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2013: More energy, better goals & extra determination!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Happy New Year! Although the way we write the date changed to 2013, not much else changed for me. Well, the weather did get A LOT colder! My goals are mostly the same though. Well, I am tweaking them slightly for January, but I am still on the same path!

I want to keep saving money, sign up for a few 5K in the spring, and I want to be at 155 lbs by March 1st. However, I feel a little different about my goals. Unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to browse other pages & blogs lately. Work has been pretty busy. We didn't start working late nights yet, but I know it is coming! I didn't add too many different goals to my 2013 list. I am pretty happy with how long the list has grown over the past year! Instead of adding a ton of new goals, I just want to adjust the list I already have!

****2012 Month vs Pounds Lost****
Aug--- 3

Total Pounds Lost in 2012: 44!!!!!

****Accomplished December Goals****
- Did every weighin & team challenge the best I could!
- Used the measuring tape once
- Tracked my protein & stayed in range most days.
- Did a 5K Jingle Bell run and got 36:04!
- Did not eat any tortilla chips!!
- Tried new recipes
- Lost 3.5 Pounds & reached my goal to be 161 by Jan 1st
- Spent time relaxing every day by myself
- Saved some money
- Stood up for myself & continued to stay positive

****My January Goals****
- Weigh 158 by January 31st
- Restart my 5K training
- Continue using the measuring tape at least twice a month
- Keep not eating tortilla chips
- If I eat french fries, try to only eat them once a week
- Sign up for another 5K
- Use the treadmill more!!
- Try 10 new healthier Recipes
- Figure out how to eat healthy when I start eating lunch AND dinner at work
- Stay committed to the Challenges even during busy season
- Aim for 1,000 fitness minute trophy for January!
- 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

Something odd happened last night. I showed my Mom all of the projects I have been working on. She liked them, but then she asked me something that shocked me. She asked if I was taking pills or any drugs to give me energy. I asked why.. She said I have had so much energy the past few months, and it seems like I can't sit still. The other day she asked if I was Underweight - I thought she was nuts for thinking that. I am 160.4 and I am 5'6 and a half. Apparently she thinks I look around 145 or less and she wanted to make sure I am not starving myself. I understand she is looking out for me, but I don't think I look 145 or less. I tried explaining many people use a healthy weight range for each height - and for 5'6 the weight range is 127-155. I am not trying to be 127! I just want to keep eating healthy & keep exercising!

I haven't been taking any medication except for stool softeners a few times a week because of the missing gall bladder. I really didn't know what to do after she said that. I tried explaining that I have a lot more energy & ambition since I lost a lot of weight. Its true - I feel so much better now. Instead of just sitting and watching a show on the couch, I will watch a show and also work on a craft project. I just multi-task instead of lounging and only watching tv. This past year I HAVE changed so much - I guess it made her think it isn't natural for me to be this active when I used to barely do anything? I don't know! I am trying not to get discouraged, but at the same time I don't want her telling people she thinks I am on drugs. She is a gossip queen who tells my family & her friends everything sometimes. Hopefully she doesn't keep thinking that because I don't want false rumors travelling around my family!

Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week. Happy January! and best of luck to everyone in 2013! We all can reach our goals if we really push hard! Even if we don't reach our goals, every step is super important! Keep moving forward & don't give up!

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LYNSEY723 1/7/2013 2:47PM

    You are doing great! Don't let your mom get to you. You told her the truth and now it is out of your hands. Keep up the awesome work!

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MSKRIS7 1/7/2013 8:26AM

    You are doing great!!

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HZGLORY 1/5/2013 2:20AM

    Kim, I loved your blog and you have really come far. I understand totally what why your Mother asked what she did and it is a good thing. I found as I started doing the things I needed to do to lose weight the spark way, my energy level went way up, my Happy metor also went way up and even challenges I would usually get frustrated at seemed like nothing. I was so happy with myself for the first time, I started having respect for myself for the first time in a long long time. I wanted to do alot more than be a couch potato and I was doing alot more.

