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Which 5K race to do for Turkey Day?!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy Tuesday!

I never thought I would be troubled on which 5K to do! I decided I want to do one around Thanksgiving - either the Sat before, on turkey day, or the Saturday after. I have been throwing around the Turkey Trot in my head for months now. I finally decided today - I WILL BE DOING ONE! WOOHOO! =)

There are three races 20 minutes from me which are actually on Thanksgiving. One is at a YMCA closer to Philadelphia. Their website has a lot of information, and it seems like it will be a pretty big race. It goes through a neighborhood which may be a bit city like and it ends on a track. The other two seem smaller. There isn't a lot of information about those two. They both don't have a separate website dedicated to the cause. I wanted to read up more about what the money will be going towards. One is for a local sports team. The other doesn't really say, so I emailed the coordinator to get a better idea about what the cause is. Hopefully I get a response so I can decide soon!

I think would rather run in a park, but I don't know! All I know is I want to decide soon! I think I am a little scared to do the HUGE race - I feel like I would be lost in the crowd. If I start wearing headphones, I don't think the other people would bother me as much.. I will decide soon. I asked my Mom, and she said I should pick the closest one haha.

I didn't do Zumba last night & didn't feel like jogging either because of my ears & throat still being sore. I almost didn't work out at all - but then I changed my mind and wanted to get in 60 minutes. I spent the hour watching & doing different Spark workout videos. I got some ab work, legs, butt, hips & thigh work in. It felt good to do that before bed.

This is a long week for me at work. I am working through lunches Mon-Thurs this week because I have to leave early on Friday for my hand specialist appt. I get the result of the 3 tests Friday afternoon. Hopefully the specialist figures out what is wrong with my thumb! Work is slow this week, so working through lunch makes it even slllllllower. I am not complaining though, because I know it will pick up again in a few months! I am using my spare time to look up 5K races & other research!

Hopefully everyone has a good rest of the day! Keep Sparking!!!!!

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CAMELSAMBA 11/7/2012 1:05PM

    We don't know each other but I was reading your blog posts b/c of the one that was featured in the emails...

My thoughts on race size: if you like having other people around to help you keep up a pace, or to motivate yourself (e.g. "i'm going to pass that red shirt" or "i'm going to keep that pink hat in view"), it helps to be in a bigger race. In the smaller ones, the pack tends to thin out more quickly. I usually don't run with a friend, but I've found that I like having other people around.

Enjoy whatever race you ended up choosing! My whole family is going to be in a 5K this weekend, but they'll all leave me in the dust...

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RACEWELLWON 10/26/2012 9:43AM

    Hmmm - I picked the one that had the best T-shirt - I know its sounds silly but , for me its my first real 5k and its close to my parents house. So I will get turkey in the oven then head over to the race. Keep us posted - Hot water , lemon , honey and pinch of cayenne pepper should do the trick . Hugs emoticon emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 10/24/2012 7:39PM

    Whatever you choose you will do great and love it! Maybe Thanksgiving is a time to step out of your comfort zone? Give thanks for the problem of deciding which 5K to do! Hope you get some answers on Friday!

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FAIRLIGHT914 10/24/2012 10:44AM

    Wow! You and Patti really inspire me to want to run again! I love it...although my run is quite slow. My doctor has encouraged me to walk for awhile, something about burning fat rather than carb stores...ever heard of that before?I am giving it a whirl! We'll see....

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/24/2012 7:52AM

    One of the things I enjoy about the Turkey Trot I do is the larger size...not huge, like the one in Buffalo, where my family is--that race is limited to 12,500 runners...yikes! The one I'm doing in the city of Saratoga Springs, is around 2,000 people. And it starts in the city, which is really pretty cool, and then winds through the campus of a local university. And it benefits a fund in memory of a little boy who died in 2001. I always consider the cause of a race before I sign up--it has to be a good cause.

