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Thank you for the PUSH! I am mentally prepared for my 5K no matter what time I get!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Happy Thursday everyone!!

I am a more prepared for my 5K on Saturday even though I did not train last night. Thank you for all of the support on my last blog & my Sparkpage! I really appreciate it.

Mentally, I am now ready to give it my all on Saturday! I woke up in a very happy mood today which is still here! I was invited to a board game night, and I am going to that tomorrow night. At least I will be having fun instead of worrying about the race the whole night! I keep reminding myself: The time I get only matters to ME - not to anyone else. If I get a slower time, I am the only one that can allow myself to be upset with it. OR I could use the slower time to push myself to train MORE! I am in control of me! I have my outfit all ready now for the race even though I will probably still be cold on Saturday morning! =)

There are many things I have changed in my life - completing 5K races was definitely not in my past! Not only am I being healthier by getting the cardio, but I am giving to a greater cause. The Jingle Bell run supports Arthritis research. My Grandmother & Great Aunt had really bad arthritis before they passed away. I am sure they would both be proud that I donated for this cause & I am also running to give my support! Although I am running as an individual & not on a team, I still know I will do my best no matter what the time says!

I can't wait to post my race results no matter what time I get! I am ready & I am PUMPED UP!!!

The Jolly Holiday challenge starts on 12/10 & I am going to be an honorary team member for a different Winter Challenge which starts 12/16. Both will help me push hard to reach my goals! I have been part of a December Challenge too which has been very helpful also. I have two pounds to lose this month to get to 161. I KNOW I can reach that goal. It just takes one dedicated day at a time!

Thank you to all of my Sparkfriends for giving me that push to believe in myself no matter what. I am in control of myself, but you all have helped me in many ways! This website helps guide me in the right direction. Thank you! I hope everyone has a great rest of the week & a great weekend.

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SABLENESS 12/10/2012 10:06PM

    emoticonand whatever you do will be good, better than not running at all. Great idea, having fun instead of worrying!

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JAXMOMMY 12/8/2012 12:31PM

    I never got to comment on your last blog, but was thinking that you are more prepared than you think simply because this is your 3rd 5K! Thinking of you today! Can't wait to readd your results! You go firl!

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ROXYZMOM 12/7/2012 7:06AM

    You will do great! ENJOY the run!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/7/2012 4:01AM

    You're doing so well with your 5kms. I am sure you'll do fine on Saturday and look forward to hearing about it. Of course I expect another after the race photo. I just loved the change in your expression from the first photo to the second. You looked much stronger after the second race than the first. Go for it. Run like the wind. You'll finish well and for a good cause to boot.

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FATHINSN 12/6/2012 9:24PM

    I also can't wait to read your blog about your race :D

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LIVINHEALTHY9 12/6/2012 9:06PM

    You will do great in the 5k on Saturday!
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LIVINGFREE19 12/6/2012 6:05PM

    Keep talking to yourself and giving yourself a pep talk on how you can do it! (The 5K on Sat.)

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LINDAMARIEZ1 12/6/2012 4:01PM

    have fun Kimp! You can do it! enjoy enjoy enjoy! big hugs
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IRONBLOSSOM 12/6/2012 12:49PM

    You can do it!! Go girl! :-)

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MICKEYH 12/6/2012 10:41AM

    Glad to know you are feeling better. No matter what, you are great. Enjoy yourself and have a safe 5k.

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RACEWELLWON 12/6/2012 10:18AM

    Awesome Kim will check out this site !! Very good cause ! Just keep a steady pace. One tenth of a second is a very long time. If you gain seconds you are doing well. Do not concentrate on the clock. Concentrate on you gait. Let me give you a comparison of second - I would give any thing to take back the one tenth of a second it took to damage my legs ! Just be yourself and have fun !! emoticon Hugs k

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PUPPYWHISPERS 12/6/2012 10:14AM

    I didn't realize you're doing the Jingle Bell too! I have fibromyalgia, a form of arthritis, so this one is always on my list. I did mine on 12/1, and it was so much fun. Be sure to dress up--there were so many people wearing antlers and various other head apparel, and I was sorry I didn't wear mine. But I did wear some holiday bling, and of course, the bells they give you when you sign in.

