Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I have had less time to be on Spark recently. I had to edit the work Christmas Card mailing list, fold the cards, stuff envelopes, postmark them & print the labels. Once I am done that, I am going to start with the end of the year tax organizers. The extra work is making the days go by faster, but I am also tired when I leave work now. It will get even busier once I start my training for the new position - then tax season will be here before I know it!
Even now, I have less time to Spark. I feel like I am missing out on a lot of good blogs from you awesome Sparkfriends. I miss reading them! It will be tough keeping up with these two challenges - I can feel it. At least in the one, I am an honorary member - I still want to do a good job so hopefully I can be in their Spring challenge!
Once tax season starts, some days I will be working 8:30am to 8 pm. That means even less time for Sparking!! Hmm... I will have to start bringing lunch and dinner with me. Yikes. I may need two lunch boxes or one bigger one! The fridge is small here, so it will be tough fitting my food in there. The bosses buy us dinner when we work late, but I don't want to get paninis and salad every night. I enjoy variety in my food choices.
There are a few more things I need to get for Christmas. I feel the Christmas pressure hitting me! I need to get the ingredients for the Hot Chocolate Mix I want to make. I also need to pick up the chocolate to melt so I can try making the chocolate covered plastic spoons! At least I don't need those right away - but the sooner I get it, the less stressed I will be. My payday is today, so I can go out this week & weekend and finish my shopping.
I have my work Christmas party Friday & a friend's holiday party on Saturday. It will be tough with my food this weekend. I won't cave in to the bad foods, but I may not get enough good foods. I still need to figure out what to bring to the holiday party - I need to skim through the Spark recipes & find somethin healthy and yummy! I bought a new outfit to wear to the work Christmas party. I got a frilly shirt & a skirt! I barely ever wear skirts. I checked with my Mom to make sure the outfit looks ok together haha. Black & white striped shirt with a red skirt. Hopefully it is presentable enough!!!!!
My calves are still super sore today - even to the touch. Hopefully they heal up by Friday so I can dance at the Christmas Party =)
Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week. Good luck to everyone with any holiday festivities you may have! Keep Sparking!
Sunday, December 09, 2012
Saturday morning came way too fast for me. It was 7am, and I didn't want to get out of bed. It was still dark outside when I woke up, and it felt like I didn't get enough sleep. For a second, I even felt like missing the race. Something made me get up & get ready! I put ribbon in my hair to try to dress up a bit. They gave us bells at the race, so I put one on each first. I listened to my music this time. The only time I heard the bells was in between songs!
It was a bit misty for most of the race, but at least it didn't rain. My hands were a little cold, but at least my feet weren't. Christmas is coming up soon, but I think I may ask for a workout jacket/long sleeve shirt. I wore a regular sweatshirt over my workout shirt, and I had to roll up the sleeves towards the end of the race. A few times I felt like I was going to slip and fall because of how wet the ground was. There were some leaves in the park part of the race & that was super slippery! We raced around the school once, and then ran through the park. I saw two squirrels and the creek! I can't wait for the warmer weather again. This 5K reminded me of how much I miss the park!
Even though I was nervous and excited for my 5K, I still forced myself to do it. It was my third one, and I knew I would get through it. It actually seemed like this was my easiest run so far. I jogged a lot more than I normally do during my training. My race time was 36:11 but my chip time was 36:04. New PR!!! I was a bit further back from the starting mat/line so it took me a few seconds to cross it! My first 5K was 37:37, the second was 36:36 and now 36:04!!! I was # 250/317 of the timed racers. There were a lot of other people who were walking that didn't have bibs. I feel very proud of myself! I just need to keep up my training.
I need to figure out my next 5K race. I did a search the other day, but there aren't any close by. There are a few in Philadelphia, but I don't know if I want to go that far by myself. Hopefully a few more pop up soon! I will probably do my own around the neighborhood, but I still like the whole atmosphere of the race.
My legs are sore today, but it was definitely worth it! Besides the 5K, I had a fun weekend. I played the game Risk, and I won! I took my normal 5K after-race photo!!! I also took a picture of the lovely flowers which are on my work desk. I am getting more into the Christmas spirit every day.
My two challenges start soon - tomorrow & Wednesday!! I hope everyone has a great week!
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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