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Once I am healthier I will ____

Monday, January 28, 2013

Thank you to everyone who sent me some get well soon vibes! I am finally back at work today. My ears are still hurting a little, but I am much better now. Work is very different now in this new position. I am still not used to all of it, but I am trying my best. We are working late nights and Saturdays now when there is work to do. I am not busy right now, but I know that will change soon. Every time I ask for something to do, there is plenty to do. I just have a break right now so I am taking it. I am still not used to doing so much after laying around for so long!

I finally got my paycheck, so I want to get some groceries to start making my batch meals since I will be working at night! I don't know when they will start ordering dinner for everyone, but I don't want take out every night. I could just get salad, but that isn't filling enough for me. I usually just eat salad as a side. Even getting chicken on it doesn't seem to fill me up!

When I was laying at home sick last week, there was so much I wanted to do. I even wanted to make a list, but I was too tired to do so! I tried to keep a mental list of everything I want to do now that I am better. Well, I am mostly better! Mentally I am MUCH better!

Attend 10 yoga classes
Re-start 5K training
Sign up for 5K races
Walk on the treadmill
Go back to Zumba once a week
Go to lunch/dinner with friends I have not seen in a long time
Have a game or movie night
Save more money & pay off more bills

As I am writing this, I am also thinking - Once I am healthier... well once I am over being sick 100% there is a lot I want to do physically. I also feel like I am already healthier with my eating. I have made so many changes since I started Spark. I do feel healthier even when I am sick. I still tried to eat healthy foods while I was trying to get better. I added more veggies & fruits to my diet, and I want to continue doing that! Even when I was feeling bleck, I made a homemade soup with beans and pasta and tons of veggies.

Hopefully everyone has a wonderful rest of the week. Keep pushing towards your January goals! I need to sit down and really figure out my Feb goals. I would like to be at 155 by the Feb! I am at 157 now. I know I can do it - I just really need to up my exercise!

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MOM4HOCKEY 1/29/2013 12:06PM

    I like your list!! I think planning and a positive attitude is huge in helping us meet our goals,,glad your feeling better :)

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MICKEYH 1/28/2013 7:32PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling much better. You also made a great list too. Way to go!!
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2HAMSDIET 1/28/2013 7:16PM

    I'm so glad you are better.With salad I find I need to have a cup of soup and that seems to do the trick. It is good to set goals when you aren't feeling well. emoticon Take care and try not to be all work and no play.

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ROXYZMOM 1/28/2013 6:33PM

    Great job planning your dinners and packing them. That will help you a lot.
I am glad you are better - it was quiet without you!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/28/2013 5:07PM

    Missed you. Glad to hear you're feeling somewhat better. Hope you feel 100% soon.
Great commitment to exercise and planning foods for when work gets busier. You can do it. Look forward to celebrating your success in reaching 155 soon.


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OLIVIANIGHT 1/28/2013 4:12PM

    That soup sounds tasty.
I'm so glad you're getting better : )

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ALICIALYNNE 1/28/2013 3:49PM

    YOU CAN DO IT! Only 2 more lbs to go!

Glad you're feeling better!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/28/2013 3:30PM

    I hope you continue to feel better....there has been so much illness going around this winter.

That is great you are going to make batch meals to take to work. Night shifts can be hard on eating. I worked nights for a time and took my food to work. It helped a lot.

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CRAMOMMY 1/28/2013 3:23PM

    Good to hear yoru feeling better and have returned to work!!

You could always bring a cup of soup with you and order a salad with chicken .... thatd be pretty filling :)

Also great job coming up with some goals!

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VANBSJ 1/28/2013 3:07PM

    Glad you're feeling better. Keep getting lots of rest when you can, and you'll be back to 100% soon! emoticon

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RUNNING-TURTLE 1/28/2013 1:31PM

    Glad that your starting to feel better. Sounds like wonderful goals.


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MOEMOORE 1/28/2013 1:14PM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better!

Keep it up!

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LYNSEY723 1/28/2013 12:47PM

    emoticon Glad you're back to it!! Hopefully you will be 100% in no time!

