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Friday, November 02, 2012

Hey everyone! Is has been nearly two years since the last time I visited this website and I regret that very, very much! It is clear to me now that if I am not actively keeping track of what is going into my mouth and what sort of exercises I am doing that I will not hold myself accountable.

Since my last entry (at a low, low weight of 173 lbs), I have gained back the 12 lbs I lost plus an additional 15 lbs. That's right, folks - this miss is weighing in at a whopping 200 lbs these days, and I'm not very happy about it!

I'm going to use this weekend to get my life back in order. I need to:

- clean bedroom
- organize the kitchen
- stock the fridge and freezer
- make sure I have room to workout

Come Monday, I anticipate being ready to get back into the swing of things.

I had picked up Insanity by Beach Body but found that all of those routines were much too intensive for this broken body of mine. I'm looking forward to doing the quick and easy ten-minute videos here on SparkPeople.

Who's actually still around? How many of those Spark Buddies are still kicking it these days?

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CHANGE4THEBEST 11/6/2012 3:36AM

    Hey Kirsten
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TDEMAIO2 11/2/2012 1:29PM

    Good to have you back : ) Beachbody has so many workouts for all levels : ) I love the workouts they have here on SP : ) Keep up the good work!

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Back on track and...

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Having stepped on the scale this morning, I feel much better about myself now that my weight has officially returned to what it was last week – and then some! This morning the scale read 173 lbs, .5 lbs less than my weigh-in last week. I am overjoyed at this development and am looking forward to spending forty-five minutes on the stationary bike tonight to help turn that .5 into a full 1 lb loss.

In other news:

Early in 2010, I noticed that my hair was changing. While it used to be thick and vibrant, it had suddenly lost its luster and was beginning to feel limp and thin. I have been fixated on the condition of my hair ever since and have tried many shampoos and vitamin supplements to help support thickness and new growth. Ultimately, I have been unsuccessful.

Last night, though, as I was fooling around on Facebook, I came across the following company and their product:


On Facebook, the company profile is populated by many different consumers who have lots of questions about the product. There were also customers testifying to the effectivity of the product – some saw results in as little as a few weeks while others (one woman in particular) were frustrated that, at three months, they had not yet seen new hair growth. It has a 92% satisfactory rating which, to me, is fairly amazing.

The more I read about this product, the more I feel like ordering it. If you have the time, please click the link and read through the information provided and let me know what you think.

Now that that is out of the way, I must hold myself accountable for something:

The Week 2 Inter-Team Challenge (ITC) for The Biggest Loser Challenge was to do a single set of an exercise each and every time you go to the washroom. I was beginning to see some real definition in my arms after a week of continuous wall push-ups and so I want to endeavour to continue doing this. Now that I have made this public news, hopefully I will keep it up as well as I did the first time around.

Thank you so much for reading and, as always, please have a wonderful day and good luck with your weight-loss journey!

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KRICKET57 4/6/2011 10:39AM

    Congrats on the weight loss. Good for you, keep up the good work.

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Whoops! Backtracking!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Due to an overindulgent weekend, I have set a new goal for myself: drop 3.5 lbs by Thursday, April 7th.

Though it is likely only water weight, I weighed in this morning at 176 lbs. I am not surprised by this as my weekend (including Friday) was spent eating anything and everything that I craved. When I saw the number on the scale this morning, I was disappointed. Now, instead of working my way down to 170 lbs, I have to work on simply returning to my previous weight – which is not fun at all. Still, I remain as optimistic as possible in my understanding that this is not a permanent setback.

Now that I am officially in Week 4 of the Biggest Loser Challenge, I am going to be doing 45 minutes on the stationary bike rather than 30 minutes and 6 sets of 15 upper body reps rather than 4 sets. I do not want to push myself too hard as it tends to be counterproductive in my case but I do know that the extra 15 minutes should help expedite the weight loss process.

Financially, I am in a bind. I spent far too much money over the weekend on all of my unhealthful meals and I am left with only $35.00 to last until next payday (April 15th). While this sounds painfully restricting, it will prevent me from going out and eating foods that I should not. After work I will make a quick trip to the grocery store and pick up lots of fresh vegetables, more eggs, and another pack of chicken bacon. This should cost me less than $20.00. I am flirting with the idea of picking up some fish filets as well, though that will eat up much of the remaining $15.00. We shall see what happens.

I almost forgot! I came in third place for March’s Squash tournament here in the office and my award was a $25.00 gift certificate to Sporting Life. As I have been talking about getting running shoes for a long while, I went and purchased a pair of black Asics on the weekend and thin, moisture-wicking socks to wear in them. This is the first pair of actual running shoes I have owned since the third grade and the difference between these and the cross-trainers and tennis shoes I have worn since then is absolutely astounding.

These are the shoes I chose:


Now that we are in the month of April, another Squash tournament has begun and I am looking forward to the extra exercise that the game provides. It is so intense and wildly fun! If you have a friend who is interested, I recommend buying a racket and joining heading down to the local gym to play a few rounds.

I am now off to catch up on the forums. Thanks for reading and I wish you all the best on your ongoing journey to a thinner, healthier you!

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OUTSENE 4/15/2011 2:05PM

  Ah, the overindulgent weekend...happens to me every week!!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 4/4/2011 4:26PM

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Can I get a, "Woohoo!?"

