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See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerGood Morning. I am new to the Spark Community and am very excited to be here! I have struggled with weight my whole life and have attempted all the new diets and failed miserably. So instead I am going to try on the "slow change my lifestyle". I am two weeks in and am feeling pretty good. It takes 66 days to change or build a habit, right?!? I have read a handful of y'alls blogs and find you guys very inspiring and supportive. I look forward to being a member of this community :)See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerHappy Valentine's Day. Hope y'all have a day full of love and kindness!See this image largerDid my Fitbit just passive aggressively swear at me?? ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚See this image largerI really really need to learn this... I do soooo good throughout the week and lose my flipping mind on the weekends. I don't totally over do it, but I am not being careful either. However, I did learn that dancing with my best girlfriend is a rock star cardio workout :)See this image largerSo I did a thing! I have always, ALWAYS discarded broccoli stems. I have a friend who swears by them and says they are tastier than the head. So the other day when my husband and I were making stir fry, I asked him to save me the stems. Well, today I diced them up and sauteed them with mushrooms and onions for my egg white scramble. Holy Moly it was delicious!! I now plan on using the broccoli stems in my next endeavor when I try to make "fried rice" with cauliflower rice. See this image largerSee this image largerMy mantra for the day... especially when I did not want to do my lunch workout, but I did it!See this image largerGotta keep moving ๐Ÿ’ชSee this image largerBreakfast! One slice of potato bread with guacamole, arugula, skim milk mozzarella, fried egg, and salsa topped with cilantro. And of course a few slices of blood orange.See this image largerBreakfast prep: mushrooms, sweet peppers, broccoli stems, asparagus, onions, cherry tomato, and cilantro. I will saute the veggies in a bit of olive oil and add them to scrambled egg whites with a wee bit of skim milk mozzarella. Top it it with salsa and cilantro. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸพSee this image largerAlmost the weekend! I always find it a little harder to resist temptations on the weekend, so my goal is to not give in and stay the course. :)See this image largerI wish 3 day weekends were a thing. Lol Have a great Monday!See this image largerGood Morning! Weighed myself last night and discovered a 5lbs loss! WHOOT! I am so proud of myself for sticking through my lifestyle change :) Cheers to losing the next 5 lbs!(1 comments)See this image largerHappy Monday! I won my first ever FitBit weekend warrior challenge! It was super fun, as the folks I "step" against are challenging to keep up with lolSee this image largerHappy Monday! I won my first ever FitBit weekend warrior challenge! It was incredibly fun, as the folks I "step" with are super hard to keep up with. I love the challenge and they keep me motivated!See this image largerGood Morning! Spring is trying like heck to get itself going here in Alaska. Still have several inches of snow, but the streets are melting and it is almost hiking weather! I cannot wait to get outside more :)See this image largerGood Morning! I am so super tired today... my husband is out on a four week hitch up in the Arctic north slope. this is the longest we have been separated and I cannot sleep. An empty bed is so weird. How do you push through the day when you're tired?See this image largerThis will NOT be me on Monday following this weekend. This has been my biggest struggle to overcome, last weekend I was fairly successful. This weekends goal is to be 100% successful. Happy Friday sparkers!See this image largerGood Morning! Time to get our work week grind on. Have a blessed day!See this image largerDinner! Chicken meatballs, cauliflower cilantro lime rice, sweet corn pico de gallo, and guacamole. Whole plate lands at 415 calories. ๐Ÿ’ชSee this image largerNew chicken salad recipe we tried. I made half a whole wheat pita and stuffed it with arugula and a half cup of chicken salad. Super good! 195 calories per the half cup. Happy Tuesday! ๐ŸฅฐSee this image largerThe thing I am enjoying the most about clean eating, is trying new recipes and becoming creative with the regular foods you eat. Breakfast today was my healthy version of eggs Benedict. One slice of Dave's Killer bread, 1/4 initial crab, arugula marinated in lemon juice, Greek yogurt herb dressing, one poached egg, and topped with green onion. Banking in at 215 calories ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜ Happy Wednesday!See this image largerLunch! Seared Tilapia topped with Greek yogurt herb dressing and a sweet corn pico de gallo, and a super green salad with tomatoes, sweet peppers, and carrots also with the Greek yogurt herb dressing. Banking in at 321 calories. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸพSee this image largerLunch! Faux Pho lol 4.5 ounces Zucchini noodles, 4.5 ounces chicken breast, 2.5 ounces bean sprouts, tablespoon cilantro, tablespoon thai basil, tablespoon green onions, 2 cups chicken bone broth, squeeze fresh lime juice, and teaspoon soy sauce. Banking in at 287 calories! Happy Thursday! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜See this image largerDinner: medium baked potato with skin and rubbed with olive oil, vegetable garden four bean 99% fat free chili, and one tablespoon sour cream. Banking in at 320 calories. ๐ŸฅฐSee this image largerI tried my hand at strength training yesterday and my muscles are SCREAMING at me today. Success??? lol See this image largerLunch: Shrimp and bean sprout stir fry with mushrooms, onions, and topped with cilantro. Banking in at 323 calories. It's amazing how low calorie shrimp is! It was lower than the sprouts ๐Ÿค”See this image largerSo, last Saturday I ordered my kids a pizza. they wanted a break from my healthy cooking. Fair enough, I order the pizza and it gets here. I totally have it in my calorie budget for the thin crust Hawaiian. My Fave! Well I eat my slice and it instantly upsets my tummy. I have been clean eating for so long my body did not know how to handle the grease. Even though I was miserable for an evening, I still call that a win! My pizza craving has now been diminished :)See this image largerWhelp, it finally happened... my bad knee came out to play. I need to figure out some cardio that is knee friendly for the day. I DO NOT want to break my streak. Any and all advise is welcome! Happy Tuesday!See this image largerHave y'all tried these?? Delicious and very calorie friendly!!See this image largerthis was me all weekend lol Leg day just murdered me. Happy Wednesday!See this image largerSeems legit ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธSee this image largerA little giggle for your day!See this image largerBeautiful day in my town for a walk!See this image largerMy current mood lolSee this image largerI love it when Alaska wakes up from a long winter's nap. Gorgeous day for a walk!See this image largerPretty proud of myself!See this image largerWhew. And I'm done for the day.. goodnight my fellow Sparkers, Cheers!See this image largerDown another 5 lbs! Finally made it to the "50's". Another 9 and I will reach my soft goal. Thank you my fellow Sparkers for keeping me motivated. Cheers!(1 comments)See this image largerAlways here for you! Cheers!!See this image largerHere's to you!See this image largerOur very traditional Easter dinner lol Curry chicken, citrus cauliflower rice hash, and thai lettuce wraps. Accompanied by a glass of sparkling moscato!See this image largerStarting this Wednesday, this trend will end!See this image largerJust completed my 60th work hour for this week. Only 11 more work hours to go before the weekend. I can almost see it!See this image largerParagliding is one of the many fun things to do in my small little town in beautiful Alaska! Not the best pic, but the coolest apart about it is that this picture is taken right out in front my local Fred Meyers. The top of that mountain is a 15 minute drive from where I was standing and maybe another 30 minute hike. I'm blessed to call this place my home. ๐Ÿฅฐ Cheers!See this image largerMake every day count รขยยคSee this image largerMake every day count รขยยคSee this image largerMan, we had TWO days of beautiful weather in a row, and in Alaska that is glorious! So I celebrated it with a nice one hour walk around my cute little town. Cheers!See this image largerGot the RV uncovered and ready for summertime adventures full of camping, hiking, and hopefully kayaking!See this image largerThe kids and I made dinner tonight. Very tasty and super healthy... aside from the bread and sausage lol. Was able to enjoy both tonight as I was super smart with my earlier meals. The quality time together is priceless.See this image largerAlaska is finally turning green!! Hard to stay inside ๐ŸฅฐSee this image largerMe and