Good for you for deciding to do one. I know you'll have so much fun! And the upside of running the race on Thanksgiving Day is no guilt about having a slice of pie for dessert! emoticon

What's going on with your thumb? I have thumb problems too, with both thumbs. I need surgery, but I'm putting it off until I can't stand it anymore.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/23/2012 11:17PM

    Wow. You are really committed to your running. I am impressed with your dedication and diligence. emoticon emoticon
Look forward to hearing which race you choose. Of course, I look forward to another post race photo.
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BRENDABUNNY 10/23/2012 8:54PM

    I agree whatever race you choose you will give it your best! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 10/23/2012 5:16PM

    That is great to be able to pick which one you want to go to. I never hear of them until after the fact. How do you find out about them?

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KAI_ZEN 10/23/2012 3:04PM

    "I never thought I would be troubled on which 5K to do!"

I love this! It's the NEW YOU!
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SHRINK_U 10/23/2012 1:48PM

    I bet you will have fun at any race you choose :)

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LYNSEY723 10/23/2012 12:48PM

    Can't wait to hear which race you choose! Good luck with your research!

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DABLUECAT 10/23/2012 12:26PM

    What ever race you choose I'm sure you'll be great!
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Zumba Shoes, Renn Faire & some Outlook Changes

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a Spark-tacular weekend! I finally found a mesasuring tape & measured my body!

Unfortunately the Zumba Shoes I bought are a size too big. My feet kept sliding around in them. So I need to mail them back. I didn't decide yet if I want the same pair in a size smaller, or if I want to keep looking. So for now, I have to use my walking shoes again for classes! I am also still debating if I want to do Zumba twice a week or not. All of the classes are drop-in at the place I go to, so if I can't make it I won't lose any money. I could just find a video to do at home, but I haven't found one yet. I don't have a TV in the area I hang out in most of the time, so I would have to watch it on my computer screen or go upstairs to the living room with my parents. I need to stop putting off this decision so I can workout more!

I could do Zumba and/or Yoga at the Y if I join. I have to pay for a year program Membership. Then I would have to pay for each 8 week class. If I can't make it to the classes, too bad! I missed out. I wouldn't sign up until tax season anyway so.. I have some time to figure that part out.

I did a lot of walking this weekend. I went to a hayride last night & walked around Walmart a lot before that. I went to the Renn Faire, and I walked a lot! I saw a few shoes, but it was nice to walk around the whole faire without feeling rushed. Yesterday, I went to a local art fair. It was really refreshing to be outside for that as well. Seeing all of the amazing art made me want to draw and take photos again. So I busted out my old drawing bag & my camera. I went to Walmart last night to get the CR2 batteries for the 35mm camera. They were expensive! but hey - everything is expensive now so.. oh well.

So I lost 2 lbs so far in this fall challenge. I don't know how well I will do for the final weigh-in. I do want to do the best I can - but if I don't make it I know I won't be disappointed in myself. I have so much going on OUTSIDE of my healthy journey. There are so many changes I am making in my life outside of Spark. It is definitely tough, but I am doing the best I can right now. It is difficult for me to be single even though I feel it is the best for me right now. I have my family and a few friends supporting me, but it is still tough doing certain things on my own.

I did slack off a bit over the weekend with my calories - I went over 200 calories on Sat & Sun. But I am not upset. I still made some healthy choices. Unfortunately, I ate a bit too much one day and the other day I had hot apple cider. It was definitely worth it & hopefully I will still be the same weight or a bit less for the weigh-in this week. If I gained, then I know why! I am hoping I can keep pushing my exercise a bit harder this week. I feel a little bit sick - my ears and throat have been hurting me since Friday night. They don't feel any worse or better. I keep drinking a lot of water and tea. I hope to flush this out before it gets me really sick. I can still smell and breathe normally - so I am trying to enjoy that while I can! My cousin's wedding is this weekend, and I don't want to be blowing my nose because of a sinus infection!

