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My journey continues

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

It has been almost two months since my last blog. So much going on in life. I appreciate all the well wishes from my SP friends. A close family member passed away in June and it was a shock to my family. Have been taking care of my family, especially my DH and my DDs. Exercise has taken a back seat by trying to keep life normal for my girls with their summer activities, but I am back to a consistent routine this month.

It is hard to stay on track when life takes over. For me, as I look back on the last two months, I see that I have maintained well through one of life's most difficult stresses. I have gained a few pounds but still within the upper range of my goal range. Life is a journey with peaks and valleys. Day by day and small steps will help heal the spirit and the body.

  
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FOUNDER3 8/8/2014 8:33PM

    I am so very sorry to hear of the terrible loss your family has suffered.

I do love the quote "when life takes over" It is just so very appropriate.

Thank you for checking on me. I am having a bit of a difficult time, but working on working it out. One day at at time, doing the best I can today.

God Bless you and your family and prayers for healing

Good job handling your problems.

Bonnie

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 8/6/2014 2:30AM

    Grief is a lot of work. Make sure to take care of yourself!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/6/2014 1:27AM

    I'm so sorry about your loss. Take each day as it comes and never take it for granted. Many blessings to you and your family,
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SUSANELAINE1956 8/5/2014 10:53AM

    Sorry to read about your loss. Take care of yourself and your family. emoticon

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KANOE10 8/5/2014 10:04AM

    I am so sorry about your loss. You are so right. Day by day living and small steps will help heal the body and the spirit. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. You have done so well to maintain during your stressful months, You are a strong person.
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WDIPIM 8/5/2014 7:22AM

  God Bless. I lost my brother June 1st and it is such a shock. I miss him terribly and there are days I just want to eat my pain away. But I know that is the worse thing I can do to myself and his memory. You will get better, you have lots of support. Hang in there.

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KK1973 8/5/2014 7:19AM

    Prayers to you and your family. I can relate when I lost my brother in January suddenly. It does throw you into a tail spin with your routine. Some days I still feel I'm not back to where I was before the accident yet. Just know, it does get better. emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 8/5/2014 7:14AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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Letting go . . . not!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

So, I may have let go of SP for the last 18 days and although the scale has gone up a bit, I have missed out on connecting with my SP friends. I have missed my daily check-ins, my exercise tracking, and reading the blogs. Life has taken over the last couple of weeks.

To stay accountable, I maintained my exercise regimen for the most part, but have been a bit off with my eating habits. Too much salt in my diet the last few weeks. Just came back from a conference in Atlantic City with a lot of great meals. Back to basic this week, especially since it is Memorial Day weekend. Hitting the beach with my swim suit and I want to feel good.

Hope everyone is doing well. Looking forward to getting back into the groove. Onward and upward!

  
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 7/11/2014 11:03PM

    I think these reminders help build a stronger maintenance program. You came back and know what to do...you want the "feeling back"and that's great!
Love & Hugs,
Mary

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AMYSYOKO 5/19/2014 10:25AM

  glad your back and without doing too much damage...have a great weekend at the beach

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KANOE10 5/19/2014 8:09AM

    I am happy you are back and are ready to get into the groove. This holiday weekend is a great goal to get you going.

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TORTISE110 5/19/2014 6:12AM

    Glad you are back and checking in. emoticon


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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/18/2014 10:42PM

    You can do it! You'll be able to get back into your groove.

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Not letting go of "good"

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My first year of maintenance has had its ups and downs, but mostly ups. So many hurdles and so many goals, but always baby steps. Setting small goals for myself – higher speed on the treadmill, more burpees in my bootcamp class, a new SP recipe for dinner. If this is a healthy lifestyle, then I am proud to say that I am healthy and I love my life. I do not deprive myself of any food, just the amount of it. And some days it is harder than others, as we all know too well. In the end, I feel good and I do not want to let this “good” go.
Yesterday was my one-year maintenance anniversary and today I celebrated my first day of my second year of maintenance with a 5K. It was almost one year ago that I ran my first 5K on the same course in 34:00. Today, I did it in 28:18! That was good enough for third place in my age group. (Although, there seemed to be less people there this year than last year. But, I’ll take it.)



These are the days when I feel the “good” that I have managed to grasp. I will not let this “good” go. I will keep on it. I will not give up. I will not let an indulgent meal set me off, because this is life. I am capable of controlling what I eat. I am in control and it feels good. It feels right. Thank you my spark friends for continuing on this journey with me. Let’s keep taking baby steps so that we never let go of feeling this “good.”

  
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-AMANDA79- 4/20/2014 1:01PM

    That is an awesome time! Very proud of you!

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TINAJANE76 4/18/2014 1:50PM

    Congratulations on your first maintenance anniversary and on your fabulous race results!

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MEXGAL1 4/14/2014 3:54PM

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JAMIRBLAZE 4/14/2014 10:52AM

    Congrats! emoticon

I'm into my third month of maintenance, and love the way you celebrated your anniversary. I'll have to keep that in mind!

