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Time For a Sing Along

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I once changed the lyrics to Mary Poppin's A Spoonful of Sugar. So kids, today's singalong is to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It.

If you’re Sparkin and you know it spin the wheel
If you’re Sparkin and you know it spin the wheel
If you’re Sparkin and you know it
Then Spark points are gonna show it
If you’re Sparkin and you know it spin the wheel

If you’re Sparkin and you know it track your food
If you’re Sparkin and you know it track your food
If you’re Sparkin and you know it
Then your tracker’s gonna show it
If you’re Sparkin and you know it track your food

If you’re Sparkin and you know it shout GOAL MET!
If you’re Sparkin and you know it shout GOAL MET!
If you’re Sparkin and you know it
Your Spark streaks will surely show it
If you’re Sparkin and you know it shout GOAL MET!

If you’re Sparkin and you know it do all three
If you’re Sparkin and you know it do all three
If you’re Sparkin and you know it
Then your health is gonna show it
If you’re Sparkin and you know it do all three

Sometimes I need to amuse myself. Don't worry, I won't quit my day job!

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I now return you to your regularly schedule daily activities.

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SYDLETZIII 9/28/2014 3:32AM

    emoticon Have fun

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TORTISE110 9/27/2014 7:18AM

    Kellie, you are amazing! Who knew? Love that you had fun with this.

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MAREE1953 9/27/2014 5:53AM

    Bah ha ha ha hahaha!!! Lol!

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WATERMELLEN 9/26/2014 9:37PM

    Very cute -- and I'm doing all 3!!

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EJB2801 9/26/2014 8:42PM

    CLAP, CLAP! emoticon

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BRAINYBLONDE5 9/26/2014 1:50PM

    this is too perfect! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/26/2014 1:40PM

    Adorable!



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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/26/2014 11:35AM

    Yes, I'll sing along. There's a song in my head all the time. This one works.

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KANOE10 9/26/2014 7:57AM

    That was too fun. It brought a smile to my face.

Keep Sparking.

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SUGAR0814 9/25/2014 9:23PM

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SANDICANE 9/25/2014 7:52PM

    HA HA HA HA HA and LOL LOL LOL! That was soooooooooooooo cute, that you can probably see me smiling from there!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/25/2014 4:49PM

    Your mind works in strange and mysterious ways!

(I was going to say "interesting" and mysterious ways, but anyone who does this and admits it probably wouldn't object to "strange".)

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MAGGIEVAN 9/25/2014 2:45PM

    Funny!!! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/25/2014 2:05PM

    Very cute!

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MOMMY445 9/25/2014 1:21PM

    great blog!

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Da Zoo Run Run

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A great day for a 5K to benefit a local zoo. I met my daughter (my 5K buddy) and her boyfriend (who did not run today) at the train and we headed to the zoo. This is the zoo I took my kids to many many times when they were small. Tons of memories.

A little brisk this morning but the rain held off so perfect running weather for me. We started out taking goofy pictures and then headed to the corral area where the DJ was playing some good dance music from the late 80s/early 90s. I was having a ball before we ever got started! DD and her BF had some laughs watching me break into dancing and singing every few minutes. What can I say, 'I got the music in me!'

The course today was inside the zoo which afforded me the chance to see visions of my kids when they were small many times throughout the course. Big smiles! Today was the first time I had been back there in over 15 years.

After the race, we walked around looking at the animals. I love the lions, so beautiful and majestic. We had a ball in the primate house. Everyone always says I have talent for giving animals voices but my daughter's boyfriend had me beat. He had us in stitches.

We had a bite to eat and then we hit the dolphin show like we used to. My daughter said she felt like she was 12 years old again and wishing she could be a marine biologist.

What a great day! I'm closer to hitting my mileage challenge for September on the Active.com challenge I joined and I had a super fun day with DD and her boyfriend.



Onward with the week ahead!






  
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SANDICANE 9/23/2014 10:11PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day for a good cause tooo!

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KRISTA987 9/23/2014 9:19PM

    Sounds like you guys had a really great time!

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LIVIN4LISH 9/23/2014 7:21AM

    Sounds like such fun! Love that you are able to spend time being healthy with those you love emoticon emoticon

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EJB2801 9/22/2014 9:59PM

    I love hearing about trips - in this case a run - down memory lane. How nice to enjoy this with your daughter!
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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/22/2014 12:34PM

    Music from the 80s & 90s? And here I thought your title was a spoof of the 60s song "Da DO run run" or was it ron, ron?

Anyway, a nice fun day!

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FITMAMA_ 9/22/2014 12:23PM

    Awesome! I wish our local zoo would do a 5k!!

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FOR_THE_DUDES 9/22/2014 10:30AM

    Sounds like a terrific day.

