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See this image larger(1 comments)See this image larger(4 comments)See this image larger(13 comments)See this image largerIn Sorrento, Italy on our honeymoon.(4 comments)See this image largerEngagement photos(2 comments)See this image largerHappy Thanksgiving!See this image largerI 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!See this image largerNothing like a great pair of new shoes for instant motivation!See this image largerApparently 2 someones think I'm gorgeous. I'll take it!See this image largerAt my daughter's 2nd birthday party, May 2016(1 comments)See this image larger(6 comments)See this image largerJust finished my workout. Felt great!See this image largerYesterday - so close to 10k!See this image largerPracticing single legged squats while waiting for my allergy shot. #multitasking #getthoserepsinSee this image larger3 day streak of meeting my 10k steps. Let's try for 4!See this image largerCleared by the physical therapist to try running again! First time in at least 6 months, probably longer. Tiring but felt good!See this image largerSo ... 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!See this image largerA good day for stepping!See this image largerAnother jog!See this image largerStanding desk today in an effort to get to my 10k step goal. It doesn't add much, but every little bit counts. #getupstandupSee this image largerWay too tempted to eat the peep off one of these cupcakes in the breakroom. Send encouragement. #staystrong #justsaynoSee this image largerVictory yesterday! I love when it flashes green to show I reached my goal!See this image largerWalked, 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.(2 comments)See this image largerLook who I saw on today's walk around the office complex! #everylittlebitcountsSee this image largerDelicious 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!See this image largerVacation in Puerto Vallarta(3 comments)See this image largerThat 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!See this image largerAnother 1.1 lbs down. Slow and steady reaches the goal!See this image largerPresent from my husband! 😍See this image largerQuestion: 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!See this image largerWell, didn't win my workweek hustle challenge, but I'm on the podium!See this image largerSurvived a trip to McDonald's and still on track!See this image largerBeautiful hike with the family enjoying the last of California's super bloom and ocean views!See this image largerReady for a beach bike ride and lunch with an ocean view!See this image largerHealthy, protein-pqcked lunch of poke, seaweed salad, and brown rice at the halfway point of my beach bike ride! 🚴🚴🚴See this image largerRefreshing grapefruit mint water with ingredients from my garden.See this image largerHey, 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.See this image largerSummer is coming!!! (But I didn't buy any peaches today - they'll be far more delicious next week.)See this image largerSomehow convinced that I look chubbier around the midsection today than yesterday. Couldn't have happened, right?See this image largerHealthy and fresh lunch in the spring sunshine!See this image largerSearing grouper for dinner. We usually have salmon - hope this is yummy!See this image largerMid-walk treat from my favorite coffee shop. Cold-brewed coffee with about 1 oz of half and half = 39 calories of delicious refreshment.See this image largerPhew! Swimming is one of the best (and most exhausting) full body workouts I can think of!See this image largerMy hard work has been paying off this month! Down 4.5 lbs.See this image largerShabbat dinner!See this image largerSeasonal fruit bowl on the counter!See this image largerSuch a beautiful day for a walk! Here is one house we saw on our way. Gorgeous roses, perfect weather!See this image largerThese shorts were too tight to wear comfortably a month ago; now they fit great! #NSV Next step, tighter abs too!See this image largerToday was a great day for stepping!See this image largerRemains 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!See this image largerMy daughter was painting with Grandma over the weekend. What a fun fridge we have today!See this image largerEnjoying some relaxation in the front seat while someone small and cute snoozes in the back :)See this image largerGetting 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.See this image largerHealthy snack under 200 Cal, full of protein and some fat: 2% Fage Greek yogurt with strawberries and cinnamon. 🍓🍓🍓(1 comments)See this image largerI 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.See this image largerCanned salmon salad for lunch, eaten with celery instead of a fork. Watermelon for dessert. Lots of protein and healthy fats!See this image largerSummer fruit is here!!!See this image largerBack to jogging again! (Ok, intervals.) Over 1 mile, and over my 10,000 steps for the day. Nice and sweaty. #running #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerPilates abs - day 3!See this image largerToday'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.See this image largerUsing my daughter's dance studio time to do my physical therapy leg exercises. Stronger every day!See this image largerMy colorful lunch! #tastetherainbowSee this image largerSnack time!See this image largerDidn't want to go to the gym but did anyway. 10k steps, 1.5 mi. #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerSee this image largerMushroom soup simmering, and black bean chilaquiles ready to go into the oven. #cincodemayoSee this image largerEmpty gym here today on Cinco de Mayo. But I showed up! #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerSo close to winning this challenge! Do I have 4000 more steps in me before 10pm?See this image largerShabbat Shalom!See this image largerMy old scale (left) stopped taring. Hello shiny new petite friend!See this image largerWell ... 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! #smallvictoriesSee this image largerBrunch!See this image largerYummy treat! Steak salad :)See this image largerThings I didn't eat today: - birthday cake - pizza - tortillas and rice from fish tacos - CUPCAKES! (In a cupcake chandelier too!) Go me!See this image largerWorkout done, 10k steps reached. 6 min elliptical warm-up 25 min leg exercises and other strength training 23 min jogging intervals + cool down Phew! 🏃‍♀️💪🏋️‍♀️😅👍See this image largerI got a trophy yesterday! Thanks Jerri and other fellow scarlet dragons!See this image largerLunch: poke, Brussels sprouts salad with dates, broccoli salad with ricotta salata. Yum!See this image largerFirst 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! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ #sweatyselfie #gymhairdont
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See this image largerI always feel a bit lost when my Fitbit is charging. Hope I don't forget it today - I'm in two different challenges!See this image largerMy 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.See this image largerAfternoon treat for only eating 2 bites of the kids' Nutella crepe.See this image largerBecause 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!See this image largerNo run today, but 7 miles on stationary bike. #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerYum!See this image largerCouch to 5k day 2. Harder than last time!See this image largerLook what I found at the supermarket today! Cherries are here!See this image largerNot sure what this flashy green screen means on my Fitbit app, but I know that I like it!See this image largerLunch prepped for tomorrow's long day at work: big salad with salmon, cherries, assorted veggies, fruit, cheese, and yogurt. Yum!See this image largerI 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!See this image largerWorkout time truncated due to preschool mother's day festivities. But they were super cute! Now for an extra fast workout.See this image largerFastest run pace 5.5! I prefer to run outside, but there's something to be said for the consistency of the treadmill. #runningSee this image largerI'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!See this image largerI'm currently leading in my workweek hustle Fitbit challenge. (Enjoying it while it lasts!) #fitbit #10kstepsSee this image largerI won one!See this image largerGoofy 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 #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerThe 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!See this image largerExcited 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!See this image largerLow 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!See this image largerChicken prepped and ready to stick in the oven before this afternoon's workout. Healthy dinner for the week: ✅See this image largerCrêpe at the farmers market: lunch of champions!See this image largerView 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. #runningSee this image largerLunch 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. #smallvictoriesSee this image largerWas at work from 8am-8pm but still managed to get 10k steps and stay within calories! #winning #smallvictoriesSee this image largerMy royal walking partner for this morning's trip to the library and grocery store.See this image largerSo, 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 ... See this image largerHealthy treat for lunch: spicy poke!See this image largerBeautiful 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!See this image largerHappy 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.)See this image largerHad one bite of cupcake (plus the tastes of whipped cream I snitched while frosting). Now here's my delicious dessert.See this image largerToday'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! ⛱⛱😎😎☀️☀️🌊🌊See this image largerBreakfast!See this image largerTreats 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.See this image largerI 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 :)See this image largerHad 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 ...See this image largerHealthy 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!See this image largerToday's run was on the greenbelt (wood chip trail). Hot weekend, but not too hot to run at 5pm. C25k week 2 day 3. 🏃🏃🏃 #sweatyselfieSee this image largerExtremely unfocused and unproductive morning. Hoping a chance of scenery and some caffeine will help.See this image largerCouch to 5k week 2 day 3 repeat. Phew! #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieSee this image largerLook who decided to join me for morning toothbrushing and squats! #morningmultitaskingSee this image largerSummer berries are here!See this image largerAnother Tuesday, another family walk to and from the farmer's market. 🚶🚶🍓🍑🍏🍎🐟🍿☕️🍒🥒🥕🥑🥚🍊🍋 #healthymomSee this image largerI was a rockstar today!See this image largerSnakes prepped for the workday.See this image largerAlternative use of the flip belt: it holds my keys when I run, and also holds ice on my injured knee while driving.See this image largerOK, I love hot dogs as much as the next person, but this is NOT a balanced meal. Where are the freggies?See this image largerHappy anniversary to my main squeeze! 8 years of marriage today - here's to many many more healthy years to come. ❤See this image largerOfficially out of the 180s and feeling amazing! Now time for my workout.See this image largerCouch to 5k Week 3 day 1. Runs are now 3 min long - much more difficult. But I'm progressing! #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerGorgeous and healthy lunch of leftover salmon over a green salad with sprouts, radishes, and sprouted lentils. 😋See this image largerOff to San Francisco!See this image largerA wonderful first day of our trip. Here's to day two!See this image largerWhat a beautiful breakfast at this B&B! (There's also breads, quiche, cottage cheese, etc.)See this image largerToday was a great day for stepping!See this image largerGood 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!) #morningmultitaskingSee this image largerHappy Memorial Day! First day of the summer season here in the US!See this image largerBooyah! (Ok, it helps that I chose a heavy walking weekend for this challenge, but still!)See this image largerIt doesn't photograph well, but overnight, this will turn into delicious chocolate peanut butter Chia pudding for breakfast tomorrow.See this image largerHere's what overnight chia pudding looks like in the morning (with strawberries). Yum!See this image largerFarmers market day treat!See this image largerLeftovers 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?).See this image largerHad 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 #runningSee this image largerIn fact, I DO feel better! Endorphins FTW! Couch to 5k Week 3 day 2. #running #sweatyselfieSee this image largerMini 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!"See this image largerI 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 :) #smallvictoriesSee this image largerSo weird - I realized today that the gym is actually my happy place!See this image largerI'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.See this image largerSome new bathing suits and summer dresses. Hope they fit! (And several hundred dollars with of food ...) #costcoSee this image largerLunch for two al fresco! (Canned salmon salad, veggies, fruit, iced tea.)See this image largerMy fave summer snack: cottage cheese with fresh fruit, sprinkled with sprouted lentils.See this image largerCouch 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!See this image largerVery 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!See this image largerAnother workweek, another workweek hustle won. These small rewards help when the scale doesn't change!See this image largerPhysical therapy drills completed while waiting for kids to leave the synagogue! #multitaskingSee this image largerDoggie cake in process for tomorrow's birthday party for my daughter!See this image largerStretching 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.See this image largerLots of energetic dancing at tonight's Bar Mitzvah reception! Phew!See this image largerWanted 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!See this image largerHappy third birthday to Mila, who loved her doggie cake! (5 comments)See this image largerGym 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!See this image largerFresh and healthy treat for lunch!See this image largerIntervals! I was cleared to register for a 5k, so I ran for a longer distance - 5 min running, 2-3 min walking recovery. #running #sweatyselfieSee this image largerHealthy snacks and dinner prepared for a long day at work!See this image largerThis made me smile. Hope it does the same for you. Have a wonderful weekend, Spark brothers and sisters!See this image largerQuick and healthy treat before the gym. #pokeloverSee this image largerToday 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.See this image largerA breakfast worthy of a restaurant! Whole wheat English muffin, laughing cow light cheese, sunny side up eggs, and lox topped with sprouts.See this image largerMy goal is 10k steps/day. I've hit that goal every day since May 16! #streakpowerSee this image largerThe 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 #sweatyselfieSee this image largerNeed inspiration to exercise?See this image largerLunch for one al fresco: tuna salad eaten with fresh veggies instead of a fork, fresh seasonal fruit, iced tea.See this image largerWant 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?