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2012 In Review

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

A Little Bit About Me:
Name: Keri
Age I turned this year: 28

Favorites From 2012:
Color: for clothing, mostly browns, in general pink!
Food: tomato caprese
Activity: Well, I didn't do a whole lot this year, but I discovered that I love hiking in the AZ desert mountains!
Book: anything James Patterson

Highlights From This Past Year:
Greatest Lesson Learned: Stop comparing yourself now to who you were in the past. You are a different person and being hard on yourself doesn't help with anything!
Hardest thing of the year: preparing for the LSAT and finalizing law school applications, saying goodbye to John Koha, an amazing musician and friend
Favorite Memory: Meeting my 2nd god child and meeting my best friend's first born
What I Loved Most about the last year: Spending more time than ever with my hubby now that he is no longer involved in band that plays every single weekend.

Looking forward to Next Year:
Want to Learn: to love myself for who I am
Want to Get Better At: not punishing myself when I slip-up and make mistakes
Biggest Goal: become certified to teach yoga

New Years Reflection Questions:

What was the single Best Thing that happened this past year? Getting accepted into law school
What was the single Most Challenging Thing that happened this past year? Trying unsuccessfully to lose weight

What was an Unexpected Joy this past year? Finding a lasting friendship with our neighbors of the past 5 years, whom up until this year we didn't spend much/if any time with!

What was an Unexpected Obstacle this past year? Infertility problems

Pick 3 Words to Describe this past year? Love, family, friends

Without asking them, what 3 Words would your (spouse/partner/friend) pick to describe this past
year? Stress, waiting, hope

What were the Best Books You Read this past year? Dan Brown's Deception Point
With whom were your Most Valuable Relationships this past year? Andy, and our 2 new best friends, Scott and Jami
What was your Biggest Personal Change this past year?Learning to love myself, mistakes and all.
In what way(s) did you Grow Emotionally this past year? I no longer allow people who are negative to have an influence in my life

  
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MOOCOWLVR 1/8/2013 1:41PM

    Awww Keri I loved this! You absolutely are so, so much more than any of your mistakes or weight loss slip ups. You are a strong, amazing woman and you can jump this hurdle and I'll be right there with you cheering you on. It's all about you this year girlie and you so have this! Here's to a fantastic 2013!!

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2012 Goals

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Long-term Goals:
1.) Run the Walker 1/2 marathon in September
2.) Increase my flexibility to be able to straddle stretch with my head to the ground
3.) Lower my BMI to the healthy range
4.) Reach my goal weight of 150 pounds

Short-term Goals:
1.) Participate in strength training classes 3x/week
2.) Participate in yoga classes 2x/week
3.) Run/walk at least 3 miles 3x/week, building up to 1/2 marathon goal by 9/2012

Weight loss rewards:
195- New work socks
190- spa facial
185- spa pedicure
180- new workout outfit
175- spa manicure
170- hair color treatment
165- new pair of jeans
160- new pair of strappy sandals
155- new 2 piece VS bikini
150- family portrait photo session

Other goal rewards:
1 month streak of class workouts completed: new kindle book
3 miles ran without walking: Sirius radio subscription
9 miles run/walk: Baily button Ugg boots
12 miles ran/walk: Book a spring break vacation

  
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JTK131 1/10/2012 11:03PM

    Love all the goals! You are going to have a great year!!

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4KRYSTAL4 1/10/2012 1:46PM

    You can do this :) I'm here to support you whatever you need!

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JULIENMM 1/10/2012 12:21PM

    Yeay! Those are some well written and thought out goals. Good job. I'm going to copy your format -- hope you don't mind!!

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ROJAKHAN 1/10/2012 11:52AM

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Run Keri, Ruuuuuun!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

So I desperately need to get back into the running groove and I have absolutely no idea where I should begin. I haven't run since last summer so I know that my endurance is gone. Anyone have any suggestions? Anyone done any of the C25k programs out there? It seems like such a daunting task, starting over from scratch when I used to be able to run at least 4 miles no problem :-(

But I WILL get started again, I want to run a 1/2 marathon in September so I have something to work towards!

  
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SHELPEN 3/31/2011 7:46PM

    I'm going through the same thing right now! I was looking at my old training logs from a few short years ago where my long "slow" runs were 5.5 miles. Now I'm starting from scratch with SparkPeople's 5K Your Way program or whatever it's called. And it's hard! And I'm slow! But I can feel the strength coming back to my legs. Back when I started running (the first time!) I did Cool Running's Couch to 5K program and it's awesome! It feels pretty easy at first, but stick with it because it gets harder but do-able. Good luck! emoticon

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JTK131 3/30/2011 8:39PM

    You've run those miles before so you KNOW that you can do it, don't let the distance seem daunting!! Unfortunately, I don't have any good tips on getting into running...I just kind of started going here and there without much of a "program" for it, but I will be here cheering you on all the way!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!

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My 2009 goals

Monday, December 22, 2008

I've decided to put my 2009 goals in writing for one of my challenges for the week.