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KK1973 4/14/2014 9:33AM

    That is almost 6 minutes off of last year's time--awesome!!! Keep up the good work--you are truly an inspiration:)

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KANOE10 4/14/2014 8:33AM

    What a great celebration with your run. One year of feeling good is wonderful. I know what you mean. I do not want to let go of waking up and feeling good about my life and my health.

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BESSHAILE 4/14/2014 7:23AM

    Woo woo! Congratulations on so much good in your life! The weight loss, the year of maintenance, the 5K!

Let's make Year 2 even better - with baby steps all the way!

and thanks for the tissue. LOL

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 4/13/2014 11:31PM

    Great job!!! I'm so proud of you!

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It's been awhile . . .

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

since I have checked in with a blog. I have been very busy, but I have been sticking with the plan. Very proud of myself for sticking to the plan these days. I have missed my maintenance team friends as I have been away from my daily check in. Felt like I was missing a part of my life each day, so I am glad to be back. Scale is staying the same, even without tracking, but I am not in favor of staying away from the tracking. I think I may just be getting better at maintaining my new lifestyle. Amazing how it just happened one day, that I have not tracked my calories in almost a week and I am still at the same weight. I have consciously watched my food, but I have stuck to my plan. Feels good!

Hope everyone has a healthy week!

  
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NEWTINK 3/19/2014 4:42PM

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TORTISE110 3/13/2014 7:35AM

    good for you to experiment with not tracking. It's always there for us to "pick us up" if we need it (-: Have missed you on the Maintenance team!

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My 40th birthday SPARKle dress

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What a way to usher in my 40th birthday . . . in Las Vegas. As many of my spark friends know, DH surprised me with a trip to Vegas last week. We had the best time together. He is my best friend and I am blessed to have him as my life partner. I was completely surprised by the trip because he had me convinced that he was throwing me a party with my friends and I just did not know the details. He got me!

So, when I went dress shopping for my "birthday party" dress three weeks ago with a gift card he gave me for Christmas, I brought him and the girls along. He selected a very flashy sequined dress for me to try on. It was a little more Sparkly than I am used to, so I found it a little interesting that he selected it. But, since he knew the kind of "party" it was going to be, I went with it, after only trying on about 15 other dresses. Of course my little girls loved it! But, the best part of the dress shopping experience, as I mentioned to many of you previously, was that I was able to zip up all the dresses and not feel self-conscious about my weight or my arms. I think this has been the best part of this whole weight-loss/maintenance experience: to finally be able to try clothes on and feel good!


This is the SPARKle dress!


That night we went to dinner at Mesa Grill, (Bobby Flay's restaurant that I have been dying to try and it was worth it), a show, and then we went dancing. It was a fabulous night with DH.

We walked the Strip each morning and I tracked 6.5 miles one day and that was without the nightly dancing. (The best way to exercise)! Thank you for the good wishes. What a way to usher in a new decade! Back to reality and back on track today. I am still saying it, "Water, water and more water."

  
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SUSANELAINE1956 5/18/2014 10:00PM

    I just happened across this. You look beautiful!

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ARW715 3/7/2014 7:49PM

    Man- you look amazing! Happy (belated) birthday!

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HOOSIERGIRL4 3/6/2014 8:00AM

  Your post is very inspiring to me. Thank you so much for sharing it!

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PENOWOK 3/6/2014 7:10AM

    Congratulations on the terrific NSV's to go with your wonderful weight loss!

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HDHAWK 1/29/2014 10:05PM

    Love the dress! What a great birthday!

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MEXGAL1 1/29/2014 9:50AM

    You look fantastic.... I love the dress!! So happy you had a wonderful time.
Happy Birthday.
Have a great day.
Sallie

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KANOE10 1/29/2014 9:11AM

    You look gorgeous. That is a lovely dress. I am a huge Bobby Flay fan and envy you going to that restaurant.

Happy Birthday to you!

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JANTHEBLONDE 1/28/2014 9:23PM

    Wow! You look absolutely gorgeous! Happy 40th Birthday Beautiful! Way to go!
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CASTIRONLADY 1/28/2014 8:24PM

    You look absolutely fabulous. What a delicious evening you had! Golden ones don't come so often.

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/28/2014 8:13PM

    What a great birthday memory for you to have! You look so radiant in your beautiful dress.

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TXGRANDMA 1/28/2014 7:41PM

    What a thoughtful husband! Mine would NEVER do anything like that........he is a homebody. The dress is absolutely gorgeous, and you are looking GREAT!!! emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 1/28/2014 5:56PM

    LOVE IT!

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KELLIEBEAN 1/28/2014 4:22PM

    WOW! you look absolutely stunning! Kudos to DH.

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SMILINGEYES2 1/28/2014 2:59PM

    You look great in your dress--your husband and children have great tastes. What a fun way to celebrated your special day.

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ALICIA214 1/28/2014 1:57PM

 

You look gorgeous in your lovely dress,and how lucky you are to have such a wonderful husband....

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PATRICIA441 1/28/2014 1:54PM

  You look fabulous!! Love that dress. Makes you look amazing!!!

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HOLLYM48 1/28/2014 1:44PM

    Beautiful! You and the dress. Way to go and what a great present from your hubby!
Wishes for many more happy years!

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MJRVIC2000 1/28/2014 1:42PM

    Good for YOU! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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