.What a beautiful day! Hoping for a beach bike ride today my knee can handle it.Had a great beach bike ride today ... But my knee ached all day long when I walked. So upset and fearful that I will never get better.Proud of myself for making good choices and staying within calories today!Backyard workout complete! #sweatyselfieYesterday was a very busy day and at my book club, I want to respite for the month with my friends, I kind of pigged out. I had saved a lot of calories for the bookclub, but between the wine, the bread with olive oil, the food, and sharing dessert, I definitely went over. But today is a new day and I will do great!
- track all food
- be within calories
- finish first draft of report
Amen!Healthy lunchEnjoyed a beautiful beach ride today. AND got my workout in!Within calories today! Not even at the top of my range :)Shopping at the farmers market today - always my happy place, especially on a sunny early summer day!I bought this T-shirt years ago, and have not worn it much because it felt too tight. Well, today I have either lost enough weight, toned up enough, or just felt brave enough to wear it. And I love it!Just got an injection of hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. Here’s hoping that it helps with the knee pain I’ve been having so I can walk, bike, and rollerblade again.Just got an injection of hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. Here’s hoping that it helps with the knee pain I’ve been having so I can walk, bike, and rollerblade again.Ended today with in calories! Turned in my report! Cooked a delicious and healthy dinner for the family: borscht, mushroom spinach feta frittata, cucumber avocado salad.Gained 1 pound for no good reason, but I will keep on keeping on. In general, today was a good day!Oatmeal!Yummy fresh choice at PaneraLots of walking in beautiful weather with the kids today!With my favorite veggie, purple radishes!With my favorite veggie, purple radishes!Part of yesterday‘s farmers market haul. I just love stone fruit season!Cycling at the gym while on a conference callStrawberry soup for the first course of dinner! There’s enough for tomorrow night, and the leftovers are made into strawberry soupsicles!Backyard workoutLunch!Back from a really wonderful vacation during which I didn’t track food at all (but did walk 20k+ steps most days). Pants fee tight 😬 Back to my regularly scheduled food tracking and exercise! Doing well so far today!Dancing with my kids at the fireworks festival!Within calories - at the low end of range. And over 10k steps!Workout complete! And guests coming in 15 minutes :-) fortunately just familyManaged to eat moderately, exercise, and make good choices at today's family BBQ. Only had one of these hazelnut chocolate cookies! And I'm within calories today. Booya!Walked to and from the market today!Preparing watermelon soup for dinner!Preparing watermelon soup for dinner!Look what I made! Homemade sourdough bread! #firstattemptDrinking my water and a cold brew fog (140 cal for a large) as a treat. Resisted my family’s gelato stop!Yes! But if you are going to watch Netflix, maybe add some bicep curls while doing it? I like Coach Nicole’s 9 min upper body workout video :)Red white and blue snack!Family beach bike ride today! My daughter was very excited that it was her first day to use the towbar to attach her little bike to mine instead of being in the trailer.Happy 4th of July!Fresh and healthy summer lunch!Back to the gym! Nice hard workout!A lunch so nice, I made it twice!Got my last 2500 steps of the day, and then some, cleaning up the house. Sweaty work when it's this hot! #heatwave #sweatyselfieToday’s lunch is a veggie heavy salade Nicoise!Colorful and healthy dinner: watermelon soup (not shown), salad, roast chicken, cut carrots and cucumbers, baked sweet potatoes, and homemade baba ganouj (roasted eggplant dip). The eggplant is not the most photogenic, but it’s quite delicious, and healthy too!1 hr between school drop off and brunch? Time for a workout!1 hr between school drop off and brunch? Time for a workout!1 hr between school drop off and brunch? Time for a workout!Down 2 lbs. finally a move in the right direction!Worked it on out! #sweatyselfie2 lbs down since yesterday? I like the scale at this gym!Beautiful bike ride today. And fourth day in a row of exercise streak!Such a beautiful bike ride today!A really delicious BBQ today: grilled salmon with stone fruit salsa, homemade Cole slaw and roasted potatoes. And homegrown grapefruit margaritas and smores for dessert! #howwesummerBaked challah french toast! Added an egg for protein.The perfect end to a delicious and healthy lunch. Homemade smoothie rocket pops! 