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7 Year SparkVersary

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Today is my 7 year anniversary with SparkPeople. When I first met and exceeded my goal weight in 2007, I thought I was set for life...then life happened.

We decided to try to have a baby and the stress of trying to get pregnant after years of fertility issues threw me far from the wagon. I gained 15 pounds during that process but I was still at a healthy weight.

During my pregnancy, I far exceeded my highest weight ever but I was so excited to be able to move again after I had her in 2010, that I couldn't wait to start exercising again. While I was nursing, the weight just fell off and I was again 9 pounds within my goal weight. During that time I ate better, but didn't fully track my meals.

Then about a year later I took a new job (at the same company I'd been with for over a decade) and with it came new stresses that I hadn't had before. During this same time frame I was dealing with major financial issues and trying to get through school and the pounds just kept packing on.

So now I sit at my highest non-pregnancy weight ever. And it sucks. I keep trying and I keep failing. There are different social aspects to this job that make it hard to say no. I will try to go exercise but there are many days where I feel like I'm the keeper of everyone and have to sit at my desk while everyone else goes out to eat or exercise. So it keeps me unmotivated.

My sleep schedule is not a schedule at all. My husband is a stay-at-home dad right now and they sleep late which means everyone stays up late. Which means I'm always tired. I keep wanting to get on a schedule but when 10:00 rolls around, I think, "ah just a few more minutes", then next thing I know, it's 11:30. I think if I can get my night times more on a schedule then I'll feel better and will be able to get things on the right track again. I just need to sit down and give it some serious thought.

But it's not all bad. I just finished my degree (yay!) and the financial stuff is starting to ease up a bit. I took care of my mind, now I need to work on my body.

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MOVINITMORE 7/26/2013 5:21PM

    emoticon on 7 years !!

emoticon on the degree emoticon

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JANTWO 7/17/2013 12:28AM

    Congratulations on getting your degree!!!! Happy Sparkversary too!!!! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 7/16/2013 8:53PM

    Happy emoticon + emoticon = emoticon

My sleep schedule is off too, and it reaks havoc on my system. I'm not ready for summer to be over, but when school starts, I'll be able to have more consistency.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/16/2013 6:50PM

    Happy sparkaversary! Just to help you think things through, ask yourself this: Why do you feel like you need to be the keeper? If it's not in your job title, then don't worry about it. Do your work and try to not care what everyone else is doing. If their work isn't done, so what? Let them deal with the bosses. You aren't paid enough to care what everyone else is or is not doing, right? (These are all things I used to tell myself when I freaked out trying to do my job and the job of others who just didn't care.)

When it comes to bedtimes, you are allowed to put your needs first. Make sure your husband knows how loud they can be after you go to sleep. Then set an alarm or some kind of reminder for 15 minutes before you want to be in bed. When that alarm goes off, finish what you're doing, say your goodnights, and go to bed. Anything that needs to be done your husband can do. Your sleep is important, so schedule it like you would a doctor appointment and don't miss it.

After pregnancy and with age, weight loss does take more time and effort. However, since you've done it before you know you can do it again. Ask for help and support from people around you. Talk to your husband, other family, and friends who you spend a lot of time with and tell them exactly how they can support you; examples include not tempting you to eat out 'just because', not bringing your trigger foods into the house, and respecting your need for alternate food choices (more fruits and veggies and less fats) and sleep times. At work, if you feel comfortable doing so, gently mention that you're trying to be healthier so you will be exercising on breaks and avoiding candy dishes or cake and baked goods at events. When people who care know what you expect of them, they know how to support you. When people you spend a lot of time with (like at work) know you're trying to change, then should at least not make it harder on you.

Best wishes on your journey! Keep moving forward and be proud of your accomplishments!

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BABY_GIRL69 7/16/2013 1:43PM

    Happy Sparkanniversary!!

God bless,


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ETTEZEUS 7/16/2013 11:00AM

    Happy Anniversary! And congrats on the degree!!
Phil is getting on the healthy band wagon too! He walks every night and has been incorporating some very short jogs into it.
I almost have him convinced to do the Halloween 5k.....almost!

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USMAWIFE 7/16/2013 10:59AM

    Happy emoticon plus emoticon since there is not 7 year emotion for this

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SUNSHINE99999 7/16/2013 9:58AM

  Happy Anniversary. Congrats on your degree too. emoticon emoticon

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Suntree Turkey Trot 5K

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I participated in the Suntree Turkey Trot 5K this morning.