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Jan 17th already- Wow!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sometimes I wonder where time goes. I lived each day since my last blog, but it still doesn't feel like it is January 17th already.

Thank you for all of your support on my last picture blog. I really appreciate all of it!

I missed a day of work because I have been sick. I don't have a sore throat or a runny nose - but I have had an awful headache since Sunday night. Yuck. It still won't go away. I still feel like I am running on auto pilot. I have been trying to have more water, fruit, and yogurt everyday. The weather doesn't seem to help. It has been rainy & cloud for a while now. Yuck.

Work has been a bit stressful too learning new things. The concept isn't hard. But each client has so many exceptions, so it is hard for me to work without asking questions. They know I am supposed to ask questions, but I still feel awkward about asking so often!

Hopefully everyone is doing well with their January goals. Keep pushing! I have been in my calorie limits, but I haven't been working out as much. Once this headache goes away, I would like to add more exercise. I am not sure when I am going to start working Saturdays - sometime soon

Have a great rest of the week everyone!

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SOOKIE 1/18/2013 11:30AM

    Do the best you can, afterwhile it will become easier to ask those questions ... 2nd nature!

Take it easy and hoping you are feeling better soon.

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IRISHGIRL3 1/17/2013 8:06PM

    I'm sorry you're not feeling well - get better soon!!!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/17/2013 5:31PM

    Hope you have opportunity to rest up a bit on the weekend and feel better again.
Good to hear from you.

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RACEWELLWON 1/17/2013 2:44PM

    Rest my friend !! Hope you feel better soon - man those headaches are going around with all my friends ? Hugs K

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RUNNING-TURTLE 1/17/2013 2:02PM

    Get well. And have a good weekend.

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BRENDABUNNY 1/17/2013 1:44PM

    Have a great weekend and get rested up emoticon

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BATCHICK 1/17/2013 1:41PM

    Time flies when you're having fun! I hope you're feeling better soon.

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LYNSEY723 1/17/2013 1:23PM

    You are doing great on all fronts - keep up the great work!!

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MICKEYH 1/17/2013 1:20PM

    I am sorry to hear you are under the weather. Stay warm and get well soon.
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SABLENESS 1/17/2013 1:13PM

    I echo your sentiments re work and learning new things. I'm still learning new things, and there's still plenty I don't know.

Hope you're feeling better.

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KIMCOLLINGS 1/17/2013 1:12PM

    Hope you feel better!

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GINGERHAWK 1/17/2013 1:11PM

    You're right, the month really is going by quickly. Feel better soon!

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ZOEANAEL 1/17/2013 1:06PM

    Have a great week too! And I hope you'll soon feel better!

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90 lbs lost - Comparison Pictures 250 vs 160

Friday, January 11, 2013


So I finally took some comparison pictures. I don't notice as much of a difference between 170 and 160. My back does seem a little different in the 160 though. I definitely should do more exercising. I don't feel skinny even though I am much skinnier.

I am very close to my healthy weight goal, but I still mentally feel so far from where I would like my body to be. I am trying not to be too selfish about my looks, but when I was at 155 at age 18 my body was much different. I guess all of the fat for so long really stretched me out. Maybe one day I will feel better about the stretch marks! For now, I just have to be happy with how much I have changed in my life! I am 27, and from now on I will continue to be more focused on me! My life is very important, and I am still pushing to stay healthy! I can't go back!

Besides losing the weight, I also lost a lot of negativity in my life! I also lost my high blood pressure! I gained new knowledge, a positive attitude, and a wonderful new lifestyle with Spark. Thank you so much for the continued support. Even though I hate looking at the pictures of myself, it helps me keep moving forward. I can't go back to how I used to be. Hopefully I get more motivation to keep working out. I am trying not to slack off, but my work is tough for me right now. My new position has me a little stressed.