🍌🍑🍓🥛 - the complete ingredient list (no sugar or other weird stuff)Awesome whitewater kayak adventure on the LA river today!Got my workout on while waiting for my daughter‘s ballet class to be over. Because I am awesome. #sweatyselfie #multitaskingmomDid I mention that it’s day 7 of my exercise streak? #keepitup #sparkstreaksFTWHealthy dinner!Walked to and from the farmers market yesterday. Peak season for fresh veggies!Forgot my sweaty selfie today.Disappointed that after a very active week and weekend, I’m only down 0.2 lbs. but tough noogies. This just means I have to keep up the sparking good work with tracking, exercise, and positive attitude!Disappointed that after a very active week and weekend, I’m only down 0.2 lbs. But tough noogies. This just means I have to keep up the sparking good work with tracking, exercise, and positive attitude!Healthy lunch splurge of poke.I have been putting off getting a blood draw and going to the endocrinologist for nine months. Proud of myself for finally doing it!Salad for lunch!Backyard workout complete!Big salad for lunch!Roller skating. Haven’t done it in probably 20 years. Who says I’m too old to learn new things?!?!Roller skating. Haven’t done it in probably 20 years. Who says I’m too old to learn new things?!?!Not bad! This many miles since I got my Fitbit almost 2 years ago.Very excited about this delicious restaurant lunch!Very excited about this delicious restaurant lunch!SUPER sweaty after a bike ride towing 50 lbs of my daughter + bike. Phew!Leftover salad for breakfast!Nice n sweaty!New workout top. Because I sweated through all my old ones too many times!Lunch for 1! Veggies galore! Plus tofu for protein :)Workout at the dance studio! Check out my new exercise top. Flattering!SparkPeople’s 6 minute yoga video left mea little more relaxed.Dinner! A nicely proportioned plate (ok, overflowing :)Dinner! A nicely proportioned plate (ok, overflowing :)Walk to and from market!Today’s walk was to and around the local Hollywood cemetery!How we lunch!Post workout. My trainer kicked my ass as usual! #sweatyselfieEggs on English muffins counts as making a healthy dinner for the kids, right? (Photo courtesy of my son ...)Was feeling snarky all day due to being really tired, and consequently eight over my calories. But not too terrible. And I did resist late night snacking. Tomorrow is another day.Another lunch, another beautiful salad!Woohoo! Within calories today, even though I felt like I was failing!Bbqing!Finished the day under calories, and no evening snacking. Ready for a great week! 🍓🍑Sweaty before 7am!Exercise completed! Now on to the rest of my day, where I will also be awesome.Workout completed in hotel gym: checkOk, my client provided chick fil a for breakfast. But this is the healthiest possible choice for dinner!AND I only ate half the bun!Woke up at 7am east coast time. Long work day followed by cross country flight. It's now 11pm west coast time. And yet I made good food choices all day (after the chic fil a breakfast sandwich that was my only option) and am only 100 cal over for the day. I call that a victory. Almost home!Part of our snack for the beach!Bikes to and from the beach on a hot day. This is the sweaty aftermath.Feeling neurotic about my weight in the wake of a strenuous business trip that included lots of restaurant meals. I tried to make good choices but didn't always succeed. 😬Got my workout in during my daughters ballet class!I am feeling very neurotic. I am feeling like I gained weight on my trip, and it is stressing me out. It is making me want to stress eat. On the other hand, since I got back, I have been doing well, I have been on top of the calories, and I exercised today. So I am going to do myself best to remind myself that the past is behind me, and moving forward, I will make good choices. I will.Ouch! Just burned my fingers badly picking up a pot lid that I forgot had been preheated to 500 degrees! I want to stress eat. Just say noooooo! #resistOK! I have been bad about logging my food lately, but that stops here. Look at this healthy snack! A hard-boiled egg for protein, and two homegrown figs.It’s been a rough week, but at least I got a great workout in today! #sweatyselfieThe makings of a veggie-packed frittata for dinner!All food tracked for the day, within calories. Water drunk. One day at a time, girl! 🌈🦄❤️It all starts with healthy breakfastPost lunch check in. So far, good choices and on track. Keep up the good work!Passed up on ice cream in favor of this treat. Calorie free except for a little half-and-half.So planning ahead worked! I ended the day with in calories (but only just). Also over 10k steps. A great day! Tomorrow: watch the space for planning in the morning. Lather, rinse, repeat.Reminding myself that even though I am terribly frustrated with my gain, I still love myself. I have a strong, healthy body, and I still look ok in a bathing suit. Self-love is essential to achieving my goals!Finished the day off within calories! My husband doesn’t understand why this is a big deal, but you all do!You got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, don’t mess with Mr. in between.Posted a photoMade a pretty good choice at lunch! Shrimp Caesar salad - large, but I didn't eat the croutons or avocado to save some calories. (We didn't go out for pancakes after all, which made life a little simpler.)Another pretty healthy choice!Another pretty healthy choice!Dessert: raspberries and fresh local huckleberries.Welcome to beautiful Sunriver, Oregon!Today’s vacation adventure: exploring a lava tube cave. Biked 5.5 mi there and 10.5 mi back for lots of calories burned. And the cave was pretty neat too!The kids got ice cream today. I ... watched them. I felt good about resisting, but I would have liked a treat. Maybe next time I’ll get some tea or something, or just bring a piece of fruit ...Beautiful river bike ride with the family. Phew!Finished