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Saturday, July 28, 2012

STOLEN FROM ANOTHER SPARKER :)
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
No, but I don't have a middle name per family tradition.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Sunday, I usually have an abundance of emotion at church.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Sometimes, it's plain and easy to read.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Turkey or Roast Beef.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Yes two teenage girls.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
I think so.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
I used to, but something about having teenagers takes the fun out of it.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Depends, for fun- No.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Quaker cinnamon squares.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
When I wear my hiking boots yes.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Yes! Kelly means warrior after all. I know I'm emotionally strong, and physically strong too even under all this fat, I surprise people.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Vanilla, simple and versatile. But I like most ice cream so much it's my kryptinite. I just stay away from it if I can.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Probably their body language. I'm not really conscience about it though. Sometimes I'll see some stranger and think they could really use a hug or kind word.
15. RED OR PINK?
Red, too many bad shades of pink
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
This is a tough question. Obviously there are physical changes I'm trying to make, but also I procrastinate, and can be quite selfish and stubborn. Things I feel like I'm constantly working on.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
A husband. Not my ex. This is more about the idea of a partner that helps you through life, I miss having that partner. I miss my Father too but I made peace with that a long time ago, no I miss having a life partner the most.
18. ANY TATTOOS?
No.
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
I'm barefoot at the moment
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Beef Burrito
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Rain and Thunder (and a box fan)
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Turquoise.
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Bleached Whites- reminds me of my great grandmother.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Survey call. But the last person I know who I talked to was my brother.
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Either would be good. Seclusion would be important. If in a mountain hideaway, I'd prefer and evergreen forest. If in a beach house I'd want it right on the water.
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Dance. Okay the Olympics are good too.
27. HAIR COLOR?
Dirty Blond, light brown
28. EYE COLOR?
Sometimes blue but usually a greenish color.
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No, I used to. But with kids it was just easier to wear glasses.
30. FAVORITE FOOD?
The House Chicken at New Yen Chang's in Stockton CA. So Awesome, I really miss it.
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings!
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Hachi
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Black
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Fall, okay winter
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Usually Hugs.
36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
I can only pick one? Blackberry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream... Mmmm
37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Cardio gets better results but I prefer strength training.
38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
I don't own a tv so I would have to say computer... But you can watch tv on the computer... So confusing...
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Alphabet of Dreams by Susan Fletcher. My favorite author at the moment though is Patricia Briggs.
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
My finger, haha. Laptops don't have a traditional mouse pad, but the other computer has a poem I wrote on it (I won a poetry.com contest and got a mouse pad as my prize)
42. FAVORITE SOUND?
My teenagers and I laughing together.
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Beatles.
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Caribbean
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I sing, I'm a second Soprano with a 2 octave range. I can sight read the right hand on the piano. Considered a Music major, before deciding to go into psychology.
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
CA Bay Area
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Central KY
48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
White
49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
I'm not sure. It's a really weird purpley tan color.
50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
Yeah.

  
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ISAHLIA 8/1/2012 3:44PM

    Hey April, I lived in Stockton for like 16 years, I also had a job posting notices in Tracy so I'm very familiar with Tracy, I keep telling you we've got a lot in common!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 8/1/2012 2:54PM

    Thanks for sharing!! Love your name meaning - go warrior!

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APRILLUVSBOOKS 8/1/2012 10:27AM

    That's so cool that you were born in the CA Bay Area!!! I was born not too far from there. The ver small (well, it was small while I was growing up) town of Tracy. About an hour (depending on traffic) from San Francisco and Sac and about 1/2 an hour from Stockton :) Small world :)

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JUST4ME71 7/28/2012 10:21AM

    Fun stuff!
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DOLPHINNUT 7/28/2012 1:36AM

    I loved the movie Hachi!