Start Date: August 17, 2011
Current Date: January 11, 2013

Start Weight: 250
Current Weight: 158.8
Healthy Goal Weight: 155
Ultimate Goal Weight - if I can get lower, that would be great. (I won't stop at 155)

Start Pant Size: 22-24
Current Size: 10-12

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

September Waist: 41
November Waist: 38
Current Waist: 36

September Hips: 44
November Hips: 43
Current Hips: 41

September Thigh: 24
November Thigh: 24
Current Thigh: 21.5

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MSGRANNYMAE 1/28/2013 7:43PM

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HUMLADY1 1/17/2013 7:36PM

    SIRENSONGS and JORDANLHALL hit the nail on the head!! Courage and bravery!! I do not have the courage and am not brave enough to put pictures of my jiggly, bouncy, rubbery, blubbery fat alongside my more current pictures. (At that, I am NOT where I want to be, so I'm sure the current pictures still reveal much more flab than my pride allows me to share, as well!) But . . . YOU, KIMPY225, have overcome the barrier and posted comparison underwear shots! Thank you so much for helping the rest of us realize just what we can accomplish if we persevere just as you have!! Congratulations to you, my SparkFriend, for your hard work and persistence to accomplish so much!!!


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    emoticon Great Job!! Congratulations!! emoticon

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HEALTHY-SPARK 1/17/2013 12:06PM

    Wow check you out!! Awesome awesome awesome!
Look at all that hard work paid off.

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PURPLE180 1/17/2013 11:58AM

    Amazing job! emoticon

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KIBAISREADY 1/17/2013 10:52AM

    Well done lady! emoticon emoticon

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HOPE541 1/17/2013 8:03AM

    Congratulations, I'm so proud of you! Keep sparking :}

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AMETHYSTSTAR 1/15/2013 9:58AM

    You are wonderful! I'm so proud of you. You inspire me to do better.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 1/14/2013 6:25PM

    What a transformation Kimpy! You can be very proud of yourself for the wonderful improvement! I am proud of you! Good Job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
hugs always,

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LYNSEY723 1/14/2013 3:55PM

    AMAZING!!! Way to go! You look great!

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IRISHGIRL3 1/14/2013 3:02PM

    Wow! Look at you! You look great!!

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RACEWELLWON 1/13/2013 6:12PM

    Good job - woo hoo - hot mama ! You look great- you are an inspiration to all of us ! Hugs K

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JORDANLHALL 1/13/2013 12:16PM

    90 pounds?! WOW CONGRATULATIONS!

I am both amazed and proud. Your courage and commitment really inspire me!

Haha and I agree with you - as much as we would like, our bodies aren't going to be as they were when we were teenagers, even if the scale says the weight is the same. When I started my journey, I accepted that I was going to have some loose skin and flab that wouldn't go away around my stomach and upper arms as well as severe stretch marks all over my body. Maybe one day I'll invest in some body contouring if it bothers me, but remedying those things aren't the point!

The point is changing yourself inside and out as well as achieving a better life overall, and it definitely seems like you're doing that! I definitely know what you mean by losing a lot of negativity! That for me is the best achievement of all, because I was such a self-abusing pessimist that I didn't go anywhere in life. Now I'm consistently breaking personal records for use of exclamation points, haha!

I believe you can reach your goals and achieve so much more with the dedication and attitude you possess. You can do anything, and it's a privilege to be able to witness it. Keep doing amazing things!

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SIRENSONGS 1/13/2013 11:19AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss success! You have done amazingly well, and are truly inspirational! And thank you for being brave enough to post these pictures. I wish I could do underwear shots, but I don't have the courage!

I can relate to how our bodies change over time, even when we're at the same weight that we were when we were younger. I wish I could have my 18 year old body back, but unfortunately, I've abused it too much for it to ever be back in that condition, even though I actually weigh slightly LESS now. In any case, you should be proud of all that you've accomplished, and overlook the things that you can't change, like stretch marks, and keep working on what you can, like just continuing along your healthy part, because you have done remarkably well and I know that you will reach your goals!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/13/2013 9:05AM

    Congratulations on all your hard work! You have done a wonderful thing for yourself. emoticon

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NESSAGIRL67 1/12/2013 4:10PM

    Way to go! You look awesome! emoticon

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AGOALOF150 1/12/2013 10:32AM

    You look amazing!!!