I am starting to see myself differently yet again. When I make healthy choices in my diet, I feel better about myself instead of feeling stressed. If I don't feel like I ate enough in a meal - I analyze what about it could make me still hungry. Did I have enough veggies? Did I not eat enough earlier in the day? I try not to be upset & discouraged when I go to a restaurant that doesn't have a lot of healthy choices. The other day I went to a tavern famous for their roast beef. Obviously it wasn't my choice, but I didn't want to mope about it and make a big scene. I just joked around saying I would eat three roast beef sandwiches, two orders of fries, and six beers. There was nothing on the menu "I could have" except for the house salad. Instead of pouting, I just told myself I would eat something else when I got home. That is what I did!

Sometimes I wish I didn't have the gall-bladder-gone issues. I wish I could just go over calories sometimes. I wish I could have bacon, soup, red meat, fried foods, etc without it causing problems with my stomach. I see other people say "I ate a doughnut, and I am ok with it." I wish I could do that. If I ate a doughnut I would not be ok with it! Not because of the fat/calories... but because my stomach would hate me for eating that. I am still trying to be OK with my diet restrictions. For all I know, I will have to restrict my diet forever. Instead of being super upset about it, I am trying to embrace it. Many people in my real life don't understand why I say NO to cake and egg salad and pancakes. I don't say No because eating too much of that could make me fat. I say no because the rest of the day will cause me actual stomach pain!

I am still learning ME. Hopefully one day I will be more comfortable with all of my body quirks. Everyone has them - it has been a little under a year since I had my gall bladder out. Although I am still not 100% ok with my diet restrictions, in time it will get better for me. As long as I don't let it bother me, I will feel better about it!

Instead of looking at the negative aspects all of the time, I try to remind myself of the things I have accomplished so far.

-I am learning more about myself everyday
-I am a stronger person mentally & emotionally
-I am becoming a more Fit person
-I am dedicated to my weight loss journey
-I have lost 81 lbs so far and I will lose more
-I have support in many ways
-I am a happy, healthier 27 year old
-I will be at a healthy weight sooner than I know it
-I ran two 5K so far
-I am a generous, caring person

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! Let me know if you need any help or support. Hopefully I can give you some!

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ATTACKFATCAT 10/23/2012 1:49PM

    There are also Zumba games for the Nintendo Wii (and it might be for other consoles too). I have the first one, but I have to say, the intensity of that game does not compare to the actual classes. I feel like I work 300 times harder in the class for some reason. Plus, my instructor mixes up the dances each time, whereas the video/game is the same thing.

You must have some pretty severe restrictions from having your gallbladder removed. I had mine removed a few years ago, but my surgeon never really suggested any diet restrictions other than to avoid super-fatty and spicy foods whenever possible. I do have a lot of restrictions with PCOS though and my body loves to remind me when I've overdone it on empty carbs again. One night of extra carbs and sugar can make me tired, run down, irritable, and lazy. It's almost like a hangover. And I know I'll likely have to monitor that for the rest of my life. My mother just rolls her eyes when I refuse bread or potatoes with a meal because she just doesn't get it. It stinks, but just think of how much better you feel when you eat the better foods and let that help you. There are days I want something "bready" so bad but I can usually avoid it when I consider the cost financially and how I'm going to feel afterwards.

The single thing is tough. I'm in a relationship, but we live so far apart from each other that I really am on my own in terms of making any big decisions during the week, working on the house, etc. There are days where it stinks and I get stressed, down, overwhelmed, and really wish I had someone else around to shoulder some of it. But learning how to take life on your own is a skill that so few people really learn, and I know I am happier for it. I was very dependent until my last divorce, and while B and I are supportive of each other, I also know it's my life, my decisions, and the only thing stopping me from achieving my goals are my own choices.

Hope you are having a good week too!

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RACEWELLWON 10/23/2012 9:56AM

    Well , sounds to me like you have a healthy outlook on the situation- glad you took out your drawing utensils - creating is such a great release of energy to good use. SO , you went over a little , no problem - actually apple cider is probably one of the better choices you could have picked for your intestines. (Really) confirmed by Ty Bollinger - writer - Thinking Outside The Box - I understand that Gallbladder Diet is strick regiment ,same over here for kidneys but , like you said its better than being in pain everyday- Do they have a pool at the Y ? Water Aerobic -you'd be surprised how much you lose ! Hugs - Off to the Doctor today ? Keep your fingers crossed !

