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Friday, July 11, 2014

Hi Sparkers!

Since I love writing on my SP blog so much, I've taken it up a notch and am currently launching my own! Here is a sneak peek of the design--I'm super excited about it (in case you can't tell)!!!

It'll have food & nutrition, obviously, but also a place for my favorite mom products, fashion, travel, "hacks" and stories from the front lines of parenting.

Follow me on twitter @theflymommy to be in the know :)

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MRSGOFARR 9/23/2014 10:52AM

    That design in the bomb! You go girl!

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  I am following you, Karen!

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Long time, no SPARK!?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Why hello there! Hello…? Yes, I realize it has been A WHILE and I have two very good excuses:

May 2013

We welcomed our second child last May AND we moved 3 months after that. This mama was buried and just clicked into "survival" mode. Sleep-deprived, disorganized chaos ensued. Somehow, I'm merely 10lbs (about 142) above my pre-pregnancy weight (thank goodness for well-establihed good habits!) and I'll take it and be glad for small blessings. I don't have far to go; however, I do have a bit of a tougher road to get there than I've experienced yet in my life. My old, geriatric 37-year-old body has been put through the ringer with the last pregnancy and I'm still in physical therapy for severe hip and back pain. So eating as cleanly as I can and just dabbling, very gently, into a tiny bit of yoga. No real workouts happening other than lugging babies :)

I'm very happy though, as I enter this new season of my life. It's been interesting making choices now based on the needs of not just myself, but my two little people who depend on me. And while I'd love to be hardcore about whipping myself back into shape, if I make my back pain worse and end up being short-tempered with my children, it is just not worth it. So I'm finding my way and trying to be gentle and accepting of myself exactly where I am in my life. Now, don't get me wrong--I'd love my jeans to be slightly less snug before fall, so I'm here for a reason, and hoping to continue to find the same amazing, "no-judgement" support for which SP has always been an excellent resource.

Plus, I just want to be my best me for these people!

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  Glad to see you here! Beautiful family, Karen! You may be 10 lbs up but look so very happy!

I am really sorry about the back pain. With that and the two kiddos I doubt you are up to reviving our old "Partner" days, but just so you know, I am Sparking every day, maybe not tracking every morsel and gulp, but trying hard to let go of the 10 lbs that found their way back to me, so scream if you need any moral support!

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AGGIEKBEAR03 6/23/2014 11:36AM

    Welcome back and congrats on the new baby girl! Both your kids are adorable!

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MRSGOFARR 6/23/2014 10:49AM

    I loved reading this blog. You give me hope that I can do this with 2 kids and still be the amazing me. That is what I want!!!!

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Holy Time Flies, Batman!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My little baby is now a toddling "big boy" and about to be 1 year old.
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Can't wait to have his little par-tee this weekend. Here's some of the ideas I'm using: Golf Theme (as we are having it at the local clubhouse with 30+ guests!)


Doing a baby version of this cake with food based food coloring ( ) and home-made fondant for the lil smash cake:

My awesome sister helped me craft up a storm cutting out all the little signs and flags, and laughed with me at my inability to cut nice circles. My mom is going to help me frost the cupcakes Friday...sorry, not very SP friendly to mention cupcakes!!! I AM using (sneaking) whole grain flour in though ;)

Parenthood has been pretty fun-crazy-messy-humbling (at times) but so worthwhile. Here he is looking adorable even though after daddy and baby both being sick, we had like no clean laundry and it was pure survival mode--he can still rock the mismatched look!

11 months old

The weather has just turned nice and have finally really been able to use our nice BOB baby jogger since I'm strong enough to push it again. Bubs loves going for our morning jog to the park to swing, and I'm loving being able to take him out. Going to be the best summer with my little guy!

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MELSY82 5/29/2012 7:23PM

    He is adorable! What a cute party you are had for your little love :)

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PUPSALOT 4/11/2012 11:33AM

    I can't believe Chase is 1! I hope the party was a success. Good to get an update from you!