So yes my family too started wondering what the heck was going on with me. Multiple people asked me if I was taking something, which the really knew could not be true because I am as straight laced as they come. But they could not understand how I was so happy all the time and doing so many different things I had either never done or hadn't done in a long time. What I realized was Spark was giving me a podium to talke to the people that were important to me about what I was doing and how that was making me feel inside. When one person in a unit changes it affects all the people in that unit, weither it be family, friends, coworkers. They are faced with a choice at that time either to become more like you or ignor what you are doing, or make some kind of change. I have had many opportunities to open up to family, friends, neighbors, strangers, workout trainers.

So my little advise to you is enjoy the comments your mom made, that just means what you are doing is working, and then bring her in as well as others in on what you are doing for yourself and how it is making you feel, then those questions will evaporate and you will either have even more people cheering you on or they will just brush it off as a fade and wait for you to give it up, which you know you will not do anyway. Mostly I have gotten lots of great comments and more supporters in my corner giving all the more reason to push. Congrats Susan

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DAWN14163 1/4/2013 11:44AM

    You are doing brilliantly - 44 lbs is a fantastic loss! Great goals too, sensible and achievable. Keep it up!


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SABLENESS 1/4/2013 6:18AM

    Re: your mom's attitude, I like this variation on the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the people I can't change,
the courage to change the ones I can--
and the wisdom to know the only one I can change is ME.

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9CATMAN9 1/4/2013 3:30AM

    Kim Congrats!! Your journey is going SO well! Personally I have slowed down in my weight loss but my situation is so much different. You are doing GREAT. Also..your success can be guaged by how many wonderful Sparkfriends you have! We all benefit and really feel motivated by the great job YOU are doing!! So keep up the good work!! Your Sparkfriend, Scott. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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9CATMAN9 1/4/2013 3:25AM

    Kim Congrats!! Your journey is going SO well! Personally I have slowed down in my weight loss but my situation is so much different. You are doing GREAT. Also..your success can be guaged by how many wonderful Sparkfriends you have! We all benefit and really feel motivated by the great job YOU are doing!! So keep up the good work!! Your Sparkfriend, Scott. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JORDANLHALL 1/3/2013 10:27PM

    44 pounds, that's awesome!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I'm so excited for you and your 2013 goals! March isn't as far away as it seems, and I think you can totally reach those goals!!!! That's awesome.

I actually talked about this food thing in my blog today - what I've been doing to keep myself on track for lunch and dinner is that, while I'm getting ready for work, I'll pop a family-sized frozen dinner in the oven and let it bake. Then all I have to do is split it into manageable portions, put it in tupperware, and I've got pre-done meals for the next few days. Two of those frozen meals with the addition of steamed veggies can feed me with a nice variety for 2-3 days with minimal cooking/cleaning time and satisfies that impulse to grab and go without derailing my diet.

There are some surprisingly good frozen meals out there too. There are veggie lasagnas and macaroni casserole things that you can add steamed veggies to and really make a good meal out of 350-400 calories. Maybe that's something that will help when you're working late nights?

My grandmother has been doing the same thing to me about insisting I'm too skinny and starving myself! At the holidays she was practically force feeding me and I was like, woman! I'm two hundred pounds, not one hundred! Besides the maternal instinct to care and nurture, I can only chalk it up to other people can have severely distorted body images of you as you can of yourself, perhaps.

I hope your year is off to a great start and that you're prepared to meet your goals! Keep up the good work!

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-VIXEN- 1/3/2013 9:35PM

    Congrats to you on all the progress you have made. How inspiring!! I am with ya on the energy thing. When we treat our bodies and minds better, energy levels do seem to soar, and I am enjoying every minute of it. :)

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MICKEYH 1/3/2013 6:47PM

    Congrats for your great achievement for 2012 and you have a great goals. Hopefully your Mother will understand when you starts exercise there will be more energy. Even if she doesn't not to worry to much. I am for sure she will be happy when you are happy.

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PEPPYPATTI 1/3/2013 6:25PM

    Way to go on your goals & your weight loss. That is totally awesome! I find the when I exercise I have more energy but then again I have ADHD. You have done such a fantastic job & you are truly inspiring!
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I_WILL_ROCK_125 1/3/2013 2:10PM

    emoticon Great goals for the next year. I too even find myself doing something while watching tv. My energy has increased overall and I find myself not being able to sit down too long. Wishing you the best of luck and a wonderful new year. Keep up the good work.