my day below my calorie range. That’s a victory!Healthy choice for dinner!DessertWithin calories again today! Actually fairly low, even with a long bike ride. And I wasn’t even hungry all day. Not sure how I did that, but maybe it helps to have a larger breakfast?Another lunch, another salad with fish on top!Burned a bunch of calories today dancing with my best girl. A Sunriver tradition!Burned a bunch of calories today dancing with my best girl. A Sunriver tradition!Within calories again today!Over calories today. The day started with a beautiful hike, but we didn’t reach the hot springs, because we needed to turn back to take my daughter to urgent care :( stress and a fancier dinner than I had expected lead to being 200 cal over. I was planning for an evening bike ride after bedtime but it was already too dark by that time. Plus, my cold has progressed down to my chest, which is a strong incentive not to exercise. Hoping for a better day tomorrow!Booya! Active vacation = Fitbit win.Such a gorgeous waterfall hike today! Ok, we only went 1 mile, but it was beautiful!Made a healthy choice Applebee’s. This gorgeous and huge salad was under 500 cal!Back from vacation and starting the week off right with a healthy lunch al fresco!Got in a quick workout in the hallway while my sidekick was at her new ballet classGot 14000 steps in today walking around Target for back to school shopping and also to the farmers market and back!Ended my day at the low end of my calories range again! This makes almost 2 weeks with only one overage!Circuit workout! I'm back, baby! #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieLost 5 lbs on my 2 weeks of vacation. What a great reminder to keep up the healthy eating, journaling, and exercise!Posted a photoSalad for lunch! With leftover salmon, blue cheese, leftover rice, and lots of veggies.Beautiful beach bike ride today. I needed that!Posted a photoHomemade roasted veggie pizza! Yum!Posted a photoSaturday breakfast: eggowiches!Healthy lunch choice at the museum cafe.Fitstar Mountain Cross workoutJust made myself two doctors’ appointments that I have been putting of. Very proud of myself! #gogetem #notlookingforwardtosurgeryTook a break from playing with my sidekick to get in a 10 minute workout!My colorful dinner! All leftovers: bbq chicken thigh, cole slaw, watermelon feta salad. Summery!Enjoying a crepe at one of my favorite places - the farmers market!Beautiful sunset this evening! So, I went out to dinner with an old friend (known her since we were 25!) and we shared a dessert. I ended up 200 cal over my range. Ugh! Not a great choice before my long birthday weekend. But OTOH, it was a choice. I don’t regret the dinner, but I should have eschewed dessert!
Now I have confessed. I will put it behind me and move on, and be within calories tomorrow. So there!My mermaid fairy princess’s first day of preschool!Workout complete!Lunch treat for one! Poke.Up 2.1 lbs today. Disappointed but not disheartened - not only was I 200 cal over yesterday, but I also had salty Vietnamese food for dinner. The path of weight loss is a jagged line! The important think is that I was A+ at tracking my food last week, and was very good about being within calories and about exercise. The loss will come!Another day ended with great workouts, within calories, and another step closer to my goal!Beautiful sky after my bike ride. I'm proud of myself for biking toand from an appointment 1.5 miles away!Feels like it’s been along time since I’ve had one of my famous salads for lunch :-)Beautiful beach walk with women from the synagogue this morning. And I am done with my 10,000 steps before 11 AM!Posted a photoHealthy choice!Two days on vacation for my birthday, but I’m back!I won the weekend!Posted a photoAlmost ready to add broth and make this into corn soup!Almost ready to add broth and make this into corn soup!Posted a photoHealthy dinner!Celebrated my 40th birthday with some great food and a hike with good friends. Life is about balance!Posted a photoWorkout complete!Boom! Within calories!Salad days!Bad: nanny cancelled. Good: I got to spend some time rock climbing!Within calories for the day, but just barely. 3 to spare. Goodnight!World's most colorful dinner: shakshouka, rice, salad.I was quite a bit over calories yesterday, but I’m with in calories (at the bottom of my range) today! Added bonus, having a good hair day :-)I was quite a bit over calories yesterday, but I’m with in calories (at the bottom of my range) today! Added bonus, having a good hair day :-)Almost Shana Tova! So much to do today! Goals:
- exercise - 30+ min home workout
- make challah, chicken and butternut tzimmes, green beans, and cake
- set table with nice china
- eat a low cal lunch