Have fun, and I can't wait to hear how you do. You're going to be awesome as always!

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NANCYSINATRA 12/6/2012 10:11AM

    I am doing my third race on Saturday too, and am totally unprepared, and stressing. My second 5K was on Thanksgiving, and I beat my own PR, and jogged the entire thing. So silly me decided to push myself a little more and signed up for my first 8K. Then I got REALLY sick. Yesterday was my first day up off the couch, and just trying to get out and walk for ONLY 25 minutes was almost more than I could do. The stress yesterday over the race this coming Saturday had me in tears. Then, like you, I realized the only person the time is important to is me. Who would of thought a year ago I'd be even thinking of participating in a race, let alone doing one. And this is the first one my granddaughter gets to be a part of. After my 8K, we are doing the kids dash together. So not only have I changed my life, I'm teaching healthy habits to the next generation.
So focus on those positive changes you've made. Keep pushing yourself, but pause to enjoy how far you've come. You are doing great, and you are worth it. And I am looking forward to seeing your new PR posted. :)

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ALICIALYNNE 12/6/2012 10:09AM

    That's the girl we knew was hiding in there!

You'll do fantastic; now go have fun with it!!

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I still feel so unprepared for my third 5K run! It is this Saturday!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Happy Wednesday everyone!

The last time I did an official 5K was 10/13. In my head, I planned out training for the rest of October & November to include at least twice a week. I really wanted to shave a minute or two off of my last time of 36:36. Unfortunately, I only jogged a few times since then! Why did I slack off? It wasn't just the sickness. Mentally something was off. I did my own personal turkey trot in my neighborhood on Black Friday. I got a time of 38:22. I am still so happy with that time - but I still need to up my training!

I really was hoping to have my running shoes broken in by now. Unfortunately, the pair I ordered was a 1/2 size too big, so I had to return them. I am still looking to get a replacement pair!

I feel super unprepared for this race on Saturday morning. The 5K proceeds go to an Arthritis foundation - so I know I am at least racing for a good cause. I also hope this race helps push me to train More! I really would like to start using the treadmill at my home! I keep saying it over & over that I want to. I just NEED To start doing it. I don't know where my motivation went!

I still track my food and fitness. I really want to lose 3 pounds by the end of this month. Also, I need to up my fitness minutes!! I still feel proud of myself for everything I have accomplished so far. It seems like I need more KICKS to get me moving! I can't keep blaming the cooler weather & darker skies for my lack of fitness. When tax season comes in, I will have even less free time to exercise... so I really need to keep moving forward!!!!!!

My Jolly Holiday Challenge starts 12/10. Hopefully their mini challenges really help motivate me again! I already started not having tortilla chips! It has only been 5 days, but it seems so hard for me already!! I know I can last the 8 weeks!!

Hopefully everyone has a lovely rest of the week- I can't believe it is Wednesday already & December 5th already!!!

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RACEWELLWON 12/6/2012 10:12AM

    Sorry so late on the return - Kim just have fun - enjoy yourself ! I know you will ! Hugs LIL Racer emoticon

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HI-NRG 12/6/2012 10:02AM

    Your time doesn't matter, it's that you did it that counts.

Here is an image for you.
As you come to the finish line I want you to picture all your Spark Friends and Team Members standing on both sides, chanting and cheering you on. We may not be there in reality, but we'll always be there virtually.
You Go Girl!!!

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BISCO_ 12/6/2012 9:19AM

    emoticon You Got This!!!

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ALICIALYNNE 12/6/2012 8:26AM

    Just give it your best on Saturday- I bet you'll surprise yourself!

And it sounds like maybe you are becoming complacent on your exercise. It happens to all of us, unfortunately. emoticon

It's OK though. Any time you think you can do it, think back to any times in the past when you thought you couldn't do something, and you DID IT ANYWAY. That's part of who you are, and YOU CAN DO IT!

