Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Good morning! I have a bridal shower next month. The first thing I did after reading it was wonder what the bride & groom registered for. The biggest reason I wanted to find out what I could buy them is so I can be creative with the gift idea. I don't normally like to just get a gift and give it. I like to jazz it up! I checked this morning to see what the two registries have. I might get a pitcher and put some recipe cards with it or decorate it somehow. I am not sure yet - I will have to think about it more. For some reason I usually like to do extra with what I give!
Here is my normal afte-5K picture! I emailed the staff of the event to see if they were going to post times. I didn't get a response though. When I did pass the clock, it did say 31:55 though. For some reason I am wondering if it wasn't a full 5K. I definitely don't think I did that well this time - especially because of all of the hills. I am not going to take this as a new PR because of how many times they said "Fun Run". I know everything about the event says it was a 5K, but I dunno! My legs haven't been as sore the past three times I raced. I actually have been trying to run differently. I used to run just on my toes. Now I am trying to put my heel down first. I actually don't know the CORRECT way to run - maybe I should look that up! A while ago I did do research about the right way to breathe, but I never really looked up the best way to actually use my feet.
Here are some pictures of the park yesterday & also some of the decorations of my Garden/Organic Party. I love THEMES! When I have dinner parties, I love to plan out everything about it. Details are my friends! Now if I could only spend extra time working out instead of planning parties. At least I am happy when doing craft projects! For the party: I made cupcake liner straws, almond cinnamon raisin balls, ribbon on the candle holders, ribbon on mason jars (going to put flowers and lemons and limes in the jars), painted white mini vases and cut fake flowers to match, and made cards with all of the food items. I put the ingredients on the inside of each card. The gift basket I made has herbal tea, garden gloves, and 5 packets of seeds. I made a trivia game about fruits, veggies, gardens, and similiar things and the winner will win that!
I would like to go to Zumba tomorrow, but I don't know if I will have enough time. I will be cleaning tonight, Thursday and Friday for the party. I also need to buy 75% of the ingredients tomorrow night and Friday because they have to be as fresh as possible! I also need to get some fresh flowers to use as decorations.
Hopefully everyone has a lovely rest of the week. Keep Sparking!
After Mother's Day 5K
Monday, May 13, 2013
Good morning. Hopefully everyone had a fantastic weekend.
Saturday I went to the pet fair & went out to lunch with my Mom. Even though the weather was half rainy, I am glad they still had the fair open! It was great to see the dogs do the agility course! After the 5K yesterday, we went to the flea market. It was nice to be outside for half of the weekend!My 5K went well. It was the PERFECT day! It was sunny with a nice breeze. It was 60-62 degrees which was great. The race was in the park, and the scenery was awesome! I didn't get the chance to send myself the pictures from my phone yet, sorry! I am still waiting on the official results. I know the race was timed, but they kept calling it a Fun Run, so I don't know if they will post the times? There were about 200 people there running and walking, so it was a great time! I am looking to sign up for another 5k, but I don't have one in mind yet. I can't believe I did all 3 that I had lined up for the spring already!
This weekend I am having a Garden/Organic Party. With my normal work schedule, I had time to make a lot of flower decorations. I am working on the menu. Everything has to have something organic and/or fruits and/or veggies. Does anyone have any yummy/healthy/quick recipes on what I could make? I am looking for some more food in any category (appetizer, entree, dessert).
This is what I have in mind so far:
-lime chicken in the crockpot w/ Rice
-fruit kabobs w/ cottage cheese dip
-lemon or lime shrimp skewers
-honey and cinnamon apples
-string bean salad
Once I have the party, I will post my recipes on my blog with some pictures!
Friday, May 03, 2013
It has been super slow at work this past week. Quarterly payrolls are done. April 15th is long gone now. The accountants still have work to do, but I have none right now. Since I have had free time, I have been browsing on Spark friend blogs again. I noticed about half of the blogs mention the words "scared" "worried" and/or "upset".