(1 comments)See this image largerBeautiful run on the beach! 4-6 min runs, 2 min walks. 3 miles. #running sweatyselfieSee this image largerCorn chowder on deck for dinner. Once the veggies are sauteed, I'll add the broth.See this image largerCorn chowder, lemon balsamic chicken, roasted cauliflower. Dinner is served! (With plenty of leftovers for the week ahead :) 😋See this image largerHow's this for motivation? I REGISTERED FOR MY FIRST 5K!!!!See this image largerWell, 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! #hazardsofhealthyeatingSee this image largerHealthy 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.See this image largerI 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!See this image largerDetermined to have an efficient morning and both finish my report and fit in a run before preschool pickup. We can do it!See this image largerAnother 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.See this image largerDelicious and healthy fresh veggie salad!See this image largerGoals 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 snackingSee this image largerFresh summer bounty for lunch!See this image largerNuff said!See this image largerArms and legs, worked out. Look at all that beautiful sweat! #sweatyselfie #crosstrainingSee this image largerSee this image largerPosting photos of dessert as a proxy for eating it :)See this image largerAdvantages 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 :) 🥇🏅🏆See this image largerSharing my breakfast with Maggie the dog, lambie, and baby robot!See this image largerHealthy and active family fun day at the beach!See this image larger10k steps daily for 40 day streak!See this image largerWhat 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.See this image largerAnother run on the beach. 5k in just 7 days! (My phone died partway through, so I took this photo after I got home.) #running #sweatyselfieSee this image largerEpic summer day spent playing, walking, biking, and running at the beach. Happy summer, everyone!See this image largerI was craving coleslaw the other day, so I made some! Sausage on the side for protein, and of course some fresh fruit for dessert.See this image largerDespite 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! #smallvictoriesSee this image largerFinally 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!See this image largerIntervals! (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 #sweatisfatmeltingSee this image largerAdded 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)See this image largerCottage cheese, fruit, and cereal for breakfast!See this image largerAvocado toast with lox. #lunchspiration I should remember I can make this at home too (but should add more protein :)See this image largerFarmers' market day! The best day of the week! (And we walk there = over 10k steps and it's only 3pm)See this image largerLunch for tomorrow: check! Way healthier and more delicious than anything in the commissary!See this image largerWoke 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!See this image largerWho 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!See this image largerSaw duckies while coming out of the gym! Now that's unusual!See this image largerA good day in step-land!See this image largerWorkout 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 #runningSee this image largerWeight 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!See this image largerMorning hike!See this image largerOver 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.See this image largerTomorrow 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!See this image largerAbout to start my first 5k!See this image largerFirst 5k completed! 41:13.17. A personal record. The medal is a cookie!See this image largerPost race breakfast of champions.See this image largerPost race breakfast of champions.See this image largerWell ... 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!See this image largerBeach-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.See this image largerMy 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!See this image largerLunch for tomorrow! Canned salmon salad, coke slaw, fruit, veggies, other snacks.See this image larger32 min of intervals: fast speed 5.7 mph, slow speed 4.2 mph. Getting stronger and faster every day! #sweatisfatcrying #sweatyselfie #running #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerGot to take a walk on the Disney studio lot today. Pretty cool place, even in 90 degree heat!See this image largerHow do you keep your avocado toast safe? Put lox on it!See this image largerHow do you keep your avocado toast safe? Put lox on it!See this image largerPicking up kids after a great full body workout at physical therapy.See this image largerPure summer happiness: fresh local peaches, apricots, and cherriums!See this image largerBeen feeling slim and attractive in my serious business dress today! #NSVSee this image largerNot 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 #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerMy dining companions. Thursdays are adventure days! Today, the bones museum.See this image largerMany, 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:See this image larger2 miles of intervals on the treadmill at PT. The therapist says my form is good, even at fastest speed! #running #sweatyselfieSee this image largerTuna, coleslaw, and the cutest little personal watermelon for lunch!See this image largerI may be fluctuating upward this week in terms of weight, but I did some great stepping!See this image largerPotato, zucchini, and feta frittata. A very satisfying vegetarian meal!See this image largerOatmeal cottage cheese blueberry pancakes and fresh summer fruit!See this image largerI 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!)See this image largerBeautiful weather on my walk with my brother. Unfortunately everyone else in Santa Monica seemed to have the same idea! 😎🌴🏖🎡🎢See this image largerYesterday: 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!See this image largerChicken 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!See this image largerFeeling a little "hangover" after the festivities of a four-day weekend. But today starts with a healthy breakfast and gets better from there!See this image largerTaking the stairs down to lunch instead of the elevator. Every little bit counts! #fitbit #gottaget10kSee this image largerIn our house, even the stuffed animals start the day off with a healthy breakfast. What did you have for breakfast?See this image largerFull body circuits!See this image largerI was planning to jog on the treadmill, but I couldn't resist the call of the beach!See this image largerTreated myself to poke for lunch! Healthy and delicious (though I actually prefer nontraditional salmon poke to ahi tuna).See this image largerMy running shoe company endorsed me as an athlete! (OK, it's a gimmick, but a fun one. I love seeing myself this way!)(2 comments)See this image larger5k in 45 minutes of fartleks. I've always wanted to do a fartlek! Faster and stronger every day! #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfie #runningSee this image largerFeeling 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!See this image largerVeggies 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!See this image largerThe shakshuka was amazing! Side dish of roasted cauliflower too.See this image largerBeautiful! Found this sign during the cool down of my beach run.See this image largerBeach run! So tired after teaching and a poor night of sleep, and it was hot, but I still got out and did it! #runningSee this image largerReady 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!See this image largerWorld'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!See this image largerLunch! 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!See this image largerCan you read it? Wake up and frolic!See this image largerWas having kind of a down day, but a nice sweaty bike ride turned around my mood. My longest in years! #sweatisfatcrying #biking #endorphinsFTWSee this image largerParenting 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!See this image largerAvocado toast with sardines!See this image largerAfter 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.See this image largerPan-searing fresh salmon and yellow squash. Le yum!See this image largerThe 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)!See this image largerFarmers' market bounty: peaches, mango nectarines, and grapefruits from our own tree. #deliciousdailymomentSee this image larger13x1 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 #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerOops! 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 :)See this image largerBougainvillea on my evening walk - an antidote to horrible LA traffic.See this image largerSometimes 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.See this image largerWorked up quite a sweat with an at-home full body strength workout courtesy of the Biggest Loser Challenge Indigo Shuffle! Go Scarlet Dragons! 🐲🐉🔥💪🏆🏅 #sweatyselfieSee this image largerCottage cheese and fruit for breakfast. But honestly, I am getting a little tired of it. What do you eat for breakfast?See this image largerRan 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!See this image largerCanned salmon salad and accoutrements for lunch! #deliciousdailymomentsSee this image largerSomething tells me this challah doesn't want to go into the oven! Shabbat Shalom!See this image largerBreakfast! Looks exactly the same as Thursday night dinner :-)See this image largerNew 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 :)See this image largerPhew! 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.See this image largerAfter a brisk evening walk, goal met! Now if only I could figure out why Runkeeper keeps dying on me ... #10kstepstreakSee this image largerLilies 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!See this image largerI 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.See this image largerHad the nerve to wear a short skirt to work today. I like how it shows off my stems!See this image largerInstead of snacking before bed, I did a brief full body workout! Stronger every day! 💪🏆🏋 #sweatyselfieSee this image largerRelaxing 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!See this image largerKids 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! #momwinSee this image largerWas 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!See this image largerPlumbing done. One cure for a bad mood coming up!See this image largerCure 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!See this image largerBeach views from my bike ride today! I truly live in paradise. #deliciousdailymomentSee this image largerSomehow I missed lunch today. So here's a hearty but healthy snack! #deliciousdailymomentSee this image largerTeeny tiny adorable (and only slightly slug-eaten) strawberries from our own garden!See this image largerSalad prepped for a long day tomorrow! Greens, tomatoes, black beans, leftover salmon, and leftover squash from dinner. Dressing in an accompanying container. Yummy!See this image largerMountain views on my lunchtime walk.See this image largerFit 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 #sweatyselfieSee this image largerFound an old pair of jeans in my closet. They were very tight a few weeks ago. Now they are totally wearable! #NSVSee this image largerSalad with leftovers for lunch. Le yum. But I miss the blue cheese :)See this image largerPhysical 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 #sweatyselfieSee this image largerI 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! 💪🏆🏃🎽 #sweatyselfieSee this image largerCheck 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! 