- stay within calories for the dayDancing at the drum circle is exercise too!Why who! Despite the holiday and the dinner at my parents house, I’m with in calories for the day! Shana Tova!Over calories yesterday due to yet another Rosh Hashanah dinner. Taking it really easy today bc I think I’m coming down with something. Hoping to nip it in the bud.Salad for lunch! I tried adding some sunflower seeds for crunch today.Getting ready to turn this multi colored pile of veggies into carrot cauliflower soup for the first course of dinner!Poke is my good for you lunch treat!Workout while my daughter does ballet. Multitasking!Workout with my trainer! So awesome to know I’m going to get one really really good workout a week :-)Healthy lunch choice on date day.Beautiful day date bike ride to brunch! #healthydateBelow my calories range today! I was disappointed by last week’s gain, but I’m not going to let it get me down! Eventually, consistency will win out! I got this.Posted a photoSurvived the fast and apparently managed to eat 1100 calories at the break fast. Bagels and cream cheese wouldn’t have been my first choice! I feel refreshed and ready to start anew with the clean living (read: complete tracking) I should be doing anyway!Beautiful bike ride today (and tough because of head winds). Exercise and relaxation together!Had my body fat and stuff done at the gym today. Results are not promising in the long term. However, looks like at least my weight is probably down since last week’s gain, so there’s that! I won’t let the negatives bring me down. I will continue on the plan!Lost weight! Lost the 4.4 lbs I gained last week. Bodies are weird.It was a good week for stepping!Sprint- walked to make on time to the Sound of Music singalong at the Hollywood Bowl. We made it. Phew!Sweat-o-rama!No official exercise today (and consequently I’m 170 cal over, even though I made good choices today) but I did run around a lot! GOAL!Within calories today and had a great time at the farmers market!New haircut! And workout complete.Had a great, active week as far as staffing goes, even though not as much exercise per se as I would’ve liked.Workout complete!Today was way too much rushing around, and an object lesson in why skipping meals is bad. Puny breakfast, lunch at 2:30pm, no real dinner = tons of snacks = way over calories. Even with a long bike ride. Point taken!Delicious but too huge salad today. I enjoyed it but overate!Last workout before hernia surgery tomorrow. It was a good one!Waiting to go into surgery for two hernias. Wish me luck!!!!I usually add a hard boiled egg to breakfast for protein. This one is perfect!I was within calories yesterday!Posted a photoMade myself a spinach, orange, and aloe juice smoothie for fiber. Hope it’s yummy!Feeling a bit blue. But today went well! Pain managed, almost within calories (ok, 20 cal over my range, not too shabby). Drank lots of water, ate tons of fiber. Met some of my goals even though I can’t do much yet and I’m already tired of sitting on the couch.Thank you to my husband for making me a delicious kale salad for lunch!My salad is looking fine!Got to take a walk for the first time since my surgery! It was nice but I ache now.I did so well yesterday ... Until after dinner, when I was working and went for the jelly beans and Gobstoppers :( But today is a new day and I'll make it happen within calories and with lots of fiber and liquids! Going to try for 5k steps today too (trying to take it easy post surgery but build up to more activity).Salad in a Sunbeam.Proud that I didn’t binge on sugar tonight! I had my dessert and stopped! I am a few cal over (ok, 71), but not too shabby!Today was a good day! I landed a new project, got down to inbox zero, and stayed within my calorie range! Go me!Posted a photoPosted a photoI was feeling kind of blue this morning. I’m still recovering from surgery, and even though it’s going well, I am tired of being in pain and not being able to exercise or even take a walk. But today I put on my big girl pants and my pink sunglasses and went out to face the world with a smile anyway.Do you licious poke lunch with my therapy tiger :-)I don’t think I had any added sugar today. Of course, that success was counterbalanced by my peanut butter on celery snack, which ended up being very high calorie because peanut butter is so calorically dense. It’s hard when you’re hungry!Pomegranate and yogurt snack.I'm a water champion this week!I was great about logging in this week! #GoRebels!Today’s salad: spinach, radicchio, radishes, black beans, turkey, pomegranate seeds, cilantro. Simple oil, balsamic, and lemon dressing.Have you had your fruit today?I’m proud of myself for staying within my calorie range yesterday (even though it feels low because I can’t exercise right now). And I’m proud of myself are heading off a binge in the evening. I tasted a piece of my homemade apple muffin. It was delicious! I wanted to eat the whole thing! But instead I had a ginger candy, which is very satisfying and just spicy enough that I don’t want anything else afterwards. Perfect!Dance party in the kitchen with my little ballerina!Proud of myself for recognizing that I was full and not finishing my lunch. Even though it was delicious. #mindfuleatingA really delicious looking fall salad of kale, radish, spinach, tomato, pomegranate, red carrots, a little onion, and orange segments. I’ll be dressing it with a homemade vinaigrette and adding beans and salmon for protein.I was doing great today… Until I discovered the rum balls at the block party. I ate three. I am way over calories today. Very disappointing! So here’s the plan for tomorrow. I will have a good breakfast. I will not eat any dessert at the rabbis class. I will come home. I will have mostly salads and a little pizza at our lunch party. No dessert. A snack, and a good dinner. Maybe some dark chocolate