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New Job, new body

Friday, September 06, 2013

A little over a year ago, I made a very bad design. Taking a job that was not conducive to my health or personal life. This didn’t take very long to show. Over the last 13 months I have gained 30 pounds and have had the most explosive fights with my family. I am happy to say that I have left that company and moved to what seems is going to be a much happier place. So begins the trip on getting my life and body back! I have a new gym membership and have gone to the store and stocked up on health chooses for lunch and dinner.
My goals for this weekend is to re-read The spark book and to stay on my path to the better me.

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THECRAZYMANGO 9/7/2013 11:51AM

    Awesome! I am at a new job as well and trying to get back into the routine of things! emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 9/7/2013 10:17AM

    best of luck to you, when we decide to do something, that is the beginning, just keep your goal in the back of your mind, and you will succeed. Congratulations on your new life

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/6/2013 8:20PM

    Congratulations!! Sounds like you deserve this happy moment and hope for the future. Good for you! emoticon

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Feeling proud of myself today

Friday, May 25, 2012

I am full on 100% addicted to (need to call A&E, Intervention addicted) hot tamales candies, I can eat a jumbo size box in 5 minutes without even thinking about it. A girl at work had some and I heard the sound of the glorious red bits of cinnamon haven rolling out of the box from across the room. When I walked by her desk and she offered me the rest of her treats, I just had a “small” hand full instead of taking the entire box! This may not be a big deal for some, but this is the size of the “2nd coming” for me…. Thinking about it… may even be a bigger deal then eating dinner with Jesus himself…… REALLY

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K-GETTING-FIT 5/26/2012 10:50AM

    Drooling here for Hot Tamales. Love em.
Way to go. That is willpower. Not sure I am at the point where I could stop before eating the entire box:) Have a friend at work who always has a fully stocked, huge bowl of candy. I can't even look at it without salivating. It keeps calling...Kristin, come visit. I miss you my friend!!!

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NATPLUMMER 5/25/2012 7:16PM

    Ooohhh...I love them, too!! That is a victory!!

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LIVINGFREE19 5/25/2012 5:11PM

    That is great, that you settled for a small portion.
We all have our weaknesses.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

You jump into the ocean you get wet!
You put your hand in a fire you will get burned!
I know this, WE ALL know this.

Why is it so hard for me to get through my thick head, if you stop counting calories, you will gain the weight back!
Here are my excuses…
1. I moved, and between NOT having my normal routine and the added stress, eating out was way more convent.
2. In the new neighborhood, I had to try the famous “Mills Sub Shop” that everyone was talking about.
3. It’s summer, what better time for ice cream.
4. The wine was a house warming present, it would be rude not to drink it.
I could keep going but I wont. I am back 100% to sparks, I started the Wii active 30 day challenge and I am going to re-set my goals. I have creep back up to 177 pounds, I need to see 171 again. I would like to keep gong and get to 160-165 by October.

Exhale. I will do this!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/18/2011 10:31PM


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KAREN42BOYS 8/18/2011 3:33PM

    good to have you back, katie! does moving mean you graduated and are a real nurse now?

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 8/18/2011 2:42PM

    Yippee you're back! I missed you. Who cares what the excuses are, sometimes excuses is another word for LIFE, it gets in the way, but you are refocused, and really, isn't that all that matters...
Welcome back!! NICE to see you.


