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Spring Goals

Monday, March 17, 2014

Goals... yup, I have struggled with this for almost a year. What the heck is my problem? Life just keeps kicking me, but I get back up, dust off and take another step. Only problem is, my steps haven't been in the right direction no matter how hard I try. I'm going to keep getting up, no matter how much life gets in the way. Only this time, I'm going to focus on positive forward steps... This is simple really...

1. No excuses to eat my emotions!
2. Water, less sugary drinks. I can't do diet soda, yuck! so water or tea.
3. Positive reinforcements. Retrain my brain for positives vs negatives. Bad habit of only seeing my flaws..again.
4. Snacking..late night.. ugh! My plan of action is to start back w/my cross stitch or sewing so my hands are busy when I sit down for the evening. I'm finding too many nights I sit down to relax, a commercial comes on and boom - I'm in the kitchen for a snack. Gotta stop that NOW!
5. Breakfast. Back to the habit of eating something for breakfast again...

Ok, so most of mine are food related/water for now. But these are doable under any circumstance. Getting to the gym or working out are a bit more challenging for me right now and I want to stick with the stuff i know I can do no matter what happens. too many times, I've turned it into all or nothing so I'm focusing this Spring on the mental side. Then I'll get back to more physical goals.

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FORBANDE 3/20/2014 2:10AM

    Great goals!! They say that weight loss is 80% diet so focusing there will yield great results.

I've been snacking at night too. Cross-stitch is a great idea to keep yourself busy.

So glad you're here!! You GOT this!

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ROBBGIN 3/19/2014 9:33PM

    What are you going to cross stitch? I love doing some kind of needle work. right now I'm working on knitting a scarf for my daughter and then I'll do a matching one for her boyfriend...maybe I'll be done by Christmas! Good luck this week.



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CHICAMIMI 3/19/2014 10:28AM

    I think those are great goals! And definitely yes to breakfast! Also, I hated diet soda too, so coming off soda was a challenge at first - I now just drink water. But I did find Stewarts diet rootbeer to be pretty good if I felt like I really needed a fix of something not water.


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SASSYLJB 3/18/2014 9:36PM

    Great basic goals! You can do this Diamond Girl! We are going to DAZZLE this challenge and make some Diamond dust!


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AMY-MIMI77 3/18/2014 3:08PM


sounds like a great plan

Thanks for sharing your journey with us
Dazzling Diamonds ROCK

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FAIRY_MOON76 3/18/2014 2:37PM

    No excuses to eat my emotions......I too struggle with this. Your goals are great and attainable! emoticon

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ANNMACP0212 3/18/2014 10:00AM

    Your goals are realistic, achievable, and actionable! A trifecta for success! You can do this!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/18/2014 8:35AM

    Losing weight is pretty much diet related. Exercising is just an added bonus. I think it is great that you are focusing on your food/water. That is going to help out with stress and make you feel alert and ready!


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2BEABETTERME 3/17/2014 8:49PM

    Great to leave the "all or nothing" attitude behind and focus on a few things you can succeed at!


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VALYNN26 3/17/2014 1:59PM

    Great basic goals. emoticon emoticon Diamonds are going to ROCK this spring challenge! emoticon

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Winter Challenge

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

As I think about the winter challenge, I reflect on the past challenge and realize how miserably I failed. Quite frankly, life got in the way and I just couldn't get it together. I'm not 100% certain I'm there yet, but I'm working on it.

So, I'm sticking to the basics again for my goals. Only difference is I'm being realistic knowing what the next few months holds for me.

First off, I gotta get more water. I've fallen back into the habits of sweet tea and sodas. More water!!!

Second, more veggies, fruits and such. I'm getting this one down again so I need to continue it. I find if I plan ahead and go to the store I have more fruits and veggies on hand so I use them for my snacks vs. junk. Goal is to keep at it!

Cardio - This is my third goal. Now, I'm not committing to any "set" thing because it's too cold for me to be outside and we have no gym membership right now, but I'm going to commit to moving more at work, using the steps, etc. Once we get back on our feet and get our membership back, I'm going to spend some time with the cardio machines. Until then, it's get in a little here and there to make it all add up!