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GOODGETNBETR 1/12/2013 10:08AM

    emoticon reclaiming your health! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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    emoticon you look emoticon keep up the good work, emoticon

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AUTUMNBRZ 1/12/2013 8:40AM

    Wow!!!! WTG! You look great :)

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    Wow! WooHoo! Terrific!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/12/2013 4:19AM

    emoticon Fantastic blog! Without a doubt you have determined to put yourself first, stayed committed, and had great success. emoticon Your story is an amazing inspiration to me and many others as well. emoticon Congratulations on all your successes: both scale and non scale victories. You've done an emoticon job so far. emoticon at the right pace for you at this time and place in your journey. emoticon and you will do it.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/11/2013 9:26PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey.

You look amazing!


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MICKEYH 1/11/2013 8:47PM

    What a great achievement !! Woo Hoo !! You go girl. It's so emoticon congratulation.
When I was in my twenties I hate my stretch mark. I had develop stretch mark all over entire my stomach due to pregnancy with my kids. it did looks Like water melon but looks worth... But now I'm in my forties and its kinda little lighten up bit. It doesn't looks as bad as it was. But you can definitely see, it is there. I think strength training will help tighten up some loos skin. Lately I have started to use Nivea skin firming body lotion. It has Co-enzyme Q10 in it and I feels and see the improvement on my skin. Especially my flabby arms. Remember, you have become so far.. You did work hard and you should be appreciate your effort to yourself and be very very happy for your achievement. I know you will become much better in the future. But for now. You should pat yourself on your shoulder. Again Congratulations !!
Thanks for sharing your Great Victory !!

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-VIXEN- 1/11/2013 8:22PM

    Bravo to you and thanks soooooooooo much for sharing and inspiring with this blog!! Your progress is to be celebrated and I am thrilled for you on the changes made inside and out. Congrats a thousand times over. :)

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KNYAGENYA 1/11/2013 7:25PM

    What a wonderul transformation! Keep up the good work.

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MOM4HOCKEY 1/11/2013 6:20PM

    Wow what a transformation!! Love the comparison pic's,, you have come so far!! Good for you!! Here's to hitting all your goals in 2013 :)

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MISSB8604 1/11/2013 4:50PM

    Nicely done my friend!!

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ATTACKFATCAT 1/11/2013 4:14PM

    Don't worry too much about the "feeling" skinner part of it...I think that'll probably take some time. Focus more on what you can do now vs. what you could do at 250. Better balance, longer workouts, climbing stairs with little effort...stuff like that. You've lost so much weight that you really haven't had time to get to know the "current" you. You should know you are rockin' at any weight, so be sure to make the effort to try to love how you look now. "Fake it til you make it" as I saw on another blog.

Also keep in mind that some of those stretchy areas will improve with time emoticon

You have accomplished so much and kept your eye on your ultimate goal! I'm proud of you! emoticon

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CAGMUAHFO2 1/11/2013 4:10PM

    You have done an amazing job!!!! You look great!!

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    WOOHOO! Looking fabulous darling!!! emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 1/11/2013 3:45PM

    What an amazing transformation - you should be SO proud of yourself! Nice work!

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POMATOJUICE 1/11/2013 3:34PM

    I love comparison photos! Thank you so much for sharing them. I am not brave enough to do underwear shots, so I really admire you for that. You may not have seen much difference between 170-160, but look at your arms! They look much more toned than the previous photo! I can totally see shoulder muscles :) You look so much healthier than in your starting photos!

I think deciding where to end is tricky, but you have been going about this very sensibly, so I think you'll know it when you get there. You'll know when you feel like you're in a place you can sustain and be happy in!

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BRENDABUNNY 1/11/2013 3:32PM

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    emoticon You have accomplished so much.

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YOUNG2012 1/11/2013 3:12PM

    Oh wow, you look so different and have come so far! Congrats to you and everything you have accomplished!
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RUNNING-TURTLE 1/11/2013 3:06PM

    Way to go. Your doing awesome. It will always take longer to get rid of the belly flab. Persistence is all we need. Keep up the good work. Your doing fantastic.