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Balance

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hey guys,
I'm sorry I was gone for so long. I wish I could give you a "good" reason for my absence but I can't. I was just really feeling overwhelmed and out of balance. Maybe you guys have felt that way too. I thought I'd better take a little time and try to get centered again.
I really don't want to give this (SP) up because this (SP) is a chance to get me healthier. So I'm at it again, knowing you guys were here waiting to hear from me is such support for me. Your examples, your hard work inspiring, your commitment to your health. I find you all inspiring. I hope you'll forgive me for not being there for you, and I hope you'll still want me to be your buddy. Kelly

  
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JUST4ME71 7/30/2012 10:20AM

    Taking care of you is what's most important!! So glad to know that you are all ok. So glad to have you back!
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BEINGAROLEMODEL 7/26/2012 7:25PM

    Glad you're back! I was wondering where you had been!

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ISAHLIA 7/26/2012 5:24PM

    Thanks for welcoming me back so warmly. I felt like I had let you guys down while I was gone, and I hate letting people down. You all motivate me so much to do my best. So Thank you for that too! I'll be seeing you all around SP!

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ANWKIM 7/26/2012 1:26PM

    Glad you're back!! The key to this journey is taking care of ourselves, so you shouldnt have to appologize for stepping away to take care of you. Hopefully you were able to identify the things that had you feeling off balance and have put some things in place for yourself to maintain your inner balance.

Have a great day!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/26/2012 10:45AM

    Fall seven times, stand up eight....

It doesn't matter how many times you have to get back up, just keep doing it!

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DOLPHINNUT 7/26/2012 1:25AM

    Glad your back! I have gotten away from it before, just keep coming back, don't give up. emoticon

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/25/2012 10:26PM

    I don't care how many times you need to regroup - just keep coming back! We'll be here for ya. I've come and gone so many times...it's just how life goes sometimes. Glad to see you back on Sparks and look forward to sharing stories, tips, and support once again.
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LRBIRT 7/25/2012 7:26PM

    I'm so glad you're back! I was a little worried to be honest.. but I can definitely understand needing some time to regroup. ;o) This isn't an all or nothing journey..
I see it as a 'we meet ourselves where we are' approach and we make the journey what it is. I try not to let it make or define me. ..but its hard.

And you will find the system that works best for you! You are smart and capable so be kind to yourself. You are building something in your self that will carry you the rest of your days, but it will still take trial and error before a lifestyle change is seamless.

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NEPTUNE1939 7/25/2012 7:24PM

    Welcome back; for me healthy living is now a positive mind set - nearly succumbing to a bad diet was a wakeup call for me. Heart problems, excess fat problems, pre-diabetic problems, I could go on.

After cardiac rehab and a nutrition class I set forth some healthy guidelines; but only to stay alive - LOL. It has been a challenge; but for me and those I love well worth the effort.

I banished all unhealthy processed foods; especially those with bad fats and/or high in sodium whether in cans or packaged. I kissed off all sodas, but I still enjoy a healthy beer. I'm back into body building and cardio and currently have 12% body fat (down from 26 %+) with weight down from 206 to a current healthier 181.

SP has been a great help in food and cardio tracking. God bless your progress, Earl


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Kentucky? Why Kentucky?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