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TATTER3 12/6/2012 6:53AM

    I am so in awe of you!!! Just keep Sparkin'!!

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FATHINSN 12/6/2012 1:38AM

    Wish you good luck for the upcoming race, perhaps you will get faster time than your previous race!

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2HAMSDIET 12/5/2012 10:13PM

    Give it your best and enjoy yourself. Be in the present moment and focus on the finish line. emoticon emoticon

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KAPELAKIN 12/5/2012 10:03PM

    This is a tough time of year to stay motivated. My suggestion is to register for a 10K - you know you can do 5K, but upping the ante will give you something to really train for.


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CRAMOMMY 12/5/2012 8:13PM

    emoticon I find the easiest way to motivate myself is to say ... Ill do 10 MINUTES! If Im done - Im done .... Im never done :) But it helps just get me going!

Wishing you all the luck and speedy feet on Saturday :)

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LIVINGFREE19 12/5/2012 7:38PM

    You can do this 5K. You have come a long ways and you can't give up now.
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MICKEYH 12/5/2012 7:31PM

    Wishing you a best of luck on your 5k. You can do it !! I hope you get your motivation back. Let me know if anything that I can be of your help. You do have a tool ( treadmill ) at home . I really hope you will start using it. You can have a good walking exercise session at comfort of your own home. You do not have to worry about weather cold or hot and stranger's eye. You can do good cardio exercise almost 24 hr if you want to. I think this is such a privilege, you are so lucky to have one at home. Not everybody has one. I do have one also and I am so appreciate it to have one in my house and use it everyday. This is a best investment I ever made. (^ ^)}

About your tortilla chips, Yes, you can do it !! If you can do with out flies for over 10 weeks which i am so proud of you about, definitely you can do it with out tortilla chip too. Keep pushing. You will appreciate result later. (^!^))

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SOULFISH80 12/5/2012 6:10PM

    Way to go, I know it will be great. If you are anything like me, before finding SP you never did a 5K. So the fact that you are doing one, is SUPER incredible, no matter how fast/slow you go! BTW I think your time is really great, my best time is nearly 10 minutes slower than yours!! I don't jog that much, mostly fast walking. So, keep it up, you are motivating me to get off my duff, and do a neighborhood 5K, I always feel so good when I do it!

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/5/2012 5:19PM

    I'm doing one this weekend too and figure that even if I end up walking part of it, it will be a blast and festive and fun to participate. Try not to put too much pressure on your self and really enjoy the excitement of the race and festivities. You'll do great!

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LYNSEY723 12/5/2012 5:08PM

    You can do it!!! I am also doing a race this weekend for an Arthritis foundation. As long as we finish - that is the important part! You can do it!!!

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Fall 5% Challenge Final Update & Pictures - I ALMOST made it with 4.5% gone!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Friday Sparkers!! I posted some Old 250 Pics vs Recent Pics at the bottom!

Unfortunately, I did not reach my 5% goal - but I think I did a spectacular job regardless of what the scale says! I lost 7.8lbs (4.5%) in 8 weeks! I don't think I would have lost that month without this challenge. I didn't have any french fries for 10 weeks - Not even one bite! I completed a 5K in 38:22 after being sick & having no training those weeks! My Thanksgiving was great & I was able to share a low-fat dessert with my family. Even though I gained two pounds over this past weekend - I worked really hard this week and they are gone already. I am actually back to 163.2 on the scale!!