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    I loved the pictures! emoticon

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PHILLY_DANIELLE 1/11/2013 2:17PM

    Awesome job!! I so wish that I had taken real comparison pics at the start of this journey because I also am not seeing the same changes that others see in me...Oh, body image issues, LOL, the mental side is SOO important. We will get there!

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BATCHICK 1/11/2013 1:53PM

    Woo Hoo! Looking good! I can see a difference from 170 to 160 in your tummy, it looks flatter.

Good for you! Keep at it.

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Why does it feel like I need to eat MORE?!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Lately I haven't really been hungry - but I feel the need to eat. On the drive to work, I think about the yogurt I am going to eat. Then when I look the clock, I wonder if it is "snack time" yet. I normally have tea and some kind of snack between 1030 & 1130 to break up my day. I start at 8:30 & have lunch around 1:30.

During lunch and dinner, I feel like I need to eat MORE. I want a lot of food. Even though I want to eat, I haven't really been craving "bad" foods. I just want more servings of what I am eating! I went to Burger King on my lunch break yesterday because I didn't get the chance to bring anything for lunch. I got the veggie burger with no mayo & no cheese. It wasn't too bad & the calories weren't too awful.. I just felt like it wasn't enough. That's because it wasn't! I had some grapes and a banana. After eating the fruit, I felt a little better. I still feel a bit guilty for going to Burger King - BUT I used to eat so awful there. I would get a soda, large fries, whopper with cheese, AND a chicken sandwich! Yikes! I haven't been to BK in a long time because I don't eat red meat and I didn't want the chicken patties. At least they had the veggie burger. (Otherwise I would have probably ordered a salad)

Maybe the cold weather is making me feel like I need to eat more? I don't remember this happening other years when I was overweight.. maybe because I had enough fat to hold me over?! I don't know! I just think this is such a strange feeling.

I haven't had much time to blog, look at other blogs & comment on my Sparkfriends pages. I apologize! I miss reading other blogs! They finally hired someone new at my work to take my position, so I have been training her. They also had me move to another desk. It is strange being in a small room with another person. I was used to being out in the open common area by the front door & kitchenette where everyone would just walk by.

I have been doing pretty good so far this month. I am at 158.8lbs right now. My weight goal is to be 158 by the end of this month & 155 at the end of February! I really need to re-start my 5K training. The treadmill is set up at home, but I haven't given myself time to use it yet! I just NEED To do it. I just have so much going on with work & my personal life outside of my healthy lifestyle journey. I have been doing a lot of crafts in my free time, so I haven't been on the computer & haven't been working out as much. Once my late nights start, I really need to have a better daily routine. The other day, I looked up some meal ideas that freeze well so I can start making batch meals. I need to purchase some good storage containers. Any suggestions on which are good for batch meals/individual containers?

I want to get some progress pictures taken this week or this weekend. I am at 90 pounds lost so far, and I want to see if anything has changed since I took my 80 pounds lost pictures!

Hopefully everyone is doing well with their 2013 & January goals. Keep pushing forward!!!

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SBW1027 1/11/2013 10:26AM

    Congrats on your success! I have no help with the food, cause I'm right there with you. I feel like all I want to do is eat and eat and eat. I hate it! I'm a big crafter too. Pinterst has given me so many wonderful ideas. I just started making some necklaces from an idea off of there. I'm hoping this year to be able to sell some stuff at local craft fairs. I would love to do crafts full time!

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JORDANLHALL 1/11/2013 2:55AM

    I feel the whole wanting to eat thing.

I mean, it makes sense: If you're depriving your body of calories so it will burn off some fat, then of course there's going to be hunger and cravings, right? But I've noticed that my hormones have a lot of sway on my wanting to eat despite if my stomach is growling or not. Usually the two days before the week that doesn't count, I can't pass a vending machine without drooling (and most of the time it's stuff I wouldn't want to eat anyway!).

