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Scheduling Fitness & Fun despite the negativity.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Happy Friday & Happy last day of May! This was another short week at work which is nice - but I can't believe it is Friday already!

For about 4 years now, I carry a planner with me. Every day I write down what I did that day, when I worked, and what I have planned for the future. It is fun to look back and see everything I have done over the past year. For a while, I had a lot of exercise written down. Then I had tax season which didn't allow me a lot of extra time. After that ended - I had a lot of social plans & planning! Basically I just had a lot of reasons AND excuses as to why I didn't exercise as much. Now it is almost summer time - tomorrow is June 1st! Yikes!

I am going through and scheduling my exercise in my planner for June! I think having the times and places down in pencil will help me stay focused. If I see it - it will remind me to DO IT! Zumba is M & Th and Kickboxing I could do any night M-F but I need to register for that. The Zumba shoes I ordered online don't fit =( So I have to send them back again. I should go to another shoe store, but I feel like putting on shoes for 2 minutes doesn't give me enough time! I like ordering them online because I can jump around on the carpet for 2 hours and see how they feel without having them get messed up.

There was an online deal for 10 cardio kickboxing classes I just purchased. I really wanted to sign up for a 20-class deal at a closer location, but they only have morning classes. With my work schedule - I need evening classes 6:30pm or later! I am nervous about the class, but I feel like I need to do it. I lost so much weight, but my stomach is still so flubby! The extra flub didn't bother me this much before - but now that I know I won't lose much more weight with diet alone.. I feel so yucky! I hate the stretch marks and the extra skin/fat. The workout clothes make me bulge like crazy!

Maybe this kickboxing class will help get me motivated & will help with the extra weight I want to lose. The first one I am going to is 6/11! I would do it earlier, but I don't have time before I go away with my family! I am excited about our trip to Williamsburg next week!

Over the past year I have become positive. I try to be positive when I can, but I can't do it 100% of the time even if I try. Negativity is creeping everywhere. Even when people say "You look great, you don't need to lose weight" - it makes me feel worse. I know what I look like under my clothes. I know what I am feeling inside. They don't! My comparison pictures help motivate me to keep pushing forward, but I still get sad, frustrated, upset, and mad at life sometimes. I just need to keep reminding myself that I am a good person - I am in control of some of my life - I can't control Everything, but I do have the chance to be the better person! Every minute counts!

Over the past year, I have noticed that I go out of my way to try and make plans with my friends. Maybe I miss them more than they miss me? I just realize that if I don't call or text them, I won't see them. Everyone is busy with their own lives, but I feel like people never go out of their way to invite Me to do things. If I don't plan, I won't hear from people for months. Sometimes I try and see how long it will be before someone asks me to do something - but then I get lonely! So when I feel down, I just look back in my planner and see all of the fun stuff I did and what I have planned.

I am on this weight loss journey for me. If I eat french fries, oh well. It doesn't cause me to fail at life as long as I keep pushing forward! We all have good times and bad times. I love Spark, because I know everyone has some kind of idea of how hard it is to reach our goals! It takes a lot of time, effort, and support. Even if we just support our own ideas, it still counts!

Hopefully everyone has an awesome weekend no matter what you are doing - working, fun, fitness. Do the best you can & keep your head up!

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LYNSEY723 6/3/2013 1:06PM

    You are doing so great! Keep your head up and keep pushing!

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EATVEGAN 6/2/2013 12:33AM

    I have to admire you for being organized and using a planner. Sounds like you're having fun with Zumba and I think you'll like kick-boxing. You're making some good plans. emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 6/1/2013 11:11PM

    Keeping a planner is what I do too, it is necessary for me!


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    Making dates with yourself ... it really works to help keep your focus on your goals.

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SUSIQZER 6/1/2013 7:32AM

    I love using my calendar as a training tool! Great work!!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 6/1/2013 2:07AM

    Love how you're penciling in your workouts. It exactly what I've been doing this last year and it's made such a difference for me.
While I'm here I want to let you know that I have thought a lot about you these last couple of weeks and I'm sure you're wondering why. Well, last Sunday I ran my first 5 km race in our community and you were one of my biggest inspirations here at Spark for getting into running. Thanks Kimpy for inspiring me.