💪🏆🏅😎See this image largerSitting in a giant Adirondack chair during my class break. Life is good!See this image largerYup! Showing up is half the battle!See this image largerOld 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!See this image largerTrying 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!See this image largerTrying KT tape to see if it will help with my tennis elbow.See this image largerWorld's healthiest picnic!See this image largerI 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. #breakfastspirationSee this image largerGood morning! Let's get the day started right!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerIf only grownups could go to art camp! Summer is the best!See this image largerBreakfast for lunch!See this image largerDo you hate your thighs? Don't feel bad! Even this carrot has inner thigh rub 😂 #iloveuglyproduce #farmersmarketSee this image largerMy 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 :-)See this image largerRan 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!See this image larger40 push-ups! Stronger every day! And I mind someday soon, arm muscle definition!See this image largerDaily inspiration! Even this car is telling you to get your workout on! It'll cure what ails you!See this image largerQuite a colorful haul from today's farmers market!See this image largerBeach bike ride. Feeling blessed!See this image largerAnother view.See this image largerWorkout complete! Feeling fit and strong. Better every day!See this image largerTreat time!See this image largerBeautiful and perfectly symmetrical succulent on my walk today. Also, I am trying walking barefoot to see how that feels.See this image larger20 min jog without stopping! Plus warmup and a relatively long cooldown. Faster, stronger, and more endurance every day!See this image largerDate night. Look, Ma, I'm wearing makeup!See this image largerToday's adventure: California science Center! No official exercise, but I did get almost 7000 steps :-)See this image larger45 push-ups. Stronger every day!See this image largerParty at physical therapy today (really!) Live music, shave ice, dancing!See this image larger29 minutes of intervals. Feels good to get back to running! #running #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieSee this image largerShabbat 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.See this image largerColorful breakfast!See this image largerMy sidekick and I are cleaning out the refrigerator. Makes it so much easier to prepare meals when you can find everything!See this image largerOrganized -- and labeled too! Goal accomplished!See this image largerBooya! 20 min running without stopping. Run pace 12:30/mile (whoa!). #sweatyselfieSee this image largerAll this and 50 push-ups too! 50!See this image largerSuper 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 :)See this image largerDate morning: bike to brunch and back.See this image largerOatmeal made with protein powder, topped with peach and strawberry, plus a hard boiled egg. It's what's for breakfast!See this image largerLunch! 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!See this image largerMy endorsement check arrived! Thanks Brooks! #professionalathlete #running #goHilarygoSee this image largerLunch al fresco! Black beans and turkey avocado wraps, accompanied by fresh veggies and fruit.See this image largerLunch al fresco! Black beans and turkey avocado wraps, accompanied by fresh veggies and fruit.See this image largerI'm sick, so I didn't jog as I normally would have, but a brisk walk sure felt good! #sweatyselfieSee this image largerIn 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!(3 comments)See this image largerBrisk bike ride + humid weather = lots and lots of sweat! #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieSee this image largerToday my helpers assisted with a delicious quinoa vegetable salad! Now they are excited about eating it!See this image larger1/8 cup of ice cream. Weighed, measured, and accounted for. Now to enjoy!See this image largerLong summer day! Highlight was the cutest picnic ever. Hope you enjoyed your day too.See this image largerTired 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 #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerToday 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 #sweatyselfieSee this image largerFinished my silly kitty cat hat for my daughter. Knitting keeps my hands busy so I don't snack while watching TV :)See this image largerSquats done! Every morning.See this image largerReally 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. #sweatyselfieSee this image largerBFL: breakfast for lunch!See this image largerFound a really pretty walking trail near my in-laws' house!See this image largerOvernight oats prepped for tomorrow's breakfast. Lunch packed too!See this image largerBusy Monday morning of a busy week. I'm starting out with a quick trip to the gym. Let's carpe this diem!See this image largerRun complete! Faster and stronger every day! #sweatyselfieSee this image largerNew (to me) skirt! I think it makes me look slim :)See this image largerFamily 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).See this image larger52 push-ups. A new record!See this image largerFarmers market is my happy place! The kids love all the produce, especially using the cucumbers as telephones!See this image largerNice sweaty stationary bike session at PT. My next to last session! Bittersweet for sure :) #sweatyselfieSee this image largerLong day at work, but I managed to stay within calories AND get in 10k steps, thanks to an evening walk. A successful day!See this image largerLong 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.See this image largerGot to do ladder drills today at PT! Just like the athletes!See this image largerAs 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 #slowandsteadywinstheraceSee this image largerLunch 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!See this image largerChallah and sautéed vegetables. Not pictured: turkey meatballs, baked peaches with crumble topping, watermelon soup. Shabbat Shalom!See this image largerMy 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!See this image largerYesterday'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! #recycleyourveggiesSee this image largerRealized 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 #NSVSee this image largerYummy pea soup at the famous Pea Soup Anderson's in Santa Nella. Driving from LA to Bend, Oregon.See this image largerYou 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!See this image largerLunch!See this image largerStill did my push-ups, even on vacation - my husband was impressed!See this image largerSad to be saying goodbye to beautiful Sunriver, Oregon. See you next year!See this image largerSpent some quality time in the bouncy castle with this one today. Going to count it as trampolining :-) definitely good exercise!See this image largerHad a chance to try rowing (in a rowboat, not a rowing machine) on this beautifully serene lake. Great exercise!See this image largerBack 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!See this image largerHealthy breakfast eaten and tracked. Back from vacation and starting off on the right foot!See this image largerFirst run back after vacation!See this image largerOvernight oats prepped! Tomorrow is going to be a good day. #dailydeliciousmomentSee this image largerWell, 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!See this image largerAll food for the day tracked. And within calories, too (albeit just barely!).See this image largerLoved my Fitbit so well that the original purple band broke. Hello shiny new pink accessory!See this image largerNew day, starting out with 46 squats!See this image largerOver 10k steps already today. So this is a well-earned snack! And a table decorated with beautiful fresh blooms.See this image largerFirst day of kindergarten!See this image largerLong 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!See this image largerWeight lost over vacation! I finally got a chance to weigh myself (albeit on a different scale) and results are good!See this image largerMade 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.See this image larger30 min running without stopping. Beautiful breach run on a perfect overcast day. Slow but steady! #running #lappingeveryoneonthecouch #sweatyselfieSee this image largerAt the theatre. In a dress I haven't worn in years. We clean up good!See this image larger14 miles of bike riding! With a beautiful brunch too :) healthy date morning! 🚴See this image largerIngredients for a fresh and healthy summer succotash dish to accompany grilled sausages.See this image largerToday 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 #fitmamaSee this image largerTotally 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.See this image largerNot 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!See this image largerThe clouds are beautiful today as I walk the long way around back to my car from a long day at work.See this image largerSo sleepy this morning! But I did a brief pre-shower workout: sit-ups, jumping jacks, squats, wall sit, push-ups. Good morning!See this image largerDelicious birthday breakfast! That's basil poking out from under the egg.See this image largerBirthday 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.See this image largerTook 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!See this image largerToday: - 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!See this image largerLunchtime!See this image largerSteps 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!See this image largerAmazingly 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 ...)See this image largerGorgeous 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! #runningSee this image largerExercise completed. Errands done. Time for a delicious poke lunch!See this image largerI'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!See this image largerCaught 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 #TMISee this image largerI 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!See this image largerIn transit ... Chose healthy Greek yogurt and a banana while en route at O'Hare in Chicago.See this image largerUsed Dayton's bike share program to tour around the city yesterday. Affordable, quick, and healthy too! The city is beautiful!See this image largerMaking the best choices I can at the airport travel lounge. Skipped mac & cheese and clam chowder in favor of salad!See this image largerJogged through the O'Hare rainbow tunnel. Not a lot of exercise, but on travel days I'll take what I can get!See this image largerIngredients for summer veggie pizza!See this image largerBusy busy day today! Goals: - make good good choices, stay within calories - record ALL food - 10k steps - exercise? My first day of return to normalcy. I can do it!!See this image largerBeautiful beach jog today! #running #keepingmypromisestomyselfSee this image largerHalf a Fitstar workout while my son watched Wild Kratts. Something is better than nothing! I'll fit the other half in later. #sweatyselfieSee this image larger2nd kid home from school. 2nd TV show. 2nd half of workout! #sweatyselfie #keepingmypromisestomyselfSee this image largerGreat day at Universal Studios with my mom for her bday celebration!See this image largerSnacks and water bottle packed for a busy day!See this image largerSee this image largerLunch today: fresh, colorful, healthy, delicious!See this image largerLong 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!See this image largerFound the most awesome die to use for my Scarlet Dragons BLC monopoly challenge! 🐲🔥🐉💪 #dragonstrongSee this image largerBonked 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! #runningSee this image largerToday's summary: - jogged 3.1 mi (intervals) - stayed within calories - almost 20k steps Huzzah! Today was a great day!See this image largerMorning push-ups: done! Even after months, they're still hard, but I did 60 :)See this image largerCostco 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!See this image largerWhile the family swam, I spent 40 minutes treading water! Kept me warm in the cool water! 💪💪💪See this image largerReally 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.See this image largerHaven'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.See this image largerWorkout completed! Haven't done intervals in a long time, and they felt great. I really had to push myself.See this image largerDown .1 lbs from Friday. Not what I was hoping for, but slow progress is better than no progress!See this image largerFlu shot achievement unlocked! Here's to a healthy fall!See this image largerCheck 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. #NSVSee this image largerHere's what I'm having for my snack instead of leftover cake. Go me!See this image largerFamily dinners are really great! I love fish night!See this image largerReally 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 #sweatyselfieSee this image largerGreat 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!See this image largerShana Tova from my family! On our way to do Tashlich (symbolically throwing our sins into the water) off the pier.See this image largerReady for Rosh Hashanah dinner!See this image largerDifficult 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 #runningSee this image largerSuccessful managed to head off a binge this evening!See this image largerOatmeal cottage cheese pancakes!See this image largerDelicious looking salad from the aquarium cafe!See this image largerSaw the world's biggest spiders on my walk yesterday!See this image largerIt doesn't look like much, but it's chocolate chia pudding for breakfast for the next few days!See this image largerEnding the day under calories. And I feel pretty! Blue is my color :)See this image largerThe 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 #momlifeSee this image largerToday my get up and go sort of got up and went. Tomorrow I vow to be better: - school drop off - jog - 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.See this image largerMorning walk with my best girl and her babies.See this image largerMorning push-ups? Check. 