We are all on Spark for a reason. Some of us want to fit into a dress for a wedding. Others want to lose their freshman 15. There are other Sparkers who are training to run marathons. Some of us can afford personal trainers and some of us use laundry detergent as weights! No matter what the reason, we are all trying to better ourselves in some way. I think we should all give ourselves a pat on the back for being on this website. No matter how we are feeling right now, we have all accomplished some kind of goal. Most of us have many goals for the near and far future. We all stumble at some point. Just being on this site shows you have the strength to better yourself even if you don't see it!
I wish everyone would take a minute and just breathe. Give yourself a hug - give yourself a compliment! We are all different, but we all deserve the recognition of being a good person. Even if you feel weak, you are still a great person. Your goal may be to not drink soda for a day or run 20 miles in one day. Even if we don't reach our goals right away, we still deserve a reward for trying. The reward could be telling yourself "you WILL do it tomorrow!" Keep moving forward and look to the next day. Just saying "YES " instead of "maybe" can really help!
I get scared about losing weight. Actually, I still feel scared about it. I get nervous about what people I don't know think about me. In the past, I used to be really upset about it. I put all this energy into being stressed over something I can't control. People will think what they want no matter what to do. People in general are never satisfied. I wish I could show everyone that you need to care about yourself! If you aren't happy with yourself, take small steps to try to fix it. Maybe learning to love your attempt to better yourself can be even better than getting to the end result. Use the energy you put into stress into something else!
Everyone can lose a pound in one way or another. The journey we take is still important no matter which way we go. We all have good days and bad days. I wish I could help everyone who was having a bad day. Sometimes when I am down, I try everything to make myself smile - but it doesn't always work. I just try to remind myself that I have the chance to try again tomorrow. Life is short, and we may not have a tomorrow, but I still try to tell myself Now that I can't give up!
I am still one pound away from my goal weight. Am I scared? Maybe. I don't know. Am I worried I will never lose that one pound? Yes and No. I KNOW I could get to 155 if I only ate celery and carrots all day. That wouldn't be worth it. I don't want to lie to myself about the weight loss. I lost so much weight, and I don't feel like the person I see in the old pictures of myself. It would be so easy to just eat unhealthy foods again. It would be cheaper, more convenient, and tastier! But I need to stop and give myself that pat on the back to keep myself going. It isn't easy to be on this healthy journey. I know it isn't always easy for my Sparkfriends also. Life isn't easy. Life is a challenge!
Thank you to everyone who has posted on my blog, and also on other pages! Your support is appreciated! Hopefully everyone has a nice rest of the day. Even if you went over calories for the day, don't give up. Even if you wanted to go to the gym but can't - don't give up! Keep sparking!
Friday, April 26, 2013
That was definitely a strange Blog Title - but it is true! I have been growing out of my old workout clothes again. Most of my tight-fitting workout pants are too big. When I run, they slide down. Only one pair has a string where I can tie them tight. I have been trying on new pairs of pants, and none of them have string on the waist! Even when I try on the smaller size, I jump up and down a few times and the pants just start to slide off of me. When I ran the 5K a few weeks ago, I had to literally hold up my pants the whole race. It was a super pain!
I only saw one pair of running capris in the local Sporting Good store which had string- and they were $60 and hot pink! No thanks! I bought a pair 3 weeks ago which fit me perfectly(no string) and they still slide off of me when I train. I don't understand - I guess it is just how my body is?
Any suggestions on what type to buy or what to do to help with this problem? The only pairs I see that have strings are the loose pants. I don't want to run in relaxed fit pants! I have been to 4 stores now and I am having trouble finding what I want! Boo!
Anyways, work has definitely slowed down. I have had time to actually browse online today! I even commented on some fellow Sparkfriend blogs today! I have a 5K tomorrow, and I wasn't feeling up to it the past two days. Then I read some other blogs, and now I feel better about it! It should be a nice sunny day - so hopefully it isn't too cold when I actually run!
I went to my first NHL game last night. It was super fun! Even though I am not a huge Hockey fan, it was definitely the most exciting sporting event I have ever been to! The Flyers are not in the playoffs, but the fans were still so awesome. It was great!
Hopefully everyone has had a wonderful April so far. April 26th already - WOW! I don't know what May goals I want to create yet - but I need to start working on that soon!
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