That's it, nothing major. I refuse to let life get in the way of even the most basic goals.

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FORBANDE 12/28/2013 9:41AM

    I think the basics are always good. Especially when life is crazier than usual.

I'm doing the same as it can be superoverwhelming to take on more.

Here's to a great challenge!!!

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AMY-MIMI77 12/26/2013 4:59PM

    I too have gotten back to basics - seems like a great place to return.

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VALYNN26 12/20/2013 12:31PM

    Love your simple goals. That's the best way to go right now. emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/18/2013 9:14AM

    Love your goals! Keeping it simple is perfect!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 12/17/2013 8:52PM

    Great goals! They are very realistic.

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TKOVACH1 12/17/2013 4:27PM

    Love your goals, simple and realistically attainable for this challenge.

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BLC Fall Into Fitness

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I have joined another challenge to help make me accountable. This year has brought so many bumps in my journey, I am determined to get back on track.

So for the challenge we are to blog our goals for this go around. Mine are simple. Back to basics, nothing too complicated.
1. More freggies, less carbs.
2. More water.
3. Workouts 3-4x week. Gotta add some cardio to my routine too. I love strength training but really gotta mix it up a bit.

That's it. Simple, right?

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SPARKLERS30 9/18/2013 7:25PM

    emoticon Good job getting into action!!! emoticon emoticon

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ORCHIDLADY56 9/13/2013 8:56AM

    Great plan! I know you can do it!

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ROSEPETAL80 9/12/2013 4:45AM

    Great planning! emoticon

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READYBETTY 9/11/2013 11:04PM

    Sometimes our path has some bumps in it but you're still progressing forward. Your goals are simply great! You can do it! It's your time to sparkle, Diamond Girl!

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SASSYLJB 9/11/2013 9:24PM

    You got this Diamond girl! We need to swap training info you love Strength I love cardio! You always amaze me with all the strength mins you rack up! Great goals ones I am sure you will conquer. After all you are one amazing Diamond and you dazzle daily!

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STEPMOM_MJ 9/11/2013 9:17PM

    Great goals! Best of luck on the challenge. emoticon

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AMY-MIMI77 9/11/2013 1:01PM

    Great plan!
Simple yet sometimes the most difficult

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MLSPENCERWV 9/11/2013 12:51PM

    Great goals !!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/11/2013 10:29AM

    Very realistic goals! You can do it!

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TKOVACH1 9/11/2013 10:24AM

    Great goals! I love that your goals are not too unrealistic and very attainable.
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VALYNN26 9/11/2013 10:04AM

    Great goals! emoticon

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A dollar lesson

Friday, April 19, 2013

In our Scoutmaster minute, our SM pulled out a dollar from his wallet. He asked the boys what it was and they all screamed out "A dollar bill".. then he pulled one out from his pocket, all wrinkled and torn. Again, he asked the boys what it was and they responded the same - "A dollar bill". He then pointed out the obvious, one was crisp and flat, like new while the other was wrinkled and torn. Then he asked the boys how much the crisp bill was worth and they all replied "Duh, $1". Holding up the wrinkled bill he asked again "how much is this bill worth" and the boys responded "$1". He stayed silent for a moment and then responded with this "Two $1 bills, looking nothing alike, but both bills still have the same value just as each and every one of you are different, you all have the same value."

Know this - that no matter how crisp, smooth, wrinkled, torn, battered or bruised you are, no matter how hard your journey or the scars left, you are valuable. Don't sell yourself short, remember that you are valuable and worth just as much as the person standing next to you. Don't hide. Don't stuff yourself in someone's pocket feeling worthless because that wrinkled and torn dollar is just as valuable as a crisp one.

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LUCYLIN101 4/29/2013 3:36AM

    Thanks Kristie for reminding us how valuable we are!! emoticon

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WINACHST 4/21/2013 7:29AM

    That is a good lesson about value.