I haven't really run in some time, unless you count the bits and spurts at last weekend's Run for Your Life event last weekend.


Considering I haven't trained and haven't really run in some time, I was quite proud of myself when I:

1) Jogged for 2 miles straight without stopping. I only stopped to walk at that point for water.

2) Finished in 38:51. That's quite a bit better from my very first 5K and actually came close to the last 5K I participated in when I was actually training.

I've also signed up for a Candy Cane 5K on the 15th. Hopefully my shins will be mostly healed by then so it won't hurt to run so much. They weren't excruciating today but definitely uncomfortable.

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WALLAHALLA 11/25/2012 11:07PM

    emoticon Keep rockin' it! emoticon

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NYKIMMIE 11/23/2012 6:37AM

    emoticon thats great!

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ON2VICTORY 11/23/2012 12:39AM

    Way to make it happen my friend! Your time is about my personal best... You did great!

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JANTWO 11/23/2012 12:09AM

    That is awesome!!!! emoticon

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Survivor Mud Run - October 13, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

So a former fellow Sparker turned me on to Mud Runs. He had posted pictures of his mud run and it made me want to do one so badly. Lo and behold, a month or so later I got a Groupon certificate, half off the Survivor Mud Run. And it was less than 2 hours away! I scooped it up real quick. I was planning to train hard for it but stress waylaid my plans. Yes, I know, exercise is supposed to help stress but that combined with little sleep makes for a tired girl with little to no motivation.


But I vowed to do this mud run, no matter what. That's almost how it turned out too. My training has been less than 100%. I have done some strength training but very little running. My husband was supposed to join me, but due to last minute issues, couldn't go.

My oldest daughter (19-years-old) ended up going with me, but I had to promise to not leave her behind. We had an absolute blast.

We had stopped at WalMart before the run because my daughter is not an avid runner...so she needed supplies. Not to mention I couldn't get to my old shoes that I had planned to run in. So we both needed cheap shoes, and she needed a shirt and shorts.

We still ended up arriving well over an hour before our start time so we had plenty of time to check the area out, and my nerves to build. By the time our start came, I had huge butterflies in my stomach and was a bundle of nerves. They both subsided very quickly after we took off.

She lost her shoes very early on. We had already run through water, and mud, and our shoes were saturated. She bought some too-small socks before the race and her shoes quickly ate them. When she tried to get into her shoe to pull her sock up, her shoe slipped off. We both knew it wasnít going to be easy to get it back on so she said to just ditch them. I carried them for a little while and she insisted she was fine so I hung them from a spike in the ground. It was funny when a runner from a following wave asked if those were her shoes.

So, needless to say, her being shoeless, and not an avid runner, slowed us way down. But we laughed so hard and had so much fun. Especially when we got to a very slippery area and she just couldnít seem to stay on her feet. We both nearly peed from laughter.

Luckily she did not injure her feet at all. Her tailbone, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. Several of the mud slides had large bumps in them and she landed pretty hard on one since she didnít have a lot of traction. But she managed to finish without any further issues.

Our final time? One hour and 45 minutes (found out 10/15/12 that the official time was 1 hour, 35 minutes). But it was worth every minute. Sheís a tough little trooper and Iím so proud of her.

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LAUROBNAT 10/16/2012 2:14PM

    I was there too. I ran in the 9:45am wave.
It was my first time doing a mud run. Had a blast!

I am going to a" run for your life" next - It the same concept
except add zombies chasing you around the course!! :)

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ON2VICTORY 10/15/2012 12:24PM

    that is soooooo cool, what a cool mom! wow, too bad she lost her shoes so early in the event, glad she didnt get any ouchies.. :)

one of these days I am going to do a Warrior Dash.. I want to go as Braveheart. paint my face half blue and wear a kilt....

" they may take our twinkies... but they will never take OUR FREEDOM!"

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WILDFLOWERR_ 10/14/2012 10:36PM

    Sounds like it worked out just great who got to go after all!
Nothing like a little mud (A LOT) to bond a Momma and daughter! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 10/14/2012 3:03PM

    What a wonderful memory for you 2 to share for generations to come! Sounds like a blast. I'll have to look for one in our area.

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TUESDAYBEAR 10/14/2012 2:49AM

    That is outstanding! I really admire people who do those runs. You Go, Girls!


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JANTWO 10/14/2012 12:56AM

    That is so awesome!!!! What a good memory you have with your daughter now too!!!!

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WIDARLING 10/13/2012 11:30PM

    Lots of fun. Glad you both had such a blast.