Fall 5% Challenge Commitment Updates:
Complete - I will post my weigh-ins every week. (probably on Fridays)
Complete - I will track my exercise to help out myself and my team!
Complete- I will stay on track with my calories/fat/etc the best I can.
Mostly Complete - I will post more frequently on the forum to help my team!
Complete - I will NOT eat any french fries - for EIGHT WEEKS
Complete - I will exercise at least 10 minutes five days a week.
Mostly Complete - I will exercise at least 30 minutes three days a week.
Mostly Complete- I will go to bed on nights when I feel tired/ready. I won't stay up late just because.
Complete - I will do the best I can with the changing weekly challenges!
Complete - I will not get discouraged if I do not meet the 5% loss in 8 weeks

In some ways, I am glad I didn't make the 5%. I can't always get what I want in life. I need to keep pushing forward to get what I want! Once I do reach my healthy goal weight, that doesn't mean I can just stop Sparking and start eating junk food again. I need to continue making different goals every month so I don't get bored or too content and give up. I can't give up on myself!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me & believed I would reach the 5% goal. Hopefully I didn't let anyone down. Even though the scale doesn't show it, I still feel so proud of myself. I have my goals ready for December, March 1st as my "deadline" for my healthy weight, and also a whole bunch of other tasks I want to accomplish. The best part is - I KNOW I will get there! Every single day is important to reach harder & higher! Weigh-in days aren't the end of the world for me! I can always look forward to tomorrow as long as I give it my all. Sometimes I know I could do better - but I still try to be smart with most of my choices!

Should I stuff my face with french fries tomorrow as a reward? Some of you would say - No, don't do it, it will ruin the rest of your day! Others would say - Go ahead, you deserve it! We all have our own choices & decisions to make. This website gives us a lot of wonderful advice, but we all need to decide what is best. Creating my own, personalized program seems to be the best for me. I honestly don't know what I will do until I am there tomorrow with them in front of me! I probably will have a handful, eat them soooo slowly, and my tummy will get upset while still eating them hahaha. But hey, it will be worth it to me =)

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Here are a few pictures of some things I did randomly that made me happy. I saw "my cats" for the first time in months. They grew up with me. When I moved, I gave them to a friend of mine! I also put some pictures of me at 250lbs and also from the start of the challenge and also from last week!

250 Pounds... I feel a little sick to my stomach just seeing myself being so big. I was so unhealthy =(

Start of the Challenge -171 lbs

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CRAMOMMY 12/5/2012 8:23PM

    Fantastic!!! Good Job!!!

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LISAN0415 12/5/2012 12:18AM

    WOW! Congratulations! Look how far you've come!

So happy for you!

Thanks for posting those photos, they are inspirational!


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NEWNAC304 12/3/2012 3:18PM

    You have done great! You should be proud of yourself!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/1/2012 11:44AM

    That is awesome!!! You are doing great!

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HI-NRG 12/1/2012 11:38AM

    I love french fries, too. I try to stay away from the drive thru.

You are exactly right. You need to do what works for you. And, that can change from week to week and day to day. I like the fact that here we can share what works for us and we are surrounded by great ideas and wonderful friends.

You look fantastic.


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HHB4181 12/1/2012 9:43AM

    So proud!! You look awesome! Great job!

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MARATHONDAD 12/1/2012 9:22AM

    great job buddy u were a great team mate and keep going u are doing amazing

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SH9719 12/1/2012 1:02AM

    You have done well my friend. 4.5% is something to be proud of. You ultimate goal, health, is within reach. You have certainly reached the correct attitude.

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TATTER3 12/1/2012 12:33AM

    This is one of those blogs I want to come back to again! What a motivator!!! Thanks for posting!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/30/2012 10:11PM

    What an awesome blog. You have done extremely well on the 5% challenge and you should be proud of your 4.5% accomplishment. You have finished the race well!!!
I just love your positive attitude which shines through in this blog. Celebrate even if you didn't make the 5%.
Those before and now photos do tell quite a story. Congratulations.

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JACKIE542 11/30/2012 10:02PM

    You are doing so great, your pictures prove that so inspiring. emoticon

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HDHAWK 11/30/2012 9:18PM

    emoticon You look great!

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Looking Good. What a beautiful transformation!

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KAPELAKIN 11/30/2012 8:40PM

    Way to go. 4.5% is amazing, and you look like you've taken 10 years off. You're doing great!