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KATYMARIA 3/28/2012 6:19PM

    Wow he has gotten so big, time really does fly!!! Glad you guys are all doing well and hope the party goes off without a hitch!

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ROGUE_1 3/23/2012 12:32AM

    I can't believe your son is going to be one!!!
Time truly does fly.
Your party looks like it will be so much fun, ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY.
Here's to you and your family!

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/15/2012 9:45PM

    What an adorable little peanut!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/15/2012 1:26PM

    Happy early birthday to your little guy. Thanks for the update -- it's good hearing from you!

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ANNIEBANANIE85 3/15/2012 7:29AM

    Yay!!! Glad you guys are doing well and happy bday to the little guy! emoticon

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1st Xmas with Baby!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

He's READY!!! Rudolph has nothing on this lil reindeer :)

Should be fun! Mama's ready too-thanks to a nasty stomach bug--back to my old self LoL! Can literally eat whatever I want (and I intend to) since even my smallest size 2 jeans are falling off me right now...could life get any better?!

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MELSY82 2/4/2012 9:58AM

    what an adorable little cutie!!

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ANGIERUNNER 1/11/2012 1:48PM

    cute pic!

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HPTEAGUE 12/24/2011 2:27PM

    Oh my gosh - what a cutie! I'm back in my skinny jeans, too. I love it!

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DOCLOVER 12/23/2011 10:52AM

    So cute! Congrats!

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FITFOODIE806 12/23/2011 6:37AM

    Everything about this is awesome!! Your boy is adorable. Enjoy all those extra giggles this Christmas!

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 12/22/2011 8:50PM

  cute kid:)

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6 Months Post-Partum

Friday, September 30, 2011

You all remember this series--

Got up to a nice healthy 174lbs by the end of my pregnancy.

Well, after he arrived, there was A LOT of work to do--

(These shots are from July 31, 4months PP and only 3-4 pounds lost since the big 20lb loss right away when bubs came out)
151lbs and 30%BF

I wasn't having much luck with my usual tactic of cutting calories to lose weight, and well, it wasn't really an option since I'm nursing my little guy. So I hired a pro--Ruben (aka Flexchef on SP) of Fit2BeInYourKitchen.

Now I already eat high protein and pretty clean, so I was not sure what could be done differently. It turned out, I needed to eat more often, and just a bit squeakier clean, and more "complete" mini-meals--and I lost all the baby weight eating an honest 1600-1800 calories a day. Yep. 1600-1800. OMG so much food!!! It was so much easier to be on a nutritional plan than having to decide and track or pre-track it all. Not to discourage pre-tracking and tracking food, as I think everyone needs to go through this process as I did it for several years. I just had enough experience that I didn't also need to track as long as I just stayed on my plan and used my food scale. It was even easy enough that with planning and some creative crock-pot use, I have stayed on plan during a 6 week kitchen remodel and on vacation. So BIG THANKS to my food coach!!! emoticon

I made even faster progress as far as overall appearance once I was strong enough to get back into my regular ST routine. That took a while--I had major back issues from pregnancy/delivery and--TMI alert--couldn't cough w/o wetting my pants half the time. Forget doing an honest-to-goodness SQUAT in public LoL!

Here's the current 6 months post-partum pics, and I still have 5ish lbs and some toning to go, but I feel great and like myself again. I'm also back into all my regular clothes.

133lbs and roughly 23%BF

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FAIRYANA 12/26/2011 11:55PM

    GOSH!!!! emoticon
Look at you!!! fantabulous!!!

ok first thing first, Congrats on your new little man! he's sooooo adorable.

OMG! u were at 150-ish pound n u manage to lose all those?
ur amazing! how did u do it?

give us some details on how ur doing it? apart from eating clean, wat r ur wkout routines like?
pls do share....

