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New Goals for 2013!!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Wow Wow Wow!! I can not believe I haven't blogged here since August!! I've been logging on and spinning that wheel but I haven't been "on" Sparkpeople in months!! Oh I've been busy getting healthy. I rocked my fall Challenge and I'm within about 4 pounds of my goal weight. I've begun exercising with great consistency. I joined a gym and get up at 4:35 a.m. to exercise before work. Such a stressful end of the year - with lots of extended family drama continuing and the drama in our world rocking us. It would have been easy to toss in the towel so to speak and start Emotional Eating again. But I managed to limit that and not start Binging! Most of my Goals from 2012 were successful. A few I've done away with. A couple I will be continuing into 2013. So let's get to this wonderful New Year and New Goals!!

2013 Goals:

• Learn to do cartwheels, splits and conquer unassisted pull-ups!

•Weekly Yoga!

•Start a health and fitness Blog?!

•Attend the Arnold fitness expo and meet my amazing NLC friends!

•Read More/Facebook Less! 1 book a month!

•Enrich my Faith through weekly adoration, daily reading & devotionals, and attending mass every single weekend! Become a Eucharistic Minister?

• Surround myself with positive, supportive people. Ditch the negative Nellie’s!

•R.A.K.!! Find one way daily to pass along kindness!

•Un-clutter my life and home. 52 bags in 52 weeks!

Okay Sparklers! There it is. Out there in print for all the world to see lol! Obviously 2 of these goals scare me more than the others! Hence the question marks! But those 2 goals are things I am praying about right now. I don't think I'll be hurrying up to jump right into those. But before the year end I might just surprise myself!! I'll keep you posted!

Happy New Year Sparklers!! Here is to our best year yet!


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MIATIA1 1/3/2013 2:02PM

    Great Goals, Wishing you every success at them all. Looking forward to sharing a third year on Sparks with you....

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FITMARY 1/3/2013 12:32PM

    You've been making such great progress. I bet you will rock these goals too! Pat yourself on the back. Good job!!!

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Life may give you lemons...but you don't have to Eat them!

Monday, August 13, 2012

I have been struggling a lot lately. We suffered a devastating loss recently. My niece lost her baby ON her Due Date!! The baby's heart beat just stopped. They had to induce my niece and her beautiful perfect baby girl was still born. She weighed 7 lbs 3 oz and was 20 inches long with lots of curly hair and not a single breath. It has been heartbreaking. I'm still reeling from it and trying to figure out how to console my niece, who's world has literally just fallen apart, is difficult (of course my feeling of helplessness is miniscule compared to what she is feeling!) In the same 2.5 weeks my grandfather has been hospitalized twice, my mother experienced her 2nd TIA (mini stroke - she is OK though! Thankfully!) and another niece (sister to the one who gave birth to an Angel) had 3 friends brutally murdered in a shooting at their work place! It's been crazier than usual to say the least.

I'm struggling with so many emotions but for the first time in my life my emotions are not controlling my eating! I have not had one EE Fest! I have stayed Clean and today I am even starting a No Excuse Challenge for 12 weeks to really tighten up my clean eating and exercising!!! Up at 5:30 this morning doing body weight exercises. Tonight I WILL run 3 miles. My 1/2 is coming up in just 4 short weeks (Yikes!).

So while I haven't been Sparking much lately I have not given up or given in. I'm stronger than I ever imagined. I am going to rock this Challenge! I even bought a bikini to take "before" pics in and it is hanging right on my mirror in my room to motivate me. I haven't worn a bikini in 30 year!!! But I'm going to wear one in 12 weeks when this Challenge is over!!

I hope you are staying strong in whatever challenges and life situations you are facing. There is no problem in this world that eating will cure except starvation! And even then Clean Eating is where it's at! You might not starve eating a Twinkie but you sure won't live a long healthy life. Fuel your body, starve your emotions. Be strong - even when your world tries to break you. You are in charge. Love and thanks for letting me express myself and my feelings here.


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ANDREAG89 8/13/2012 10:41PM

    You are the rock for all these people - and you are to be commended for being so strong for them and not caving to stress and emotionally induced binge-ing. Stay strong!

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FITMARY 8/13/2012 9:06PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about all the chaos. Stay strong! It's wonderful that you feel big enough to handle it!

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CAYCESMOM 8/13/2012 6:07PM

    You have an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G attitude!


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DLDMIL 8/13/2012 5:43PM

    Prayer for your entire family emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BYEPOUNDS 8/13/2012 5:40PM

    Best to you!

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Resassessing my Goals!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I was just looking at my goal tracker thingy on my main page and realized it is passed June 10 and I am not at my goal weight yet. Hmm.