for dessert. I can do it! Goal is to be with in calories tomorrow.OK, so… I am mostly within calories. But I think that most of what I did consume today was dessert and sweets (potluck at our house). Not as bad as massive overeating, I guess, but in the week to come, let’s get all the desserts out of the house and focus on real foods.Salad for lunch topped with canned salmon, white beans, and blue cheese. I eat a lot of sugar over the weekend. But I’m back on track today.I know it sounds crazy, but for me, planned snacking when I am hungry but not starving is really important to managing my food intake. Today's snack is half this container (4 oz) delicious whole milk yogurt from the farmer's market and maybe some cheese or an apple.I know it sounds crazy, but for me, planned snacking when I am hungry but not starving is really important to managing my food intake. Today's snack is half this container (4 oz) delicious whole milk yogurt from the farmer's market and maybe some cheese or an apple.The zucchini fritters where delicious, and a good way to get in lots of veggies, but not the healthiest choice due to their high oil content (even though I tried to keep the oil in the pan to a minimum).Within calories today! Wooo! No random eating! Had a great time at the farmers market with my daughter. And I’m almost at 10,000 steps, will get those last few steps in before bed. Great day!On-site running usability tests all day. I look tired, and I am, but I’m also proud. I ate the foods I had brought with me, ate the lunch I had ordered, made good choices, and still have calories left for dinner. And not for nothing, I like the way I look in these earrings :-)Proud of myself! No random eating and within calories on a very challenging day. Third day in a row too!Long morning! Excited about today’s poke lunch.All food accounted for and within calories for the third day in a row. And I wore a new outfit today and looked like a boss.Happy birthday to my beautiful mom! And congrats to me on YET ANOTHER DAY WITHIN CALORIES!!! Somehow I wasn't extra hungry today, which made it much easier.I am cleared to do cardio, though not strength training yet. Feels good to be back in my gym clothes.Salad for lunch.I made a grain bowl for dinner this evening, and it was nourishing, cozy, and delicious. Farro, roasted pumpkin, steamed broccoli, lettuce, tofu, lemon tahini dressing, everything spice, Sriracha. Hit the spot!The grain bowl so nice, I ate it twice.Finally got back to exercising after my surgery. It was only a short bike ride, but it felt great.Within calories again today! And I got to exercise! There were candy corns at the pumpkin carving party, my favorite, and I only ate 5!!!Did a bunch of walking today as well as a bike ride, and saw some beautiful plants. And got over 14k steps! So glad to be pretty much healed from surgery.It was a good day yesterday -lots of steps, 8+ water, eating within calories. Same goals today! #letsdothisI made everything on this plate including the bread! Delicious meatballs with shredded veggies mixed inside, roasted cauliflower, sourdough.Posted a photoCelebrating the victory that my jeans fit comfortably again, and that I put overnight oats on so I can have healthy oatmeal along with my hard boiled egg tomorrow morning.Posted a photoSlightly over calories today (and 220 over if I don’t add in walking), but I’m proud of myself for making good choices today, other than eating lunch too late, and for not eating any candy while trick-or-treating. And getting my 10,000 steps. Good for me!Grain bowl lunch!Got almost 10k steps in, much of that waking in the corn maze!Did some squats while waiting in line for lunch at the apple orchard.Even did 15 push-ups among the apples.Home and tired but made time for a quick exercise video.The colors of this sunset (#nofilter) reflect how proud I am that I did a second home workout.A very nice “ladies’ lunch” with family. Even though I ate out and shared dessert, I also had a modest dinner, a reasonable breakfast, and no snacks, so I ended up within my calorie range!This healthy snack contains proteins, fats, and carbs, and will keep me full until my 1 PM lunch slot. Added bonus: I picked the apple myself at an orchard in the LA area!Baked potato topped with broccoli, tofu, salsa, plain yogurt, and half an ounce of cheese.My son picked a 40 minute cardio workout. And with a few modifications for my knee, I did it! My two sidekicks exercised alongside me. #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareNot too shabby!Accomplished almost all of my goals today. Made a delicious homemade dinner, got my work done, got my son a haircut, and even exercised for 40 minutes. OK, I didn’t get in my 10,000 steps, but I did get exercise, and I’m at 8000 steps, so that’s pretty good! and, I’m at the low end of my calorie range for the day!Today I exercised! My right to vote, that is. If you are a US citizen, please do your duty as well.More or less within calories today, but at the top of my range. Had a great time at the farmers market and definitely got in my 10,000 steps. And now I am wrung out.Postmortem of today: did a pretty good job, but would have done better to have eaten better snacks with more protein and fewer carbs. Unfortunately, other than cheese, I am not sure what else falls