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LYNSEY723 10/22/2012 3:11PM

    Great blog!! Awesome reflections. You are doing great - and you will continue to do so!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/22/2012 1:42PM

    Great blog!

As someone with IBS, I know what you mean about your stomach hating you if you eat something it really doesn't want you to! emoticon

Good luck figuring out what your workouts will be. Any idea if the Y there does an income-based sliding scale? All the ones here do; maybe that is something to look into.



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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/22/2012 1:29PM

    Zuma Zumba Zumba have a dancing fun time Kimpy!!!

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I love seeing Spark featured on other websites I visit!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Thorsday everyone! hehe Thor =)

I get daily emails from the Krazy Coupon Lady. I don't check everyday, but I do once a week or so. I love the deals & coupons on there!

I noticed a random article called "Shed Pounds without spending a dime". When I read that, I thought to myself - "Hey, I do that with Spark!"
Then I opened the page and saw SparkPeople is featured!

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/style/shed
-pounds-without-spending-a-dime/

Goooooooo Spark! I love this website. Even though I say this all the time - I mean it more everyday! When people ask how I lose weight, I still tell them about Spark! I am so proud I am a part of this awesome community. I have come so far, and I can't go back! Thanks Spark!

If it wasn't for Spark - my whole routine would be different.
Tonight after work I am going home, making a sweet potato, going to Zumba, and then coming home to make the rest of my healthy dinner. Tonight I get to try out my new Zumba shoes!
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Who knows what I would be doing if I didn't stick with this website. Actually I do have an idea - I would probably be miserable because I haven't heard from any friends in a long time. I probably would be making some huge unhealthy meal or ordering chinese or cheesesteak with fries and mozz sticks from a local restaurant. All night I would be snacking and watching shows on the couch! I wasn't happy back then, and I am much happier now!

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I have come so far, and I will continue moving forward!

Have a great rest of the night everyone!


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KAI_ZEN 10/20/2012 12:32AM

    "I have come so far, and I will continue moving forward!" WOOT!
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"I wasn't happy back then, and I am much happier now!" Even better!
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ATTACKFATCAT 10/18/2012 10:59PM

    I hope you had fun with Zumba! How did the shoes work out? I did Zumba tonight too and was really into it the first 40 minutes or so. Then I started losing energy (I do a ST class before Zumba)...but I finished it, so yay for that!

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JAXMOMMY 10/18/2012 10:37PM

    Hurray You! Hurray Spark!

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RACEWELLWON 10/18/2012 6:21PM

    Right ,it does change your life. When I tell people about it , they look at me like I'm crazy. I am very grateful for Spark - friends , knowledge, support and encouragement all for free - what more can a person ask for ! Have fun tonight :) emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 10/18/2012 5:06PM

    That is awesome. I know what you mean about how Spark can change your life-it literally saved mine. I really do not know what I would do without it. Way to go on all the progress you are making!
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So many roles: Daughter, Friend, Co-worker, Tech Support, Chef, etc

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Happy Wednesday Spark!

On certain days, I feel happy knowing I have so many people that care for me. I love them too! Other days, I feel overwhelmed with all of the roles I have. I know everyone has different aspects of their lives also - but I just get so frustrated sometimes! When it gets too bad, I know I need to step away and regroup myself! Breathe and get past the tough times!

I love my Mom - she is my best friend. I am living at home with her & my Dad & the two dogs. I try to help out with cooking, cleaning, etc. My Mom works from home and uses her computer and a work laptop. We email throughout the day when we have the chance. She emails me and calls me occasionally with random computer problems. Sometimes she freaks out, and doesn't think before she emails me or calls me. She gets so stressed & she doesn't think before she acts. She called me before lunch saying her computer has a virus because she couldn't get into her e-mail or any other program on the computer. I told her to calm down, re-start and let me know if it works. She called back & said it was still not working. What she didn't tell me during the first phone call was that she couldn't type at all. I asked if the wireless keyboard battery died. She said "no, it can't be that!" I asked her to open Word and try to type because the internet has nothing to do with that program! She tried it & wow - it didn't type anything! I told her to get new batteries and let me know once she attempted to type again.