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JAXMOMMY 11/30/2012 7:16PM

    Awesome! You have made so many fabulous and positive changes in your life! So much for for which you can be proud! Now, one more goal.... Stop worrying about letting others down! You said it.... We each make our own choices, our own decisions. We are only doing this for ourselves! Ourselves and no one else! Be proud! You impress me so much! Keep reaching for the stars my friend!!

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RACEWELLWON 11/30/2012 5:51PM

    You are stunning my Dear !! Woo Hoo ! Is that your Dad ? Nice picture ! It will come off - no hurries - slow and easy! Great job on the fries !!! Awesome time on that run - keep training - Hugs K

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ROXYZMOM 11/30/2012 5:24PM

    You did great!! Congratulations!!!

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LYNBRINT 11/30/2012 4:55PM

    You are always so positive and encouraging! I had no idea how far you've come from 250. You go girl!!!
Thanks for all your enthusiasm for our Firecracker made it so fun!
Congrats on the 4.5% ...much better than most of us did!

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/30/2012 4:41PM

    I would not be disappointed with that at all! Awesome progress emoticon

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MICKEYH 11/30/2012 4:31PM

    KIMPY, I just can't stop praising you tonight !! You are so awesome !! You did it !!
Thanks for sharing and following up on your progress with us. Don't worry about 0.5 %. Like you've said you can not be perfect all of the time anyway. You should be appreciate what you've accomplish. And move on to next challenge ( which you've already started..i think.) Way to go and you are certainly on the right track of your weight loss journey.

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BRENDABUNNY 11/30/2012 4:31PM

    emoticon emoticon great job

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 11/30/2012 4:24PM

    You look fantastic! Don't be upset by the 4.5% it's better than a zero, or worse gaining. You should be so proud of yourself! Way to go!

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BOILHAM 11/30/2012 3:25PM

    Great Job!!

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NKOUAMI26 11/30/2012 3:05PM

    Amazing!!! Very much inspirational!!!

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DLDMIL 11/30/2012 3:01PM

    You are doing a great job. You look fabulous and very happy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/30/2012 2:45PM

    Wow, you look great! Cute cats too :-) You're doing amazingly, it's great to lose any weight during the winter and you almost got 5%!


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CAGMUAHFO2 11/30/2012 2:32PM

    No one is disappointed about you reaching 4.5% instead of 5% and you shouldn't be either. You did any amazing job!!! emoticon Losing any weight is hard so you should pat yourself on the back for an amazing loss. emoticon emoticon

Enjoy your french fries!!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 11/30/2012 2:06PM

    emoticon emoticon That is terrific. I need to get my butt motivated like you. I have also set myself personal goals. One of them is to not have any McDonalds (my on the go downfall food) for 30 days, I'm 1/2 way through day 14 without anything. And that's with my family eating it. I just choose subway on those days, something much healthier. You sure are a great motivator. Keep up the good work.

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LYNSEY723 11/30/2012 2:05PM

    You have done great!!! Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 11/30/2012 1:49PM

    Just because you didn't exactly get the 5% challege, you are still did spectacular! The pictures tell the whole story! You have lost so much weight, that is so awesome

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PEPPYPATTI 11/30/2012 1:23PM

    You have done such an outstanding job! Give yourself a pat on the back & a few french fries if you want-lol! But really Kim, to see how far you have come is such an inspirations! You are quite the miraculous young woman who can do anything she sets her mind to!
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FITBIZZZ 11/30/2012 1:14PM

    Nicely done!

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ALICIALYNNE 11/30/2012 1:10PM

    4.5% is a heck of a lot better than 0%!

So proud of you for fighting for yourself. Congratulations on a job well done, and keep up the good work!

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Accomplished Goals in November & December Goals & Ultimate Goals

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Wednesday! I am in a pretty good mood today (although I have another dumb headache!)

I got a great idea from reading Snevil's blog - she has a chart showing how much weight she lost each month over the last year. I used this awesome idea to give myself my new Big Goal Weight Deadline! I lost about 42 pounds since January. I slacked off a lot from March to July. After I broke up with my ex in June, I focused on me a lot more in July! It seems to get harder and harder to lose.. but I am not giving up!