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SUGAR0814 9/21/2014 10:12PM

    Great picture of you two! Glad you had a great time at the zoo with your DD!! emoticon emoticon

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MJREIMERS 9/21/2014 8:40PM

    How fun to run with your daughter and her boyfriend. I know our zoo has a run. I may have to look into it! Both you and BIGPAWSUP make it sound so great!

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BA5454 9/21/2014 8:22PM

    emoticon Great job on the 5K (and I love the fact you ran it with your daughter)!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/21/2014 7:04PM

    Great picture, GREAT day! Awesome that you can share this time and love of fitness with your daughter. (My poor daughter weighs about 240 pounds.) emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/21/2014 7:04PM

    I wish I would have known. We could have met up a bit. It was a great day and an awesome course. Glad you got to stay and have such a wonderful time.

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House Chips or Fruit Salad

Monday, September 15, 2014

I’m getting into my usual end-of-summer reflective mood. True, summer isn’t technically over in my corner of the world but close enough. So welcome to the reflective pond that is my blog.

Some things I learned about myself recently……

Stop thinking “I can’t”. True, I am not super human, there are things I cannot do BUT, I must stop letting that be my first thought. Last week I was asked if I wanted the house chips or fruit salad with my sandwich. I had intended house chips but said fruit salad without thinking which startled me. This was a first. Will I always make healthy choices every single time? No but I can and it gets easier with practice.

I can run in chilly, rainy weather. Granted it’s not preferable, but I’ve done it before so I need to stop saying “I can’t” when the weather takes an unexpected turn. I did it last week and had one of my better runs.

I can handle uncomfortable situations with my dad. My whole life, I dreaded the thought of my parents aging to the point I’d need to help. I can visit with my dad and his girlfriend after my mom’s pictures have been removed. I didn’t self-destruct. I can ask the nurse to discuss no sexual activity with my dad after his recent surgery.

Okay, I did self-destruct, mildly for a few seconds.... on the inside. But I ask you, who wouldn’t after their 75 year-old father says that having a nymphomaniac girlfriend is not as easy as young guys think it might be?!

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I can be happy with my body no matter what the scale says. After years of going up and down the scale, mostly up, thinking “I’d look so much better if I just lost 10 pounds”, “Things would be easier if I was a size 8 again” I no longer live by the scale or what size jeans I wear.

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For the last couple years, my focus has changed to healthy food choices and portions, building muscle and endurance. Next week I will begin the last year of my 40s which sounds like a death march but I am feeling good that I am strong and active as I head toward the expressway to my 50s. I have only just begun!

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We are all worth taking care of. No good comes from throwing in the towel and self-destructing when life gets hard. Will I never again throw in the towel when life gets hard, no. That’s a very difficult thing to remember when everything seems to be going wrong but it’s important. That thought gets a little easier to avoid the more I repeat that it's important to take care of myself.

If we keep repeating positive messages and practicing positive behaviors, it will soon be like ordering a fruit salad instead of house chips without thinking.


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FUNLOVEN 9/28/2014 8:59AM

    I'm getting caught up on my e-mails now that vacation play-time is over.

Fruit salad sounds pretty good to me too. Wish more restaurants offered those type of healthy choices. You have made great gains this past year in many areas, but I see it mostly in your healthy attitude and consistency in every day life. That must say something about embracing a healthy lifestyle.

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SYDLETZIII 9/17/2014 1:56PM

    Congrats on your food choice and on your attitude

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/16/2014 2:12PM

    You have the right attitude for success in all areas of your life.
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"The last year of your forties" reminded me of my daughter's reflection on scripture yesterday at the nursing home. We take turns doing that assignment.

She spoke about when she was 7 and crying because she realized that her mom (ME) was 29 which seemed so OLD. She wanted things to stay just as they are.

I told her then that there would always be things to look forward to, no matter how old you are and that most of all I wanted to be 30 then 40 then 50 etc.

Now she's 45 and I'm 67 and I'd still give the same advice.

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KANOE10 9/16/2014 7:43AM

    I like the comment, "success breeds success." The more we repeat positive messages and make healthy choices, the more we will continue these practices. I think you have done a great job of staying positive in a difficult transitional year with your dad.

I love the way you accept your body as it is..but it is a toned healthy body!

I also like getting rid of "I can't" . I just posted myself..it may be hard, but I will find a way. The coming cold months will not be easy on exercise, but we can find a way/

Thanks for an inspirational blog.