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NATPLUMMER 8/18/2011 2:39PM

    Welcome back!! Time to reboot!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Last night I realized that today would be my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY. It was always funny to me when people would say “today is the first day of the rest of your life” I never realized that it was more then a saying it could be a life mantra….
One year ago today, I decided to change my life. I was tired…. tired of being fat; tired of not feeling good about myself; tired of going out and feeling like people were looking at me. Never having anything to wear, and when I did go shopping nothing ever fit. I remember going into Lane Bryant with my mom one afternoon, and I couldn’t find a pair of pants. How do you NOT find a pair of paints at a “specialty store”? I was looking at my reflection in the mirror and wanted to cry. How did I ever let myself get THAT BIG?
Tipping the scales at 240 pounds, I knew I had to make a change. I started the South Beach diet, well that lasted about as long as every other diet I had ever gone on. 3 days! I was in the shower on my 3rd day thinking about food…. WHO does that? On my way to work that morning I thought there must be something out there that will teach me to make the right choice when it comes to food.
I had just bought my IPhone and as a joke, I said “there must be an AP that will make me skinny”…. Who would have ever thought…? NOT only was there an AP but it was SPARKS.
There is no way that I could ever thank Chris Downie or his staff. I have learned not only to eat properly; I have lost 68 pounds in a year. BUT most unbelievable, I exercise! I love it! I go to the gym; I am running my first 5K in 68 Days. I drink water and eat vegetables. NOW I look at my reflection and I see the person I want to be.
I think a lot about the side effects of Sparks. My moods are more even. I use to lose my temper… (Understatement) I have a greater hold on my emotions. My skin has cleared up. My nails have never been longer…. My hair even looks healthier. The million other things that you just don’t think of, fitting in movie theater and air plane chairs. Being able to shop in any store you want. Not just Lane Bryant and the Avenue. Having NO shame when placing my groceries on the checkout belt! Eating in a restaurant and not worrying if anyone is thinking… “Does she know that she really doesn’t need dessert?” My favorite side effect… (I know I have mentioned before on my blog) fitting into the bath tub. What a wonderful day that was!
But the simple joy of knowing I am healthier, my heart is not working over time and I will live longer. I will be able to enjoy life more. What a gift.
Thank you to all my Sparks friends that have encouraged me on this journey……. I just won’t make my goal weight; I know I will live a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life. I know that what ever goal I set for myself I can and WILL accomplish.

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SHAYGETSFIT 5/25/2011 8:09PM

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APRILBLESS 5/25/2011 7:15PM

So very happy for you! And you look beautiful! Cheers to staying and looking healthy from here on out chica. Way to go...
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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 5/24/2011 11:20PM

    You've done SO, SO much better in your 1st year than I did in mine. Good job, you are looking so great!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/24/2011 6:23PM

    Very cool. I agree with you about Chris Downie, he is a fitness hero. I think he deserves a nobel prize for all of the people he has encouraged. Happy Sparkversary!

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MELISSAISAFOX 5/24/2011 1:58PM

    You do look amazing and have accomplished a LOT in a year. It really was the first day of the rest of your life!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 5/24/2011 1:05PM

I wish there was an Emoticon for "Get R Done"... that's what you have done. I am so proud, and I am sure you are beyond proud of where you have come in the last 365 days. You are smart, pretty, and now can fit in a bathtub, what more could someone want! You are an inspiration, MY inspiration!!! Happy 1spark, can't wait to see what your blog says on your second anniversary!!!

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ALOFA0509 5/24/2011 12:23PM

BRAVO!!! Girl you look Amazing emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 5/24/2011 12:21PM

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Congratulations on doing a great job!!

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Monday 0 upgrade

Monday, May 16, 2011

Is any ones else having a problem loading there favorite's? I have my morning routine to add in my food for the day, see what I can have more... and let's face it less of for the day, to make my goals. BUT this morning with the upgrade. (looks really nice) but it's not letting me load my favorite foods at all. Now the old Katie would use this an an reason not to track today. BUT I got on my phone and used the sparks app! POOF all done and I am looking good on my calorie intake! Now I am going to go get some breakfast. Hope everyone has a great MONDAY.

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REDEMILY 5/16/2011 1:41PM

    It took me a minute, but i did figure it out. And had no troubles adding my favorites! Good luck!

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NATPLUMMER 5/16/2011 1:35PM

    I haven't tried the newly upgraded tracker, I used my phone.

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JUMPKIM 5/16/2011 12:26PM

    Proud of you for tracking another way!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 5/16/2011 12:16PM

    Hey Miss Katie... I did use it this morning to track my day and I was able to do without an issue. When I went to Nutrition the second tab says favorites, and I started typing the word and it brought me alphabetically to that item (gotta love yogurt)... I was a bit taken back at first but was able to find... I do the same as you, put in what I know I'm going to eat, and then I can figure out from there where the rest of my day is going (sometimes to the bottom of the ocean:))
Hope you figure it out, but glad you didn't use it as an excuse...
Happy Monday.

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