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BATCHICK 1/3/2013 1:21PM

    Exercise is a natural energy booster! (I try to explain this to my caffeine addicted hubby all the time!) emoticon on all you have achieved, you are truly inspirational to me!

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TATTER3 1/3/2013 10:53AM

    Look what you do!!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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ALICIALYNNE 1/3/2013 10:46AM

    Great work in 2012, and it looks like you have great goals for 2013 as well! You're doing so great!

Just roll your eyes at your mom and move on. It can be very hard for people around us to realize that, yes, we are different, and no, it is not a bad thing. People just got used to us being sluggish!

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RACEWELLWON 1/3/2013 10:33AM

    Hmmm , well you are turning into muscle that's why you look thinner. You are amazing !! Good for you accomplishing your goals and being an inspiration to so many people! Save that Money !! Me too ! Doing a free Bon Fire Run this weekend , oh yeah , making those Meg Muffins Today ! Happy Taxes ! :) LiL Racer emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 1/3/2013 9:55AM

    A 44 pound weight loss in a year is AMAZING - you should be so proud of yourself! Additionally, what a great list of other accomplishments. Nice job on establishing your January goals as well as some longer term ones, you're clearly focused and very motivated. Keep up the good work!

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89 lbs lost so far & my Mini challenge completed! Some thoughts...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

December 26th already. Happy Wednesday everyone!

I completed the mini-challenge I created for myself over the Christmas break. Even though there were a lot of snacks, I watched what I ate. I did my best to make sure I had as many normal meals as I could. Spark gave me my 1,000 fitness minutes trophy for December, hooray! I am still at 161 exactly! I am still surprised, but I am glad. I tried my best to have healthy breakfasts over the weekend. I had egg whites two days & also had some total cereal with leftover berries. I laughed because I had so many more berries than shown on the box. It was delicious though!

I finished working on my Christmas gifts over the weekend. I finished the hot chocolate project & made two more gift baskets. No more Christmas gift projects now! I was sitting around wondering what I will do after work now…. What will I do now that Christmas is over? Well, I will focus more on my exercise until tax seasons starts. Then I will barely have any free time at nights! At least I will be getting paid overtime.

Christmas was wonderful. I got a few pairs of pants that size 10. They all fit. It was nice to replace the 14s and 12s from my drawer. Who would have thought I would be so happy to get long sleeve workout shirts & workout fleeces as gifts?! There were 21 of us at my parent’s house for dinner. I always help prep & then cook. We had a lot to do, but everything came out on time which is great. I had some leftover grilled chicken with black beans and tomatoes. I also made myself a plain sweet potato. The only thing I had from the normal Christmas dinner I added to my plate was some fresh cranberry sauce & salad. I stayed in the kitchen & did the dishes after putting out dessert. Some of them looked so good, and I didn’t want anyone asking me if I wanted this pie or that cake or a cookie. After everyone left, we finished cleaning up. It was so quiet in the house with the dogs still being in the kennel.

When I started Spark in August 2011, I weighed 250 lbs. I am now at 161. 2012 has had many ups and downs in my life outside of the scale. Besides losing 89 pounds so far, I have gained a lot of confidence in myself. Even though I still feel fat most of the time, I also have times where I feel normal. By normal - I mean I don't feel like the big girl everyone is making fun of in their heads. There are times where I still feel negative, but I still try my best to keep pushing forward. I don't forget about my past, but I can't let it hold me back. When I started Spark, I barely ever had a positive attitude especially about myself. I put everyone in front of myself on the priority list. After all I have achieved now, I believe in me & I still try to help out everyone I can!

My big weight loss goal is to be at 155 by March 1, 2013. Although I don't full believe in the BMI scale, I am using it as my big weight loss goal. For my height, 127-155 is the Healthy Weight Range. Once I get to 155, I will not stop tracking. I won't give up on exercise or running 5K. The 155 is my goal to be healthy, but I still need to keep pushing forward. I will probably make future goals for myself, but I may not be able to reach all of them. I don't want to say "I want to be 130" and then be disappointed for the rest of my life if I cannot get that low. The last time I was 155 pounds was in 2003. It will be nice to get back to that weight even though I know I will be able to lose more. Being healthier is super important to me! Less weight means less strain on my body!

