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Whoa, I missed my Sparkversary!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

So as of March 10, 2012, I officially passed my emoticon. For more then two years I have been faithfully tracking my food and exercising. I have had ups and downs, good days and bad days, some minor injuries, and the most rewarding accomplishment I could ask for. I feel very much like my life has been handed back to me, but that now it's within my control. I make my own destiny through hard work and good decisions.
I am happy to add that my 3-year-old son is also picking up his own healthy eating habits and is very active. We have been outside all spring practicing cartwheels, headstands, hand stands, front walkovers (I'm still working on learning those myself). I'm so proud of my son for learning all of these things, and I am just so happy to have the ability to do it with him.
emoticonHe chose to eat grapes and water for snack.

My handstand

Playing on the trampoline together. :)
Thanks SP for being here. emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 4/5/2012 2:13PM

    That is awesome!
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JOIE501 4/5/2012 9:33AM

    CONGRATS on your success on SP! =)Happy Sparkversary!

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28 Day Boot Camp DVD

Monday, January 30, 2012

I was given the opportunity to write a review on Coach Nicole's 28 Day Boot Camp DVD emoticon. I received a free copy of the DVD and am not being payed for my review.

I thoroughly enjoyed the workouts, they were easy to follow, and were shown at three different intensity levels. I was very happy especially with the intensity levels because I have had problems with my right knee since I was a kid and sometimes it is just not up to a hard workout. I did not try the 28 day plan yet though I think that will be my next step. I feel by following the plan I will be able to see better results while maintaining a routine for exercise, which I think is extremely important. I would recommend this DVD to anyone at any fitness level, because it can be so easily adjusted and modified to fit anyone's individual needs. I enjoy my Cardio Blast emoticon and my Fit Firm and Fired Up emoticon DVD's, however what I most enjoyed about this DVD was that it included both cardio and strength training on one DVD. I also was glad to see that some of the exercises were more then 10 minutes long. I like the 10 minute exercises when I'm in a hurry, but I prefer to workout for longer periods of time.

All in all I would say that this is an excellent find. If you buy this DVD at Target you will get 250 Spark Points and you can get a $3 off Target Coupon at

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SPOKENWORD 1/31/2012 11:38AM


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PEPPYPATTI 1/30/2012 8:09PM

    Thank you for giving your take on it. I was curious & hadn't heard anything yet. Keep us posted as to how you are doing with it!

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SHFELKEY 1/30/2012 10:47AM

    Thanks for posting your review of the DVD! Keep on Sparking!

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    Very happy with your review. I am thinking of getting that DVD. Thank you!

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Motivation, Resolutions, and Pics

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I have always tended to think that motivational posters were nice but pointless. I have always been my own motivational motor. I just make up my mind and do what I need to achieve what I want. In my weight loss journey I made it all the way total from 242 to 132. I waited to quit smoking emoticon until I was close to my destination 125. I knew that it might cause me to gain weight, and I did, I gained 10 pounds. Every small pound or fraction of a pound lost was a small victory, so now each one gained has felt like a complete failure. Back to my beginning point, I saw a motivational poster that had a huge impact on me today. It read "Success is not a destination it's a journey" Then I realized that 125 pounds is not my destination, it should not be my focus. It's my goal but if I am living healthy then the weight will come off. You don't just suddenly land flat in the middle of a healthy lifestyle and call it success, you live it.

I also had another thought while shopping at Walmart today. Throughout the holidays as New Years approached I watched "Action Alley" fill up with healthy option foods, correct portion foods, and an array of high protein, high fiber, low fat foods. I realize that Walmart is just trying to make some extra money off all of the saps who decide for the New Year they will be better, smarter, thinner...etc. I also realized that it makes healthy snack shopping easier. Then I thought why does it take a New Year for you to realize you want to be a better you. Everyday is a great day to strive to be a better you. So I am going to make my own motivational poster to reflect this.

It seems I did better when I felt like my goal was out of reach, but when I was close to my "destination" I got sloppy and lazy, i'm finished with it. Time to re-begin my journey to greatness. Here we go 2012, thanks New Year for reminding me to be a resoluter I guess.

