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Cherry Jam recipe & Garden Pics!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Happy Thursday!
Cardio kickboxing was awesome on Tuesday. I am definitely not as sore this time compared to after the first class! I have 8 more classes available at the one place. I also have 10 classes at another facility in a different town. By the end of August, I won't have any more bargain deals =( I can't afford to pay for their block deal because I don't have an extra $500! Even if I did the payment plan, I can't afford $150 each month right now. I wish I could force myself to work out more at home! It would cost a lot less. The energy of the class is part of why I like being there.

Last night I walked almost 2 miles in the park. It was a gorgeous night. I wanted to make sure I worked out my legs a bit so hopefully that will help keep the soreness away! We saw some caterpillar nests - those were the only ones I saw this year so far.

I tried making the cherry jam a couple of nights ago. It is pretty tasty! The recipe doesn't call any pectin and no need for hot water to seal the jars - which is why I used this recipe! I had 1.18lbs of tart cherries & that didn't leave me with a lot of jam at the end. But it was definitely worth it to make it! I tried something new, and it turned out great! Next time I will pick a lot more cherries! Next year I want to pick some sweet cherries so I can eat them as a snack =)

Sweet or Tart Cherry Jam Recipe: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2005/06/norec
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The pepper & tomato plants are turning out pretty well! I tried some in organic veggie soil and some in regular veggie soil. The peppers in the non-organic soil seem to be doing better than the organic soil! I figured I would experiment on the soil since this is my first time growing a garden! One hot pepper looks ready to be picked, but it has only been 34 days since I put the plants in the buckets!

The one farm (where I picked strawberries) has cut-your-own-flowers available. I may stop over after work to see what they have. They are 50 cents each, which is pretty reasonable! Usually flowers at the store cost $5-7 for 4 stems and one piece of greenery!

I restarted tracking my food last week. It has been going pretty well. Since I track again, I have been eating less at night after dinner. I want to snack, but then I ask myself if I am actually hungry. I see if it is worth it to eat something or not!

I made some fried snap peas in olive oil the other night with ground pepper & a little salt. They were SO delicious. They weren't soggy at all! I bought them from a local food stand - I love this time of year. Everything is so fresh & tastes great from the farm stands. It is so much cheaper than buying it from the big chain stores!


















  
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HZGLORY 6/26/2013 3:33PM

    Kimpy, I loved hearing about your garden and the jam. I will check out the recipe. I have a garden too which keeps getting bigger and bigger each year. Some of it is in containers and some of it is in the ground. I will compare this year, because I get less sun in the ground than where I put the containers. Trees are so good for shade & the yard but darn it they are not good for gardens.

I planted lots of strawberries this year and I look forward to making Strawberry Jelly & syrup. I do not like to use the jars that have to pop either. I also freeze my apples from my tree to make stuff with during the winter, but we had a late freeze so no apples this year. Keep us updated on the garden how it goes! I love this time of year all the fresh produce too.

Susan


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CMCGRUN 6/24/2013 1:43PM

    Mmmmm. I love reading your blogs and the pictures. Thanks

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WENDYANNE61 6/23/2013 11:40AM

    Gardening can be such a joy and all that bending and reaching up high is a subtle work-out at the same time too! Love your pics! emoticon

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JORDANLHALL 6/22/2013 2:20PM

    Love the pics! And that jam looks really tasty haha!

I hope kickboxing is really fun! That's so cool how you vary up your fitness and have so many classes and whatnot available to you. And two miles in the park? That's awesome and sounds quite lovely! If I can get enough bug spray I'm going to have to try that one out for myself!

Hope you're having a great day today!

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MICKEYH 6/22/2013 12:39PM

    Looks wonderful. Love the garden. emoticon emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/21/2013 10:06PM

    Love all the pics, the food looks yummy and the rainbow is beautiful.
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RACEWELLWON 6/21/2013 11:23AM

    Yummy Kim - be right over -- Lovely Garden - so when is your Birthday ? We will still do a 5k together - soon!!! Thanks for the visit - get your dress?? Hugs K emoticon

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EG8383 6/21/2013 9:36AM

  i'm with you it would be much cheaper to work out at home but I agree that being in a class full of people pushing themselves makes me always push harder and makes it more enjoyable than just me alone at home. Your garden looks great. have a great weekend.