Start Date: August 17, 2011
Current Date: December 26, 2012

Start Weight: 250
Current Weight: 161
Healthy Goal Weight: 155

Start Pant Size: 22-24
Current Size: 10

Start Shirt Size: 2X-3X
Current Size: M-L

I don't have any specific resolutions or goals for 2013 yet. If I get the time, I will try to think of some. Basically, I think I want to keep going with my monthly goals! I need to add in yoga again & maybe start going back to zumba if my schedule allows it. I try to take everything day by day now instead of jumping ahead too much. Long-term goals are nice, but small steps are very important too.

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful holiday. 2012 is almost over & 2013 is approaching TOO fast! I know I can reach my goals as long as I make them realistic! I know my Sparkfriends can reach their goals too as long as you all keep pushing! Reward yourself for putting in the time to make yourself a better you! Even a pat on the back or a moment to pause and say "you are worth it" really does make a difference! You are in control of you!

I will try to get some more progress picture updates once I get to 90 lbs lost.

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HZGLORY 2/1/2013 3:32PM


I wanted to see where you came from to bring you to the point you are at now. Your journey is really encouraging to me. We seem to have some same issues that I relate to and that is why I friended you. What a job you have done. You streched it out long enough to make it a lasting change as I am trying to do. Because as my body is going through changes my heart and mind are also going through changes and it is bringing me to the place I need to be to keep this journey of healthy living going for life. Thanky you for sharing your journey. Now I am going to read from here to now.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 12/31/2012 9:00PM

    Good job, Kimpy! I am so very proud of you! I know how hard you have been working!


luv ya
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HHB4181 12/31/2012 3:29PM

    The BMI says I should be like 117, which sound very unhealthy to me. Congrats on the 89 lbs, you're almost to your goal!!

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BISCO_ 12/30/2012 1:49AM

    W-O-W!!!! emoticon

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MARJIMAC63 12/29/2012 1:18PM

    You've done a great job. It's very impressive that you have persevered and worked toward your goal for so long. Hopefully, your readers will take your "small steps" philosophy to heart and see you as a slow and steady success story to emulate.

I appreciate your effort to be supportive and encouraging to others while you are on your own weight loss journey. Keep up the good work! I look forward to reading about your progress in the new year!

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I_WILL_ROCK_125 12/27/2012 10:13AM

    emoticon That is emoticon that you have accomplished so much in a little over a year. I can't wait to be there too. I bet it's nice being able to wear smaller clothes, but like you said after goal weight it's important to maintain that healthy weight. Good for you. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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You sure are a motivator. Happy New Year.

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RACEWELLWON 12/27/2012 10:10AM

    Way to go - you Rock - ! Miss you ! Will email you ! Hugs k

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ALICIALYNNE 12/27/2012 9:19AM

    WOOOHOOOO! Congrats, girl!

Keep pushing, because you already know YOU CAN DO IT! So proud of you!

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TATTER3 12/27/2012 7:35AM

    Look at how many people you're inspiring!!!! Yea for you!! I want to be there some day. Just keep Sparkin'!!!

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KATIEKENZIE 12/26/2012 10:15PM

    That is so amazing to read. You have done so well. You are right it is up and down and never a smooth road but the most important thing is you keep going forward. Blessings to you in your next year goals!!

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    Totally emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration!

Golden Phoenix ROCK!

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KAPELAKIN 12/26/2012 9:41PM

    Way to go, you have obviously made a complete personal transformation! You weigh about a pound less than me right now, and I'd love to be at 155 by March as well.
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IRISHGIRL3 12/26/2012 7:47PM

    WOW - that is awesome!!!! And congrats for the self discipline during the holiday - it's so tough but you stuck to it!

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MICKEYH 12/26/2012 7:15PM

    You are so amazing and I am so happy about your achievement !! Congratulations !! You deserve all the compliment. Keep up with your good work. Your are so inspiring to all of us hear in Spark community.

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ROXYZMOM 12/26/2012 6:55PM

    You are doing totally awesome! Congrats on such a huge weight loss! You should be very proud of yourself. I am sure your family was impressed.

PS. I love the goodies you made!