65!See this image largerOcean 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!See this image largerDid my 50 walking lunges while walking back to my car from my beach run. Thanks for the suggestion, daily coach sparking tip. #strongereveryday 💪💪💪🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️See this image largerProud of myself for sticking to my no-added-sugar vow almost completely, despite a long and difficult work day.See this image largerBeen 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!See this image largerSeen on my lunchtime walk. For people who really really like chess. #everystepcountsSee this image largerSugar: successfully avoided Calories: within range Steps: over 10k Exercise: short walk at lunch, push-ups, bicycle crunches. Not great but not nothing! Bedtime: imminent I'd say today was a success!See this image largerGot to fit in a quick run before preschool dropoff, thanks to my husband. ❤️💪🏃‍♀️🏆See this image largerI love these candies. BUT a promise is a promise. #justsayingno #keepingmypromisestomyself #nosugar(1 comments)See this image largerNice n sweaty! Not my best speed ever, but I did it! #running #sweatyselfieSee this image larger2 min squats, 50 push-ups. Morning exercises: ✔️See this image largerLunch!See this image largerThink 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 #sweatisfatcryingSee this image largerWithin 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!See this image largerLate summer Farmers Market is the best!See this image largerPlums vs chocolate. Pleased to report I made the right choice today. #winningSee this image largerManaged to find energy for my favorite 9-minute arm workout video. Thanks, Coach Nicole!See this image largerWell ... 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.See this image largerBiked to the gym. Weighed in, and now I'm nice and sweaty after a 7 min full body workout. Now to bike home!See this image largerBike ride completed! 🚴🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️ now shower and being productive time.See this image largerLunch in the sukkah!See this image largerHealthy choices for lunch (note no bread!)See this image largerTook 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! #fitmamaSee this image largerNothing 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.See this image largerOk! 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.See this image largerNice healthy lunch colon leftover coleslaw and quinoa salad, and turkey Roll-Ups for protein.See this image largerBoth my sidekicks worked out with me today! #sweatyselfie #thefamilythatworksouttogetherSee this image largerSee this image largerGood 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!See this image largerTaking a break from work to get my push-ups in while I wait for tea to boil.See this image largerPhew! Loving my new routine of bike to the gym, short Fitstar workout, bike home. #sweatyselfieSee this image largerSee this image largerLunch!See this image largerSo ... 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! :)See this image largerA walk, cold brew coffee, and a little bit of me time before a very long and intensive afternoon of work.See this image largerOver 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+.See this image largerKnee 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 #runningSee this image largerPinquito breaks for lunch with fresh veggies!See this image largerLovely evening at dinner the theater with a close friend. Thank you to the rowdy rebels for reminding me to track food!See this image largerAnother backyard strength workout. My husband joined me this time! #sweatyselfieSee this image largerA bounty of fruits and veggies!See this image largerBehold 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!See this image largerToday'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.See this image largerBeautiful fresh fall kale persimmon saladSee this image largerSteelhead with salad. So fresh and healthy!See this image largerSo I'm a bit of an over-spender, but what beautiful farmers market bounty!See this image largerLots of fresh veggies for lunch!See this image largerPretty office park walk at lunch!See this image largerToday'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!See this image largerReally excited about my midmorning snack today: seeded crispbread from trader Joe's, laughing cow light, heirloom tomato slices. And now to work!See this image largerPretty excited about my roasted veggie feta basil quiche (in progress).See this image largerOne 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 #runningSee this image largerThe finished quiche, topped with breadcrumbs. Next time I'll also add some sun dried tomatoes. 3 out of 4 family members approved!See this image largerBike today to the gym, 15 min full body workout, bike home. Awesome routine! Stronger every day! 🚴🏻‍♀️💪🏋️🚴🏻‍♀️See this image largerBike ride home finished. Look at all the beautiful sweat! #sweatyselfieSee this image largerLots of fun at Halloween carnival!See this image largerDessert: raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, pomegranate seeds. So fresh tasting!See this image largerBeautiful beach run this morning. Looking forward to running in cooler weather soon! #running #sweatyselfie Faster and stronger every day!See this image largerPost run treat!See this image largersomeday I'll be able to wear the clothes from this Boutique if I keep it up!See this image largerFirst lunch: avocado toast with egg. Le yum!See this image largerAppreciating the beauty of the city as we drive home from Santa Anita.See this image larger4500 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 :)See this image largerLunch: salmon salad, half a seeded crispbread, celery, green salad. Yummy!See this image larger3 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 #supermomSee this image largerTook 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! Today's goals: - 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!See this image largerMore 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? #sweatyselfieSee this image largerNOW I'm sweating! #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerLunch: harvest kale salad with pomegranate and persimmon, topped with egg for some protein. Yummy!See this image largerSalmon salad! LunchSee this image largerFrustrating 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!See this image largerUsed our kid free morning to take a walk around super hip North Culver City.See this image largerNice and sweaty. I love the slimming racing stripes of my pants! Bike, weights, bike. Sweat! #sweatyselfie #crosstrain 🚴🏻‍♀️🏋️🚴🏻‍♀️💪🏆🎉See this image largerVery 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!See this image largerTomorrow'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!See this image largerToday's kindergarten Halloween parade was just the cutest!See this image largerMy 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!See this image largerThanks to the magic of the slow cooker, this will become a healthy vegan bean soup for us to eat before trick-or-treating!See this image largerHalloween 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). 🎃👻💀🏆See this image largerLunch!See this image largerJust completed a very lengthy census survey. Research karma!See this image largerAfter a few days of resting my knee, I'm back! Easy bike ride on a beautiful sunny fall day and upper body weights.See this image largerA 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!See this image largerDitched 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 #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerStrength training completed. TRX is an awesome workout! Look at all that beautiful sweat!See this image largerBanana oatmeal cottage cheese pancakes. Delicious, full of protein with no added sugar. To with applesauce. A great breakfast for me and my best girl!See this image largerCleaned out the Halloween candy and didn't eat any! #winning The rest will go to the troops.See this image largerBeautiful breezy day. Biking and strength training complete!See this image largerDid great all day today until dessert, when I had a second frozen brownie. But still within calories. And tomorrow is another day.See this image largerDid well at sisterhood dinner tonight: wine, but no bread, very little pasta or tiramisu. Focus on fish and salad and veggies. 🌟See this image largerA special lunch date with my special guy!See this image largerPreschool carpool accomplished! One of the more taxing parts of the day. Now for a quick workout before my 1130 phone call.See this image largerToday’s beach bike ride was 8 miles!See this image largerSeen on my walk today.See this image largerKnee 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 #sweatyselfieSee this image largerHealthy and hearty potato vegetable soup in progress. Perfect for fall!See this image largerIt may be elementary school run club, but the whole family can get a workout!See this image largerGot back to my normal routine of squats, calf raises, and push-ups in the morning. Feels good!See this image larger2.07 mi run/jog intervals. Total 2.07 mi. No walk breaks. Booya!See this image largerHooray for a workout! Beach bike ride and Fitstar 15.See this image largerSimple healthy veggie forward dinner!See this image largerRegistered 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!See this image largerBeach 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!See this image largerFarmers’ market bounty!See this image largerDinner!See this image largerTurkey trot completed! Chip time 36:51. (Just under 12 min/mi pace.) Not too shabby!See this image largerLunch of champions! Er, does 80th in my age division count as a champion? Sure it does!See this image largerSkipped 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!See this image largerBack 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!See this image larger3 appliances in use making food for the week: whole wheat bread, veggie broth for soup, steel cut oats all.See this image largerOn 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.See this image largerBorscht and salad. Colorful and fresh!See this image largerWe love fish night!See this image largerCheck out my shiny new Fitbit badge!See this image largerOn business travel. Not enough energy to work out today, but I ate reasonably and took a walk to get to my 10k steps. #nottooshabbySee this image largerProud 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!See this image larger20 min stationery bike, and some bodyweight exercise.See this image largerSalad and wine in front of a cozy fireplace! #hyggeligSee this image largerRun 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 :( #sweatyselfieSee this image largerGot to take a walk over lunchSee this image largerResolution fulfilled part 1: on the elliptical! 🏆🥇See this image largerSafari sogoodi, as my father would say. All food and exercise for the day tracked and plenty of calories left for dinner. Go me!See this image largerA very successful day! All food tracked, and I ended up within calories. Let's do it again tomorrow! #bedhead 😴💤See this image largerQuick morning workout: ✅ Thanks, Fitstar app!See this image largerStill 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!See this image largerLit the first night Hanukkah candles with my brother in Brooklyn thanks to FaceTime. Happy Hanukkah!See this image largerThis morning: 25 min on the elliptical. I prefer running, but I'm still nice and sweaty!See this image largerI didn’t gain, and even probably lost weight, on my business trip! And worked out every day!See this image largerHanukkah 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!See this image largerBack from vacation, today was my favorite breakfast! Here’s to being on track for the rest of the year :-)See this image largerShot 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?See this image largerToday's workout: done! Fitstar + my backyard FTW!See this image largerLunch! Under 500 cal and yummy!See this image largerBeach bike ride felt like relaxation, not exercise :)See this image largerOh yes.See this image largerSpent the morning at a new year's drum circle with the kids. Getting ready for a rhythmic 2018!(3 comments)See this image largerEnded 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!See this image largerLast week was a pretty good week for movement :)See this image largerAt the gym on New Year’s day! I think my hips look slim :)See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerDoc 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.See this image largerOof. 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 tomorrowSee this image largerHad 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!See this image largerMy sidekicks is demonstrating back plank, the last exercise in my workout today. Workout completed!See this image larger10 minutes of elliptical before bookclub!See this image largerWalk after book club. I'm fortunate to live in such a warm and beautiful place!See this image largerBike intervals! Gentle on the knee and makes me nice and sweaty.See this image largerEnjoyed walking the kids to school in the first rain shower of the winter!See this image largerBeautiful walk to school this morning after 2 days of rain.See this image largerWorkout complete. Jog plus TRX for upper body.See this image largerMan, this was one tough workout! #sweatyselfie #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerHealthy snack!See this image largerGrr. 