Monday, November 26, 2012
Happy Monday! I have a full work-week this week! I was off from work on Friday. I wanted to do some 5K training since it was so nice. I went to the store with my Dad in my workout clothes just to remind me to go jogging! Once I got home, I mapped out a 5K & decided I would attempt to do it. I didn't want to push myself TOO hard because it has been a while since I went that far. I brought my phone & headphones and listened to random songs. I did the 5K portion in 38 min 22 seconds and walked the rest of the way home. My legs were really sore on Sunday, but they aren't too bad now. I am surprised how well I did considering it has been forever since I trained! My next actual 5K race is 12/8! I am getting pumped about it. I need to make sure I get more training in before the 8th. I am GOING to start using my Mom's treadmill this week! It is getting very chilly outside now! I saw some flurries on Saturday afternoon!
I bought running shoes a while ago, but they are a size too big =( I am returning those too. I returned the zumba & running shoes! booo! I need to restart my search for the perfect pair for both haha. Oh well, it needs to be done!
So I didn't weigh- in over the weekend. This morning I checked & I was up 2 pounds back at 165!? I wasn't upset even though this is the last week of the 5% challenge. My eating was off the whole weekend. I didn't get enough water, fruits, or veggies in my days. I was in the range of everything, but it wasn't the right amount of healthy food in there. Hopefully that was just a random weight... I still have until Saturday to hopefully get to my challenge weight of 162.5!! Hmm I think I should start keeping protein bars in my bag just in case!
I am going to make sure I eat my meals at the correct time for the rest of the week! I packed my lunch today & I am eating at home for dinners so hopefully that helps out too. Plus, I want to add more exercise. I am going to use the treadmill & also check out those Zumba dvds that have been sitting on my desk for 2 weeks now! My Ex also bought me one of those workout balls. It is still in the box- I should probably either return it soon or open it up & try it out! It will probably scare the dogs haha =)
Have a wonderful rest of the day, Sparkers!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I went to the Dollar Store during my lunch break today. I got a few Thanksgiving Day cards to give to my family on Thursday. I also stocked up on "Thinking of you" and "Miss you" and "Get Well Soon" cards since I ran out of those the other day. When I can, I like to buy little gifts for my parents and friends. They joke around saying I am trying to buy their love. But I just like making people happy! Even if I just buy their favorite pack of gum... if I can put a smile on someone's face, it makes me smile inside & out!
A few days ago I went through my Facebook contacts and messaged some old friends I barely get to chat with anymore. A few responded.. and I wonder if the rest will even read what I had to say! I know everyone is busy with their own lives. I am thankful for the time I do get to spend with my busy friends!
Life is so crazy - most of my communication is through Facebook or text now. But I am still thankful for the pictures & other times people contact me. Just knowing they are thinking of me makes me happy!
Even though I live at home, I still e-mail my Mom throughout the day if I get the chance. I know she enjoys it & I do too! I am so thankful for my caring parents! They understand I am trying to find myself, and they are so supportive of me no matter what.
I am very thankful for what I already have - My health has been improving overall which is great! I love my family and the couple of close friends I do have. I am even thankful for those I don't speak with anymore. Although we may not be friends anymore, I wouldn't be where I am now without the life experiences I already had.
Although I didn't start my promotion yet, I still love my job. I enjoy my co-workers & I don't dread coming to work! This is the first job I actually feel like I am Friends with some of the people I work with. We have real conversations, and I really appreciate it more than they know.
I am thankful for Spark - every day! This community is amazing. Every comment on my page & blog really help to inspire me to keep moving forward! I am thankful for the Spark Friends I do have! I am grateful for the awesome tools this website offers also! I wouldn't be where I am today without them!
On another note, a few friends and family members keep asking me what I want for Christmas. This happens every year - I never know! I mostly enjoy buying presents for people without them being against it! I thought of a few things: Animal donations, leave in conditioner, mascara, new muffin tins & a food processor. The baking items are really the only things I can tell people! I don't have a tv in the area I stay at, but I don't really want my parents to spend $500 on a TV for me. I would rather get dog training for my dog since he will be 3 and has never been trained! I don't think they like that idea though because they are the ones that would have to follow through with the training the most (they are both home all day with him while I am working).
Hopefully everyone has an amazing Holiday if you celebrate it! I try to be grateful & thankful every day! Even during stressful times, I try to sit back, breathe, and count my blessings! Keep Sparking!
Monday, November 19, 2012
Good morning Sparkers! I am feeling mostly happy - which is nice. I have a bit of stress floating around in my mind, but I am trying to keep smiling.
I had a pretty lovely weekend. Hopefully everyone else did too! I got some walking & exercising in. I didn't do any 5K training though. I definitely want to get to the park this week sometime - either on Turkey day or on Friday. It will probably be cold, but I won't let that discourage me. I am off both Thursday & Friday woohoo! 4 day weekend yippee! It is pretty slow at work right now, so I am trying to plan out the rest of the Christmas gifts I want to get!
I made 5 kinds of chili yesterday - it took about 4 hours to do all of it. I made beef chili with no onions, regular beef chili, and spicy beef chili. The chili was nice because it got pretty cold last night. It warmed me up! I used tomato sauce & the pre-mix spice packet for the beef chili. I don't eat red meat anymore, but I heard it was good! I also made mild turkey chili & spicy turkey chili. I made some for dinner & also some for my sick Grandmother. She is 92, but LOVES spicy food! Yum! I also made chocolate muffins by using the pumpkin puree. They didn't come out as well as I wanted them too. I had half of one, and it was really chewy. At least they smelled amazing! =)
I had trouble keeping up with my calories this weekend. I went shopping with my Mom Saturday morning, and I didn't get anything to eat before we left. Then, I only had a teeny sandwich for lunch. My whole day was funky. Then yesterday I had yogurt for breakfast but skipped lunch because I was cooking so much! Hopefully I get back on track this week. Sometimes I really hate fitting in time to eat hahaha. I should of had a protein bar yesterday while cooking, but I was too focused!
I am feeling a little stressed today. My Dad has to get another procedure done at the hospital today. They have to alter his pacemaker/defibrillator to make it less sensitive. They have to stop his heart and have it shock it back to working again... crazy. He just got out of the hospital because he was really sick, so I don't know why they want to do this right away. Oh well =( Hopefully it all works out. I wrote him a greeting card letting him know I am thinking about him today!
Hopefully everyone keeps Sparking today! I know I definitely need to get back on my regular eating habits again!
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