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BOILHAM 12/26/2012 6:04PM

    Congratulations on your restraint during the Christmas holiday. Your are doing great!

And, thanks for commenting on my blog today about older marathon runners.

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NIELSENSLADY 12/26/2012 4:55PM

    You're doing great and you look great!

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JORDANLHALL 12/26/2012 4:05PM

    First of all - 89 pounds?! THAT'S AMAZING!!! What an awesome achievement! I'm so proud of you!

And your attitude is fantastic, it's wonderful to read that you've come so far for yourself and gaining so much self acceptance and confidence. I don't believe in the BMI at all, but it sounds like your association with those numbers to your body is very healthy, and you are using it as a guideline and that you're not setting yourself up for failure by committing to a specific number. That's great!

And your gift baskets look amazing! It sounds like your Christmas was full of family and togetherness, and to me that sounds like the best way to celebrate the holiday! I hope it was wonderful for you (woohoo for managing to eat right the whole time!)!

Here's to the onset of a great year with great results! I know you can meet your goals!

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CRAMOMMY 12/26/2012 3:45PM

    You truly are an inspriation! What an amazing job you did restraining yourself over the goodies ... Youve come so far! I started where you started so you are such an inspiration to me :)

Great job!

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POMATOJUICE 12/26/2012 1:25PM

    TOTAL(-y berries!) lol looks tasty! It sounds like you did great over the holidays! I went a little overboard, but it's inspirational to read about the ways other people have made it through big family meals without depriving themselves OR overdoing it!

You know, I've been following your blog for a while now, and I never realized that you and I started at the same starting weight! I look up to you, because you are further ahead of me, but I will still work hard to catch up! I am not THAT far behind! :D

Thank you for sharing the holiday photos! I loved looking at your handmade gifts and baskets. Handmade gifts are the best!

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GINGERHAWK 12/26/2012 1:13PM

    What an awesome year you've had - you should be SO PROUD of yourself! Nice job and keep pushing - 2013 is bound to be great!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 12/26/2012 12:55PM

    Woo hoo!! That is awesome!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/26/2012 12:49PM

    Extremely well done!!! Kimpy you stuck to you plans which impresses me so much. I had plans but....the last few days I ignored them completely. I know it's taking determination, dedication, and commitment to putting yourself that has helped you succeed over the holidays. Not only does this inspire me but your journey from 250 to 161 is also so inspirational to me and without a doubt to many others. It's a journey that's real and close to my own goals. Knowing you are doing it helps me stay on track and moving forward. I am leaving behind the mistakes of the holidays and getting back on the wagon. That in itself is such a change for me when before I would just have left it all behind and gone back to my old unhealthy habits. I am committed to the healthy lifestyle for the long haul so the little bumps don't completely derail me.
Glad you had such a great holiday....You sounds so happy....You are so positive...
Thanks for sharing.

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FLAB2FABFARMGRL 12/26/2012 12:40PM

    Congrats on your weight loss! That is awesome! I know that you will be even more successful in the new year!

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-VIXEN- 12/26/2012 12:26PM

    Amazing. Simply amazing. My heart is flooded with admiration and inspiration after reading this blog. You confirm for me that baby steps and persistence pays off in a big way, a really big way. Thank you for sharing about it here. This is a blog I will not forget. :) emoticon

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Keep Pushing! Random mini- challenge for myself

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Friday!!!

There is quite a bit of chores left on my holiday checklist:
-Help my Mom clean & clean & clean some more!
-Go Food Shopping
-Finish my hot chocolate gift project
-Finish wrapping the gifts that just got delivered
-Help my Mom prep & cook for the 22 people eating over on Christmas Day!

Besides chores, I was invited to a game night & then a movie night! I need to make sure I stay true to myself. Over the years, I always put other people first. I think it is important to help others, but I also need to make sure I help myself reach my December goals. The new year is coming, and I don't want Christmas cookies to be the reason I didn't reach my weight goal for the month. I don't think there is anything wrong with eating extra yummy food- I just don't want it for myself!