****Month vs Pounds Lost****
Aug--- 3

I am at 164lbs right now. November is not over yet, but I am going to guess I will be at 3-4 pounds lost for this month. If I continue to lose 3 pounds each month... I should be at 155 by the end of Feb!!! I may have to push really hard, but I might be able to do it!

I used the measuring tape in October & also a few days ago. I could be doing it wrong - but it seems to be ok for now at least!!

****Oct vs Nov****
Upper Arm--12--12

****Accomplished November Goals****
- Did every weighin & team challenge the best I could!
- Used the measuring tape
- Bumped up my protein every day & in range most days this month!
- Did a 5K turkey trot on my own in 38:22
- Did not eat any french fries! Dec 1st will be 10 weeks with no fries!
- Lost 3 Pounds
- Became a Spark Motivator!!
- Went to a craft fair
- Spent time relaxing every day by myself
- Saved some money
- Stood up for myself & continued to stay positive

****My December Goals****
- Weigh 161 by December 31st
- Get at least two 5K training sessions in a week outside or on treadmill
- Watch Spark Videos or Zumba Videos or go to Zumba at least twice a week
- Continue using the measuring tape at least twice a month
- Don't eat tortilla chips for 4 weeks
- 5K on December 8th. Hopefully I get under 36 minutes
- Try 4 new Spark Recipes
- Create 3 Healthy Side Dishes/Desserts for Christmas dinner
- Stay committed to the Jingle Challenge once it starts
- Aim for 1,000 fitness minute trophy for December!
- Continue to do non-workout activities I enjoy even if I go alone(craft & pet fairs)
- Try to stay patient with my parents even when they are on the fritz!
- Don't get discouraged if I don't reach all of my goals!

***Ultimate Goals***
- Be at healthy weight (155) by March 1, 2013!
- Be at 100 pounds lost & weigh 150pounds - no deadline
- Complete any 5K in 30 minutes - no deadline

I have a lot planned for the holidays - On Christmas day, I help my Mom cook everything. I also help clean the house before & after! I don't have much shopping left, but I will have a lot to do the weekend before Christmas. I am making home-made Hot Chocolate mix & dipped chocolate spoons to give to my family members. I usually bake cookies or muffins or give them Something instead of just a card. I like being creative =) I also have two Christmas Parties. I need to figure out something to bring to the one. The other is my work party. I am a little nervous about it, because I don't know a lot of political things. My work gets the Wall Street Journal every day, but I don't read any of it. I am not an accountant, and I don't follow the news too much. Hopefully it won't be too bad, but I am still nervous about it. Everyone is so nice, but there will be clients there who I don't know! I always get worked up over silly things sometimes!

Even though I have a lot to give, I can't forget about myself! I have changed so much for the better. I have lost 86 pounds so far, and I feel amazing! Thank you again to everyone who has supported me!

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FATHINSN 12/1/2012 3:56AM

    Hmm, I will try again track on how much I lose/gain for kgs and inches in next year and see what I do in every month that effect that values :D

Good luck for December 2012! I want to get back into healthy weight range by end of this month :D

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NEWNAC304 11/29/2012 1:52PM

    These re great goals and you're on track to meet them!

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BETRLIFE4ME1 11/29/2012 12:51PM

    You are doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRIPIXIE 11/29/2012 11:20AM

    I love the goals listing - sure helps to keep things on track! I am confident that you can do anything that you set your mind to!

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ALICIALYNNE 11/29/2012 8:18AM

    Great job on achieving your goals, and YOU CAN DO IT on your December goals! You rock!

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TATTER3 11/29/2012 6:40AM

    Yea you!!!