Not that I haven't been happy where I am currently. I have. I'm getting compliments. I'm wearing smaller sizes. I'm feeling energetic and so Stinkin' Happy it's silly!! But I'm not at my goal weight yet and I do believe with just a little effort on my part I can shake this "plateau" or whatever it is stalling me and get down the 7 more pounds I want to lose!!

So I've reset my goal to lose 7 pounds by September 9. That is the date of my next race! How am I going to get there - 7 pounds lighter in 8 weeks? Let me tell you...

First off I'm a runner who hasn't been running who has a race in 8 weeks! Guess what I'm gong to do?! That's right - I'm going to RUN!! Tonight I'm joining a running group at work. I have never run with a group of people and these are all basically strangers from other offices in our building. So I've seen them or said Hi to them but I don't know them. That puts me a little out of my comfort zone which I hope will be a good and motivating thing. They run 4 miles on trails on Tuesday evenings. Oh - another thing I've never done - Trail Runs!

Also, I am "Cleaning up" my breakfast. I've been eating pretty clean but my uber healthy scrambled egg whites and oatmeal breakfast had given way to a semi clean Ezekiel toast with natural PB and no sugar added fruit spread for quite some time now - oddly enough about the same amount of time I've been steady at 138! I'm cleaning up breakfast first and foremost then I'll start reevaluating the rest of my meals. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day right? Seems like the obvious starting point!

And while I'm even afraid to say this out loud (AGAIN!) for fear I won't listen to myself (AGAIN!) train! There. I said it. I know I know. I've said it before but I am psyched!! I ordered some great protein powder to help fuel my work outs and feed my muscles (Yes - I plan to get me some!! lol!) I'm not going to be silly and say I'll work out every single day. I know me and I won't. And as soon as I miss a day I'll quit. What?? Silly!!! My goals for the next 8 weeks are to run 3 x per week and strength train 2. That may not sound like enough but I think (for me!) it sounds doable. And I'm not going to try to do it Monday - Friday either!! If I miss Monday that would ruin my week! No, any mix up of exercises from Sunday to Saturday is my new week! Crazy right?! Considering exercising on the weekends?! Something else I've ever done before!!! I must be certifiable! But I want to be active most days of the week. I will also add walking in whenever, wherever, I can in addition to "exercise". My hubby and I have been walking together recently and I love the time with him so I'm going to encourage that much more frequently.

So there you have it. Clean up my meals and move more. That's my plan. Hmmm... Really? It took me THIS LONG to think of THIS!!!??? HAHAHHAHA!!!

Let's go get em Sparklers!! Those smaller clothes are out there waiting for us!!!

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DEPAULGIRL09 7/15/2012 11:08AM

    Fantastic goals! I have no doubt that you'll accomplish them. emoticon

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FITMARY 7/10/2012 12:59PM

    Strength training is a tough one for me too, although I don't really understand why. It feels good and it really helps! Make sure you reward yourself for coming up with such a great and do-able plan!!!

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Catching up and Goals Revisited

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Hello Sparklers!!

Wow - it's been a while since we've chatted!! lol! Since my last blog I ran another race. The Soldier Field 10 Mile! It was amazing!!! I thought for sure I'd have to walk some of it to finish but I ran the whole thing! At 7 miles I felt great, strong. At 8 miles I was confident and excited. At 9 miles I said No Flipping way am I walking now! When I ran through that players tunnel and out onto Soldier Field I cried! Literally!! Then I laughed! I was such a mix of emotions - it was thrilling, silly, exciting, excruciating, amazing! I finished in 1:53:13! So much better than I feared (2:30!) and even hoped (2:00)! My daughter ran also in 1:55:58. We were both so happy with our results. My next race isn't until September and it's a Half Marathon. I really want to be well trained and do well in that race. I don't know if I can add 3 more miles and keep the same pace but if I can finish around 2:15-2:30 I'd be ecstatic!! Of course my goal mostly is to finish. But I am excited to see my results too.

My eating has been really good. I'm at least 90-95% clean eating on the weekdays. Of course the weekends aren't as good but still I'd say 75-80% clean. The biggest problem (aside from drinking beer with my neighbors lol!) is trying to keep on schedule to eat every three hours!! Just does not work as well as at work!

So I thought since it's June and we're half way through 2012 already I should revisit my goals from January. I have defiantly let several of them slip and it's time to re-prioritize!! So here goes!

2012 Goals

1.) Lose total of 10 pounds by Feb 14, Valentines day; Goal weight by my birthday June 10.

I have lost a total of 21 pounds to date. My initial goal weight was 128. I'm not sure I want to get that low now. I'd like to lose 9 more (130) but I don't have a definite time goal any more. Slow and steady is working great. I did get a pair of size 4 capri's for mom's day that I'd like to fit into and I'm "this" close! So first goal is capri's then see where my weight is and continue to reassess my weight goal. I might decide I'm at the point I want to stay even if that is 131-134.