Normally, I am pretty good with watching what I eat. I baked three types of cookies last night, and I didn't have any! I was within my calorie range yesterday, but I snuck in some chocolate while I was making the dipping spoons. (I posted pictures below) Dark mint chocolate... I couldn't resist! Looking back, I wish I had a healthier snack instead of the chocolate. I don't feel guilty, but I don't want to keep sliding over the holiday just because the food is there. Co-workers brought in two platefuls of cookies & a crumb cake.. and I am not giving in!

Randomly- I decided to make a mini-challenge for myself. I would like stay at 161 by 12/26. I wanted to reach 161 or less by 12/31.. but I really don't want to slack off over the holiday. I will be ok with the meal food - I won't over eat! But there will be cheese and crackers and pretzels.. I will have some - but not too much! I will be travelling to a few different houses the whole weekend, so I need to make sure I eat full meals instead of just snacking on the run.

My Mini-Challenge
-Don't eat too many snacks
-Eat Full Meals
-Stay at 161 by 12/26
-Try to get as much exercise as I can
-Reach 1,000 fitness minutes by 12/26.
-Don't get too stressed
-Enjoy my time off from work

As a Christmas present for myself, I bought an online deal for 10 yoga classes! I was debating if I should do it or not - but if I already paid for it I am more likely to force myself to go to the classes!

Hopefully everyone has a wonderful holiday if you celebrate it! Keep pushing towards your goals even if you are tempted by all of the goodies like I am! If you do decide to eat extra of the yummy food, don't get discouraged! Track it if you can, and keep moving forward!

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ALICIALYNNE 12/27/2012 9:16AM

    I love how crafty you are! The treats look delicious!

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IRISHGIRL3 12/22/2012 12:59PM

    Good plan for the holidays!

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SOOKIE 12/22/2012 6:34AM

    Love your plan ... and those cookies too! Keep those goals in front of you emoticon


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TATTER3 12/22/2012 12:25AM

    yummo!!!1 I need to know you!!

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MICKEYH 12/21/2012 8:50PM

    I like your Mini-Challenge. and your treat are looks so yummy. emoticon emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 12/21/2012 8:08PM

    Great goals!

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FITBIZZZ 12/21/2012 7:54PM

    Cute spoons. You're doing so good!

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/21/2012 7:10PM

    I'm with ya! My goal is to stay on plan. Hold steady and not go backwards at all!


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-VIXEN- 12/21/2012 6:45PM

    Great job at coming up with a plan to end the new year on a high note. Wishing you a happy holidays and much success in the coming year. :)

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KARRENLYNN 12/21/2012 2:59PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan for the holiday schedule. I hope you have a great holiday!


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BATCHICK 12/21/2012 2:01PM

    those spoons look amazing!

I think you have a great plan to achieve your goals throught the holiday season!


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KAPELAKIN 12/21/2012 1:37PM

    Those spoons area fabulous idea! Good goals for Christmas, I hope you enjoy!

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SIRENSONGS 12/21/2012 1:13PM

    Those cookies look delicious. I am so proud of you for resisting all those treats!

Good luck on achieving your December goals. They seem quite level headed and reasonable, and I know you have the willpower to follow through. I hope you have a lovely holiday season! :)

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MJK0430 12/21/2012 12:48PM

    Those spoons look delightful! My dd and I decided to make cookies too for gifts, and I hope I'm as good as you with no nibblings. Happy Holidays!

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Tis the Season!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

As most of you know, my work gave me a nice bonus the other day. It put me in a really festive mood! I made a nice fruit and candy basket for my co-workers last night. When they first saw it, they were joking around saying they bet it was soy & vegan chocolate or other healthy items & no good fattening food. =) They all love dark chocolate and caramel, so I made sure to get a lot of that! Everyone keeps walking around going "mmmmm". I am now thinking about making one for my Mommom and maybe one other one. I just need to get the fillers for it! I forgot how much I like doing last minute projects like that. =)

I am still super excited for the holiday! Some more gift items I ordered were delivered yesterday, so I will wrap them tonight. Oh - I have to wrap up the rest of the marshmallows. After that, I will be almost done! This weekend I will be baking cookies & dipping the spoons into chocolate. Man, I don't know what I will do when Christmas is over. Thats right - I will be working 9-12 hours a day!