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. #ventingSee this image largerYesterday was a hungry day. But today WILL be better!See this image largerPost run club. Workout complete!See this image largerTrying a more protein intensive breakfast: Greek yogurt, pb2, and pear. Hope this helps with all day hunger!See this image largerSome challenges with eating and with hunger last week, but it was a good pick for exercise!See this image largerGot to sleep in - thank you Grandma and Grandpa for babysitting! Now a bike ride and brunch. Lazy Sundays are the best! #healthydateSee this image largerEnded the day within calories AND turned in my long and hairy report. Booyah!See this image largerBeautiful beach run on a lazy Monday. Now to pack for my work trip to SF. Don’t forget gym clothes!See this image largerBrought my own dinner to the airport - leftover fried chicken over homemade kale apple salad. #balanceSee this image largerReading spark articles this morning kicked my rear into gear. On my way to the gym before work!See this image largerWent 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 #theywereoldbootsanywaySee this image largerHard run followers by some TRX for upper body. 💪🏅🏆See this image largerOver 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. #smallvictoriesSee this image largerToday'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 homeSee this image largerLong 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.See this image largerMade 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! #fastereverydaySee this image largerAwesome bike ride today on a beautiful January day!See this image largerMid morning snack: Apple with laughing cow light, and 1 ounce of edamameSee this image largerWhen elementary school run club starts at 7:45, I'm amazed how much I can get done before 9am!See this image largerKale salad with almonds, Apple, radishes, and pecorino, topped by a fried egg, topped by red caviar. Because lunch. #putaneggonit #howwerollSee this image largerDriving home from a beautiful beach run. Happy Friday! Tomorrow I rest before race day on Sunday. #running #fastereverydaySee this image largerSuch a beautiful hike yesterday! #gratefulSee this image largerPeanut butter and banana on English muffin. Race day breakfast of champions!See this image larger5k 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 #fastereverydaySee this image largerI had a good weekend!See this image largerRun club today! Only 15 minutes (a little over 1 mile) but it's time I otherwise would have spent coralling kids. Now to work!See this image largerElementary school run club!See this image largerSee this image largerA 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.See this image largerWindy but beautiful walk along the beach. 10k steps: ✅See this image largerDid 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!See this image largerOur 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!See this image largerI am loving working out with my new personal trainer. Certainly a worthwhile investment.See this image largerMet 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!See this image largerI didn't have cake for dessert (even though my husband did). That's a win!See this image largerI’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.See this image largerMy favorite breakfastSee this image largerToday's run was tough. But I did it!See this image largerMy sidekicks got sidetracked partway through, but I enjoyed the Fitbit Trainer Strong Resolve workout!See this image largerNo kids club availability? No problem! Fitstar workout followed by two circuits from my new personal trainer. Because I rock! 💪🏆💪See this image largerAn 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!!!See this image largerThird 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 #fasterandstrongereverydaySee this image largerMade my dinner leftovers into a really delicious lunch. Meatballs, roasted chickpeas, and labneh over salad.See this image largerJust 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 :)See this image largerProud of myself for working out at the hotel gym - and for coordinating with the decor!See this image largerI 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!See this image largerTaking the stairs!See this image largerLook! Sweat!See this image largerYoga hair, don't care :)See this image largerHad 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!See this image largerPhew! 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!See this image largerGot 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!See this image largerWorkout completed! Booya!See this image largerJogging as well as exercise at PT today.See this image largerBuckets of sweat from today's workout. 💪🏆🏋️‍♂️See this image largerProud of myself for making good choices and eating moderately at brunch with a friend today. Bonus - I now have leftovers for a snack!See this image largerGot 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.)See this image largerThis tamale pie was pretty yummy. 75% of the people in my house loved it (what can you do about picky kids?)See this image largerOk, 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!See this image largerWithin calories today!See this image largerMy sidekicks and I went rock climbing today!See this image largerLunch in the sun!See this image largerToday's workout included wall balls, battle ropes, and tabatas. Booya! 💪🏆🏋️‍♂️ #strongereverydaySee this image largerBeautiful 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 ...See this image largerGetting ready to race!See this image larger5k time: 34:23. Not too shabby (and 2:16 off my previous 5k time!)See this image largerNice n sweaty!See this image largerMy dessert.See this image largerWasn't feeling it today. Worked out anyway! Not my best run ever, but it'll do. #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerNot only did I work out, but I bypassed the snack mix and wine at the event at the gym.See this image largerThe sweat is strong today!See this image largerOver 15k steps today marching against gun violence and school shootings.See this image largerPost runSee this image largerYesterday's run was beautifully sunny but VERY windy. I felt good despite the goats like gusts!See this image largerToday'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!See this image largerSuper excited about today's lunch! Salad topped with beans and canned salmon salad.See this image larger#gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieSee this image largerAwesome run today. No walk breaks!See this image largerMy sidekicks were working out with me but got bored halfway through :)See this image largerFeeling hung over today (and not because I drank too much). But I ran anyway! Not as far as usual, but still.See this image largerA new Fitbit badge!See this image largerJust got my St. Patrick's Day race photos and wanted to share them with you. Next race is next Saturday!See this image largerMy 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!See this image largerWorkout in the back yard. Because it's such a shame to go to the gym on such a beautiful day!See this image largerVictory: 100% of food tracked and within calories for the day!See this image largerPassover rock climbing adventure today!See this image largerExercise helps with depression for sure! #sweatyselfieSee this image largerDown 1.6 lbs today. Right direction!See this image largerToday'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!See this image largerLots of sweat today!See this image largerTracked All food and with in calories: steak since Sunday. And down another half pound!See this image largerWalked to and from dinner for date night. Adding in that activity kept me within calories for the day!See this image largerLunch today was yummy! Baked sweet potato with yogurt, salsa, and fresh herbs.See this image largerAdvice 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.)See this image largerSpring vegetable soup and seared zucchini for dinner (along with chicken).See this image largerFun 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!See this image largerBelieve it or not, this is actually a wild cucumber - but you should definitely not eat it! Find hiking in the LA area.See this image largerWithin 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!See this image largerHeading 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!See this image largerOk. 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!See this image largerThis is how we lunch!See this image largerSo 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!See this image largerI 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 ...)See this image largerMy favorite place to shop!See this image largerLunch!See this image largerPoor 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.See this image largerI'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.See this image largerThought 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 :(See this image largerOnly 45 calories over today. I choose to think of it as a success!See this image largerUpdate: 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.See this image largerLunch 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 :)See this image largerA warm day, and our first outdoor dinner of the year. And I ended the day within my calorie range too! Shabbat Shalom!See this image largerA 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 ...See this image largerSpent 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?See this image largerMy delicious dessert! 0 calories and soothing!See this image larger70 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.See this image largerIt didn't photograph well, but I made a really yummy curried sweet potato soup this evening.See this image largerMy favorite shopping venue. Every Tuesday!See this image largerMy lunchtime view!See this image largerCan'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.See this image largerUpper body workout completed. Man, I need to do more abs!See this image largerToday: 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.See this image largerCouldn't go for a bike ride today due to injury. So we went sea kayaking!See this image largerChaotic 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.See this image largerRadishes dipped in curried sweet potato soup are surprisingly yummy!See this image largerEnded the day just about within calories even with some overindulging on birthday cake!See this image largerMy son is so proud of himself for cutting up a bell pepper and creating a beautiful dish of veggies! #proudmamaSee this image largerLunch! Salmon salad on salad with beans and blue cheese. Tangerines for dessert.See this image largerGot 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!See this image largerWell, 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!See this image largerOn our walk to and from school drop off.See this image largerOn our walk to and from school drop off.See this image largerI blackened the salmon in my impatience, but it still looks like a really yummy lunch!See this image largerLunch!See this image largerStealth abs workout this weekSee this image largerOmg. 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!See this image largerCottage cheese with farmers market fresh berries. So beautiful!See this image largerLook what I found at Trader Joe's: a variegated bell pepper (enjoyable variety). Fancy!See this image largerFinally good to ride the bike again!See this image largerWent 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!See this image largerEvery morning I weigh my cereal :)See this image largerToday: all food tracked. Within calories. Short upper body workout completed. Daughter in bed only 15 min late. All is right with the world!See this image largerBrekkie!See this image largerBeautiful beach bike ride today and almost no knee pain. So grateful!See this image largerVictory! Finished the day under calories (just barely) even though the synagogue gala was tonight. Hooray!See this image largerLunch on the go, but still healthy- and crunchy too!See this image largerWhen you eat healthy, colorful veggies, even your food prep is beautiful! Raw broccolini and purple radishes are so good together in a salad!See this image largerAll food tracked and within calories (although just barely). A successful day!See this image largerWorkout. No trainer today, but I got it done!See this image largerA 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.See this image largerDessert - fresh berries and some really yummy farmers market yogurt.See this image largerBeautiful plants on a rainy morning walk!See this image largerShopping at my favorite venue today!See this image largerAll food tracked! Within calories!See this image largerLunch was a bit heavy, but it was also a big bowl of deliciousness!See this image largerNew haircut! And all food tracked for the day, and within calories, thanks to biking to our dinner date. Nice!See this image largerWorkout complete! Literally dozens of push ups and (assisted) pull ups today.See this image largerDown 3 lbs (from last week's highest weight in a year)See this image largerRemnants of lunchSee this image largerWarm up :)See this image largerGoals for today: track all food, get 10,000 steps, stay within calories, make good choices. I can do it!See this image largerIsraeli festival!See this image largerOK, 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.See this image largerManage 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!See this image largerToday’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!See this image largerLunch! At long last.See this image largerLunch! At long last.See this image