into that category. Nuts?Got to go for a bike ride today. Mistimed it so I’m diving directly into a call while sweaty. So it goes.OK, so, I have zits. But I think my hair looks great today! #selfesteembuilderOK, so, I have zits. But I think my hair looks great today! #selfesteembuilderPosted a photoSweaty post yoga pic. My first time back in the studio in 2 years! Felt really good, but I was a bit over ambitious and tweaked my back.A lighter workout today since it is my first day back at the gym after surgery a month ago. Still tired though!Posted a photoYummy poke for lunch!Salad!I got to the gym today!Some great milestones today. Went for a long walk while talking to her friend in the evening, which got me up to 13,000 steps. No random eating, and no added sugar other than my protein bar before my workout. And a full workout after a visit to a client and driving! It’s a great start to the week!So far today I have done really well with making good choices, getting lots of steps, and know random eating.Really wanted some chocolate tonight before bed… But I didn’t. No random eating! And I’m within calories for the day too! And I will have 10,000 steps too. Go me!!! I feel as proud as this delightful unicorn :-)Short but vigorous workout today!Posted a photoI had a really rough day yesterday - both lunch and dinner eaten on the run. Far too many calories, though I didn't track them. But I'm back on track today, starting with a really tough yoga class. #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareThis is my look of utter disbelief since it appears that I am actually with in calories today, despite a very hearty lunch. Of course, that’s an approximation, since I ate at a restaurant and have no idea what the calories were, but I tried my best to estimate. In any case, it’s positive that I actually tracked all my food. And that I did a vigorous yoga class in the morning! Here’s to a responsible weekend.Made good choices at breakfast and didn’t finish my meal – stopped when I was full. That is a major victory for me!Made good choices at breakfast and didn’t finish my meal – stopped when I was full. That is a major victory for me!Healthy behavior: eating a snack when your hungry but not starving. Good for me!Exercise with some help from my personal trainer. I didn’t love this work out because it was boring, but I did it.Colorful dinner! Chicken and radicchio salad!Posted a photoHealthy seasonal breakfast: oatmeal topped with a persimmon, and a hard-boiled egg (see it hiding there on the side?)Fun to have my daughter with me at the farmers market as usual. I’ll be sad when she goes to kindergarten and the tradition has to end.Home all day with the kids, one of whom is sick. Still got my workout in.At the low end of my calorie range for the day! And in personal news, I had two phone calls, kept two kids happy all day, did an art project with them, exercised, put a healthy dinner on the table, talked to my brother, and made some art. And I got 9000 steps – not 10,000, but close!All in all, a most successful day!Tonight’s dinner in the pan.Posted a photoWorkout at the park.Saw a beautiful sunset and got in lots of exercise while geocaching with my son.Today was a good day for exercise!Exercise today: dancing with my mom while waiting for the Dino show at the zoo; and playing Simon Says with the kids.Back from a great Thanksgiving break and ready to have a healthy week! #intentionsetHealthy post Thanksgiving lunch of salad in Wasa crackersPosted a photoOK, so I ate things I didn’t intend to today. But I did end the day with in calories, albeit at the top of my range. And all food is tracked for the day. Unfortunately I tweaked my back in yoga again today, but this too shall pass.Within calories for the day!Had to do a shorter workout than expected due to client shenanigans, but I got it done!Giant lunch salad!Before it started to rain, we had the most beautiful sky on our walk.Ugh. Overdid it at dinner last night (mainly on salad, but still .... and I just realized I didn’t even track the wine). So I did well on the goal of know random eating, but I was still way over calories. There are so many ways to screw up! But today’s a new day, and I’ll burn lots of calories because I’m going for a long walk with friends and also working out with my trainer. This will be a good day!Girl, look at this body! I work out! (With apologies to Pitbull)Beautiful walk on the strand with friends today. Big waves!Yesterday’s victory!Successfully completed yoga class without further tweaking my back! It was a little gentler, so not as good of a workout. Totally worth it not to be in pain this week! And as I get stronger, I can do more upward dogs and other backbends.Made an amazing first night Hanukkah dinner for family - brisket and latkes. And thanks to yoga, ended up within calories! Now let’s keep up the good work for the next 8 crazy nights!!!Remains from cutting up a healthy snack of kohlrabi!Really fun and beautiful walk along the strand with my brother, who is in town from NYC. 💖A fun time with my best girl and her unicorn at the farmers market today!Ok, so I am 65 cal over my limit for today. That’s what happens when I don’t get any exercise. But I had no random eating, no evening eating, made good choices, and I’m calling it a successful day!