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SUGAR0814 9/15/2014 10:20PM

    Love this blog! Even though the sex part reminded me of my mom talking about "doing it" & after those words came out of her mouth, all I could remember was saying "la, la, la, la, la" in my head! Seniors!! Way to go on making the healthy choice without even realizing it! emoticon

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KRISTA987 9/15/2014 10:01PM

    Great blog! I love your positive attitude, it's very inspiring!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/15/2014 7:16PM

    I love that you twist your thinking to skew toward the positive, and look at the benefits you are reaping! I should do the same too. Instead of always thinking "I could have done a better job", I should look at what I've done that's been positive.

As you say, and accept, we are not perfect and will probably always be prone to falling into old habits -- but the more we practice the positive habits, the easier it will be.

Great blog, Kellie, I'm glad you shared!!

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KATHYD82 9/15/2014 4:04PM

    I saw the mention of this blog on the side feed on my page...and I'm so glad I read it! You mentioned many positive things and actually many thoughts that have been on my mind as well. Fruit salad...yes!!! Even though the house chips sound tasty...sometimes I take one from my husbands plate. Positive talk to ourselves is important, and I hope those thoughts become habits for me too! You sound like you are well on your way emoticon

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A Letter To Myself

Sunday, August 31, 2014

To Myself on October 1st,

Well, August really flew by. By the time you read this, that project at work that has been like riding an insane roller coaster should be live and going smooth. It's a shame it caused us to wish away the the summer, looking so forward to Fridays, an empty house and comfy clothes.

Hopefully Anthony moving back in is still going well. True he can be moody at times but I have been really happy to have him back. Every once in a while, I can still see that 9-year-old clown he used to be and it makes my day!

Now that dad's gall bladder has been removed, I'm sure he's feeling much better. I know you still need therapy over some of the over-sharing he has done about his girlfriend. Who is this man and what has he done with the father that didn't talk much right?!

I'm sure you still agree with me that it's better to see him happy instead of wallowing in mom's death even if it means our ears have to bleed from time to time.

Hopefully you have the medal hanging prominently from the September Race to Hit Your Mileage challenge i signed us up for on active.com. I'm thinking I probably should have signed up for the 60 miles in September instead of the 30 but making time to run lately has been a challenge so I'm starting small.

I've noticed our arms showing a little more definition lately. Those regular upper body band exercises are starting to pay off. Hopefully you are looking even better than I do now.

I'm going to work on getting us a little more flexible this month. I've noticed the hips tightening up again so I'll get to work on flexibility.

I'm going to bed now. Sleep is something I need to work on for us too.

Until next time

Kelliebean


A little letter-writing entertainment:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y4nGES
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MAREE1953 9/27/2014 6:00AM

    And here we are, only days away from October 1. Hope all your dreams and aspirations materialized as well as, or even better than you "dreamed" in your letter to future self! emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/1/2014 9:06PM

    I love the idea of writing to future self! Wishing you a terrific September so that when Oct comes, all is even better than you imagined.

Best luck with your dad --- I cannot begin to imagine wishing you could un-hear some things. And enjoy your time with your son.

Happy September!
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TRAVELGRRL 9/1/2014 6:01PM

    Wow, your summer's been quite a roller coaster ride, but it looks like you survived just fine. You've made so much progress on so many fronts. Glad your Dad is happy. I know you'll rock September's goals!!

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WATERMELLEN 9/1/2014 5:38PM

    What a cool idea: letter to "future self"!!

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MAGGIEVAN 9/1/2014 3:34PM

    I liked the "ear bleeding" expression and might borrow it from you. Have a great day.

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SANDICANE 9/1/2014 2:48PM

    I have a son that moved back in for awhile...it was ok...but it was also nice to see him go so he was independent again.

Hope your September treats you better that the summer did and good luck with all those miles.



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KANOE10 9/1/2014 9:24AM

    I have two sons who have moved back also. I like having them around. Good luck with Anthony's return. I hope your job settles down. You are doing a great job of staying on track and staying healthy. I know you will have a great September.

My mom was like your father. She soon found a boyfriend and got married a year later. She changed her lifestyle. Your father sounds happy.

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TORTISE110 9/1/2014 9:00AM

    You have a great friend in YOU! I'm glad you know it (-:

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LORILEEPAGE 9/1/2014 8:48AM

    Kellie, you had a great month with it's many trials. I wish you a wonderful month and that you see more progress in your fitness.

Keep smiling and thank you for being an encouragement to all of us!

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TANITHSEH1011 9/1/2014 8:19AM

    What a cool; idea I may have t write one of these to myself.

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FUNLOVEN 9/1/2014 7:19AM

    If August flew by for you, life must really be hectic for you because you missed September completely - LOL! ! ! (To Myself on October 1st, )


All joking aside, I can almost hear your sigh of relief from here as the pressures of August come to rest. I hope your September goes smoothly. Lets make it the last hurrah of summer!