largerSeen on my walk to and from school today. Such a lovely day!See this image largerEvening walk instead of tv!See this image largerLook! Stone fruit is here!See this image largerWe both got our workouts yesterday!See this image largerWalk to school today and a rose for teacher appreciation day!See this image largerHardcore workout today!See this image largerEnding the day on the low end of my calories range!See this image largerTurkey wraps with avocado, mustard, tomato, purple radish, and broccoli sprouts for lunchSee this image largerFamily hike to a waterfall!See this image largerBeen enjoying good food on my business travel, but very much needing to get back on track. So far today’s been a good day.See this image largerLook! Veggies! (I’ve been missing greens while on travel)See this image largerBeautiful night walk around the exotic streets of downtown Philly.See this image largerAte half a brownie for dessert. It was delicious, but the other half is going in the tag where it belongs. #restraintSee this image largerEnding the day within calories! #pricelessSee this image largerMade a good choice for dinner tonight. Seared scallops, brown rice, broccoli. Oh, and wine :)See this image largerSmart choices look yummy!See this image largerHappy birthday to my favorite 4 year old! They had gelato, I got a really yummy coffee.See this image largerWalked downtown to celebrate this kiddo's birthday with gelato!See this image largerWorkout complete! I was really tired but I did it!See this image largerCanNOT 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!See this image largerBreakfast. Greek yogurt, pb2 powder, strawberries.See this image largerTrader Joe's poke bowl for lunch. But it looks rather low protein. Too bad!See this image largerMe 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.See this image largerFood prep for the week: mushroom stuffing for chicken cutlets, and beet soup!See this image largerFinished the day within calories. It was hard but I did it! Boo Ya!See this image largerFirst day of cherries at the farmers market today!See this image largerSeen on my walk to and from volunteering for my son’s school.See this image largerSo very ready for lunch. Salad with salmon and blue cheese on top, cherries, peach.See this image largerWorkout complete! Rocked it today with rowing and lots of upper body, abs, and back.See this image largerDown .4 lbs since Sunday. I'll take it!See this image largerI 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.See this image largerLunch!See this image largerSeen on today’s walk to and from school.See this image largerHappy 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.See this image largerMy daughter rocking her Rainbow Dash sweatshirt on this morning's walk to school.See this image largerDripping sweat after 25 minutes on the bike!See this image largerEggowiches with green chile (and left over green beans). Weekend brekkie!See this image largerVery picturesque "hike" to the sunken city in San Pedro!See this image largerChef's salad. Best choice at this diner.See this image largerBreakfast. Cottage cheese with peach, strawberry, and heritage flakes.See this image largerFirst corn on the cob of the summer! Shehecheyanu!See this image largerDid 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!!!!See this image largerSee this image largerReally 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!See this image largerA 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.See this image largerGoals for today: 10,000 steps. 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!See this image largerToday’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.See this image largerToday’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.See this image largerToday'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!See this image largerDandelion on this morning’s walk to school.See this image largerI’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.See this image largerEggowich with trout for lunch. Fish added because I was extra hungry :)See this image largerWent 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?See this image largerPortion controlled non-triggering dessert: some fruit, a single piece of chocolate and tea.See this image largerWorkout complete! Tweaked my knee a little - now time to ice.See this image largerI am down 3 lbs! What a great way to start the weekend!See this image largerIt’s been a long short week and I deserve a healthy reward. Here’s my poke lunch!See this image largerKayaking!See this image largerKayaking today! A beautiful day on the water.See this image largerDessert!See this image largerI 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!) Today’s goals: - 10k steps IF my knee feels ok - within calories - kids in bed by 7pm!!! - be with kids all day without losing my cool :)See this image largerSalad for dinner!See this image largerSuch 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!See this image largerA well-deserved snack of Greek yogurt and berriesSee this image largerA 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.See this image largerScene from today’s walk to schoolSee this image largerScene from my favorite shopping venue, the local farmers market. That's a balloon rainbow unicorn she's holding!See this image largerWithin or under calories today. Arm workout in the evening. A good day!See this image largerKnee: not great. But the rest of me is worked out solid. Added 5 lbs to my bench press!See this image largerUp 0.9 lbs even though I did everything right this week. Grrr.See this image largerI make the best salads. #lunchgoalsSee this image largerWithin calories! Even on a very tough day where I was running around all day long. Bam!See this image largerToday 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.See this image largerWhat a beautiful day! Hoping for a beach bike ride today my knee can handle it.See this image largerHad 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.See this image largerProud of myself for making good choices and staying within calories today!See this image largerBackyard workout complete! #sweatyselfieSee this image largerYesterday 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! Today’s goals: - track all food - be within calories - exercise - finish first draft of report Amen!See this image largerHealthy lunchSee this image largerEnjoyed a beautiful beach ride today. AND got my workout in!See this image largerWithin calories today! Not even at the top of my range :)See this image largerShopping at the farmers market today - always my happy place, especially on a sunny early summer day!See this image largerI 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!See this image largerJust 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.See this image largerJust 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.See this image largerEnded 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!See this image largerOatmeal!See this image largerYummy fresh choice at PaneraSee this image largerLots of walking in beautiful weather with the kids today!See this image largerWith my favorite veggie, purple radishes!See this image largerWith my favorite veggie, purple radishes!See this image largerPart of yesterday‘s farmers market haul. I just love stone fruit season!See this image largerCycling at the gym while on a conference callSee this image largerStrawberry soup for the first course of dinner! There’s enough for tomorrow night, and the leftovers are made into strawberry soupsicles!See this image largerBackyard workoutSee this image largerLunch!See this image largerBack 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!See this image largerDancing with my kids at the fireworks festival!See this image largerWithin calories - at the low end of range. And over 10k steps!See this image largerWorkout complete! And guests coming in 15 minutes :-) fortunately just familySee this image largerManaged 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!See this image largerWalked to and from the market today!See this image largerPreparing watermelon soup for dinner!See this image largerPreparing watermelon soup for dinner!See this image largerLook what I made! Homemade sourdough bread! #firstattemptSee this image largerDrinking my water and a cold brew fog (140 cal for a large) as a treat. Resisted my family’s gelato stop!See this image largerYes! 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 :)See this image largerRed white and blue snack!See this image largerFamily 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.See this image largerHappy 4th of July!(1 comments)See this image largerFresh and healthy summer lunch!See this image largerBack to the gym! Nice hard workout!See this image largerA lunch so nice, I made it twice!See this image largerGot my last 2500 steps of the day, and then some, cleaning up the house. Sweaty work when it's this hot! #heatwave #sweatyselfieSee this image largerToday’s lunch is a veggie heavy salade Nicoise!See this image largerColorful 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!See this image larger1 hr between school drop off and brunch? Time for a workout!See this image larger1 hr between school drop off and brunch? Time for a workout!See this image larger1 hr between school drop off and brunch? Time for a workout!See this image largerDown 2 lbs. finally a move in the right direction!See this image largerWorked it on out! #sweatyselfieSee this image larger2 lbs down since yesterday? I like the scale at this gym!See this image largerBeautiful bike ride today. And fourth day in a row of exercise streak!See this image largerSuch a beautiful bike ride today!See this image largerA really delicious BBQ today: grilled salmon with stone fruit salsa, homemade Cole slaw and roasted potatoes. And homegrown grapefruit margaritas and smores for dessert! #howwesummerSee this image largerBaked challah french toast! Added an egg for protein.See this image largerThe perfect end to a delicious and healthy lunch. Homemade smoothie rocket pops! 🍌🍑🍓🥛 - the complete ingredient list (no sugar or other weird stuff)See this image largerAwesome whitewater kayak adventure on the LA river today!See this image largerGot my workout on while waiting for my daughter‘s ballet class to be over. Because I am awesome. #sweatyselfie #multitaskingmomSee this image largerDid I mention that it’s day 7 of my exercise streak? #keepitup #sparkstreaksFTWSee this image largerHealthy dinner!See this image largerWalked to and from the farmers market yesterday. Peak season for fresh veggies!See this image largerForgot my sweaty selfie today.See this image largerDisappointed 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!See this image largerDisappointed 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!See this image largerHealthy lunch splurge of poke.See this image largerI have been putting off getting a blood draw and going to the endocrinologist for nine months. Proud of myself for finally doing it!See this image largerSalad for lunch!See this image largerBackyard workout complete!(1 comments)See this image largerBig salad for lunch!See this image largerRoller skating. Haven’t done it in probably 20 years. Who says I’m too old to learn new things?!?!See this image largerRoller skating. Haven’t done it in probably 20 years. Who says I’m too old to learn new things?!?!See this image largerNot bad! This many miles since I got my Fitbit almost 2 years ago.See this image largerVery excited about this delicious restaurant lunch!See this image largerVery excited about this delicious restaurant lunch!See this image largerSUPER sweaty after a bike ride towing 50 lbs of my daughter + bike. Phew!See this image largerLeftover salad for breakfast!See this image largerNice n sweaty!See this image largerNew workout top. Because I sweated through all my old ones too many times!See this image largerLunch for 1! Veggies galore! Plus tofu for protein :)See this image largerWorkout at the dance studio! Check out my new exercise top. Flattering!See this image largerSparkPeople’s 6 minute yoga video left mea little more relaxed.See this image largerDinner! A nicely proportioned plate (ok, overflowing :)See this image largerDinner! A nicely proportioned plate (ok, overflowing :)See this image largerWalk to and from market!See this image largerToday’s walk was to and around the local Hollywood cemetery!See this image largerHow we lunch!See this image largerPost workout. My trainer kicked my ass as usual! #sweatyselfieSee this image largerEggs on English muffins counts as making a healthy dinner for the kids, right? (Photo courtesy of my son ...)See this image largerWas 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.See this image largerAnother lunch, another beautiful salad!See this image largerWoohoo! Within calories today, even though I felt like I was failing!See this image largerBbqing!See this image largerFinished the day under calories, and no evening snacking. Ready for a great week! 🍓🍑See this image largerSweaty before 7am!See this image largerExercise completed! Now on to the rest of my day, where I will also be awesome.See this image largerWorkout completed in hotel gym: checkSee this image largerOk, my client provided chick fil a for breakfast. But this is the healthiest possible choice for dinner!See this image largerAND I only ate half the bun!See this image largerWoke 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!See this image largerPart of our snack for the beach!See this image largerBikes to and from the beach on a hot day. This is the sweaty aftermath.See this image largerFeeling 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. 😬See this image largerGot my workout in during my daughters ballet class!See this image largerI 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.See this image largerOuch! 