my oldest out on a "date for his birthday. Spamalot!See this image largerMe and my oldest out on a "date for his birthday. Spamalot!See this image largerTook my measurements this weekend! Down 1 inch on my bust, 1.5 inches on my waist and hips!See this image largerRan into a person that I hadn't seen on awhile, and they were all full of positive things to say :DSee this image largerEspecially when I am squeezing a quick lunch workout!See this image largerTrying a dragon fruit for the first time. So beautiful!See this image largerGot in a lot of walking on my weekend road trip. We stopped and explored everywhere!See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image larger#BeforeAndAfter First one I've done and boy is my double chin shrinking!See this image largerHad great numbers yesterday!See this image largerA nice walk through the neighborhood after a rain and wind storm. The sun started to peak through.See this image largerTook a great walk with the kiddos through the woods and popped out by the inlet.See this image largerCrushing the weekend warrior challenge!See this image largerMy husband has been working out of town for weeks. I came home from my lunch workout to this! He came home a week early and surprised me.See this image largerWhew that was a tough win!See this image largerSaw this stop sign on a walk with my boys today. Saw it as a figurative as well as literal "sign" and kept going. It earned me my newest Fitbit badge!See this image largerBeautiful day for a lunchtime walk!See this image largerTook my usual walk during lunch today and had an extra pep in my step. Shaved off 4 minutes! Rewarding myself with a yummy lunch consisting of thai chicken lettuce wraps and a salad full of colorful veggies and mandarins.See this image largerHad a great dinner followed with a nice evening bike ride. Even got hubby to ride with me!!!!See this image largerLunch! Spinach salad loaded with veggies and topped with a homemade Italian dressing. Accompanied by Turkey meatballs and tomato garlic herb cauliflower rice. Yum!See this image largerNot too bad of a day!See this image largerA pretty good day!See this image largerHubby made ratatouille! Beautiful dish loaded with veggies. First time trying it and it was amazing! Even the kids liked it ๐ŸฅฐSee this image largerHa! If onlySee this image largerAsking for a friend lolSee this image largerDon't forget the thighs too!See this image largerCute new shirt I found at old navy! I have never been brave enough to wear something this backless. #NSVSee this image largerThe weather has been phenomenal in Alaska! See this image largerThe weather has been phenomenal in Alaska! See this image largerFound a cute hat to wear for the Fourth of July parade today. 91ยฐ is so hit for us in Alaska, I knew I was going to need shade. Best decision ever! Hope y'all had a great Holiday!See this image largerHave you noticed most workout clothes don't have pockets? Whats up with that?!? Whelp, problem solved with a cute fanny pack lol. Tried it out on a nice long walk. Holds my keys and phone perfectly!See this image largerTook a nice hike in King River. It was a gorgeous day!See this image largerFound the cutest and appropriate sticker for my water bottle!See this image largerDinner! Chicken tacos with refried beans and spanish rice. Only 500 for the whole meal.See this image larger#BeforeAndAfter 4 years difference and 85 lbs dropped. My 2015 picture really opened my eyes!!See this image largerPlease pray for Alaska. Half of the state is on fire. Folks are being evacuated from their homes and some have lost everything! This is so devastating. 1st pic is Anchorage before the fires, 2nd pic is after the smoke came rolling in from the fires. Both pics were taken from the exact same location #BeforeAndAfter (1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerAlwaysSee this image largerNew badge earned on my FitBit #walkingismyhappyplaceSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerNot too shabby of a deficitSee this image larger4.5 lbs away from losing 100 lbs! Something I am very proud of!!See this image largerChasing the fall colors! This was taken on the Seward Highway in Alaska during mine and my hubbies road trip over the weekend!(2 comments)See this image largerI love this time if the evening when the sun sets and the trees look like they're on fire.See this image largerBut I like working out ๐Ÿค”See this image largerFrom a size 24 to a 14! 100 + lbs lost in a little over a year. Pants are lined up by their zippers.

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