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Being the Model

I'm being a healthy role model, even when no one is looking!

Like leaves in a stream, I'm releasing the weight and the unhealthy habits. I'm letting them all go.

I discovered that I always lose weight when I travel. Why is that? Because I make healthy choices, even when no one is looking. So, that's my new motivation and motto: Be the model!

Another month comes to a close. Where am I? I maintained my weight this month, ...
I'm being a healthy role model, even when no one is looking!

Like leaves in a stream, I'm releasing the weight and the unhealthy habits. I'm letting them all go.

I discovered that I always lose weight when I travel. Why is that? Because I make healthy choices, even when no one is looking. So, that's my new motivation and motto: Be the model!

Another month comes to a close. Where am I? I maintained my weight this month, but I made progress on many fronts, including working out every day and adding strength back into my routine. Night time eating continues to be the monkey on my back.

Operation Lean Body, Kind Heart: Lose weight and retain/build lean mass while losing weight. Be a better spouse and friend.
Time for an update! Still maintaining in the 230s, working hard to move the needle. Another Boeing on the Move Challenge starts next month. It's nice because my Fitbit is already synced with the website they use to track our fitness. I added a new elliptical and rowing machine to my home gym. And that, my friends, is the last I need to spend on fitness. My focus now is to use the tools I've got and pay attention to the foods I eat. We know how this works. Time to put it all together!

I managed to maintain my weight this year. Thanks to planking, I also improved my ability to do real push ups. I got my PMP this year and my daughter got engaged.

9/2/13 Operation Bifurcate Brenda - it's on! Mission: Distinguish between the old and the new. Lift up the new Brenda with the great attitude and passion to excel. Put passive, couch potato Brenda in her rightful place in the backseat. Life is no longer a spectator sport!

I'm back in the 220s and determined not to retread this path again. What's changed? It's hard to explain. I know I can do it, so I'm doing it. I'm on a trajectory of about 1.5 pounds lost per week since May. My Facebook group started a weekly weigh in challenge and it's motivated me to lose. We also have a fitness challenge that kicked off at work last week. It's the perfect storm to lose, lose, lose!

3/3/13 Week 105
I turned the page on a decade last week. I'm starting Year 40 off right. I lost 4 pounds the first week. I'm doing my best to eat fresh and move often.

1/5/13 Week 97
I sort of checked out after Addee graduated from bootcamp. I regained half of what I had lost. But I have a plan and I'm working the plan *wink and a nod to Irish*

10/15/2012 Week 85
I'm still here! Still maintaining the 30. I took up a push up challenge today. I completed 72...working my way up to 100 consecutive push ups.

8/21/2012 Week 77
After being buried by an overwhelming workload, I've dug my way out and am doing fairly well! Despite being MIA for most of June, I managed to maintain my 30 pound loss. I should get something for that, right? That's a pretty big deal considering all the stress and lack of fitness. *generous back patting here* Awesome job maintaining! Now it's time to focus on that next 30..or the next 5, if breaking it down is more manageable.

4/21/2012 Week 60
Woo Hoo! I lost 30 pounds! ONEderland is in my sights!

3/31/2012 Week 57
I'm losing again, albeit slowly. 1/2 pound per week since the beginning of January. I'm back to my pre-holiday weight! After 19 weeks of purgatory, I'm ready to make this train move a little faster!

2/25/2012 Week 52
What I've found in my first year of Sparking: a pervasive healthy attitude.

2/12/2012 Week 50
"To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on. "

~Chaucer, A Knight's Tale

12/31/11 Week 44
Good grief! What a set back the holidays have been. Oh well, this is life! I'm still taking credit for the 20 pounds I kept off. If I do that five years in a row, I'll be at my optimum weight :)

11/19/11 Week 38
Still figuring things out and maintaining a 25 pound loss. Whew! The gym was a bust. It's just not my thing right now, maybe not ever. I lost 10 pounds during the 16 week Inspire Challenge. I'm not dropping weight like mad, but I'm trending in the right direction.