She emailed me saying: "YOU ARE A GENIUS - It was the batteries - yesssssssssss you are the best"

I am glad I helped her out, but I know she is still frazzled. Hearing her so stressed out makes me a bit stressed too. I used to be this way all of the time. I used to not think, and would just go nuts in my head! I still try to realize other people think differently. Other people assume & react super fast because that is how they are. As much as they say they will try to change, most people I know can't do it. I am trying to be ok with that & let certain things slide because I can't contol it! Just because I think a certain way, doesn't mean every one else does! Since I have changed so much, I definitely taught myself how to be more relaxed and open with every situation. I wish I could help others with this too, but unfortunatly I can't! All I can do is just be there for my friends and family the best I can!

I keep getting asked by people about how I stay so focused with my weight loss journey. I just do! I wish I could explain it, but I can't. There are days where I do slip and eat "bad food", but I always track! If I know I will feel guilty after eating something, I simply won't eat it at all.

I made spaghetti squash & low sodium turkey the other day - with carrots, celery, beans, hot peppers, ground turkey, diced tomatoes. I boiled the spaghetti squash & then cut it in half and baked for another 20 minutes. I brought some in to work for my lunch today and my co-workers kept commenting on how wonderful it smells. They can't believe how healthy the meal really is. I am glad it came out great!

Edit: Someone asked for the recipe for the squash. All I did was boil the spaghetti squash for 30 minutes in a big pot. Then chop it in half and put it on a big glass pan with an inch of water on the bottom - I baked it on 400 for 20 minutes. That was it! I didn't add anything to it except for the chili on top! For the chili, I fried up some ground turkey. then I added bell peppers, diced canned no salt tomatoes, carrots, celery, one chili pepper, low sodium kidney beans, and a lot of spices (garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper, chili powder). I cooked that for the whole time the squash was cooking! Nothing too crazy! I don't measure out any of the veggies that go in the chili. I didn't use any tomato sauce or packaged seasoning this time.

Anyways, I am feeling a bit better now. I went to the food store & Rite Aid on my lunch hour and did a lot of walking while shopping. I called my Mom to make sure she was alright & to make sure everything was ok with her computer. People need to vent sometimes, and I try to be their go-to person when I can. I just can't become too stressed with other problems when I have my own too!

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the day! My weekend is approaching fast woohoo! I may walk or jog tonight and ZUMBA tomorrow yippee!!! I get to try out my new zumba shoes & my new running shoes this week. Yes!



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JAXMOMMY 10/18/2012 2:16PM

    Yum! Thanks for that great idea! I know. My parents and my in-laws need me and my husband more and more. The thing is that I know none of them are dumb, but sometimes they just don't seem to think.... They call us without engaging the brain! But, gotta love 'em! You are an awesome woman!

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RACEWELLWON 10/18/2012 9:57AM

    Good for you - staying in good form and being a good ear for other people at still staying in control of you emotions - seems to be the key in a ton of situations - Your Mom appreciates , believe me . Those computers are not are generation , and we do tend to freak out. That dish looks Delish , nice job. emoticon

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TATTER3 10/18/2012 6:29AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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ROXYZMOM 10/17/2012 7:48PM

    That looks really good, I will have to try spaghetti squash sometime. You are so great to have so much patience and take care of your Mom.

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/17/2012 7:06PM

    You are the best cook! That looks amazing and definitely something to try :-)

Have a great walk/jog!

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2HAMSDIET 10/17/2012 5:47PM

    I love that squash but I have never put the beans in it I will have to give it a try. emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/17/2012 3:47PM

    Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try that one sometime. Sounds good.
Take those new shoes for a good workout. Have fun.





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LIVINGFREE19 10/17/2012 3:23PM

    Love the attitude! You are so positive!
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ALICIALYNNE 10/17/2012 3:12PM

    Soooo, where's the recipe for the squash?