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NIELSENSLADY 6/1/2013 12:40AM

    I would say devote time to do more Strength Training which might encourage your skin to tighten better if that is the issue or if its some kind of residual fat, then ST would resolve that too.

I guess with big weight loss can mean extra skin. I certainly dread the thought of extra skin too. I have 120 lbs to lose.

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123ELAINE456 5/31/2013 11:53PM

  Great Blog.
I love how you use a Planner and plans things to keep you on track. Looking back through it give you ideas of doing things again that You like. The Kickboxing Class sounds like it could be fun. You are doing Great. Keep Your Positive Attitude and Outlook and You Will be Fine. Keep Pushing Forward. You Can Do It. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Delightful Fun Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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123ELAINE456 5/31/2013 11:53PM

  Great Blog.
I love how you use a Planner and plans things to keep you on track. Looking back through it give you ideas of doing things again that You like. The Kickboxing Class sounds like it could be fun. You are doing Great. Keep Your Positive Attitude and Outlook and You Will be Fine. Keep Pushing Forward. You Can Do It. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Delightful Fun Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SNOWYOGA 5/31/2013 11:43PM

    I like your positive attitude emoticon and hope you get the right shoe (size) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 5/31/2013 10:11PM

    Love the idea of a planner to keep you on track

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/31/2013 9:09PM

    The kickboxing class sounds fun. Don't be nervous, you'll do wonderful.

You are doing great, so keep thinking positive. Your enthusiasm is contagious to all who read your blog.

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KALISWALKER 5/31/2013 7:09PM

    Your friends probably like that you are the 'socialable one', the 'organizer'. However it wouldn't hurt to add some new friends.

Don't be down on yourself because you are not positive 100% of the time. It's impossible, no one could be.

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DWSCHUYLER 5/31/2013 4:53PM

    Keep that positive attitude! Make it about you. emoticon

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HHB4181 5/31/2013 3:45PM

    Great blog! I know what you mean about not liking your body. My husband tells me all the time that I need to have more confidence in myself, but I don't.

I also feel like I'm the 'planner' in my groups of friends. I've had people say to me several times, "If it's wasn't for Holly, we'd never see each other." For a little while it bothered me, but I guess that's just the way it is. There could be worse jobs.


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EJENKINSB 5/31/2013 3:29PM

    I love the idea of going back through your planner and seeing all that you've done in the past week, month, or year. Great idea! You have an amazing attitude...even though you're feeling negative right now, know that you're really inspiring to so many people. :)

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CMCGRUN 5/31/2013 2:52PM

    Awwww, thanks for this post. I really hope you meet your goals. Your hints and encouraging really help me. Don't be too hard on yourself, you have accomplished so much! Thanks for the day planner idea too. I'm going to try it!

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RACEWELLWON 5/31/2013 2:18PM

    Oh no the shoes again emoticon incredible , do have a Fleet Feet by you ? They have shoes for every occasion as far as fitness. Kickboxing sounds like fun, enjoy. I don't know Kim about your friends - perhaps your just better at planning outings and coming up with new ideas - Have a good weekend - Hugs K

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KONRAD695 5/31/2013 1:33PM

    You know, I Think You're emoticon

Many of us have stories with many parallels. It take about 3 months for my friends to check on me. They use the "well you're married and have two kids". That's all the more reason to check in, because my mind might be elsewhere. And guess what, it's still me making plans. I don't go as elaborate as your parties, but you get what I mean.

As far as weight loss. I'm so with you on that one. I lost my weight, have a healthy rage BMI/ fat %, but it still isn't what I want. Yes it is good enough, yes it does feel good, yes I look fine, no it's not enough yet FOR ME. I can see me with a shirt off, touch the loose skin, and feel the muscles not quite supportive all the way.