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PINKY911 11/26/2011 3:41PM

    You look fantastic!! Congratulations on your little boy as well! :)

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FITFOODIE806 11/25/2011 7:51AM

I saw a sparkfriend comment on your blog and I had to peak. I love seeing other mamas working it out! And you clearly are!!! You look amazing. You look amazing in the first pic too.

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LIL_EZZY 11/25/2011 6:41AM

    wow girl looking great.

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ANGEL_AMBER 11/17/2011 3:32PM

    You look great!!! Such an inspiration. We're trying for a baby so I like to see the success stories of women who have been able to get fit after the baby is born. Way to go!

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GPENSRAE 10/14/2011 3:39PM

    OMG you look absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!

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    I'm unclear if you are still breastfeeding. I am trying to figure out how many calories to eat while breastfeeding and trying to lose...

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JENNFIT24 10/7/2011 2:00PM

    You look amazing!

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JENNA-P 10/7/2011 10:28AM

    Oh wow! Way to go! You have done amazing! I can believe he is already 6 months old!! Time flies!

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MRSGOFARR 10/3/2011 10:27PM

    wow - things are much tighter!!! you go girl!

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SHERLYN-WILL 10/3/2011 11:44AM

    NOW... that is what hard work looks like... WOW you look GREAT!!!!

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FLEXCHEF 10/3/2011 10:36AM

    I think you absolutely beautiful and glowing girl and I couldnt be prouder! You have rocked this entire time regardless of the obstacles that were in front of you. Keep up the hard work and keep inspiring.

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TWALKER0475 10/3/2011 10:17AM

    Aww, you look just AMAZING! Big-time congrats! I hear great things about Ruben from everyone who has worked with him!

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HPTEAGUE 10/2/2011 4:12PM

    You're not starving eating 1600 - 1800 calories a day?! That was my maintenance range pre-pregnancy! Of course, I was more consistent with my workouts back then. But still. You and I are pretty much the same size and I feel like that wouldn't be enough to keep me full these days. What kinds of foods are you eating?

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ANGIERUNNER 10/2/2011 12:55PM

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    O.M.G! Look at you!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 10/1/2011 2:21AM

    Wow, fantastic progress. Congrats!

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PRINCESSRUNNER7 9/30/2011 8:11PM

    Awesome job! You look great!!

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SINGER73 9/30/2011 1:23PM

    You look amazing. I'm right where you were at 4months pp. I'm going to look into the plan.

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 9/30/2011 11:42AM

    Wow, you look fantastic :)

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GODDESSELLIE07 9/30/2011 11:37AM

    You look wonderful! What great progress you made in the two months between those sets of pictures!

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LAUREN129 9/30/2011 11:34AM

  Wow! congratulations! I am 6 weeks postpartum and cannot wait to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. You look great!

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SARALEIGHM 9/30/2011 11:01AM

    Wow! You look fabulous! I'm more motivated now to get back to my strength training. I've lost most of the weight I wanted to lose, but the muscle tone just isn't there. I like to use the excuse that I'm turning 60 in a couple of months, but that's all it is, an excuse. I know I can do better, accepting that I'm not ever going to look like I did when I was in my 30s.

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  Looking greaaat, Karen! Your motivation is unmatched!

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DOCLOVER 9/30/2011 10:37AM

    You're awesome - way to lose the baby weight the healthy way! You're a great example for all moms out there. Also, thanks for being honest about it and blogging your experience!

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GODDESSOFHOME 9/30/2011 9:52AM

    Hard work lady, it sure is paying off for you! Good on ya!

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AKA639 9/30/2011 9:49AM

    Woo Hoo!

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ROXY4470 9/30/2011 9:29AM

    you look awesome! I can only hope I can look like that after 6 months.. I guess we'll see next year! you are such an inspiration!

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/30/2011 9:08AM

    I am INSPIRED!! If you can do this with a newborn infant, a kitchen remodel, and vacation, what the heck is my excuse?? Great job!!!

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 9/30/2011 8:57AM

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