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Wrapping up June. July is coming so fast!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Friday Sparkers! The end of June is approaching in a few days. I feel like I had a pretty successful month so far. I am tracking my food again, and I am being more strict in my food choices. I still snack, but I watch what I am eating. I ask myself if I am snacking because I am bored or if I actually feel like I need food.

I had kickboxing last night. Now I have two different online deals at two places. Last night was the first intro class at the second place. They actually taught my friend and I the proper moves. It was fun. I never had an exercise class with a friend before, so it was a nice change to going by myself. We are going to attend a full class on Monday - I know it will be tough, but it is definitely worth it! We had to do this circuit part where we did 8 reps of a certain exercise and then moved on to the next one. The pushups was the hardest for me even though they had a bar piece of equipment to hold on to. We did these Truck Driver exercises too that I never did before. We had to hold a 10 pound ball by the straps straight out in front of us and turn it back and forth really fast. It was harder than it looked when the instructor showed us! Then we did another ball exercise where we sat down and had to lay down with the ball behind our head and then bring it up between our legs and hit the ground.

After kickboxing class, I went over to my Aunt's house to help her with a craft project. She has been losing weight also for the past six months or so. It is nice to talk to someone about food without them being critical. We gave each other some ideas on how to be more creative with what we eat. It was a good time!

The past two weeks I have been trying to get in some kind of exercise every day. Even if I don't have a lot of time, I try to complete a SparkVideo or even do as many crunches as I can. I am trying to keep reminding myself that Every Day Counts! Even parking further away from a store and walking a bit more helps! I used to do that all of the time. Then I just randomly stopped doing it as often? Weird. I now try to park away from the store more often now!

I also noticed I started slacking on how much water I have been drinking. One thing I still hate, is that more water = more trips to the bathroom. When I am indoors, it doesn't matter.. but being outside makes it tough for me! I try to drink as much water as I can again. Even though I realize now that I stopped drinking as much water, at least I didn't replace water with soda or anything else. I just wasn't drinking as much! I still like diet iced tea sometimes, but I try not to have the sweetened iced tea. I would rather eat my calories instead of drinking them (except for the occasional alcoholic drink).

This weekend I have so much going on! Tonight I am playing games. Tomorrow morning 8-12 the neighborhood is having a yard sale, so I am helping my parents out. There are a few things I can try to sell also. Then I have a bridal shower 1-5! I will be all tired and sweaty and it won't be from exercising! Maybe I can fit in some exercise Sunday morning before I go to the horse races with my boyfriend and two friends of mine. If I can't find in a full hour of walking or something, at least I will try and do some squats or crunches or something! Once Monday comes, I will feel like I need another day OFF!

July is coming up so fast. I want to create another set of goals for next month. My 2 year Sparkversary is Aug 17th. HOPEFULLY I hit my goal weight by then. I have been saying I want to hit my goal weight for months now! I need to keep tracking, keep exercising, and continue to stay positive! It will be tough because I will be on vacation for a week in July, but hopefully I stay somewhat strict with my eating!

On another note, I am having a Potluck get together in July, and I am trying to figure out what I want to make. I may make chocolate covered frozen bananas? They sound pretty tasty & easy to make! Usually I have some kind of theme to go with my parties. So far the only theme anyone is agreeing on for the type of food to bring is Anything or Sandwiches/Salad. I could probably make some kind of caprese salad and maybe mini quesidillas or grilled sandwiches or filled croissant sandwiches? What I make also depends on how many people are coming! I do like trying new recipes though, so I will have to try something new! Anyone have any suggestions on a sandwich or salad to make for the Potluck? Or just any fun recipe to make for a group of people?

Hopefully everyone has a great weekend! Keep Sparking and don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back for everything you do!

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ROXYZMOM 6/28/2013 11:19PM

    Great job on planning and analyzing your decisions. I love how honest you are with yourself!

On ideas for your potluck - whoopie pies came to mind!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/28/2013 9:58PM

    You do have a busy weekend.