Now there are people telling me not to do anymore. Your so skinny. I'm 6'1" and 180 lbs with a runners frame. There are even some who have asked my coworkers behind my back "is he sick", "what's wrong with Konrad", "he's lost too much weight". Forget them.

Didn't intend for this to be a "ME" blog. Just want you to know. You are in mutual company. I think your great, I think you look wonderful, and I think you should exercise as much as you want too. If we are ever by each other, I'll exercise with you. And we can compare bellies afterward.

So, hang in there. Do what you want. Don't let their opinions even touch you.
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KAPELAKIN 5/31/2013 1:20PM

    You're doing great! I've heard that it just takes time for loose skin to tighten back up to fit your new body better. Building muscle certainly can't hurt, and I'm sure kickboxing would do just that. Have a great weekend!

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DALID414 5/31/2013 1:09PM

    Happy Friday!
Trying to stay positive is better than a full blown negativity tantrum. emoticon

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June Goals!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Happy Wednesday! I had a super busy Memorial Day weekend! My boyfriend turned 30 so we did a lot of celebrating. We went to the aquarium with friends, played games, went to the Melting Pot, had a bbq, saw the new Star Trek, etc etc! Somehow I even had a lazy day - which was nice! I did gain 5 pounds in 5 days though! I ate A LOT of snacks and a lot at the Melting Pot- chocolate and dessert and cheese! Yikes! I am working my butt off this week to get back to 156 and hopefully I keep going and lose more! I put some pictures from the weekend below! Blue Lobster!!!! =)

I haven't had any specific goals in a while. My belly has really been bothering me lately with how it looks and feels. I hate having so much flab! I don't know if it is just skin or if it fat too? I can't really tell. I just know I hate it! Someone told me about those skin wraps, but I haven't looked into it. I can't afford a gym right now and I definitely can't afford a personal trainer! I really need to do more at-home exercises for my arms, legs, abs - well basically everything! I need to start scheduling my exercise again! I am going to the park tonight - which was scheduled! So hopefully I keep doing it. I am going to Williamsburg in June, so I will get a lot of walking done then! I just need to focus on keeping a stricter diet! It is SO easy to gain weight by over-snacking!

I keep hearing people talk about "beach bodies". I can't even imagine myself in a bikini! I don't have the midsection for it! I try not to let it discourage me though. Over the past year and a half, I have changed so much! August will be my 2 year Spark-versary! I can't believe it! HOPEFULLY I hit my healthy weight goal of 155 by 8/17!!!

June Goals:
-Zumba - at least twice this month
-Pick a 5K race to do in June or do one around my neighborhood
-Get my fishing license so I can go out with my Dad for Father's Day
-At home yoga at least twice this month
-Keep up with my garden
-Try not to stay grumpy
-Snack healthy!
-Use the food tracker more
-Show my appreciation to my family and friends where I can

Hopefully I will have better goals in July!
Have a great rest of the day! Keep Sparking!

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HHB4181 5/31/2013 11:34AM

    Great pics! Glad to hear you had fun! Your goals sound great, espeically the one about family/friends. It's nice to be able to let your gaurd down every now and again. Those 5lbs will be gone in no time emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 5/31/2013 11:04AM

    Lovely Kim - Nice pictures !!! Looks like you had a wonderful weekend - I too suffer from the flab issue . I picked up the Spark solution - just received yesterday am trying concentrate more on toning - Happy Friday - Hugs K

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CHERIJ16 5/30/2013 7:41PM

    Glad you had so much fun. You seem to have a good handle on what you need to do to stay in control and still enjoy your life. emoticon

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BLINGANDBOWS27 5/30/2013 10:17AM

    Looks like you had a super fun weekend! I think I need to make a list of my June goals too. I've used the "It Works" wraps before and you do go down a few inches. I researched a lot on how it works, no pun intended, but I still haven't been able to draw any conclusions. They are worth a shot though!

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GINGERHAWK 5/30/2013 10:11AM

    It sounds like you had a great weekend and have solid goals planned for the upcoming month - YAY! Try not to focus on what you think are your flaws and look at how amazingly far you've come - you're totally an inspiration!