in other news, commuting sucks, but Christmas lights are beautiful!Today something felt off. But I completed my workout! A tough one too.Posted a photoIt may not look good, but it’s a delicious vegetarian lunch of baked sweet potato, broccoli, tofu, and cottage cheese. Very comforting on a rainy day.Great sunset yoga class today.Posted a photoUgh. Massively overate at today’s holiday party, with a second helping of brisket and a whole slice of cheesecake. Sigh. Tomorrow is a new day.Salad!Ran into my trainer at the gym and got some bonus advice. (my regular session this week is on Friday) also, he takes a really goofy selfie! #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfiePosted a photoSomehow within calories despite an incredibly tough 12 hour workday (I didn’t get to have lunch until 4:30 PM). Ugh, look at those bags under my eyes! But I still feel victorious.Very long tough day of working, and even though I mostly made good choices, I ended up about 700 cal over my goal. Of course, no time to exercise. That’s crazy high! But I will do better tomorrow, when I’ll have a more normal schedule at home.Lunch!I did something good for my health: I got a mammogram!Great looking lunch for a chilly dayLooks like I am somehow miraculously with in calories for today. Let’s keep up the good work! Lately I have been craving the sweets so hard. And I have a bit of a cold, so I’ve been laying low (translation: not exercising). That doesn’t help either. We’ll see if I feel good enough to go to the gym tomorrow.Rough day, and I am still recovering from my cold. But exercise got done! And I didn’t mangle my back in the process this time.Long day, but I resisted temptation and made a healthy choice at the airport.Walk with an old friend!Beautiful Glow Tide 5k with the family. We were the slowest, but we did finish, even the 4.5yo!Had a wonderful walk to see holiday lights tonight.Posted a photoI sort of expected this dress not to fit, but it did! (Then it kept sort of slipping down and exposing more cleav and bra than I wanted it to. So it goes.)Doodled rather than snacking and ended the day within calories!I couldn’t be prouder of these two kids, who chose to help serve a meal to needy people in our community. True mensches.Lots of walking to see the spectacular moonlight garden exhibit.Beautiful walk on the beach today.Beautiful fall leaves spotted while geocaching with the kids. A great way to start the new year!Apple cranberry crumble - a healthy-ish dessert for tomorrow’s dinner party. Not pictured but prepped: curried pumpkin soup, roast chicken with root vegetables, baba ghanouj, veggie platter, homemade bread.Got a lot of steps in at the Rose Parade post parade.Made the world’s most beautiful veggie platter for our dinner with friends. #BeforeAndAfterWent way over calories today, but I still had a nice active day. And overall, I made pretty good choices without being obsessive. Next time, I’ll do even better. #newstart #everyonestartssomewherePosted a photoWalked our heart out on the Las Vegas strip. 20k steps!Lots of walking on the Las Vegas strip again today. 21,000 steps.Last day in Vegas.What a beautiful fresh lunch salad!Weighed my lunch today. One beautiful fresh salad with 3 ounces of turkey, 1 ounce of blue cheese, and 130 g of black beans.Posted a photoWalk my son to and from school today. Ended up with over 10,000 steps before 4 PM. Bonus mom points for cheering up my daughter with a story about her imaginary alien friend and unicorns.Lighter work out then usual because it’s been a month since I was at the gym with my trainer. But I’m back!A good day!Workout complete!Ugh, a binge day with lots of ice cream. Here’s hoping for a better day tomorrow.Decided to walk rather than drive to drop my daughter’s nap stuff off at preschool. A small but healthy choice!Really frigging cold here in NYC, but I still enjoyed walking!Proud of myself for working out while my daughter was at ballet. First time in a long time.Proud of myself for whipping up a healthy dinner in about 30 minutes. Pumpkin soup, honey mustard chicken thighs with Panko bread crumbs, and a delicious salad that my daughter put together all by herself!Farmers market days are the best days! Excited about citrus season.Workout complete! I know I am fortunate to be able to afford it and I love that once a week I know I can get a really good workout with my trainer.Salad for the next two days - looks fresh and yummy!Posted a photoWalk to downtown to take my kids out for birthday ice cream.Beautiful view from a beautiful walk with a beautiful friend.A salad for lunch topped with big potato, beans, turkey sausage, and a little blue cheeseA salad for lunch topped with big potato, beans, turkey sausage, and a little blue cheeseAargh! Can’t believe I didn’t just get those last few steps in yesterday!Posted a photoDown 0.9 lbs!Had a tough day yesterday, but had a good reset at yoga today!Yoga at family weekend retreat.Walked in the rain :)Phew!Sort of freaking out. I am at my highest weight in a LONG TIME and I don’t know how it happened. I’ve been good (on and off), I’ve been exercising (on and off), I’ve been mostly tracking food. And I am at 184.5. Gained back 12 lbs that I had lost in the last couple of years. And just not looking good or feeling good. The spare tire is too big. The boobs are bigger and tender (maybe today’s 2.5 lb gain is partly water weight?) Either way, it is NOT OK and it terrifies me.Newfound resolve: to be consistent and committed to my goals. Started out with a 15 minute exercise session at home.Morning yoga FTW!Posted a photoPosted a photoNot too shabby! A beautiful day for a bike ride.A third great day in a row. All calories accounted for, exercised, and I’m doing great!Just wanted to share that I have been doing awesome the last three days with nutrition and exercise. Not sure if I’ll make it to the gym today, but I’m going to try for about half an hour of a home work out. My hamstrings are still sore from yesterday‘s bike ride! And I’m doing great on the food planning and talking so far. Today is shopping at Costco, but the strategy is to drink my coffee and stay away from the samples.No time to work out? No problem!Healthy lunch!Beautiful sunset on the way home from yoga today. Trying not to kick myself for missing my physical therapy appointment, but I just spaced out on it. That happens.Worked out but good.After a week of good eating decisions, the scale is moving in the right direction!Posted a photoDid absolutely great with eating today.Wonderful hike today. And I’m excited to have started a new virtual race.Super sweaty yoga on this windy morning.Great workoutBeautiful view after yogaSilly hair from yoga. Very hard class!Finished my workout and feeling good.My first day back skiing in 10 years! I did great!Whew! I overindulged over the weekend (and over a week away skiing) and it is time to get serious again.