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! #resistSee this image largerOK! 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.See this image largerIt’s been a rough week, but at least I got a great workout in today! #sweatyselfieSee this image largerThe makings of a veggie-packed frittata for dinner!See this image largerAll food tracked for the day, within calories. Water drunk. One day at a time, girl! 🌈🦄❤️See this image largerIt all starts with healthy breakfastSee this image largerPost lunch check in. So far, good choices and on track. Keep up the good work!See this image largerPassed up on ice cream in favor of this treat. Calorie free except for a little half-and-half.See this image largerSo 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.See this image largerReminding 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!See this image largerFinished the day off within calories! My husband doesn’t understand why this is a big deal, but you all do!See this image largerYou got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, don’t mess with Mr. in between.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerMade 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.)See this image largerAnother pretty healthy choice!See this image largerAnother pretty healthy choice!See this image largerDessert: raspberries and fresh local huckleberries.See this image largerWelcome to beautiful Sunriver, Oregon!See this image largerToday’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!See this image largerThe 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 ...See this image largerBeautiful river bike ride with the family. Phew!See this image largerFinished my day below my calorie range. That’s a victory!See this image largerHealthy choice for dinner!See this image largerDessertSee this image largerWithin 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?See this image largerAnother lunch, another salad with fish on top!See this image largerBurned a bunch of calories today dancing with my best girl. A Sunriver tradition!See this image largerBurned a bunch of calories today dancing with my best girl. A Sunriver tradition!See this image largerWithin calories again today!See this image largerOver 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!See this image largerBooya! Active vacation = Fitbit win.See this image largerSuch a gorgeous waterfall hike today! Ok, we only went 1 mile, but it was beautiful!See this image largerMade a healthy choice Applebee’s. This gorgeous and huge salad was under 500 cal!See this image largerBack from vacation and starting the week off right with a healthy lunch al fresco!See this image largerGot in a quick workout in the hallway while my sidekick was at her new ballet classSee this image largerGot 14000 steps in today walking around Target for back to school shopping and also to the farmers market and back!See this image largerEnded my day at the low end of my calories range again! This makes almost 2 weeks with only one overage!See this image largerCircuit workout! I'm back, baby! #gymhairdontcare #sweatyselfieSee this image largerLost 5 lbs on my 2 weeks of vacation. What a great reminder to keep up the healthy eating, journaling, and exercise!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSalad for lunch! With leftover salmon, blue cheese, leftover rice, and lots of veggies.See this image largerBeautiful beach bike ride today. I needed that!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerHomemade roasted veggie pizza! Yum!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSaturday breakfast: eggowiches!See this image largerHealthy lunch choice at the museum cafe.See this image largerFitstar Mountain Cross workoutSee this image largerJust made myself two doctors’ appointments that I have been putting of. Very proud of myself! #gogetem #notlookingforwardtosurgerySee this image largerTook a break from playing with my sidekick to get in a 10 minute workout!See this image largerMy colorful dinner! All leftovers: bbq chicken thigh, cole slaw, watermelon feta salad. Summery!See this image largerEnjoying a crepe at one of my favorite places - the farmers market!See this image largerBeautiful 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!See this image largerMy mermaid fairy princess’s first day of preschool!See this image largerWorkout complete!See this image largerLunch treat for one! Poke.See this image largerUp 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!See this image largerAnother day ended with great workouts, within calories, and another step closer to my goal!See this image largerBeautiful sky after my bike ride. I'm proud of myself for biking toand from an appointment 1.5 miles away!See this image largerFeels like it’s been along time since I’ve had one of my famous salads for lunch :-)See this image largerBeautiful beach walk with women from the synagogue this morning. And I am done with my 10,000 steps before 11 AM!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerHealthy choice!See this image largerTwo days on vacation for my birthday, but I’m back!See this image largerI won the weekend!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerAlmost ready to add broth and make this into corn soup!See this image largerAlmost ready to add broth and make this into corn soup!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerHealthy dinner!See this image largerCelebrated my 40th birthday with some great food and a hike with good friends. Life is about balance!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerWorkout complete!See this image largerBoom! Within calories!See this image largerSalad days!See this image largerBad: nanny cancelled. Good: I got to spend some time rock climbing!See this image largerWithin calories for the day, but just barely. 3 to spare. Goodnight!See this image largerWorld's most colorful dinner: shakshouka, rice, salad.See this image largerI 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 :-)See this image largerI 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 :-)See this image largerAlmost 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 daySee this image largerDancing at the drum circle is exercise too!See this image largerWhy who! Despite the holiday and the dinner at my parents house, I’m with in calories for the day! Shana Tova!See this image largerOver 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.See this image largerSalad for lunch! I tried adding some sunflower seeds for crunch today.See this image largerGetting ready to turn this multi colored pile of veggies into carrot cauliflower soup for the first course of dinner!See this image largerPoke is my good for you lunch treat!See this image largerWorkout while my daughter does ballet. Multitasking!See this image largerWorkout with my trainer! So awesome to know I’m going to get one really really good workout a week :-)See this image largerSee this image largerHealthy lunch choice on date day.See this image largerBeautiful day date bike ride to brunch! #healthydateSee this image largerBelow 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.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSurvived 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!See this image largerBeautiful bike ride today (and tough because of head winds). Exercise and relaxation together!See this image largerHad 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!See this image largerLost weight! Lost the 4.4 lbs I gained last week. Bodies are weird.See this image largerIt was a good week for stepping!See this image largerSprint- walked to make on time to the Sound of Music singalong at the Hollywood Bowl. We made it. Phew!See this image largerSweat-o-rama!See this image largerNo 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!See this image largerWithin calories today and had a great time at the farmers market!See this image largerNew haircut! And workout complete.See this image largerSee this image largerHad a great, active week as far as staffing goes, even though not as much exercise per se as I would’ve liked.See this image largerWorkout complete!See this image largerToday 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!See this image largerDelicious but too huge salad today. I enjoyed it but overate!See this image largerLast workout before hernia surgery tomorrow. It was a good one!See this image largerWaiting to go into surgery for two hernias. Wish me luck!!!!See this image largerI usually add a hard boiled egg to breakfast for protein. This one is perfect!See this image largerI was within calories yesterday!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerMade myself a spinach, orange, and aloe juice smoothie for fiber. Hope it’s yummy!See this image largerFeeling 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.See this image largerThank you to my husband for making me a delicious kale salad for lunch!See this image largerMy salad is looking fine!See this image largerGot to take a walk for the first time since my surgery! It was nice but I ache now.See this image largerI 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).See this image largerSalad in a Sunbeam.See this image largerProud 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!See this image largerToday was a good day! I landed a new project, got down to inbox zero, and stayed within my calorie range! Go me!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerI 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.See this image largerDo you licious poke lunch with my therapy tiger :-)See this image largerI 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!See this image largerPomegranate and yogurt snack.See this image largerI'm a water champion this week!See this image largerI was great about logging in this week! #GoRebels!See this image largerToday’s salad: spinach, radicchio, radishes, black beans, turkey, pomegranate seeds, cilantro. Simple oil, balsamic, and lemon dressing.See this image largerHave you had your fruit today?See this image largerI’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!See this image largerDance party in the kitchen with my little ballerina!See this image largerProud of myself for recognizing that I was full and not finishing my lunch. Even though it was delicious. #mindfuleatingSee this image largerA 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.See this image largerI 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.See this image largerOK, 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.See this image largerSalad 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.See this image largerI 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.See this image largerI 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.See this image largerSee this image largerThe 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).See this image largerWithin 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!See this image largerOn-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 :-)See this image largerProud of myself! No random eating and within calories on a very challenging day. Third day in a row too!See this image largerLong morning! Excited about today’s poke lunch.See this image largerAll 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.See this image largerHappy 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.See this image largerI am cleared to do cardio, though not strength training yet. Feels good to be back in my gym clothes.See this image largerSalad for lunch.See this image largerI 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!See this image largerSee this image largerThe grain bowl so nice, I ate it twice.See this image largerFinally got back to exercising after my surgery. It was only a short bike ride, but it felt great.See this image largerWithin calories again today! And I got to exercise! There were candy corns at the pumpkin carving party, my favorite, and I only ate 5!!!See this image largerDid 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.See this image largerIt was a good day yesterday -lots of steps, 8+ water, eating within calories. Same goals today! #letsdothisSee this image largerI made everything on this plate including the bread! Delicious meatballs with shredded veggies mixed inside, roasted cauliflower, sourdough.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerCelebrating 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.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSlightly 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!See this image largerGrain bowl lunch!See this image largerSee this image largerGot almost 10k steps in, much of that waking in the corn maze!See this image largerDid some squats while waiting in line for lunch at the apple orchard.See this image largerEven did 15 push-ups among the apples.See this image largerHome and tired but made time for a quick exercise video.See this image largerThe colors of this sunset (#nofilter) reflect how proud I am that I did a second home workout.See this image largerA 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!See this image largerThis 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!See this image largerBaked potato topped with broccoli, tofu, salsa, plain yogurt, and half an ounce of cheese.See this image largerMy 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 #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerNot too shabby!See this image largerAccomplished 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!See this image largerToday I exercised! My right to vote, that is. If you are a US citizen, please do your duty as well.See this image largerMore 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.See this image largerPostmortem 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?See this image largerGot to go for a bike ride today. Mistimed it so I’m diving directly into a call while sweaty. So it goes.See this image largerOK, so, I have zits. But I think my hair looks great today! #selfesteembuilderSee this image largerOK, so, I have zits. But I think my hair looks great today! #selfesteembuilderSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSweaty 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.See this image largerA lighter workout today since it is my first day back at the gym after surgery a month ago. Still tired though!