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SPARKLISE 6/21/2013 9:00AM

    emoticon I have a tart cherry tree but never really do anything with them.
This year I decided it would be different and making jam is a great idea!
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TATTER3 6/21/2013 6:27AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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PEPPYPATTI 6/20/2013 6:59PM

    Wow! I wish I had a green thumb-lol! I am good with plants but not vegetables or fruit..
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123ELAINE456 6/20/2013 6:29PM

  Awesome Blog. Your Garden Looks Great. Enjoy It God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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ROXYZMOM 6/20/2013 4:23PM

    Your plants are looking great! I think I missed a blog - who is the guy in your profile pic ?

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DALID414 6/20/2013 4:16PM

    The 'gardening' looks great!

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AEROGIRL1594 6/20/2013 3:42PM

    It seems like your garden is doing well! It's good that you're tracking, and that cherry jam definitely looks tasty! Hope all is well!
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OLIVIANIGHT 6/20/2013 3:05PM

    Ooh tasty lookin!

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FOXFIRENDTS 6/20/2013 2:55PM

    emoticon Awesome, enjoy your gardening as we do it is so rewarding.

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GERIKRAGH 6/20/2013 1:28PM

    Wonderful!

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PRETTYPITHY 6/20/2013 1:17PM

    That all looks so good!

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LYNSEY723 6/20/2013 1:13PM

    Love the pictures of your little garden! You are doing great! Maybe you can reward yourself with each workout you do at home - maybe $5 or $10? When you get enough to buy more kickboxing then that's your ultimate reward!

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PICKIE98 6/20/2013 1:13PM

    I am going to make strawberry freezer jam this weekend, but I only live 2 1/2 hours from the cherry capital of the world:Traverse City, MIchigan.. maybe I will try that recipe..It looks good.. so do your cute plants..
Isn't growing your own food, the best??????

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New Motivation

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Monday!

My weekend was pretty fun. Friday night there was a double rainbow! I didn't get a very good picture, but it was definitely a nice surprise to see! I went strawberry picking & tart cherry picking on Saturday morning. I froze half of the strawberries & I may try to make some cherry jam! I never did it before, but I am all about trying new things this year! When I woke up Saturday morning, I had a new kind of motivation. It wasn't forced - maybe that is why I feel different now. I WANTED to exercise and be outside so I did! The day was so relaxing, and I got some exercise in. I felt happy & I felt like I have the strength to reach my goals! Somehow I still feel different, and I am enjoying it!

The work day is going by pretty fast for me today. Tomorrow is my second kickboxing class. I am excited & nervous about it even though I did it once already! My calves still aren't 100% from last week's class! My legs felt sore in spots I never knew existed! I went for a walk last night with my Mom & the dogs which was nice. My Dad ALMOST went with us, but then he changed his mind at the last minute. He should get more exercise, but then his emphysema gets worse. Damn smoking. He quit & restarted about 10 times in the past few months. There isn't anything we can do, so we just gave up telling him he needs to stop. Unfortunately it isn't worth the arguments. He knows how we all feel. Oh well. I tell myself that it is his choice, but I still get upset about it because he is my Dad!

I have been doing good with tracking my food. I did well over the weekend & today so far. I wanted to snack so badly last night, but I didn't go overboard! I had some strawberries, bananas, and grapes and that was it. I tracked it all! I need to keep telling myself I am in control of what I eat! I used to be so good at saying no. I just need to keep doing it again & stick with it!

Hopefully everyone has a great week. Keep pushing towards your goals or make new ones! I need to keep reminding myself that every small step counts!

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SIRENSONGS 6/19/2013 2:07PM

    I'm so glad to hear that you're finding new motivation! You can never go wrong with eating fruit. I know that it is possible to overdo it, even with fruit, but it's still so much better to eat too much fruit than too much junk food!

And I totally hear you about the smoking. I've had many people who are close to me in my life smoke, and I can totally understand your worries and frustrations about your father. If and when he is ever ready to quit, he will, but it has to come from him, and it sounds like you and your mom realize that. It's hard to accept, but change can only come from within. I think we all know that from our own lifestyle changes here.

Your strawberry pictures are gorgeous. I can't wait to taste my first fresh strawberries of the season, yum!

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BLINGANDBOWS27 6/18/2013 10:05PM

    The strawberries look fantastic! Would love to see and know how your jam recipe goes.

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POMATOJUICE 6/18/2013 8:53AM

    I keep hoping I'll wake up suddenly and have a mood shift! lol! I'm glad you're feeling move motivated, though. I haven't been blogging and supporting other bloggers as much as I'd like, but I do read when you post, and it made me sad that you were having trouble. You've come so far! I suppose we're all going to have trouble at some time or another, though, and multiple times, probably! So I really don't have any wisdom to impart there :X

I do know a little bit about how it feels to love a smoker. While I wasn't that close to my father-in-law, we lost him to smoking about a year and a half ago. Just last spring, though, we lost my grandfather, and that was much closer to home. It's really hard to watch! I hope your father finds the desire and drive to quit.