Also, I want to use the treadmill tonight! If I get the chance, I will do another search for 5K. I want to sign up for one, but I haven't found a good one. I know there aren't too many choices this time of year. Maybe this weekend I will map out a local course and run my own. I just don't want my legs to be super sore on Christmas Day when I have to help out my Mom with dinner.

I was 161 on the scale this morning - but I want to wait until after Christmas to get my official weight. With my challenges, I like to be close to the weigh-in days before I count it!

Hopefully everyone has a wonderful holiday season! The new year is approaching so fast!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/22/2012 5:01AM

    Beautiful baskets. How thoughtful of you.

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TATTER3 12/21/2012 7:05AM

    Love it!!!

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NIELSENSLADY 12/21/2012 12:57AM

    Very creative! I wish I had that kind of creativity.

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FLAB2FABFARMGRL 12/20/2012 8:20PM

    That basket looks awesome! Good luck finishing up your Christmas presents as well! Hopefully you'll be able to find a good 5K, or at least a good place to run a 5k. Good luck!

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CAROLIAN 12/20/2012 5:29PM

    Basket looks Great Have a good day xxx

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PEPPYPATTI 12/20/2012 4:42PM

    How awesome those baskets are! There never seems to be enough time at Christmas to get all my projects done but I think that is what makes it fun!
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BRENDABUNNY 12/20/2012 2:59PM

    emoticon your doing such a emoticon job

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JORDANLHALL 12/20/2012 12:58PM

    Those gift baskets look awesome! I'm glad everyone enjoyed them!

Being in the festive mood is great! And reaching 161 is AWESOME! Congrats!

Hope your holiday is wonderful, 5k or no!

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BATCHICK 12/20/2012 12:34PM

    I like the balance of healthy and indulgent treats! You're smart to find a good balance in the holidays!

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WILDFLOWER521 12/20/2012 12:17PM

    emoticon Wonderful basket making!

Hope you find a 5k that you like. Good luck with the rest of your baking!

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KARRENLYNN 12/20/2012 11:28AM

    I love your baskets, they're beautiful and yummy looking. I also love your attitude about the holidays. So many people just can't or don't choose to enjoy the holiday season and find good things. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and that you find a great 5k to run in. If not, make your own!

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KARASU_888 12/20/2012 11:27AM

    That's such a cute basket! Thanks for sharing!

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LISA_SUMNER08 12/20/2012 11:13AM

    That looks lovely and delicious!!

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MJK0430 12/20/2012 11:10AM

    What a beautiful basket! Come on over to my house and I'll find lots of little project for you! emoticon

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Christmas Gift Project Update & Declutter!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Wednesday everyone!

So....I have moved most of my belongings 7 times since 2006. I moved out of my parents, then back, then out etc.... I used to have a nice filing cabinet with everything organized. As time moved on, I got rid of it & most of my important paperwork got shoved into big tupperware containers. I had to look for important documents last night, so I decided to throw out a lot of old receipts and bills I definitely don't need anymore! It took me two hours to go through everything, but I feel so much better now! Now I just need to figure out how to shred my information!

After I cleaned up, I did some more work on my Christmas Gift Project. My parents have Christmas dinner every year for both sides of the family. I think there will be 22 of us this year! Instead of buying big gifts for everyone, I like to make something and give it to each person. Sometimes I bake cookies, muffins, etc. This year I decided I wanted to try to make my own hot chocolate mix. I am done the mix & I packaged 30 of them. I bought small cinnamon bun marshmallows, small chocolate mint marshmallows, and the regular vanilla flavored kind. Last night I rolled all of the cinnamon bun types together! Hopefully tonight or tomorrow night I will get the other kind done too. I also bought plastic spoons & I want to try covering them with chocolate so they can be used to stir everything together. My co-worker gave me that idea, and it sounds really fun! Once all of that is done, I need to fill out the recipe cards with the ingredients & also want to give directions on how much mix to use and what to add to it. I love choices, so I will give each person all three kinds of marshmallows, white chocolate and chocolate covered spoons, dark hershey kisses, and candy canes! They can decide what kind of hot chocolate they want with the mix I gave them. Yum! My parents lucked out because I was testing it all on them haha.

I also posted a picture of a cute little snowman! My friend gave me a snowman that grew crystals. It is so cute! I love little decorations like that. I put him on my desk at home. =) Little things make me super happy!