Oatmeal and hard boiled egg for breakfast
Poke for lunch, or maybe salmon salad
Chicken, bean soup, salad for dinner
No evening eating!Healthy lunch!Awesome really tough workout today.Hello spark friends! I have been away from this site for too long as work got crazy. Then I went on vacation, and a wonderful vacation it was. Somehow my shorts are a little looser after vacation than before, so I’m hoping that means that it wasn’t too terrible with eating. I am ready to return to my healthy habits tomorrow!I’m proud of our healthy, delicious, and beautiful table for last night. Potato leek soup, seared salmon, fresh English peas, salad, brown rice medley.Worked out!Posted a photoOnly 100 cal over for the day. Not bad, considering that it’s Friday and I made a big dinner for the family.Wildflowers seen on this morning‘s family bike ride.Posted a photoSo many bonus points today!Well. I got to wear two different costumes today, for the Heber school exodus experience and for the Game of Thrones party. Like my goatee? While I didn’t stay in my calorie range, I did make good choices all day long, so I’m pretty happy with how it went.Good yoga class today!Did a great job of eating appropriate choices and exercising today. I was so hungry after dinner and a 2 mile walk that I had a snack. But since I’m not intermittent fasting, I guess it’s OK?Mushroom soup in progress!Had a good day today eating wise despite some temptations. Here’s to another good day of keeping my goals in mind tomorrow.Down 2 1/2 pounds! I guess last week was a fluke!Posted a photoYesterday I was actually within calories! Today I was to her calories over, but that’s not bad of a day when I didn’t have a chance to fit in any exercise and I went to a Seder! Tomorrow, I will be within calories again, and consistency will be the name of the game.Zucchini and sweet potato frittata in progress. Healthy, veggie forward, and Passover friendly too!Workout complete!Successfully staved off a binge tonight!Yoga hair, don't care.Not a great day today. I overindulged at lunch, had dessert and then some extra chocolate with dinner, and ended up 600 cal over my intended goal, also because I didn’t really exercise. And I didn’t drink very much water either. Not a huge tragedy, just a warning to be more diligent in the coming days. This is a slip up, not a major problem, and I will recover.Fitbit trainer liftoff workout.I’m proud of myself today for taking care of the kids, resisting the lure of junk food, cooking the family a healthy dinner, and getting to bed on time!Proud of myself for continuing my streak of good eating and no junk food. Go me!Really tough workout today!Really tough workout today!Had a little chocolate tonight but didn’t binge, even though I wanted to. I call that a victory!Seen while rollerblading on the beachPosted a photoLifting heavy things!Posted a photoWoohoo!Long day. I shouldn’t have treated myself to a brownie before bed as dessert, but it wasn’t a binge, so it wasn’t too bad. Weigh in tomorrow!Tough workout again today!A healthy fridge is a happy fridge!Really tough week. But I got to work out, and I have to say, I feel so much better!Tuna salad on top of regular salad. Lunch Al fresco!First day of 16:10 intermittent fasting. I felt like I was hungry all day. Didn’t help that I got up at 5:45 AM to run interviews. Black coffee is not too bad. Not sure why I felt hungry after dinner. My calories are not lower than they would have been otherwise. It’s not great for my work to be lightheaded and have trouble focusing when I’m trying to be running an interview. And I was starving in the afternoon too, due to a skipped snack. I think I will give it a few more days to try.Happy 5th birthday to Mila!Second day of 16:10 intermittent fasting was a bit easier. I did get pretty hungry in the morning, but it was also because I was bored – when I had something to do, it went away, and I was fine. Tomorrow, I’m not sure what I’m going to do, because I have a call from noon to 130, and then I work out at two. So it will be tough to have a full meal before I work out. It will also be hard to fast until 130 rather than noon. I think I will need to start eating around 11 AM.Good workout!Made it to yoga!So excited for a big salad lunch!Home workout with my sidekicks!Posted a photoCancel meetings means I got to do my work out after all today!Cancel meetings means I got to do my work out after all today!Proud of my workout today! Solo, and I motivated myself!Salad!Extra sweaty from today’s workout and feeling good!Sweaty selfieSweaty selfie