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TATTER3 6/18/2013 5:59AM

    It's so ironic when I have patients come in asking for z packs and antibiotics for bronchitis...I examine them and they tell me how emergen they're condition is...and then I find out that they're smoking...even with the virus. I tell them the complications, they nod and tell me they've cut way back...and then they get their prescription, walk out of the clinic, go to their cars and light up. I wish I could set a rule that says no smokers get respiratory meds until they've been off cigs for 30 days...ridiculous, but still futile to treat the condition that keeps cycling back. emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/17/2013 8:51PM

    Smoking is a nasty addictive habit, but as a former smoker, I can attest that it is a very hard habit to quit.
Hopefully, he will keep trying. You can't shame, blame, or guilt someone into quitting. I know because that never worked on me. When I was fully mentally ready to commit
to quitting, that was when I was finally able to do it. But, it's still hard. Just keep encouraging him to try to stop.

On a happier note, the fresh strawberries and cherries sound yummy!



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KCLARK89 6/17/2013 6:28PM

    Awesome!!! Keep it up and your food looks and sounds delicious! Nothing beats fresh :)

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EJENKINSB 6/17/2013 4:57PM

    Great job finding new motivation! You'll have to post and let us know how the tart cherry jam turns out. It sounds delicious!

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123ELAINE456 6/17/2013 4:52PM

  Those are Beautifl Strawberries and Cheeries. Enjoy Them. Sounds like You had a Wonderful Weekend. This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Great Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WALKINGCHICK 6/17/2013 3:47PM

    Good to see you are taking care of yourself and having lots of fun in the process! Hope your Dad can kick the habit some time soon. emoticon

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DALID414 6/17/2013 3:39PM

    The boyfriend smokes too emoticon He won't exercise with me cuz he'll slow me down, he claims, but I know it's cuz he feels like he's running out of air. I hate that we can't just make them quit! emoticon

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Need vs Want. Words vs Action. I Will vs Actually Doing.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hi Sparkers! Happy Mid-June already! I am back from my Williamsburg trip which I took last week. We didn't get to see everything because of the 9 inches of rain we got from the Tropical Storm! I still had a good time though - some pictures are below. We went searching for toads/frogs in the rain. =)

Lately I have been having a hard time with my journey. I don't have the urge to Spark as often as I used to. I still love this awesome community - but I have been focusing on other aspects of my life. I spend a lot of quality time with my boyfriend, my parents, and his parents. I have been working on my plant projects a lot lately too.

In my mind, I want to reach my goal weight. I keep telling myself I NEED to do it. Tuesday was my first cardio kickboxing class. It was AWESOME. It was the hardest workout I have ever done. Doing this class makes me now think that 5K races are as simple as walking 20 minutes at any pace I want! The class was basically everything that I want in a workout. I think I worked out every muscle in my body to the max! We jogged for 5 minutes before the class started. It was strange running on the mats with no shoes on, but it felt good! After the class, the instructor said my cardio was great & it will take me a few classes to pick up all of the moves. My arms and shoulders were really sore yesterday, and my legs got more sore as the day went on. Today I soaked in the tub for 10 minutes to try and help out. My muscles are sore in my legs that I don't think I ever felt before! The feeling is GOOD. It makes me Want to work out more. I have 9 more trial classes. If I want to do any more, I will have to pay between 10 and 15 dollars a class depending on which deal I choose. That is expensive. The BEST deal they have would have me paying $527 for 50 classes. $10.50 isn't too bad for a class, but I don't have an extra 500 laying around!

I have been trying to find a dress for my cousin's wedding - which isn't until September. I hate that I feel insulted every time I need to find clothes no matter what type. Size 12 gowns are too big, size 10 are too small or make me look awkward. I love the look of many gowns, but they don't look right when I try them on. Somehow I did find a dress that I do like. It is an XL Juniors dress with spaghetti straps. I really like it, but it makes the flub stick out around my armpits. The XL fit better everywhere except the chest area - it is loose. The L was tight everywhere else except the chest area haha. My Mom said we can get it altered & I can get a a jacket to wear with it.. but I don't know. Maybe I will find something else that won't make me feel so insecure. I hate how putting on clothes can really change my whole outlook about myself so fast. Everything I try on usually puts me in a negative mood instead of a happy one! Trying on clothes really shows me my flaws. Maybe if I keep working out at the kickboxing class, my arms will look better!