My work doesn't exchange gifts to everyone (except giving to the bosses). But I may make up a fruit and candy basket. My co-workers love dark chocolate and caramel candy so.. I may go and pick some up. I randomly buy some when it goes on sale & everyone jokes saying I am trying to make them all fat so I look better haha. I don't eat the candy, but I know they enjoy it.

I really want to do some 5K training this weekend. Although I am not currently signed up for a race, I don't want to slack off too much! I could use the extra exercise, and if I want a better time, I really need to keep training!

The scale hasn't moved too much since I started in December - I am at 162 now & I started at 164 when I made my December goals. If I lose one more pound & I will get to my hopeful goal of being at 161 by the end of this month. I think I need to up my exercise to get there. My food tracking has been pretty good lately!

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week! Keep pushing towards your December goals! It isn't too late- every day counts =)

So much paperwork Ahhhhhh

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LINDAMARIEZ1 12/20/2012 10:07AM

    You are doing and receiving such cute things for the Holiday! No wonder you are in the spirit! love the snowman Kimp! 20 people? what fun! There will be 10 at my home from 3 to 66 years old!!! I hope yours is the bestest ever!
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TATTER3 12/20/2012 6:20AM

    I've GOT to do this next year!!! I am SO behind on EVerything!!

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NIELSENSLADY 12/20/2012 2:21AM

    So creative!

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LIVERIGHTNOW 12/19/2012 11:15PM

    What fun!!!

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FLAB2FABFARMGRL 12/19/2012 7:32PM

    I love your present idea that is awesome, and it has to be soo much cheaper haha! I also love that snowman it is adorable! Good luck working towards your goals for the month I know that you can do it, and you are right it isn't too late!

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KARRENLYNN 12/19/2012 4:21PM

    Sounds like some lucky people on your gift list this year, homemade hot chocolate with choices and candy. Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing the pictures, very cool!

Good luck on your 5k training,

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PUPPYWHISPERS 12/19/2012 3:13PM

    I love the hot chocolate gift idea! I saw recently a hot chocolate mix that was in a jar that was decorated to look like a snowman. I thought it was such a good idea; I may try it.

I really like the snowman that grows crystals. I'm going to have to find one of those.

I know your family is going to love your gifts--so much love and thought put into them.



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SOOKIE 12/19/2012 2:41PM

    WOW, you've been busy! I am so lov'n the snowman. And your gifts are so nice - nothing like a handmade gift. You put your time and love into those. emoticon

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PRINCESSAMY 12/19/2012 2:12PM

    Nice project!

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BOILHAM 12/19/2012 1:41PM

    Cool gift idea you have there. My DW helped my granddaughter make Christmas themed home-made soaps then packaged and labeled them for her friends and family. Home made gifts are so special!
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ALICIALYNNE 12/19/2012 12:08PM

    Too cute!

We don't do any sort of gift exchange among the employees at work, except for people who actually like each other. For example, I give a gift (bath stuff from a nice store) to my supervisor... who is also my son's basketball coach, and someone I consider a friend. I also bake treats for another co-worker who bought me a gift last year. I also contribute a few bucks to the group gift to the VP and Pres of the company. That's it. There's not an elephant exchange or any of that. It's nice to not feel obligated to buy stuff for someone when you have no clue what they want!

For my sons' teachers, I bake goodies! This year it was meringues and peppermint chocolate bark. I bought beautiful cellophane bags and boxes at Michael's to put them in.

Those marshmallow bags are so cute!

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FITBIZZZ 12/19/2012 11:50AM

    Nice details.

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GINGERHAWK 12/19/2012 11:45AM

    Doesn't decluttering feel great? I try to tackle that at least a couple of times a year at home and LOVE the way things look and how I feel when it's done. What a great Christmas gift idea - creative, thoughtful and yummy. I'm sure everyone will enjoy. Nice work also on losing 2 more pounds this month - December is full of pitfalls for most of us so it's awesome that you're losing now and not gaining! Enjoy the holidays.

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TOPCAT93 12/19/2012 11:36AM

    you seem to be a very gifted person . also we get ready to attempt to clean out the clutter and gunk in our lives from the holidays

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