If I've learned anything, it's that our bodies are weird and go through all kinds of phases. I'm sure with time and some tweeking of diet and exercise, the urges will come and go.

Hang in there! It sounds like you're well on your way to reaching your goals for the next two months!

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-VIXEN- 1/10/2013 3:08PM

    I get ya. I am in a phase right now where I am a bit hungrier than normal. Hang in there and see if it passes. If not, there are some excellent suggestions here for switching things up. All the best! :)

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MSKRIS7 1/10/2013 9:52AM

    You have been doing great!! Maybe you are lacking a vitamin or mineral.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/9/2013 9:51PM

    emoticon to see you around here. Have been missing your blogs and messages but certainly understand. Good to hear from you. Your wise to plan ahead with some meals in the freezer.
Concerning your wanting to eat more I have that ocassionally on a day or two and I have decided it's okay to eat a bit more. I tend to stay to the lower end of my calorie range and just go to the top of the range. I make them healthy choices. I wonder if you just need to listen to your body and feed it a bit more for a few days and if it'll settle down a bit.
All the best on reaching your goal at the end of Feb. You're so close. You've done so well. You're a fine example and an inspiration to me.
Thank you.

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CRAMOMMY 1/9/2013 8:17PM

    Your body just might need more food ... as long as what yoru gettign is pretty nutrient dense Id up it a bit utnil you feel full. Just listen to yoru body.

If you have to go to BK ... I a side salad with extra tomatoes, add grilled chicken,and they a apple vinagrette thats yummy. You do the best you can... better than a whopper/fries/etc

As for batch cooking ... I do a LOT of soups on Ball Jars (look for the wide mouth adn ones that say freezer safe - usually 8 oz is a good size) I send you some recipes if youd like ... Im a big soup person :)

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BRENDABUNNY 1/9/2013 3:36PM

    I think your doing awesome and making great choices emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PUNKADOO 1/9/2013 12:35PM

    Sometimes it really is about volume -- your body wants MORE. Period. I experience this a lot. Hence, I've had to purge my house of anything really awful and fill it with healthier options. I will sit and chow down an entire bag of veggies if I have to in order to fill that void. Fruits seem to make me hungrier. My "stop eating" signal has never worked -- at least not until I'm uncomfortably stuffed. It can be frustrating never feeling satisfied, can't it?

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TATYPREZ 1/9/2013 12:10PM

    i would try upping your water intake and then also look at your protein levels. Fill up with snacks like almonds or a couple pieces of turkey. This has definitely helped me in the past.

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LYNSEY723 1/9/2013 11:48AM

    Maybe you need to play with your calorie intake some. If you are ALWAYS eating within the same 200 calories (liek 1300-1500) then maybe try eating 1650 for a few days and see if it helps. It's not a huge increase, but maybe your body is trying to tell you it needs a little more. I've had times through this journey that I've needed to increase my calories just a little and feel a huge difference - espeically in energy level.

Just play with it a little - try to find out what your body is telling you!

Good luck!

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ATTACKFATCAT 1/9/2013 11:47AM

    First make sure it's really that you are not hungry. Maybe wait 20 minutes after you eat and then see if you really want more. If you do, that's a likely indication that it's hunger.

I did see this though:
"I just have so much going on with work & my personal life outside of my healthy lifestyle journey. I have been doing a lot of crafts in my free time, so I haven't been on the computer & haven't been working out as much."

If you haven't been working out as much, I don't think it may be that your body necessarily needs those extra calories. You might want to see how you feel otherwise. Are you still losing weight at a steady pace? Are you fatigued all the time? Try to look for signs you may not be getting enough calories.

If that's not the case, then maybe the increase in cravings (you can crave healthy food as well as bad food) has something to do with your stress levels and what you are going through. It sounds like you have a lot going on in your life right now and that could be a huge factor. Maybe you are craving the comfort of the food.