The Potluck party sounds like fun. Maybe you could do a luau themed party or a fiesta type party. Just a few suggestions.
I will be anxious to hear what you do for your party.

Enjoy your weekend and have a great week!

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2HAMSDIET 6/28/2013 7:02PM

    It sounds like you are liking the kickboxing It is one of my all time favorite things. My husband use to tell people to watch out she may be short but she practices punching and kicking.
I love chocolate covered bananas. Have you thought of doing a food on a stick/pick party? I had a list once as we helped my son come up with different themes. I remember he had a dip off to. He would go to the dollar store and get silly little prizes. I am sure you will come up with some thing fun. Have a great weekend.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 6/28/2013 4:25PM

    Sounds like your staying pretty busy. I have faith in you that you can hit your goal, your not that far away. Wishing you lots of luck on your continued journey.

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EXPLORER2988 6/28/2013 3:09PM

  Sounds like you have a full schedule. You're right it's nice to have someone else to talk to that has a common goal. As my mom used to say, "Misery loves company"....lol. I'm sure you'll get a few new idea's....good luck with your party. Have a great weekend.

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POMATOJUICE 6/28/2013 1:43PM

    I agree- It's so nice to be able to talk to someone else in person about food stuff! I feel like I can't really talk about it to my friends that are overweight and choose not to diet/exercise, because I'm really paranoid about coming off as b*tchy or judgemental. I'm not critical of my friends like that, but I'm terribly afraid that they might see it that way...and I certainly don't want to bring up any topics that might be unwelcome!

When I get to hang out with people that are also focused on losing, though, I feel like I can talk about that sort of thing freely (Calories, numbers, food, etc) and not worry that I might be hurting someone's feelings!

Kickboxing sounds like fun. Whenever I see videos of people doing it, they look fierce!

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123ELAINE456 6/28/2013 12:56PM

  Awesome Blog. You are doing Great on everything it sounds like. God Luck with the New Goals when You make them. Keep Up what You are doing. You Can Do It. This is the WTG!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DALID414 6/28/2013 12:12PM

    That kickboxing class intro sounds like a boot camp class they used to teach at my gym. Good luck with your July goals.

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SIRENSONGS 6/28/2013 11:55AM

    I'm happy to hear that it sounds like you're doing really well this month! I love the upbeat feel of this blog post. That kickboxing class sounds like a fun challenge. I'd love to try one some time. Keep us posted about how that goes.

I totally agree about not drinking my calories. Eating them is always so much more satisfying. I always drink a lot of water, so I'm constantly visiting the washroom, lol!

It sounds like you have a busy and fun filled weekend planned. I hope you enjoy every minute of it!

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My Motivation - Weight of common items - pictures attached

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Since I started using Spark almost 2 years ago, I have lost a dishwasher!!! What I mean is, I lost 91 pounds so far which is the weight of some dishwashers! See below for some pictures of objects & their weights! I actually lost 94 pounds, but then I gained a few back! Without the help of this website, who knows what I would be doing right now.

Random people tell me I am skinny now although I don't know if I believe them. I was shopping for clothes the other day, and a random woman started chatting with me. She asked me "Why do they have these stripes on so many clothes? They only look good on skinny women like you". It is still strange to hear someone say that to me about me! I struggle with how I look with my clothes off and sometimes with them on. I have bulges I wish I could magically make go away! Although I have lost 91 pounds so far, I still feel Big. What I try to keep telling myself, is that what -I- think of myself is most important. I need to continue to support myself & be proud of what I have accomplished so far. When I can, I give myself compliments. Caring about my myself, my actions, and my outlook is important to my journey.