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JENCANTA 11/29/2012 5:05AM

    Truly inspiring! I've realized lately that I need to focus and define what my goals are-short term and long term and reading this has motivated me to do just that. I'm aiming to finish mine by tomorrow. Thank you for the motivation and I can't wait to read about how you've accomplished your December goals. =D

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/29/2012 12:51AM

    You are a shining example here on Spark People, Kimpy! Well done with your goals--both November's and your long term goals over the last months.
Excellent goals for December. Look forward to reading about your successes at the end of December because I know you'll do it.
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MICKEYH 11/28/2012 11:45PM

    You are so amazing !! Way to go girl !! You've accomplished so much this year. I like you being so specific about your goals. You only got just short of 14 pounds to go, and according to your calculation and causation, by the next spring time you will meet your goal. That will be fantastic. Even if not, you've gained so much experiences and confidence plus became healthy. Your attitude and effort will help you get there. I am so proud of you. Also, 10 weeks with out fries is a wow factor !! I can go with out only a 6 weeks.Lol)) (^o^)
Good luck on your 5k training.

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SH9719 11/28/2012 10:12PM

    Great set of goals. Use the confidence you have gained through your success here to get you through your company party. Just be yourself and do not worry about what you think you do not know. Good luck.

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SIRENSONGS 11/28/2012 10:06PM

    You have done amazingly well! I just know that you will reach those ultimate goals, because you have exactly the right attitude to do so! I hope you have a blast over your busy holiday season! :)

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LIVINGFREE19 11/28/2012 8:49PM

    Absolutely awesome!

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JAXMOMMY 11/28/2012 5:48PM

    What is the Jingle Challenge? Is it with a team and can a new person join? OH, meant to say this first..... You are amazing! Awesome work in so many areas of your life! And, don't worry about the work party. If you don't know what to talk about, always, always, always ask the person about their selves! People love to talk about themselves, so ask if they have a pet or do they do 5Ks..... Just ask about them and you can stay away from politics! Smile and be yourself and you will be great!

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KAPELAKIN 11/28/2012 5:20PM

    Way to go, you really accomplished a lot this month, wow!

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I need new goals & I am starting another Challenge 12/10!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I have been on this one SparkTeam for a long time now: 20 Somethings with 50-99 Pounds to Lose. I saw they sent out some Mail saying there is a Jingle Challenge starting 12/10. I said I would sign up! This would be my 2nd Spark challenge & first challenge with them. I am excited about it. I am waiting to hear back about what team I am on. They have two part challenges every week - one fitness & one non-fitness. I like the sound of that!

I need to really sit down and figure out my December goals - and also my goals for the upcoming year. As of right now, I have my BIG goal of being at 155 with a deadline of May 2013. I randomly picked that month. I would like to actually figure out a better "deadline". It seems to be harder & harder to lose weight as I get closer to this goal! When I get to 155, I will be at 95 lbs lost. It would be nice to be at 150 and say I lost 100 pounds.. but if I am healthy, more fit, and NOT at 150, I will still be happy with myself! I have come so far, and I just want to keep moving forward in my life!

I lost one of the two pounds I gained already. I wonder if I just had a random off day on the scale. I don't know, and I am not really worried about it too much! The only reason it "bugs" me a little bit is because of the challenge end being so soon. Even if I don't reach my 5% goal, I am still so proud of myself. I tried on pants the other day while shopping with my Mom. Unfortunately, I don't really fit in a size right now. The 12s are slightly big & the 10s are slightly small. I had my Mom buy me two pairs of size 10 jeans. Hopefully by Christmas time they will fit better! =) I am excited to be in the smaller size, but I just wish the clothes fit me better no matter what the # is!

Work has been pretty slow this week. The manager and I set up the Christmas tree in the front of the office. 2 more hours of work left & then I am not sure what I am doing tonight. I would like to either use the treadmill or watch the Zumba dvds!

I have been pretty happy the past few weeks even though I have stress still with money, my ex, etc. Every day I get headaches in my forehead area. Sometimes they are triggered by smells or bright lights... but lately I have been getting them at least once a day. When I was younger, I went to many Drs to try & find out why. Apparently no one can tell me what they are from! For a while, they weren't gone. They have been around too much lately! I have been drinking a lot of water to try and wash them away, but I haven't had any luck with that either. boooo!

Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week. It is almost December!!! Good luck to everyone with the 5% goals and November personal goals!

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JAXMOMMY 11/28/2012 5:55PM

    The 5% challenge is more about gaining healthy habits than losing the 5%! The 5% loss is always a good thing, but it is not the main focus! Now I know I don't qualify for your Jingle challenge! Good luck with it! Hope those headaches ease soon!

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COLEYBANANA 11/28/2012 12:39PM

    I joined that challenge too :) Maybe we'll be on the same team, lol.

As for your jeans, here is a tip I learned in sewing class a few years ago. Not all of the size 10s (same brand, same rack) will be exactly the same size. Some of it depends on the person behind the cutting/sewing process. Sometimes there will be as much of an inch difference in the same exact pants. So next time you are at the store and you find you *almost* fit into a pair, check out the rest on the rack and maybe one of them will!

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LIVINGFREE19 11/28/2012 9:53AM

Challenges are great and so much fun!

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TATTER3 11/28/2012 6:21AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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LISAN0415 11/28/2012 12:59AM

    I know the Holidays can be a difficult time to lose weight. My weight loss goal is also by May 2013 (I am getting married then)

Feel free to join our Spark Support team to "Lose wight over the Holidays"

Its not so much a chalenge as it is a site to give strategies, solutions and support to common pitfalls of the Holidays.


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A-NEW-TARA 11/28/2012 12:25AM

    Challenges are fun and very motivating, I'm glad you're finding some that you'll enjoy participating in. Headaches are never fun, I can't be in florescent lighting for too long or I get a headache, exactly as you describe in the forehead area; I hope you can figure it out soon and be rid of them.

I have no doubt you'll meet your goals, you can do it!

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MICKEYH 11/27/2012 8:24PM

    I like your challenging spirits. And motivations. Good for you. And happy for you that you've lost 1 pound so quickly. You must be doing something very good. Keep what you are doing and you will be able to fit in very nicely for your new pair of jeans. Your mom is so nice. (^!^))

I am sorry that your having migraine often. Hope it will go away soon. I hope you're enjoying your work out by now. Take care.

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HOPE541 11/27/2012 6:47PM

    Yay!! I signed up for the challenge too. I set the deadline for one of my major goals to be February 2013. We can do it!!

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SH9719 11/27/2012 6:43PM

    The 5% was my first challenge. While our team results have been disappointing I found that trying to meet the teams weekly and overall goals have kept me focused. As long as you do your best to meet the challenges another challenge could help you meet your goals. Good luck.

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PEPPYPATTI 11/27/2012 6:41PM

    You are doing so awesome! You are such an inspiring young woman! Yes I can't wait for 150 either & I really need to work on my goals now that I am feeling better. Hope you enjoy whatever it is you do tonight!
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LYNSEY723 11/27/2012 4:42PM

    You are doing amazing! I'm sure you will acheive your goal of 150! I have a similar one, to say I've lost 25% of my body weight. That number on the scale will be HARD to get to, but if I could keep it up for a month I'd be thrilled!

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/27/2012 4:16PM

    I have done several of the Challeneges with the 20 Somethings to lose 50-99lbs. I absolutely love them. I really like how there are 2 challeneges. (fitness and non-fitmess) I was going to sign up but with my back injury I would not be able to do the fitness part and that wouldn't be fair to my team, so I'm going to just be a cheerleader for everyone doing the challenge!! emoticon Once teh sign up date has passed they will send out the emails telling you what team your on. So probably the first week of december or so they will let everyone know the teams.

I need to re-evaluate my goals too. I haven't changed them since I joined SP and that was back in August of 2011!! I'm not quite on the track I was hoping to be. I will sit down and do that this weekend. As long as your healthy and feel good then your weight # isn't all that important.

emoticon for losing 1 lb!! I'm sure you will be able to get into the size 10 by Christmas!! You are super motivated!!

Sorry that you are having frequent headaches. I suffer from migraines so I know how it is to feel the pain just from light, sound and smells. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

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