Most of my troubles are mental. I eat "bad" food because I choose to do it. No one is making me snack extra during the day. When I wake up the next day, I keep telling myself "I shouldn't eat too much today because I want to lose weight". Then I snack and then snack again later on. I SHOULD spend more time planning out meals, but then I am not home some nights. If I had my own place, I wouldn't be traveling between places as often. What I am Actually Doing is making excuses for why I am going off track with my goals. I want to reach my goals, but I Need to make the time to do this!

I want to do Cardio Kickboxing & Zumba once a week.
I need to stay focused and actually doing this!
I want to sign up for another 5K, but I need to do more training.
I need to start tracking my food again
I will try to stay positive as much as I can
I need to relax when I start to get stressed
I need to not be so hard on myself if I "slip up"
I will do what I say instead of just hoping I will do it.

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week - Keep Sparking! I am going to try and catch up on some SparkFriend blogs. Those always inspire me to keep pushing forward!

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BLINGANDBOWS27 6/18/2013 10:09PM

    I think the summer months tend to slow everyone down. Just stick to your workouts and you'll be able to achieve your goals! Love the pics of you and your hunnie, you both look so very happy! emoticon

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KONRAD695 6/15/2013 7:01PM

    Bummer about the rain. Glad you used the same up-beat attitude with it as you do with everything else. Doesn't it feel good to have a flow in life that make even the bad stuff seem easy.

Good luck on the dress stuff. I agree with everyone and getting the dress fitted.

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LJR4HEALTH 6/14/2013 10:03PM

    Enjoyed your pictures I just want to say sign up for the 5K that will push you to train that's how I do it emoticon

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KIMCOLLINGS 6/14/2013 11:35AM

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like a fun adventure! For the dress,I'd try a 12 and have it taylored. They do a great job and it doesn't cost too much. A custom fit!! :)

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2HAMSDIET 6/13/2013 11:23PM

    You look great in that tank top with your boy friend. For the dress thing you your Mom is right you just need to find someone to alter what you get. Most just need a dart or seam taken in a bit. Also have you looked at a consignment shop as then you don't have to pay full price and the rest of the money can go to get it altered. Remember the problem is clothes are made to fit everyone and most people aren't or never will be the one size fits all. emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 6/13/2013 11:22PM

    I would buy the 12 and get it tailored to fit. I do this often with my clothes.

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DALID414 6/13/2013 9:02PM

    emoticon eww! (Says the girly girl emoticon )

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123ELAINE456 6/13/2013 7:33PM

  Great Blog. Glad that You enjoyed your vaction. Take one step at a time and You can start tracking your food and get back into the routine of things. You Can Do It. Just Push Forward. You are doing good. Great Pictures too. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SNOWYOGA 6/13/2013 4:52PM

    Keep working and thanks for the great blog. Love your pictures and the second with the orange and yellow flowers is my fav. (flowers emoticon ) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 6/13/2013 4:50PM

    Sorry you were Rained Out still nice to get away - do not worry so much about the Community , sometimes we get busy in Real Life that requires attention . Happy to hear about the Kickboxing - you go girl ! I hope that Dress issues does not turn out to be like the Zumba Shoes - Just Kidding !!! You'll find a dress just like you'll reach your goal ! Looking Good Kim - Congrats on the Motivator Award - You Rock - Hugs K emoticon

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LYNSEY723 6/13/2013 3:58PM

    Great photos! I know you have the strength to get through this rough patch! Start out with just getting on Spark more and see if that helps your motivation! Loving the kickboxing class should help too!

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KALISWALKER 6/13/2013 3:46PM

    Do you best to continue with your healthy lifestyle. I hope you find the perfect dresss!

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WILDFLOWER521 6/13/2013 3:42PM

    Great Blog! I seem to be struggling with the same things. I just need to put myself into the mentality that there is no reason that I cannot be doing something for myself at least once a day. Even if that's walking around the block for 10 minutes.

Your kickboxing class sounds like a lot of fun. I might have to look into that. Though, like you, I don't have an extra 500 lying around somewhere. If you find it hiding somewhere, let me know emoticon

Glad you had fun on your trip. Your pictures are really nice.

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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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OVERACTIVEELBOW 6/1/2013 11:02AM

    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.
Maria

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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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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/29/2013 9:37PM

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LJR4HEALTH 5/29/2013 9:10PM

    very doable goals for June

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 5/29/2013 8:39PM

    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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