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SIRENSONGS 5/30/2013 9:29AM

    I love your attitude! You let yourself live your life and enjoy yourself, yet know when to rein yourself in so that you don't completely fall into your old habits. I need to learn some of that balance from you.

I'm glad you had such a lovely weekend. And I totally understand about the whole belly/beach body thing. I will NEVER have a beach body, but I think I have just about accepted that.

Good luck on achieving your June goals. I think your list is totally doable. Oh, and I love your aquarium photos! :)

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STEPHANIE302013 5/30/2013 8:42AM

    great June goals!! you can do it!

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CWHEATLEY12 5/30/2013 8:25AM

    Sounds like you are going to have a great month! Your pictures were awesome! Have a great day!

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123ELAINE456 5/30/2013 2:48AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Great Goals, Great Pictures and a Very Cute Couple. Sounds Like You Had A Wonderful Weekend. Keep Pushing Forward. You Can Do It. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TATTER3 5/29/2013 10:14PM

    What joy!!!

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2HAMSDIET 5/29/2013 10:02PM

    We had a beach vacation in March and saw many in swim suits. Only 1 % of the people had the model perfect body. Go find a great looking suit that you love and wear it with confidence. Enjoy the new you. No more hiding. Thanks for sharing the pics you make such a cutie couple. emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 5/29/2013 9:10PM

    very doable goals for June

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    Good goals !!

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CVRONEK 5/29/2013 7:43PM

    Great photos, wonderful blog!

I love your June Goals! emoticon

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CMCGRUN 5/29/2013 7:28PM

    Looks like you had a super fun weekend! Thanks for the pictures and posting your goals. It's nice to see what other people do. Thanks!

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LYNSEY723 5/29/2013 6:33PM

    Great pictures and goals! I'm sure you'll do great this month!

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SNOWYOGA 5/29/2013 5:56PM

    Thanks great blog. Your busy, and love the emoticon pictures

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/29/2013 5:49PM

    emoticon Sounds like fun. You'll hit your goal weight - I know you will. emoticon

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KALISWALKER 5/29/2013 5:29PM

    What a happy looking couple!

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Garden/Organic Party - Recipes & Pictures!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Happy Tuesday! I finally did Zumba last night! It was great. My shoulders and arms are a bit sore today though - but it is totally worth it =) After doing zumba, I really want to exercise more often. I feel really flabby lately, and I just need to push myself to do more exercise. Hopefully that will help me get to my healthy weight!

The party on Saturday night was really fun! I had the Garden Trivia and everyone was laughing at how hard it was. It was a good time. Someone bought chocolate covered strawberries which had a cheesecake/cream filling. YUM. I had two of them!! Someone else brought cucumber sandwiches - with creamcheese and dill. They were simple but really tasty! Someone else brought orange cake with white raspberry icing - I didn't try any, but it looked really good! Here are some pictures and some recipes of what I made. I didn't have the time to make everything. I didn't get to make the mini quiche, but I will add the recipe anyways because I do want to try it eventually!

Fruit Kabobs
Fruit on skewers - lots of prep work but it was cute! Purple Grapes, Blueberries, Kiwi, Pineapple, Orange, Raspberry

Zesty garlic wraps, tomato wrap, whole grain wrap. I made some with ham, some with turkey and some with chicken lunch meat. Some I added a layer of FF cream cheese and some I added hummus. I used spinach or green leaf lettuce. Some I added cucumbers and others I added red and green pepper strips.