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Happy Tuesday! Believe in Yourself!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thank you for all of the lovely support on my blogs & Sparkpage! I forgot to post a picture of me after the race - so here it is. We got these neato Tech tshirts that I changed into after I ran! Woohoo!

I saw this awesome logo (see below). I really do think people should believe in themselves more! I know it definitely is hard - I used to think so poorly of myself.. One step at a time, Here I am! I still have a long way to go, but I definitely feel more confident in myself! You can too! One day at a time. One change at a time!

It has been pretty busy at work, so I haven't had a ton of time to write to everyone. It will definitely be hard for me once tax season starts & I don't use the computer much!

I haven't felt like eating sandwiches this week. I have been eating a Clif protein bar instead. They are ~270 calories.. so that is about the same as the bread & turkey & tomato I use Or the bread & PB. I don't know how healthy it is to actually eat these all of the time though. I am sure I will want another sandwich soon enough! I could bring tuna to work, but I never feel like opening the can & then mixing it with something & then finding a container & then making the sandwich once I am here haha. I could just eat it from the container.. I dunno! I will figure something out.

I get to try out my new Zumba shoes on Thursday - hopefully they work ok! They seem to fit fine.. I just haven't gotten the chance to jump around in them yet!

Hopefully everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!




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SIRENSONGS 10/17/2012 11:04AM

    What a great picture! You are simply glowing. :) I totally understand your lunch dilemma. Finding things to take to work that are healthy and easy can be tricky sometimes. I like those little cans of tuna that Clover Leaf makes that are already seasoned, so I don't have to mix them up with anything. Maybe you could try some of those?

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RACEWELLWON 10/17/2012 10:53AM

    I believe !! Thanks - babies got new shoes !! Have fun tonight , next week after I take my board I have a couple of question for you in regards to the 5K - hope you do not mind - see this is my first one not sure what to expect. K

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MCJULIEO 10/17/2012 10:14AM

    Note: There is nothing wrong with eating tuna by itself....just sayin'...

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KIMPY225 10/17/2012 9:29AM

    Thanks for all of the suggestions!
I used to make the sandwiches before I came to work, but then the fridge would smell, and I felt bad for my coworkers haha. Also the bread got a bit soggy. So I put the tuna in a better container instead. I also don't mix it with mayo - I wish I did cause those packs sound good! I don't eat any mayo anymore. I mix my tuna with dressing instead.



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ALICIALYNNE 10/17/2012 8:33AM

    You look so happy in that pic! And WOW, you can really see the difference in your face! Fantastic!

Someone else mentioned the little kits that have crackers, mayo and tuna in them. YUMMY! Definitely recommend!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/17/2012 7:34AM

    That is a great picture! I can see how much weight you lost--you look fantastic!

Thanks for sharing the "Believe in Yourself" logo. I need to have that stamped on me so I read it all the time.

Enjoy your Zumba shoes! I haven't tried Zumba because I'm afraid I'll make a fool out of myself. I think I'll give it a try soon.

Happy Wednesday!

Pattie

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EATVEGAN 10/17/2012 12:15AM

    You are looking so good! Thanks for the reminder to believe in ourselves. Why can't you make your tuna sandwich at home and eat it at work? I used to like them after they'd been in the frig for a while. Of course, I don't eat them anymore, not in my program. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/16/2012 9:47PM

    You are getting thinner by the week!

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COMEONMA 10/16/2012 9:14PM

    Love the picture!
One note, you can get little packs of tuna that come with lite mayo and crackers they are pretty good and come with a cup and spoon to mix it in. Really handy for work

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/16/2012 8:13PM

    You have a great week too.

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TATTER3 10/16/2012 8:02PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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ROXYZMOM 10/16/2012 7:18PM

    What a pretty picture! You look great after a race! Lucky you! The clif bars are pretty filling. Are you eating a dairy product with it at lunch? ( I like cottage cheese or weight watchers string cheese).

I love your slogan...looks like a great thing to put on a cell phone home page!

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