2.) Exercise regularly - 10 minutes a day for the first week, adding 10 min/week, building up to 60 minutes most days by Feb 14.

Not as consistent as I'd need. So here is another addendum already. Run 2-3 times a week along with weights/body weight exercises 2-3 times a week on alternating days. Starting today. Go!

3.) Eat Clean 90% - use my new cooler everyday for work, plan and start pre-cooking on Sundays for the weeks meals.

Got it weekdays. New goal update - Aim for 100% weekdays and 90% weekends! Go!

4.) Weekly Adoration at my church - pick a day and go!

I am scheduled for Saturday mornings but I have missed a few times. I will continue with this schedule but if it continues to be hard to attend Saturday mornings I may ask to switch days/times. Will keep evaluating but I'm loving the days I do attend Adoration. Much needed Faith time!

5.) Journal - I never do this!

I bought a pretty new journal but it's pages are still blank. Gotta do it! Ugh. Why did I set this goal?

6.) Register to run a Spring 5K, a Summer 10K and a Fall Half??

2 races run; 1 half marathon to go 9/9/12!!

7.) Spend $ wisely - pay down credit cards an extra $100 each month.

Haven't been paying extra but not charging either. Why do expenses keep sneaking up?? How do you pay off credit card debt!?!

8.) Blog weekly - it keeps me accountable.

Definitely been lax about this one. Ok - look for me again next week!

9.) Get check-ups scheduled - Gynie/Mammogram, Annual Physical/Thyroid test, Pulmonary/Asthma Dr.

Saw the Gynie and had mammogram and ablation.
Saw MD - thyroid good, watching some phosphate level. I'll have more labs drawn in Nov.
Haven't called a pulmonary doc but so far asthma is under control with MD so I'll continue to follow up w him for now.

10.) Don't miss Mass by choice - even in the Summer!

Done and Doing! Of course it's only the first week of summer vaca lol!

11.) Read a new book each month - maybe start a book club with friends.

Well. I need to buy a book! Have definitely NOT been reading more than magazines, Facebook and a few healthy Blogs!

12.) 52 bags in 52 weeks! Pare down the clutter - throw out one bag a week of "stuff" that has accumulated at my house that we do not need!

Oy! I was so in progress on this one up until about April. Then I got sick. Then I got lazy!!! I think I need to do 2 bags a week for the next 10 weeks and then I'll be back on track!! I do have AmVets coming at the end of this month so goal update - accumulate 10 bags for AmVets if possible or 5 AmVets and 5 trash by June 30 to get me back on track!!!! Whew!

Wow - revisiting goals is a great eye opener. I knew I slacked on the bags-a-week but I completely forgot I even had read and journal on my list!! Ok. Time to "finish strong" and see this next 6 months is as productive (or better) than the last 6!!

Have a great day Sparklers! Love y'all! Love your support!!!


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FITMARY 6/6/2012 7:37AM

    Wow! You are so impressive! You've made incredible progress! I'm just floored. WOO HOO!

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LAURENBNJ 6/5/2012 12:22PM

    You have some great goals! Congrats on keeping up with some of them and revisiting ones that you still want to complete. You have me thinking about my goals, too. Cleaning out junk from your home is good for your health, too. It's great for keeping stress levels lower. Keep going!

Good job on your race and good luck on your half marathon!

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ShamROCK Shuffle!

Monday, March 26, 2012


Yesterday was the Shamrock Shuffle 8K! This is Chicago's big kickoff to the running season. 40,000 runner ran this race and I was one of them. And it was a BLAST!!! I tell you I can't remember having so much FUN!

My time was 53:34 and I finished 530/1046 in my age group and 11505/19642 out of all females. I was very happy with these results.

The best part of the day was the run itself. I ran through beautiful City of Chicago on a perfect Spring morning. The sun was shining, there were big poofy clouds in a bright blue sky, it was lovely! I made a playlist of every song I could find with Run or Street in the title! Oh and of course the Rocky theme song was on it too! I had a big stupid smile on my face the whole race. I mean - If I'm not smiling I'm not having fun and if I'm not having fun what the heck was I doing it for? At one point I remember just Praying as I ran and thanking God for being able to do it. I promised myself then and there as I ran that I would be healthy for the rest of my life! Not going to follow my mom's history! There were so many people cheering us on. Right about the 4 mile mark there was a guy with a sign that said "You are Beautiful" and he gave me a high five! I was so happy! I really felt beautiful even though my hair was a mess and I was soaked with sweat. I can't remember feeling more alive and that felt pretty beautiful!

It was a glorious day!


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    Wow, you are a poster child for getting and staying healthy! 8K?!?!! That's emoticon

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PJBONARRIGO 3/26/2012 3:43PM

    Good for you! Congrats on a great run and your inspiring resolution!! emoticon

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