Lime Cilantro Chicken
16oz jar salsa
2 cans black beans drained
1 lime - Cut into thick slices
Fresh cilantro
3 lbs boneless chicken halves
3 crushed garlic cloves
Low 6-8 hours in the crockpot. Shred chicken after cooked
Black Bean Rice on the side
You could use these as tacos

Margherita Pasta
3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
1/4 thin sliced basil
1/2 grated parm cheese
Penne Pasta - I used natural whole grain
Optional - 1/2 chopped mozz cheese
Cook the pasta normally (10 min) and then bake covered at 400 for 30 minutes

Garden Salad
spring mix
Spinach leaves
bell peppers

Lemon Garlic Shrimp
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt & Pepper
ground black pepper to taste
2 pounds cooked shrimp

Mince the garlic and add to oil and lemon in a big pan. I also added the parsley and set on Med-Low. Cook the shrimp just for a min or two on each side. Serve warm or chilled in fridge 1-2 hrs

Stuffed Mushrooms
1/2 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
28 large (2 1/2-inch-diameter) white mushrooms, stemmed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

400 preheat Mix all with 2 tbsp oil. Coat baking sheet with oil or nonstick spray. Fill mushrooms (I also filled some small sweet peppers). Drizzle remaining oil over the filling. Bake 25 min until mushrooms are tender

Potatoes and Onion
5 Small Red Potatoes
5 small white potatoes
1 vidalia onion
2 cloves garlic chopped

You could use just one type of potato if you wanted! Chop everything, combine and coat with olive oil. Add salt and pepper and any other herbs/spices you want. You could add the garlic, spices, and oil before hand and then put over the potatoes. Preheat oven to 425-450F. Bake 20-30 minutes. Stir and bake 10 minutes more. Continue baking 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender and browned.

Chicken Sausage and Peppers
4 links chicken sausage sliced
Bell Peppers or Sweet Peppers

Slice the peppers and fry in some olive oil. Add the chicken sausage for a few minutes. Serve with Rice.

Mini Quiche recipe I wanted to try

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CHRISGORGME 5/29/2013 4:21AM

    Judging from the food and the flowers you had a good time!
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CMCGRUN 5/27/2013 7:45PM

    Yum! Thanks for th recipes :)

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SPARKLISE 5/24/2013 9:31AM

    Everything looks delicious!
And what a great idea for a party theme!

I also love zumba. It's what started me on my journey.
At my first zumba class I weighed 250lbs, but within 10 minutes I was hooked and never looked back!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/22/2013 11:43PM

    Wish I were there! It looks like it was a smashing success, Kimp; but I am not surprised. You are a total sucess at what you do! I love Zumba too! great fun! thank you for sharing recipes and especially for all the teriffic pictures!
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FUSIONFITNESS3 5/22/2013 4:44PM

    Wish I'd been there. All looks fabulous and delicious and most of all sounds like a lot of fun. Way to throw a party, Kimpy. emoticon

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BARB4HEALTH 5/22/2013 7:53AM

    Lovely table settings! Like the jarred flowers. Food looks and sounds good.

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DALID414 5/21/2013 10:23PM

    Wow! Everything looks good!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/21/2013 8:50PM

    Looks like a lovely party. The recipes sound yummy.
You put a lot of work into making a great time for all, and it shows.

Go on, Party Girl!

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123ELAINE456 5/21/2013 8:27PM

  Sounds like You had an Awesome Party with Great Food and Party Favors. Sounds like Your Guests had a Great Time. God blessings to Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KALISWALKER 5/21/2013 6:42PM

    Thanks for putting the recipes here. I need some new ideas for my party when I get home. I know your guests enjoyed the food!

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LIVINGFREE19 5/21/2013 6:42PM

    The recipes sound good, and the pics look good!

I hear people have SO much fun doing Zumba!

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SKINNYCOW1232 5/21/2013 6:12PM

    Looks and sounds GREAT!!!

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GINGERHAWK 5/21/2013 3:54PM

    What a great menu and the flowers look beautiful. I bet everyone enjoyed it!

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ROXYZMOM 5/21/2013 3:50PM

    I havent tried zumba, soundslike fun. All your food and decorations are gorgeous

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TATTER3 5/21/2013 3:15PM

    Kudos!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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CVRONEK 5/21/2013 3:09PM

    All wonderful! Thank you for such a great blog. I almost felt like I was at your party!
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FITBIZZZ 5/21/2013 3:02PM

    OMGosh, thanks! I'm hosting June book club and couldn't think of what I wanted to make. I'm SO doing the Lime Cilantro Chicken! Yum!!