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SparkPeople's New Running Center

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I have a delimma. I've been getting the running itch again. We (my husband and I) started running in late '08 or early '09. We had trained with friends and had signed up for a few 5K's which gave us plenty of motivation to get out there and run! Since having my baby girl in March of last year, I have been doing my workouts primarly on the treadmill - but by speed-walking on inclines. I haven't fully gotten back into running yet. I keep urging my husband (who complains about his own weight gain since I got pregnant) to train but it hasn't yet happened.

So today, SP announced that they've launched a new Running Center!


This is awesome and I can't wait to get started on it.

My delimma? Should I start to train now without my husband or wait until he's ready? I'm losing my baby weight without running (4 more pounds until I am my pre-pregnancy weight!) - it's just more fun to get out there on the road and run than to exercise on the treadmill. Heather has not really enjoyed sitting in her stroller for long periods of time (plus it's usually dark by the time I get out of work - I'm so glad the days are starting to get longer!) which makes it difficult for us to exercise together and I feel guilty enough being away from her while I work; I couldn't imagine taking more time away from her to run in the evenings.

And now I need a new pair of running shoes. I've been walking in my running shoes and they're getting worn out. When we did try to run a week or so ago, my shins started hurting again which tells me it's time for new shoes.

So I'm going to fully investigate the new running center and see what kind of motivation it gives me. I really want to run again despite my hesitation.

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SARAWMS48 2/14/2011 9:34AM

    Seems like the perfect answer is for him to stay home with the baby while you run!

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BRAVAH 2/11/2011 1:01PM

    Hi Kathy,

Go for it!!! If it makes you happy, then there's no reason to wait. If he has asked you to wait... well, maybe. I think you should do it!


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SUSANDREW1 2/11/2011 8:58AM

    I completely agree with everyone else. Run without him. If you don't you may be waiting a long time until he is ready or not start at all! You may be the reason he starts up again!

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ROLEMODELMOM 2/11/2011 1:50AM

    I agree with the rest. Run without him; he may join you or not but do you really want to wait around to see?? Also, my daughter doesn't like sitting in her stroller either but she loves it when we go running. The scenery and other people. If I slow down for a walk, she complains for me to "fast, mama." So I start running again, great for race times. I'd start with shorter runs though to make sure she'll tolerate it. I know from experience, NOTHING ruins a run faster than an uncomfortable baby.

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/11/2011 12:02AM

    Sounds like he isn't ready for the full "I gotta do this", but you are. Run without him. Who knows, maybe you will inspire him. Good luck! emoticon

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KARIRDH3 2/10/2011 5:21PM

    DO IT! You've got the itch, take advantage of that motivation! emoticon

And congrats on your baby girl :) emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 2/10/2011 5:10PM

    Run without him. He may never be ready. Do you really want to wait that long to find out?

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Friday, February 04, 2011

Well, it's been a rough week but now that I'm at the tail-end of it I'm beginning to feel much better.

I think a majority of the stress earlier in the week was because of PMS. My husband can stress me out (who's doesn't?) but not usually to the extent of this week.

TOM started last night and all of a sudden a weight was lifted and I'm back to feeling somewhat normal again (no, I wasn't worried about being pregnant - my hubby was snipped earlier this year - it was definitely hormonal). I'm going to call my doc and see about going back on the pill to regulate my hormones. Since having the baby, my new "normal" seems to be harder than before. So we'll see what the doc says.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!! My goals:

Exercise at lunch today
Eat better tonight than last night

Finish up laundry (man there was a lot)
Homework (one midterm)
Write out a chores list and assign out

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ETTEZEUS 2/7/2011 9:50AM

    I'm happy you're feeling better. Today is a laundry day for me with lots of ironing of DHs work shirts. Haven't done that in 2 weeks and he wore his last shirt today soooooo.

This week will be busy as Adaline will be here Thursday!! Can you believe she is 4 already?? Where did the time go??

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MICTAMALI 2/6/2011 4:47PM

    Kathy, I'm so glad you're feeling better!! I am finding that as I get older, my PMS is so much worse emotionally. Matter of fact, I think I'm actually heading for the peri-menopause stage (which scares me, lol) and that's why it's getting so much worse. I know you're a few years behind me, but it is rougher when we get a little older. Who knew?!

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BRAVAH 2/5/2011 7:17AM

    Hi Kathy!

So glad you are feeling better!!! I wish you luck with the chores list... I think that will help - especially next month when you are hormonal again ;).


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