I can consider a healthy bowl of chicken soup emotionally comforting like I would a cheeseburger if I am really stressed out. Obviously you don't want to do that because overeating healthy food is not good either. And I've noticed that when I do that with healthy food and I don't acknowledge what I'm doing/continue to be stressed out, it eventually moves to craving bad foods too. Like you've retrained your brain so well for healthy food that it's not making the old connection to bad foods, but it's still emotional comfort = food.

You can do it, and I hope that now that they've hired someone, things will get a little less busy for you!

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KAPELAKIN 1/9/2013 11:33AM

    Trust your body, as long as you're making good choices and not binging. Make sure you're getting enough protein, and yes, fat. Your body might just be looking for certain nutrients, so maybe trying some different veggies and fruits could help, too.

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MICKEYH 1/9/2013 11:11AM

    I still go to BK and McDonald when it's out and about. But lately, I won't order burger or chicken burger. I've been good and sticking with salads. :) for me if I feel still hungry I will eat bit more of same foods or drink water. Sorry I don't know which is s good container.
Good luck finding them. Take care. Can't wait to see your progress pics. (^-^)

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EBERKSHIRE86 1/9/2013 10:55AM

    Try drinking water when you feel like you need to eat. As long as your not actually hungry you just feel like you should be eating and you are within your calorie range you probably donít really need to eat. For me when Iím bored or upset I feel like I need to eat even though Iím not hungry so Iíll have a glass of water or a piece of gum or some fruit and then Iím fine. Also distraction works if I keep busy Iím less likely to think about food. And to Ballpeen you may want to watch your sodium a lot of what youíre saying you eat is high in sodium which can make you retain water. Remember its not just about the number of calories your eating but whatís in those calories as well I can eat 100 calories worth of chips or 100 calories worth of fruit and its obviously not the same nutrition wise.

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SABLENESS 1/9/2013 10:22AM

    Maybe your body is saying, What happened to all those calories I used to get??? Sometimes planning a maintenance break for a month lets your body re-settle. Or up your cal allowance by 25-50 cal. It's not enough to put the pounds on, but just having permission to eat a little more often helps me not want more.

This minute, my breakfast has long since worn off. I'm about to have a small can of low-sodium V8 when I'd really like something more substantial. However, I want to lose my 2 lbs this week more than I want whatever it is I want.

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SOOKIE 1/9/2013 10:07AM

    I still struggle with my daily routine and like you have crafts/hobby. When I'm crocheting its hard to pull me away. I try to make it a point to workout first thing, this way it leaves me room for other things.

As for storage containers, I remember a few years back a catalog I used to get in the mail, Fresh Finds - they carried storage containers. Also try Tupperware or rubbermaid.

Keep up the great work!

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KAPELAKIN 1/9/2013 10:07AM

    Trust your body, as long as you're making good choices and not binging. Make sure you're getting enough protein, and yes, fat. Your body might just be looking for certain nutrients, so maybe trying some different veggies and fruits could help, too.

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    You have to listen to your body. If you feel you need to eat more, then eat more.

Just make the right choices. A whole can of cut green beans as an example is about 60 calories with no fat.

Lunch today will be a can of Progresso chunky chicken soup with 5 saltine crackers, a can of diced tomatoes with garlic and onions, and a can of cut green beans.

According to my tracker that is 488 calories. Today I'll do the same for dinner though I may change the flavor of the canned totatoes.

Add in my 300 calorie Egg McMuffin and a couple of apples and I am at a shade over 1500 calories. Well, I'll have 2-3 shots of liquor, so i am at around 1800.

I can lose weight doing that even without any real exercise...I did go lift weights this morning...and I am never hungry.

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USMAWIFE 1/9/2013 9:44AM

    start out your meal with a glass of water 20 minutes before you eat that will help you with that feeling you want to eat more.

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ALICIALYNNE 1/9/2013 9:44AM

    Only 3.8 more lbs to go!

I have phases where I am constantly preoccupied by food as well. It is a fairly normal thing. We went sooooo long eating sooooo much, and those habits like to pop up every now and then. Just keep pushing, and you WILL get beyond it!

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WALLINMW 1/9/2013 9:08AM

  You can do it! Good luck!

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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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RUNNING-TURTLE 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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