This is a question that I hear a lot. I'm originally from California. I've lived in Florida, Utah, and Tennessee as well. After my divorce I went back to California to live with my Mom (My Dad died when I was 18). I'm skipping a lot of stuff that isn't really relevant to this particular story. I have three younger brothers. When I first moved home my youngest brother was still in high school living with my mom. My middle brother was just back from a church mission and working on an AA (and living with Mom). My oldest brother was fairly well settled and had his own business. It was a little crowded at mom's but we made it work pretty well. Eventually my middle brother transferred to a university and moved out while working on his BFA. He got married and eventually they had an adorable little girl. After the university my brother, sister in law and niece all moved back in with mom. My youngest brother started off at the local community college but left to go on a mission for the church we attend and then after he came home he transferred to a University (he got married last November and they are expecting a baby). They are moving to Spokane, but before he was married he would still come home on breaks. Needless to say- Mom is awesome, and the house was always a little crowded. At one point my mom joked how we should just have a family compound, everyone just kept coming home to Mom's anyway.
Well that idea started to grow. No I don't live on a family compound but it was the idea that really got us thinking about where we wanted to live and why. I always wanted to come back east (I loved living in Tennessee). Mom was born in Kentucky, and we have a lot (and I mean A LOT) of family history in this area. There is a National Forest in Kentucky. There is a Target in Kentucky. There are universities, hospitals, and airports. We kept zeroing in on what we really wanted. Eventually it got to the point my oldest brother saw a piece of property that he was really interested in he almost bought it sight unseen. I was the only person who's schedule was flexible enough to come and check it out. So I came. I determined that he would not be happy with it. (Encroaching neighbors & boundary issues). Eventually I made 3 more visits to this area. I took tons of video of the various properties, or me driving on the roads. Timing distances. Eventually my oldest brother did by a piece of property sight unseen. (He's owned it 2 years and his wife has yet to see it). Once I knew my brother was going to move to Kentucky I decided I was going to buy a house too. Mom traded some jewelery for some land and is going to move out here too.
I could only afford a fixer upper. I also wanted to be near my brother. I found my house and bought it, I saw it on the same day I signed all of the loan docs. After a year of trying to fix it up long distance. I got really frustrated. I said to myself, If I was living there then half the problems would take care of themselves. I was right. I moved to KY. I hired my two youngest brothers to help me everyday for 1 month to get the house good enough to move into. We got a lot done but not everything. Everything took longer to finish. Church members came over to help with various projects. I've been working on my house since last September. It's almost been 1 year! Mom has my before house pictures and if you want to see some of the remodeling updates then you can see them at my you tube channel. I know probably not something you guys are really interested in but you can see the mess I'm dealing with though. Here's the link www.youtube.com/user/KMGAD/videos

  
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APRILLUVSBOOKS 7/16/2012 11:38AM

    I was born and raised in California and it will always be home for me, but my husband is a Texas boy and I know that's where his heart will always call home. So, when he gets out of the military I know that that's where we'll be moving. I lived in TX for a couple of years and really liked it (you know, minus that who tornado thing). I told my husband that I'll have to try and talk my older brother into moving there, too. lol

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JUST4ME71 7/16/2012 10:44AM

    Love the Pics! What an adventure you have undertaken! Wishing you and yours all the best! You are a very strong and determined woman!
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JAIRIE813 7/16/2012 7:56AM

    I'm Kentucky born and bred and, though I considered moving years ago, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love my little country town!

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BIGJIM5 7/16/2012 2:20AM

    MY husband is from ky, around pikeville.we would drive 5 min one way and be in west virginia then go the other way 5 min and be in ky. it is a very pretty state. we used to go about once a year till his mom died 3 yrs ago and never went back yet .He misses living in the "hills" but i just can't leave my family to live there. Your house will be a home in no time flat. keep pushing away at it. remodeling takes forever.. one room at a time.. take care kelly your amazing you'll get there!!

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2ABBYNORMAL 7/15/2012 10:21PM

    It's a wonderful story and I'm glad that everyone and everything is coming together. I'll check out the link.
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CHEROKEE1946 7/15/2012 8:39PM

    On step and one day at a time and eventually it will all be done.

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CLUTTRELL8 7/15/2012 8:33PM

    I was born and raised in Southern Indiana... and I gotta say Kentucky is to this day one of the most beautiful states I've ever seen. So green (blue). lol It's awesome. I live in Connecticut now, but yeah, I think it's awesome anyhow. Remodeling houses also happens to be an interest of mine... so cool blog! Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 7/15/2012 8:15PM

    I have family in KY (an even longer story than yours), and they area always wanting me to move there.. If I could find work and if I thought I could handle the weather, I would because the people are really nice. It would be great to live near family...