11/8/11 - Week 36
I'm still rockin' the Zumba..trying some new things at LA Fitness. I'm down 29 pounds from February.

10/1/11 - Week 32
I discovered Zumba in September. I go twice a week and am already noticing an increase in my stamina and flexibility!

8/26/11 - Week 26
Oh my gosh! I achieved my 20 pounds lost goal PLUS I made my August goal one week early!

8/14/11 - Week 25
I'm amazing myself! I've lost 2 pounds in two consecutive weeks. One more pound and I claim the 20 Pounds Lost Trophy. Woot!

7/29/11 - Week 22
Getting it DONE! I'm down 15 pounds. I hope to have a big breakthrough in August. I'm back to 45-60 minutes of cardio every day and being more disciplined with the food tracking.

7/4/11 - Week 19
I've kept off 13 pounds, a little under a pound a week. by biking at least 30 minutes, participating in a fitness challenge at work through the end of July, and half-heartedly tracking food. Still figuring out a fix for evenings.

6/2/11 - Week 14 Update
I recalculated when I started this odyssey and figure I've lost 15 pounds so far, a little over a pound a week.
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Member Since: 2/25/2011

SparkPoints: 53,194

Fitness Minutes: 47,665

My Goals:
1. Listen. Be engaged.
2. Limit Spark time to 2-3 hours a day (including planning and tracking).
3. Put phone away in the evenings.

1. Plan and track meals weekly.
2. Stay in macronutrient ranges.
3. Eat protein snack before leaving work and after a workout.
4. Eat sensibly in the evening.
5. Limit processed foods.

1. 30-60 minutes of cardio 5-6 days/week.
2. strength training 3x/week.
3. 18,000 fitness minutes in 2014.

My Program:
Have done: New Rules of Lifting for Women, Jamie Eason's Live Fit Program, Leslie Sansone DVDs, Zumba.

Cruising on the elliptical, rowing like a mad woman, and surviving Jillian Michaels Kettlebell and 6 week 6 Pack workouts

Personal Information:
I'm 5' 5", 41 and live in Seattle, WA with my loving husband. We have three grown daughters, a cat, and an assortment of hermit crabs.

I have an MBA and a PMP and work in finance for the greatest aerospace company in the world.

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0 232.4
1 231.6
2 235.6
3 232.2
4 233.2
5 232.4
6 228.4
7 229.6
8 230.6
9 234.6
10 233.2
11 230.4

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Member Comments:
7/9/2014 12:37:08 PM

I know about the sweat....just putting in the ACs has been a sweat producing adventure. That is one benefit of sweat!

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7/8/2014 10:19:47 AM

Heh. I really have no trouble keeping up the same intensity. Not while reading, or even writing at times.

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7/7/2014 4:31:38 PM

Love your new streak title: "Streak of Awesome"! Eating in moderation is so smart, too. Less stress = more success!

Here's that recipe. It is sooooo good! I used some yellow pepper in mine since I didn't have enough onion and it was delicious. I halved the recipe, but still used the 8 oz can of tomato sauce, but left out the water, and I had enough for 4 servings.

Skillet Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean turkey
1 tablespoon oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small cabbage, chopped
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and onion. Cook, stirring, until turkey is no longer pink and onion is tender. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.

Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8

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7/6/2014 11:52:14 PM

Thanks for reading my blog- Never eat in secret. The 100 Day challenge is going well 21 days binge free emoticon
It is great to have your support and encouragement. emoticon

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6/29/2014 6:11:44 PM

Fitness schedule made, now to make my dinner menu for the week this evening, and I'll be set with a plan! I'm meeting 2 ladies for step aerobics at my gym in the morning. Hopefully that will help me to actually get there and follow through!

Good luck with your steps and healthy eating this week!

PS - I got to see my other Seattle / Boeing friend yesterday, my college friend, Donna. She was in St. Louis at the training center all week, got to spend some time with her parents who live a few hours north of here, and with her father-in-law here. She is taking vacation this week so she and her husband can drive from St. Louis to Nashville to see her adult children.


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