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LYNSEY723 5/21/2013 2:11PM

    Love it! Super cute!!

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    You are a 'Hostess' with the 'Mostest'

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PRETTYPITHY 5/21/2013 1:12PM

    Such a cute idea for a party!

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KIMCOLLINGS 5/21/2013 12:45PM

    Wow! Quite the party. The food all looks and sounds so good. Love the cute little flower vases too. That was so creative!

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KONRAD695 5/21/2013 11:54AM

    No matter where you are at- I'm showing up at your next Garden Party. You did a fabulous job on everything. It all looks wonderful. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 5/21/2013 11:37AM

    Looks and sounds great! You did it again emoticon

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CAGMUAHFO2 5/21/2013 11:33AM

    Thanks for sharing those recipes and the pics!! Sounds like you had a great time!! I am going to try some of those recipes!!

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Happy Wednesday! Random Blog - 5K results, Park & Craft Pictures

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

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    Enjoyed the pictures of your creations.

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EVWINGS 5/15/2013 10:36PM

    Wonderful blog. I would give a cookbook wrapped in a dish towel and a scrubbie bow or a plastic pail filled with all kinds of houseware things you always need, but don't even think about wrapped in cellophane with lots of curled ribbons. But your ideas are really super! Thank you so much for putting pictures so we could see your work.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 5/15/2013 10:19PM

    You have such great ideas! emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/15/2013 9:29PM

    I enjoyed your blog and the pics were neat. You are pretty creative.

Can't wait to hear how the party goes.

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123ELAINE456 5/15/2013 9:28PM

  Awesome Blog and Pictures. Congratulations on Your Race. All the Things That You Have Made for the Party Is Fantastic. Please check with a Professional Trainer on the correct way to run. You do not want to injure Yourself by running the wrong way. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SNOWYOGA 5/15/2013 2:56PM

    This was great, and you also took really good emoticon

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JORDANLHALL 5/15/2013 2:50PM

    You and all your pictures look absolutely great! Keep up the amazing work!

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GINGERHAWK 5/15/2013 1:09PM

    I love that you personalize your gifts - what a great touch! Nice job on completing another 5K. The stuff for your party also looks wonderful and really creative and fun. I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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LYNSEY723 5/15/2013 1:03PM

    Awesome job on the race!!

You are so creative - your guests will be impressed!! Enjoy the weekend!

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KAPELAKIN 5/15/2013 12:08PM

    Great job on your 5K! If you naturally land on your forefoot or midfoot, stick with that and don't train yourself to heel-strike. The worst thing you can do is over-extend your leg out in front of you and then land on your heel, which increases the chance of injury. The foot is natural shock-absorber that works best when you land more on the front/mid foot and then go down to your heel for the next push-off.

Your party decorations are fantastic, and I'm sure you'll come up with a great idea for the wedding gift!

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ROXYZMOM 5/15/2013 11:43AM

    Your guests will be so impressed! It all looks great! Glad you enjoyed your 5k.

FYI I run on my toes and front part of my foot for the most part. I have been told to run for what is natural to myself. Have you shopped at a good running shoe store? They will make sure you have the right shoes after watching you walk/run. That's your best bet.

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DALID414 5/15/2013 11:09AM

    How does your hair look so good after a race?!! Mine would be drenched in sweat!

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KAI_ZEN 5/15/2013 11:06AM

    Hi KIMPY!

You're doing so well! Living life to the full. What an inspiration you are!

There are a lot of great running technique videos on YouTube. The one that helped me is here:

Plus, here's a playlist of a lot of different tips and troubleshooting: (the audio is not very good on these, but the instructor is great!)