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USMAWIFE 7/15/2012 8:12PM

    Congrats on the house and getting settled

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The Stress of being a parent

Saturday, July 14, 2012

So Sorry I wasn't on SP Thursday and Friday. I was taking my daughters to youth camp and I realized once I got them safely checked in that my stress had disappeared. I guess it was more anxiety than stress but I was feeling it in my shoulders and back where I usually carry stress. It's back again today and tonight but I am picking up the girls at lunch and so I'm sure I'll be back to normal once I see the kiddo's safe and sound. Thanks for all of the relaxation tips that you guys gave me. I spent most of the day reading a book and trying to distract myself from the overly quiet house (because I'm home alone). I know it's really good for my teenagers to have experiences that allow them to be more independent from me. I hope that it will get them excited and help them feel more ready to face the world as young adults. It's still hard to let them go even when you know it's for the best and it's safe and a great opportunity for them to grow up a little more. So now you guys know a little more about whats going on.
Rose, I haven't wanted to do anything except hide in a corner and make the stress go away, like that would actually work. I know there is probably better ways of handling it but this time I read a book and didn't do a lot that was fitness related. I have also been having some chocolate, which I don't normally go for. I tend to like other desserts more. I also haven't tracked the last two days. So I will have to do better. Thank you all (all of my Spark Friends) for your support and your caring words, it's great to have such good friends.

  
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CHEROKEE1946 7/15/2012 8:42PM

    Do some meditation or some deep breathing. It can really relax you when stressed and yoga is wonderful.

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JUST4ME71 7/15/2012 4:22PM

    Hi You!
These are some of the toughest challenges...we do what we can to get through them. It's hard not to be down and I think you pulled yourself through it very well. What is your family support system? Seems like you are pretty much doing it all on your own...that means we have to stay strong for ourselves and everyone even during the toughest times. Be proud and please give yourself a secret little smile. Hope things are better!

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LRBIRT 7/15/2012 10:02AM

    I have horrible anxiety where my child is concerned..and he's only 4.. My heart can't handle even an imaginary trip to where Avery is a teenager- So *hugs* to you!

I bet just having some time to yourself to read was pretty relaxing! Maybe that is just what you needed ;o) I have a very hard time relaxing like that..when I am wound up, I can't focus for long on external things. I have found that when I continue tracking or working off a list then it gives me something to focus on that requires a different internal dialogue, its a reminder that I have choices to make and by also trying to learn how to give myself a break - I give myself credit for even continuing to work on a list or track my food even if I got one thing done or went over my calories..

Stress is tricky - I feel like its just every where and in every thing, attached to every body! I am trying to make it work for me instead of against me - all part of my life-long quest to be an adult ;o)

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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I had never had stuffed bell peppers before. I made some today and they were great! My daughter wanted 2 (Red and Orange bell Peppers) She loves the color Red so seeing the red bell pepper she was excited. I got the recipe from allrecipes, and chose one without meat that met my calorie requirements, but YUM! It's a keeper. Love it when my family is excited to try something new, and to eat dinner!

Here's a link to the recipe
allrecipes.com/recipe/stuffed-pepper
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CHEROKEE1946 7/15/2012 8:45PM

    I use to make green stuffed peppers but for the last 5 years I only make red, orange, and yellow. They have a sweeter taste to them and my eye doctor wanted me to eat more red, yellow, orange veggies. Maybe once you get settled you can clear a spot and let the girls do a little garden and plant some red peppers. I keep them diced up from my garden in the freezer and I make stuffed pepper soup and add them to chili, etc. Cheaper then buying them in the winter months.

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/13/2012 6:04PM

    Will have to try those! Thanks for sharing.

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PINKIEPARADISE 7/12/2012 7:55PM

    Awesome! I haven't had stuffed peppers since my mom made em when I was growing up. Wow, making me consider making some :)

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KRISLEEB 7/12/2012 12:49PM

    I've been wanting to get them on our menu since you first mentioned making them!!! So easy & the perfect summer food. Glad you enjoyed them!!!

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EMMALEMMA33 7/12/2012 7:46AM

    Yum! Haven't made those in forever!! Thanks for the reminder....will have to add it in soon to my rotation. :)

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DOLPHINNUT 7/12/2012 1:58AM

    Love stuffed peppers, will have to try this recipe!

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CLUTTRELL8 7/11/2012 8:30PM

    Sounds delicious! I'm a sucker for Feta too! lol

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PHILTRILL 7/11/2012 7:55PM

    I love stuffed peppers, it really yummy can be eaten alone and very tastee.

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