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerYummy poke for lunch!See this image largerSalad!See this image largerI got to the gym today!See this image largerSome 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!See this image largerSo far today I have done really well with making good choices, getting lots of steps, and know random eating.See this image largerReally 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 :-)See this image largerShort but vigorous workout today!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerI 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 #gymhairdontcareSee this image largerThis 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.See this image largerMade good choices at breakfast and didn’t finish my meal – stopped when I was full. That is a major victory for me!See this image largerMade good choices at breakfast and didn’t finish my meal – stopped when I was full. That is a major victory for me!See this image largerHealthy behavior: eating a snack when your hungry but not starving. Good for me!See this image largerExercise with some help from my personal trainer. I didn’t love this work out because it was boring, but I did it.See this image largerColorful dinner! Chicken and radicchio salad!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerHealthy seasonal breakfast: oatmeal topped with a persimmon, and a hard-boiled egg (see it hiding there on the side?)See this image largerFun 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.See this image largerHome all day with the kids, one of whom is sick. Still got my workout in.See this image largerAt 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!See this image largerTonight’s dinner in the pan.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerWorkout at the park.See this image largerSaw a beautiful sunset and got in lots of exercise while geocaching with my son.See this image largerToday was a good day for exercise!See this image largerExercise today: dancing with my mom while waiting for the Dino show at the zoo; and playing Simon Says with the kids.See this image largerBack from a great Thanksgiving break and ready to have a healthy week! #intentionsetSee this image largerHealthy post Thanksgiving lunch of salad in Wasa crackersSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerOK, 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.See this image largerWithin calories for the day!See this image largerHad to do a shorter workout than expected due to client shenanigans, but I got it done!See this image largerGiant lunch salad!See this image largerBefore it started to rain, we had the most beautiful sky on our walk.See this image largerUgh. 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!See this image largerGirl, look at this body! I work out! (With apologies to Pitbull)See this image largerBeautiful walk on the strand with friends today. Big waves!See this image largerYesterday’s victory!See this image largerSee this image largerSuccessfully 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.See this image largerMade 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!!!See this image largerRemains from cutting up a healthy snack of kohlrabi!See this image largerReally fun and beautiful walk along the strand with my brother, who is in town from NYC. 💖See this image largerA fun time with my best girl and her unicorn at the farmers market today!See this image largerOk, 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!See this image largerToday something felt off. But I completed my workout! A tough one too.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerIt 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.See this image largerGreat sunset yoga class today.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerUgh. 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.See this image largerSalad!See this image largerSee this image largerRan 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 #sweatyselfieSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSomehow 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.See this image largerVery 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.See this image largerLunch!See this image largerI did something good for my health: I got a mammogram!See this image largerGreat looking lunch for a chilly daySee this image largerLooks 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.See this image largerRough 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.See this image largerLong day, but I resisted temptation and made a healthy choice at the airport.See this image largerWalk with an old friend!See this image largerBeautiful Glow Tide 5k with the family. We were the slowest, but we did finish, even the 4.5yo!See this image largerHad a wonderful walk to see holiday lights tonight.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerI 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.)See this image largerDoodled rather than snacking and ended the day within calories!See this image largerI couldn’t be prouder of these two kids, who chose to help serve a meal to needy people in our community. True mensches.See this image largerLots of walking to see the spectacular moonlight garden exhibit.See this image largerBeautiful walk on the beach today.See this image largerBeautiful fall leaves spotted while geocaching with the kids. A great way to start the new year!See this image largerApple 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.See this image largerGot a lot of steps in at the Rose Parade post parade.See this image largerMade the world’s most beautiful veggie platter for our dinner with friends. #BeforeAndAfterSee this image largerWent 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 #everyonestartssomewhereSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerWalked our heart out on the Las Vegas strip. 20k steps!See this image largerLots of walking on the Las Vegas strip again today. 21,000 steps.See this image largerLast day in Vegas.See this image largerWhat a beautiful fresh lunch salad!See this image largerWeighed my lunch today. One beautiful fresh salad with 3 ounces of turkey, 1 ounce of blue cheese, and 130 g of black beans.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerWalk 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.See this image largerLighter work out then usual because it’s been a month since I was at the gym with my trainer. But I’m back!See this image largerA good day!See this image largerWorkout complete!See this image largerUgh, a binge day with lots of ice cream. Here’s hoping for a better day tomorrow.See this image largerDecided to walk rather than drive to drop my daughter’s nap stuff off at preschool. A small but healthy choice!See this image largerReally frigging cold here in NYC, but I still enjoyed walking!See this image largerProud of myself for working out while my daughter was at ballet. First time in a long time.See this image largerProud 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!See this image largerFarmers market days are the best days! Excited about citrus season.See this image largerWorkout 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.See this image largerSalad for the next two days - looks fresh and yummy!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerWalk to downtown to take my kids out for birthday ice cream.See this image largerBeautiful view from a beautiful walk with a beautiful friend.See this image largerA salad for lunch topped with big potato, beans, turkey sausage, and a little blue cheeseSee this image largerA salad for lunch topped with big potato, beans, turkey sausage, and a little blue cheeseSee this image largerAargh! Can’t believe I didn’t just get those last few steps in yesterday!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerDown 0.9 lbs!See this image largerHad a tough day yesterday, but had a good reset at yoga today!See this image largerYoga at family weekend retreat.See this image largerSee this image largerWalked in the rain :)See this image largerPhew!See this image largerSort 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.See this image largerNewfound resolve: to be consistent and committed to my goals. Started out with a 15 minute exercise session at home.See this image largerMorning yoga FTW!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerNot too shabby! A beautiful day for a bike ride.See this image largerA third great day in a row. All calories accounted for, exercised, and I’m doing great!See this image largerJust 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.See this image largerNo time to work out? No problem!See this image largerHealthy lunch!See this image largerBeautiful 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.See this image largerWorked out but good.See this image largerAfter a week of good eating decisions, the scale is moving in the right direction!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerDid absolutely great with eating today.See this image largerWonderful hike today. And I’m excited to have started a new virtual race.See this image largerSuper sweaty yoga on this windy morning.See this image largerGreat workoutSee this image largerBeautiful view after yogaSee this image largerSilly hair from yoga. Very hard class!See this image largerFinished my workout and feeling good.See this image largerMy first day back skiing in 10 years! I did great!See this image largerWhew! I overindulged over the weekend (and over a week away skiing) and it is time to get serious again. Today’s plan: Oatmeal and hard boiled egg for breakfast Poke for lunch, or maybe salmon salad Yogurt snack Chicken, bean soup, salad for dinner No evening eating!See this image largerHealthy lunch!See this image largerAwesome really tough workout today.See this image largerHello 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!See this image largerI’m proud of our healthy, delicious, and beautiful table for last night. Potato leek soup, seared salmon, fresh English peas, salad, brown rice medley.See this image largerWorked out!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerOnly 100 cal over for the day. Not bad, considering that it’s Friday and I made a big dinner for the family.See this image largerWildflowers seen on this morning‘s family bike ride.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSo many bonus points today!See this image largerWell. 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.See this image largerGood yoga class today!See this image largerDid 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?See this image largerMushroom soup in progress!See this image largerHad a good day today eating wise despite some temptations. Here’s to another good day of keeping my goals in mind tomorrow.See this image largerDown 2 1/2 pounds! I guess last week was a fluke!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerYesterday 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.See this image largerZucchini and sweet potato frittata in progress. Healthy, veggie forward, and Passover friendly too!See this image largerWorkout complete!See this image largerSuccessfully staved off a binge tonight!See this image largerYoga hair, don't care.See this image largerNot 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.See this image largerFitbit trainer liftoff workout.See this image largerI’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!See this image largerProud of myself for continuing my streak of good eating and no junk food. Go me!See this image largerReally tough workout today!See this image largerReally tough workout today!See this image largerHad a little chocolate tonight but didn’t binge, even though I wanted to. I call that a victory!See this image largerSeen while rollerblading on the beachSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerLifting heavy things!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerWoohoo!See this image largerLong 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!See this image largerTough workout again today!See this image largerA healthy fridge is a happy fridge!See this image largerReally tough week. But I got to work out, and I have to say, I feel so much better!See this image largerTuna salad on top of regular salad. Lunch Al fresco!See this image largerFirst 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.See this image largerHappy 5th birthday to Mila!(1 comments)See this image largerSecond 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.See this image largerGood workout!See this image largerMade it to yoga!See this image largerSo excited for a big salad lunch!See this image largerHome workout with my sidekicks!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerCancel meetings means I got to do my work out after all today!See this image largerCancel meetings means I got to do my work out after all today!See this image largerProud of my workout today! Solo, and I motivated myself!See this image largerSalad!See this image largerExtra sweaty from today’s workout and feeling good!See this image largerSweaty selfieSee this image largerSweaty selfie

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