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SUGAR0814 9/1/2014 12:02AM

    Great letter. It's nice to be able to reflect. Thanks for sharing. I might write a letter or a memo to myself. Have a great Labor Day! emoticon emoticon

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STUDLEEJOE 8/31/2014 11:40PM

    Great post thanks for sharing

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    It is going to be a great month emoticon

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I told Ya So..

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

..... i have said to myself many times when I know better but I do it anyway.

It was a fine Wednesday morning, yeah a little worried about dad but he'll be fine and I had my emotions in check and I felt like it was going to be a productive day at work.

I bought a little bag of chocolate covered raisins in the cafeteria early this morning for a snack for later. I had a chocolate craving and it was a smart portion. I have this under control. I'm not feeling emotional, just have a taste for a little chocolate.

And then it happened, our boss came in with a large bakery box full of delicious treats for his birthday, which we do not normally do here but it was a milestone birthday. They were small and I reasoned it was very early in the day, plenty of time to burn off the calories.

It was just a small canoli and then it was just a small chocolate éclair as we sat with him and had some laughs.

Back at my desk, there was the small bag of chocolate covered raisins. Soon, there were no more chocolate covered raisins. I looked at the bag astonished. Did I do that?!

The day quickly went downhill, stomach lurched, energy zapped, lethargy set in, emotions fired in every direction like a laser light show at a rock concert and papers were shuffled with no meaning. A large cup of tea was drunk but only increased the bloating.

After lunch they pulled the bakery box from the fridge and I quickly consumed a small cream puff. Someone mentioned I looked a little peeked. I said "I feel a lot peeked!"

I heard Grace from the show Will and Grace singing the "I Told You So" song:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV4sB7O97ro

So I just went for a 15-minute walk, filled up my water bottle and gave myself a good talking to. RESET BUTTON!

I'm going to go to my hair cut appointment now, otherwise known as my cheap therapy session, and wash this day right out of my hair.

Thank you for listening!

  
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SYDLETZIII 8/31/2014 6:19AM

    No speech, todays a new day to start anew

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BA5454 8/29/2014 7:20PM

    Love the haircut bit--it *always* makes me feel better! I know things are stressful for ya--hang in there ;-).

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KANOE10 8/29/2014 8:26AM

    Getting your hair done is good therapy and relaxing. You pushed the re-set button and are ready to go!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/28/2014 6:29PM

    I know you will get it back together.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/28/2014 4:51PM

    You are so honest about your setbacks, but what I love about you is that you blog about them and then -- DONE! Begin anew. It's really not starting over, it's beginning anew! HUGS, Kellie!

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LIVIN4LISH 8/28/2014 1:58PM

    The treats sound delicious, but I'm sorry you didn't feel well after. Way to move on! emoticon

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FANNYMANSON 8/28/2014 11:58AM

    Oh I can totally relate to the workplace treat situation! Yes, you indulged a little bit, but it's over and you can bounce back! Keep moving forward!
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GLORIAMAJDI 8/28/2014 10:38AM

    I love this blog, I like how you recognize the humor in the situation, yet you are realistic and to the point about the whole situation! Unfortunately this type of thing happens to most of us from time to time....but you are good because you have a reset button! Some of us have a difficult time finding ours and it becomes a huge mess. Good job on getting back on track!

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FUNLOVEN 8/28/2014 8:02AM

    Your donut story reminded me of the days when I quit smoking for some reason. Maybe because it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I frequently tell people that I am like an addict. Some people who quit smoking can still manage a cigarette here and there, but that is not me. I have learned from experience that if I decided to ever have a cigarette it would be the end for me; I would become a full fledge smoker again.

There other night I had a CAbi clothing party and us gals were talking about weight loss, drinking, and snacking (of course). One gal, who has lost, 35#, mentioned that when she drinks she it just gives her the munchies and so she has really cut back on drinking. We all shook our heads in knowing agreement.

I have a bag of Dove chocolate pieces in my freezer (BTW, they don't taste as good when they are frozen). Last night I was thinking about that chocolate for some reason. I told myself, "No. You know one bite will just lead to another. Just like one cigarette will lead to another. Just like one drink leads to another".

I hate it, but I have to remember that for myself there are some foods (sugar) that I just will never be able to put in my mouth. You have done so well on your healthy journey thought. You usually eat well and you exercise regularly. I know that this donut and chocolate melt down won't be the end all for you! emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 8/28/2014 4:30AM

    Good idea to "file" the day and let it be. It happened, it is over now. Just remember that every second of every day is a new beginning. AND you are the boss!

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SUGAR0814 8/27/2014 9:22PM

    We all have our not-to-good days on this journey! emoticon For going for a walk! The reset button is a wonderful thing!! emoticon

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GEORGE815 8/27/2014 5:36PM

    Thanks to you.

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