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RACEWELLWON 5/15/2013 10:45AM

    Very nice Kim - just cause it 's called a Fun Run does not mean its not timed or measured correctly ?? Perhaps you are not in pain cause your getting to be a more conditioned runner- I know that I am doing the Glow Run in June and they clearly posted that this 5k is not a timed Race - I am so Happy for you - Love your party decoration , nice theme !! Are those glasses or vases ? Hugs Karen emoticon emoticon

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TATTER3 5/15/2013 10:41AM

    Pretty, pretty!!! have fun with the party!

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SIRENSONGS 5/15/2013 9:57AM

    Congrats on having another 5K under your belt. Love your photos! You look so pretty in the last one with your hair down. :)

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Happy Monday! Weekend Update & Organic/Veggie/Fruit Recipes - have any recipe ideas?

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:

-stuffed mushrooms
-lime chicken in the crockpot w/ Rice
-pinwheel sandwiches
-fruit kabobs w/ cottage cheese dip
-grilled asparagus
-margherita Pasta
-lemon or lime shrimp skewers
-muffin quiche
-honey and cinnamon apples
-string bean salad

Once I have the party, I will post my recipes on my blog with some pictures!

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KALEWINE 5/28/2013 3:48PM

    Sounds fun!

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EG8383 5/16/2013 11:47AM

  i want to go to this party! lol I can't wait to see your recipes =)

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/13/2013 8:46PM

    It sounds like you have a wonderful party planned. It will be great!
Can't wait to see your pics.

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KONRAD695 5/13/2013 4:01PM

    I like to do fruit kabobs like a flower bouquet. You can use glass beads and flower petals in a vase/bowl to hold up the fruit skewers.

Another dish I like is to cook in a chicken fryer pan. sweet pots, raisins, dried cranberries, and sliced apples. Your cooking stock can be apple or white juice/ wine. Season with cinnamon and nutmeg. I also like to add onions at the start and cashews in the end. Cooking is easy- start with the slowest ingredient and add the rest every couple minutes. Just don't over stir.

Good like and enjoy your party.

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123ELAINE456 5/13/2013 3:52PM

  Have a Wonderful Party. God Blessings to Everyone Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CHRISGORGME 5/13/2013 3:19PM

    Grilled eggplants, tahini dressing and rocket in pita pockets!
Do you need any help? emoticon

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LYNSEY723 5/13/2013 1:45PM

    Sounds like such a great weekend! Way to go! I can't wait to hear about your organic party!

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GINGERHAWK 5/13/2013 1:18PM

    We just made an awesome pizza from ingredients that came in our weekly produce box. We bought pizza dough from the store and rolled it out and then topped it with sauteed chard, fresh corn, leeks and goat cheese. You could cut it into squares that people could easily pick up as an appetizer.

For a quick dessert I like to put out fresh fruit (banana, strawberries, etc), pretzels, and dried apricots along with a bowl of nutella mixed with fat free plain greek yogurt. It's always a big hit and couldn't be easier. Though nutella is high in calories it's at least boosted with fat free yogurt.

Hope the party is a blast, it sure sounds yummy!

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SIRENSONGS 5/13/2013 12:35PM

    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend! I hope the rest of your week is just as good.

And your menu sounds scrumptious. I wish I had some ideas to offer, but I'm not much of a cook!

Bon apetit! emoticon

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HHB4181 5/13/2013 12:23PM

    Sounds so fun! Congrats on completing another race!

hummus with roasted red peppers, served with veggies? hummus is easy to make and roasting the pepper is pretty easy too.

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HHB4181 5/13/2013 12:23PM

    Sounds so fun! Congrats on completing another race!

hummus with roasted red peppers, served with veggies? hummus is easy to make and roasting the pepper is pretty easy too.

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/13/2013 11:51AM

    These ideas sound lovely. A lot of food, a lot of people?

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KIMPY225 5/13/2013 11:19AM

    I wish I could invite everyone =) That wound be so fun!

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SABLENESS 5/13/2013 10:46AM

    Are you inviting us, too? emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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SNOWYOGA 5/13/2013 10:41AM

Sorry to emoticon , but I will check and glad about your weekend!

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DALID414 5/13/2013 10:37AM

(Sorry, no ideas)

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