Fun Memories of 2011

Me and Hurricanelaurie

Spark Class Partial

4th of July


Back Muscles WooHOo!

The Fair

The kids with Santa

New Years Eve Gage's Birthday

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BLUE3505 1/26/2012 2:36PM

    I'm sure you'll get back on track and do great. Keep it up.

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DANE02 1/16/2012 4:14PM

    Great blog...thanks for sharing. Wish you all the best and continued success through out 2012

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COMMUNITY10 1/14/2012 9:04AM

    I can't say this from experience, but quitting smoking is so difficult and you should be very very proud of yourself! Gaining 10 pounds sucks to see, but think about everything you have done to better your body. You will lose those 10 pounds! Just continue to remember ALL the changes you've made to yourself and how much better you feel because of it!

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    I love you, Caiti. emoticon

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Over the past few month I haven't been hitting up the social aspect of SP. I have learned to knit and crochet, I have successfully quit smoking, learned how to make soap, and have been very busy with cake orders since September. Along with the business of my life, the stress and irritation of working in a mental home while quitting smoking, and several other stressing issues to include a cancer scare (which in the end turned out to be nothing...?Glad but my body is still alll confused) and caring for a darling two-year-old boy, I have been stress eating and slacking on my exercise and gained 8 pounds since summer. Of all of these things the weight gain is the most stressful part.
On the other side of this equation I have been working out religiously with the Power90 series for the past month and a half and am getting very defined. However I keep losing and gaining the same three pounds. I have crocheted and knitted a lot of really awesome stuff, and made some very neat cakes.
I'm hoping after the holiday season I can get my life calmed down enough to resume Spark Class or an alteration of it. I think I would rather gather everyone together to walk or exercise for 30 minutes. That way even if everyone is late or forgets to inform me they can't make it, I can start without them. I don't want to feel like I'm wasting my time, which as previously mentioned I don't have much of. Here are some of the things I have been making ...

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SUNNYSIDEUPMOM 7/12/2012 12:27PM

    Those are awesome! I love the red mage! My husband and I are huge Final Fantasy fans. We have all of the games from Final Fantasy to FF XIII-2 With the exception of 2 and 3.

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    Love the Mario cake! You've got some real talent!

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MRS_EVA_K 12/6/2011 8:22AM

    First I love the owl cake!

Remember that with a muscle building program like the P90 series you may maintain weight while losing inches. I'd break out my tape measure to see my success. And Congrats on stopping smoking!

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CHONDA112276 12/4/2011 10:16PM

    Those cakes look amazing! Ok, how can you be "good" and continue to make cakes? I would be eating those cakes up! lol. Well, i can relate too the slacking off part because i've been stressing at work and i'm finding myself turning to junk food again. I don't exercise at all which i know is terrible but i've lost motivation. I just want to let you know that you can get back on track just like i know i can! Keep up the good work.

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Returning from craziness

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

I have succeeded in quitting smoking, though I did pick up a few other habits that were taking almost all of my free time. I began crocheting obsessively almost, until my hands hurt every day. Then I got cake orders back to back...8/22 until 9/17 on average 3cakes a week. I have been crazy busy and unable to participate in the social parts of SP. I hope I haven't offended anyone by my absence or my shortness or lack of returned comments.
I took the weekend off from my obsessive tracking and sort of just ate what I wanted. I have been stuck at 135 for several months, I needed a change anyway. I can either gain weight and have another goal to work off by my dissatisfaction or pick up where I left off after giving my body a complete shock and possibly begin tipping that scale once again. Wish me luck.

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/10/2011 2:59AM

    Giving up smoking is HUGE - congrats. Take it easy and the other obsessions can be worked at one day at the time...

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LAGARRY82 9/6/2011 7:49AM

    Congrats on the quitting smoking! That is amazing. Keeping busy seems like a good plan.

I have a question for you though- I also make specialty cakes and have a really tough time not "sampling" the leftover icing, fondant, batter in the bowl, lol. How do you avoid the temptation so regularly?

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VLVTGRRL 9/6/2011 3:35AM

    Good Luck! Stay focused. Awesome job quitting smoking!

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