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FORBANDE 4/20/2013 9:43PM

    Awesomeness! Great lesson. I often feel like the crumpled dollar. What a great way to remind myself of my worth.

If our children can fully embrace and grasp this concept, the world will be a much better place.

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CAMETHYSTE 4/20/2013 3:15AM

    An excellent way of teaching an important lesson!

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READYBETTY 4/19/2013 11:07PM

    Great lesson. I'm so glad you shared.

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SASSYLJB 4/19/2013 6:27PM

    Great reminder, I have always had a problem with self worth and that was a great reminder! Thanks for sharing Diamond Girl! You Rock!

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VALYNN26 4/19/2013 5:27PM

    Love this!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    I needed to read this today. Thank you.

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JESSICA_STULTZ 4/19/2013 3:17PM

    I've heard of the same type of lesson being given and I think it is one of the most important lesson our kids should learn. Well really it is the most important lesson everyone should learn. Often times things happen in our lives that lead to us feeling less worthy.. divorce, break-ups, bullying, judging, etc. It's about time that people realize that they are worth the same as everyone else. I know all too well how it feels to feel worthless tho. As a child I was abused by my mom's boyfriend of the time. Then I moved in with my dad and "stepmom." I use that word lightly.. as she was never really a mother type figure in my eyes.. and because they aren't together anymore. They divorced shortly after I moved out. She treated me like crap. I always strived to do my best and nothing was ever good enough for her. I was the only one of the kids in the house (the other 4 were her children) who graduated high school. I was the only one who listened to what she told me. I did ALL of the chores.. and still got in trouble because it wasn't done good enough. So there are still times when I feel like I am not "good enough."

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CAROLJEAN64 4/19/2013 3:04PM

    I love this lesson.... I will use it whenever I can. Thanks for sharing.

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TKOVACH1 4/19/2013 2:55PM

    Love this reminder that we all have value!

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AMY-MIMI77 4/19/2013 2:53PM

    This is awesome Kristie
Thanks for sharing and reminding us what we all often forget.

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Spring Focus

Monday, March 18, 2013

Winter is a necessary evil for me. I hate the cold but love a good snow. I hate the snow if Iím traveling but am amazed at itís beauty. I hate the wood burning stove but love coming in from a cold day and feeling itís warmth. Mostly though in winter, I love the Holidays but they also remind me of what I lost just days after Christmas. I think of my dad and how he gave us one last wonderful memory on Christmas Day. He knew heíd not make it to the New Year but he made the best of what he could. Despite the pain in his body and his heavy heart we all laughed and cried together that day.

In comes SpringÖ ah, Spring. I love Spring. Itís the time of year that reminds us of a renewed Spirit. Trees blooming, flowers budding, sunshine and lovely smells everywhere. Itís a sign of new life, cold winter days are fewer and days start to get longer. We begin to see the animals coming out more and more. Of course, with Spring comes rain and sometimes flooding. Just like my dadís disease, itís just a reminder that no matter where we are in life there are obstacles we can overcome. Obstacles that challenge us, break us down, and even make us wonder if any of it is worth it. Obstacles that if we let them ruin us.

Along with Spring comes a super busy time of year for my family. My daughter starts soccer, 4-H and Scouting pick up, work gets busy and finances usually get tight. Between my two kids we usually have some activity every night and several over the weekend. This is one obstacle I face in my lifestyle journey. Iíve heard all the excuses before and Iíve used most of them.. Iím too busy, my kids need me, my body hurts, Iím depressed, I just canít balance it all. Ok, so Iím not a single mom, working two jobs trying to make ends meet. But those of you who know my husbandís schedule, I often find that I am alone trying to keep up with it all. These are all obstacles that I could use to give up or give in but I donít. Instead I look for ways to stay focused and engaged as much as I can.