When I lose weight now, I only lose .2 to .4 of a pound. 1/8 and 1/4 of a pound isn't very much compared to losing 2 to 5 pounds at a time. I wanted to do some more research about items that weigh less than a pound to help motivate me. If knowing I lost the same weight as a baby giraffe can motivate me to keep moving forward, then maybe knowing I lost the same weight as a normal serving size of chicken. A baby giraffe? Yes! On an old blog of mine, I posted some pictures of Things and put how much they weighed. One was a baby giraffe that weighed 80 pounds. I still joke around saying "I lost a baby giraffe". What actually motivates me is the fact that I DID LOSE THAT MUCH WEIGHT! Even though my mind is still not happy with how my body is.. I truly did lose 91 pounds. I am healthier and feel better than I did when I was in college.

All of these pictures are just to hopefully inspire Spark members to realize that any loss is amazing. For many of us, it is so hard to say NO to certain food and just as difficult to say YES to exercise. Even maintaining is great. and you know what? Even gaining weight is OK too. We all gain back some weight for different reasons. I gained back 6 pounds in 3 weeks!! But I looked back at how far I came, and I knew I could lose the weight again. As long as we keep pushing ourselves, we should feel proud! If you fall of the wagon, figure out how to get back up! It may be a completely different path than the one you took before, but the journey is important and unique to each one of us!

Even if we ate within calorie range for 7 days, exercised for 5 days, and drank 10 cups of water a day - there is no guarantee that we will lose weight that week. When I don't lose weight, I just remind myself that all of my healthy choices are important to my body no matter what the scale says! Maybe knowing some weeks I lose the same weight as a quarter pounder patty will help me feel satisfied with myself! Be proud of what you have accomplished so far. Losing 1 pound or 100 pounds is a great way to be a healthier you! =)

(I am not trying to advertise anything, I just used random pictures I found online! I tried to get accurate weights, but I may be a bit off. You can't trust the internet haha)
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TIME-4-TINA 7/2/2013 9:46AM

    Enjoyed your blog! Very interesting. I read these blogs to get inspired and hopefully learn something. So thanks for the education. I lost a microwave. My favorite photo is the 5 lbs. of fat to muscle comparison. I used to keep a picture like that on my fridge. The photo speaks volumes, doesn't it? It pretty much says it all. The reason we exercise. Also the reason why I shouldn't get so hung up on the number on the scale and put more stock in how I look and what size clothes I am wearing now.

Lastly, friends and family are starting to tell me I look skinny. When I think of skinny, I think of my size 1 teenage daughter, not me. I am thinner than I used to be, but certainly not skinny. (I'm a size 10!) I don't take that comment very seriously, especially since it is my loved ones saying it. However, if a total stranger comments on how thin you are, she speaks the truth. She has no reason to flatter you. So you should revel in that compliment! Enjoy!

(I am adding you as a spark friend. looking forward to your next blog)

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LEWILL1982 7/2/2013 9:16AM

    Thank you, what a great reminder and something I needed to hear. I've lost a dishwasher as well. I still get stuck in the "former fat girl" mentality. Have to redirect our thoughts when we start to criticize ourselves or still feel stuck in our "old selves".

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FIT4ME41 6/30/2013 8:59AM

    Love this!!!!

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SABLENESS 6/28/2013 4:14AM

    Love the visual images, especially the quarter pounder! Great for perspective! Thanks!

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LIVINGFREE19 6/27/2013 10:32PM

    This is a real interesting blog! You have done so well with your weight loss! emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 6/27/2013 7:17PM

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EXPLORER2988 6/27/2013 12:12PM

  Enjoyed the blog.....look forward to reading your posts, thanks.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 6/27/2013 11:41AM

    great blog Kimp!
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RUNNING-TURTLE 6/27/2013 10:03AM

    Love the blog. So I have lost the size of a 2.0 cu ft microwave. Awesome. Also love the reminder about how much muscle and fat weigh compared to how big they are. I needed that. Looks like I need to get more muscle in. Way to go on your accomplishments thus far, and enjoy all the skinny compliments from people you don't know, it's a wonderful thing. Have a good weekend.