BONUS: Make some 2009 goals for yourself! At least 10 things you want to accomplish next year :)

1.) First and foremost I want to lose these last 18 or so lbs and be on the path of weight maintenance for the first time EVER!!

2.) I want to be a more loving romantic wife. This is something Andy and I both need to work on together...maybe even planning out a date night each week so we don't become an "old married couple"

3.) Paint the walls in our abode!

4.) Upload all of my digital photos to Snapfish, then get them printed little by little and put into albums.

5.) Scan all of my old pictures onto disks and put into a fire-proof safe.

6.) Find myself a new hobby to do while Andy is on band gigs.

7.) Continue to try new workouts to keep my routine from getting mundane.

8.) Work on accepting myself for who I am, flaws and all.

9.) Continue working on my 5K running time, and run in the August race we have in town.

10.) Keep being an active part of the B2B board! I love you girls!!

  
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SHELPEN 12/29/2008 3:39PM

    I agree with Kassi and Krystal--great goals! I like this list format better than the standard single New Year's Resolution that most people forget about after a few weeks anyway. This way, you'll be able to check off each one as you complete them throughout the year (and I know you will!). Good luck!

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4KRYSTAL4 12/23/2008 1:01PM

    What great goals :-) We will keep you to #10 for sure!

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JTK131 12/23/2008 10:29AM

    Awesome goals for the year Keri! You can definitely meet them all!!! :)

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How do I feel?

Monday, December 08, 2008

As per my buddy's challenge for me today, How did my personal goal make me feel differently about my body? Before I get to answering the question, I'm going to give a little back-story.

About 2 years ago I looked at myself in a mirror and realized I didn't even know who I was anymore. I avoided pictures, and dressing rooms (Hello? Full-length mirrors?!?! Hell no!) and really avoided going anywhere aside from school and work. I had unknowingly completely altered my lifestyle avoid situations that would make me feel fat, and in turn I would gain more weight because I never had to deal with the problem.

It was actually my brother that got me to see that I really needed to do something about myself. I don't even think he knows my success is due to him...Long story short, when he was 15 (and I was 240+lbs) he broke his hip. Basically the ball of his hip split down the middle right at the growth plate. He has always been an athletic kid (the injury even happened during football practice) and now the doctors were telling him he may never be able to run again and he should know that he would probably have an artificial hip by age 30-35. Here I was, lazy as could be with all of the ability to be active but I wasn't. There he was, wanting so desperately to be active and do what all the other kids his age were doing but he couldn't. I decided right then and there to make the change to change my life. I had been taking myself for granted (I won't be young forever!) and it had to stop. I took a long look at my body and decided to make the lifestyle change to stop complaining and start doing something about my HUGE problem. I set a major goal for myself, to go from 240lbs to 150lbs.

To think about losing 90lbs is really mind numbing, and for the first 6 months nothing really happened for me. I would yo-yo up and down, never really accomplishing anything. I began setting smaller personal goals, after each one was achieved I would make a new one. Now I'm down to 169.5...that's over 70 lbs GONE!!

Before losing the weight, I would be constantly down on myself. Saying things like 'You're such a loser" or "you'll never amount to anything" At times I even believed that the only reason my now husband was still dating me was out of pity, and obligation because we owned a house together. (Not true AT ALL) Now when I look at myself, even though I'm far from perfect I have this huge sense of pride and accomplishment. When I workout I feel like a machine. I lift more weight with my legs than most guys at my gym! Nothing better than seeing a ripped guy's jaw drop to the floor when he sees my lifts!

What's even better than how I feel about my body, is how I feel about myself on the inside. I'm not a nobody, so I will never treat myself like one ever again! I know that if I can lose 70lbs, I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to, like losing these last 20lbs!! LOL. I've even enrolled in college again to finish my education because I BELIEVE in myself, something I haven't felt in a long time. I set big goals for myself because I know I have the ability to achieve anything. It may take some time (it took close to 2 years to get me here) but I know in the long run I can do it.

  
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2HVY4CMFT 12/21/2008 11:22PM

    You know KERI I have to appologize. I read this when you posted it and I was on my way to the library so I wasn't able to reply and then I completely forgot to!

Anyways, way to go on your challenge, and I loved your story! You have come such a long way and I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!! Your story was so moving and it just goes to show how much we are able to do if we just put ourselves to it!!! I hope we can be here for you when you lose the next 20lbs of your journey :)

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BRITTAJEANETTA 12/9/2008 6:18PM

    Keri you are an inspiration! Congrats on all you success so far! You can definately lose the last 20.

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4KRYSTAL4 12/9/2008 11:04AM

    KERI that was absolutely beautiful! You have had so many wonderful successes! I wish you all the best life has to offer :-) I'll keep cheering you on through the last 20 lbs.!!

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SWEETCANELA1 12/9/2008 8:32AM

    Wow Keri that was great and inspiring and almost made me cry at times! Great job! Much love to you! Keep going and you can do it!

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