So hereís my plan for Spring Ė
1. Food. This to me is the most important part of it all. Since I wonít be hitting the gym as often or as hard, I have to focus on eating the best foods for my body and staying in my macros.
2. Water. I struggle with this when Iím busy. Water is important too. It helps flush the bad stuff and our muscles need it for repair. Iíve noticed it helps curb cravings, too. There are so many benefits to drinking enough water.
3. Planning. By planning my meals, I save myself lots of stress.
4. Exercise. Just move when I can. If the weather permits me to, walk when my daughter is practicing. If I have time at lunch, take a small walk. On the nights we donít have an activity, hit the gym or dance. Itís good stress relief even if I only make it once or twice a week.
5. Remember. Remember that this is part of the journey. Enjoy my kids while I can. It wonít be long and theyíll be grown up and then what? Iíll have lots of time and probably look back wishing for some of those days back when I was too hurried to enjoy their laughter, goofiness or watching them play their heart out for the love of the game. For now, make the most of it. Donít dwell on what I canít do, but focus on what I can and did do.

We must get past the obstacles to see the true beauty. Sometimes, we canít see it right away, but itís there. Just like my dad getting past his obstacles and giving us one more memory weíll never forget. The obstacles of nature subsiding and showing us renewed life.

Oh and for those who say these are nothing compared to yours. Try again. Remember you are only getting a small glimpse into my life. By no means are these the only obstacles I have faced or face daily. Iím not saying I have it worse than you or that your obstacles are less valid because thatís not true. What is true is that you can find a way around them. Your obstacles and excuses are only as strong as your desire for change. If you are ready to change, youíll find a way.

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FORBANDE 3/19/2013 9:59PM

    Awesome blog! Where there is a will, there's a way. You prove that with every action, every day. You not only talk the talk but walk the walk.

You are such an inspiration to me and I'm so very blessed by your friendship. :)

You've made wonderful goals that will keep you moving forward through another busy season. I know you'll conquer them all. It's just who you are. And who you are is amazing.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/19/2013 9:04AM

    Sorry to hear about your dad. I am glad that you had one last memory with him though and can cherish that forever!

I love spring! It always makes me feel refreshed an renewed. I just wish our spring would come. We are still dealing with a lot of winter.

You have some great goals though to start spring off right! I especially love your last line in your blog saying, "If you are ready to change, youíll find a way." Very true....

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ORCHIDLADY56 3/19/2013 8:40AM

    Wonderful goals! You have a great action plan!

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SASSYLJB 3/19/2013 7:22AM

    Diamond Girl That was an incredible blog!
You have a GREAT Plan! You know what to expect and you have grab it by the horns!
As with the rest of your responders I so agree with # 5 as Caleb turns 16 this year, I count every moment I still have with him.
You have got this, you will succeed! I am sure of it! Keep Dazzling!

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OKBACK2ME 3/19/2013 1:33AM

    Great Blog! Yes enjoy the kids it won't be long before they have family of their own and you wonder where the time went. I am still having trouble adjusting to being a Grandma of 8 with one more on the way! How the heck did I get so "old". Let along have a 11 year old grandson! Now I try to enjoy what time I can get with my grandkids before they have a family of their own! You know yes they avoid us when they are teens, but they sure make up for that when they are older.

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NANCYANNE55 3/18/2013 6:51PM

    Great blog, Kristie! And I like your point that obstacles are just excuses in disguise. There is almost always a way to work around something, and if there isn't, there's always a wiser path to take.

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VALYNN26 3/18/2013 3:03PM

    Great plan & great goals I love #5! I consider myself lucky to be a mother to 2 teenagers that still want to be seen with me in public & hang out together. emoticon

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READYBETTY 3/18/2013 1:07PM

    You have a great plan to get the really important things done like enjoying your children. Enjoy them now because these are some of the best years!

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RUTHIEBEAR 3/18/2013 12:55PM

    Great goals. I love #5. You are right, we do not know each other's full story and what we face day to day. I applaud you for making goals within what you can manage. It makes it more geared for success!

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AMY-MIMI77 3/18/2013 12:46PM

this is a great plan and I LOVE #5. they are only little (*& want us around) for a short period. I intend to enjoy it while I can.
I tell my friend (coworker) this all the time when she asks me how I manage to get everything done with work & Scouting.

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