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GINGERHAWK 6/27/2013 9:30AM

    What a great blog. It's simply amazing how far you've come. Not many people can say that they had the strength and determination to lose a dishwasher - you can hold your head up high and be proud! You rock!

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/27/2013 2:36AM

    You can buy a 5 lb chocolate bar?? That's insane!
Also, I've lost a 32" TV : )

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123ELAINE456 6/27/2013 1:07AM

  Awesome Blog. You are doing Great. The pictures tells all. You Inspire and Motivate many of Us. Keep It Up. This is the WTG!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KAPELAKIN 6/26/2013 10:00PM

    Great photos, thanks! I hadn't thought of it before, but seeing that boxer, I've lost more than the weight of my dog! emoticon emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/26/2013 9:25PM

    Really like the blog, Kimpy.
Th pics are a great way to visualize weight.
Thanks.

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PEPPYPATTI 6/26/2013 9:03PM

    You have done such a fantastic job & you are such an inspiration to all!
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RACEWELLWON 6/26/2013 5:21PM

    Wow - I never knew my vacuum was that heavy no wonder why I work up a sweat !! emoticon Nice blog Kim , I know what you mean about bulges - when I cross the line of a 5k its my size 40 C boobs that cross first !! But seriously I know these bulges will shrink and form into shape .It just takes time . Nice comparison of weights. You right everyone is different and everybody's journey is their own - I still think you look Awesome and you deserve that compliment from that woman , I think sometimes its hard for us to see the accomplishment you know what I mean !! Hugs K emoticon

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SIRENSONGS 6/26/2013 4:10PM

    Awesome blog! Looking at weight loss in this light really puts things into perspective, doesn't it? I have the same body image issues as you. Whenever somebody calls me skinny I can't help but fight the urge to look around and see if they're talking to somebody else. I still see myself as a larger person. But holy cow! You've lost a dishwasher, and I've almost lost an anvil. That's got to count for something! We should be super proud of our accomplishments!

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IWILLRUN83 6/26/2013 3:49PM

    I gained a deer this month I hope the weight starts comming off instead of going on.

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HZGLORY 6/26/2013 3:45PM

    Kimpy, You look really great to me! I have had to work on that part of myself alot over the years. I look in the mirror and I see something completely different than you see. I was your size in my twenty's but I only saw a very fat person. I really needed a reality check. I can't tell you how many times now I think back how much I wish I was as fat as I was then and I could say to myself then, hey girl you are great you look great you are healthy you are fine. Now I am Fat and I see myself as thinner than I am and I have to have a reality check about that. So I work on seeing the truth! The truth will set you free. Not to indulge in unhealthy food or practises, but free to live to the fullest! That is my goal, to be healthy, and free to live the way I want to live. Do things I can't do at this size. But I can do sooooo much more than I could 67 lbs ago so I see that as my truth. Thank you for all the pictures, I have lost a compact Fridge! Whoo HOO

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MARUKI52 6/26/2013 2:31PM

    I've stalled at 2 cats or a vacuum cleaner (16 lbs.). Thanks for the blog it puts the weight lost into perspective and I think is helpful at least tome.

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LYNSEY723 6/26/2013 1:53PM

    Wow - that's crazy!! Thanks for this blog!

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DALID414 6/26/2013 1:43PM

    I lost a mixer!

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KONRAD695 6/26/2013 1:14PM

    OK- I'll take a TV, some sausage, lots of apples, vacuum, and ..... I know, it's a little odd to look back and see how many objects we've been toting around.

Changing subjects a little-

I love eggs. Really love eggs. Not supposed to eat the entire carton, ONLY TWO. That's where my weight loss is, same as you. Two eggs= 5 ounces.
Let's push it a little. 3 eggs per week, that's one dozen per month, or 144 eggs per year.

Now that's getting it done.

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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.
Thanks for sharing it.




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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.

emoticon You're doing great!!

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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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RUNNING-TURTLE 6/13/2013 3:31PM

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