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Here in the office, I have a desk-calendar I use to track just about everything in my life: appointments; birthdays; holidays; vacation. Everyone always comments on the condition of my calendar as it is full of bright coloured markings and inspirational slogans to help keep myself motivated in many different aspects of my life. Upon starting the Biggest Loser Challenge on March 11th, I began highlighting every Thursday (weigh-in day) and drew a little box for me to write in my weight at each week. This morning Russell was very, very happy when he came to speak with me because he had seen the number decreasing and wanted to tell me how proud he was of me.

The information on my calendar is as follows:

03/10/2011 – 183 lbs
03/17/2011 – 178 lbs
03/27/2011 – 176 lbs
03/31/2011 – 173.5 lbs

The first thing I did when I got to work this morning was weigh myself on the scale in the washroom. I could scarcely believe that I, Kirsten Krowiak, after steadily gaining weight since graduation from highschool, am down 11.5 lbs from my beginning weight (185 in January). What is truly amazing is that 83% of my weight loss has taken place during the past three weeks. Wow!

This slow-carb diet is truly amazing – I am losing weight quickly without spending hours per week exercising. I am not missing out on foods like so many people think I am. While the diet suggests avoiding processed carbohydrates, I have been eating a piece of bread or cheese here and there and, on most weekends, I have been drinking soda (my ultimate weakness). During Week 1, I ate at McDonald’s. This past weekend, I had Taco Bell. To say that this diet is strict is laughable – I am losing (on average) 3.16 lbs per week while still being able to treat myself to my favourite unhealthy food. The difference? I eat a lot better most of the time and I eat a lot less of the bad stuff. Moderation, after all, is key!

For those of you who have been wondering if Timothy Ferriss is right for you, please, please, please take my advice and go pick up his book, “The 4-Hour Body.” It is amazing and, if in your heart and soul you are truly ready to lose weight, it will help motivate you like nothing has ever done before.

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AMBERDUNN 4/3/2011 10:52AM

    Woohoo! congrats on the weight loss!

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ESBELL 4/2/2011 12:31AM

    emoticon Great job Kirsten! emoticon

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51NFIT 3/31/2011 7:08PM

    WooHoo emoticon emoticon.

You are doing fantastic! I might have to get Tim's book again and take a second look.

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CHANGE4THEBEST 3/31/2011 6:10PM

    Hey KK

Fantastic news! Cutting out on processed food and reducing your intake of carbohydrates makes a difference. Stick with it, your doing really well and closing in on your first stone emoticon
A sensible eating plan with a few treats it the best way forward.

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TRICIALICI 3/31/2011 2:05PM

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You deserve a hearty round of "Woo Hoo"s!!! Congratulations and keep it up! You'll be sporting a fit new body for summer!

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GZELLEFRO 3/31/2011 1:06PM

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Alright Kirsten!!! You go, girl!!

I know what you mean about moderation! I love my sweets, so I make sure I can have a little something, like a Hershey's Kiss or a small piece of cake or whatever to satisfy my sweet tooth.

I just cut back on my portions, no more sweet tea or soda, and am exercising more, and I'm losing weight too. Also approaching it from the standpoint that this change is for good, forever, has made it easier because I'm not thinking "another 6 months and I'll be where I want and then I'm done". It's given me a different perspective, and I don't feel so stressed about it!

So what are you going to do to reward yourself? i've been thinking I might get myself something from one of my horse catalogs.


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NURSEPATTY2 3/31/2011 11:57AM

  Here it is!!! emoticon emoticonI have heard that about low-carb diets or lifestyles before. I believe that one of the reasons I like Spark is because it has made me very aware of what I eat and my choices, and that seems to make a big difference to me. So, you still can make whatever choices you want, and adjust the other things you do about it instead of just forgetting about it. Thanks for your blog!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

There is approximately twenty-four minutes until work is finished and I cannot believe how utterly wonderful the day has been. Entirely without stress, everything has happened smoothly and effortlessly with little cause for concern at any point. I wish there were more days like these!

When I woke up, the sky was gray and I could tell that it had only recently stopped raining – everything was damp and mucky and not at all pleasant. Still, I was in a good mood as I walked down the street. Having slept in late, I decided to pick up something to eat at the gas station while I waited for the bus to arrive at the stop. Breakfast was a bottle of Minute Maid apple juice and a Nature Valley “Sweet & Salty” granola bar with peanut butter – yum! It fails to adhere to the slow-carb diet suggested by Tim Ferriss, but it filled me up and helped curb my hunger throughout the day.

The Biggest Loser challenge has us drinking at least eight to ten glasses of water each day. Because of this, we are all running to the washroom even more than usual. Before we leave the washroom each time we are responsible for doing one set of the low-intensity workout of our choice. A few of the others and I chose to do wall push-ups and calf rises to strengthen our arms and our ankles. Since I started doing this today I have done four sets each! Wow! I never would have thought to integrate exercise in my life this way, but it is so easy and fast that you hardly even realize you are exerting yourself. Tim Ferriss actuall suggests going to the washroom before a meal and doing a minute of one of the following: wall push-ups, squats, or… I do not have the book in front of me so I cannot remember all of them. Either way, it is nice to see that we are right on track with the professionals!

Eighteen minutes until work is finished now and I am looking forward to the walk home. The sky has cleared up considerably (Houston, we have sunshine) and it looks as though there’s a nice breeze rolling through the streets. I have to remember to get groceries tonight as I no longer have anything in the house that will allow me to keep on track with this slow-carb meal plan.

I promised a few people that I would detail my weekend because the unexpected happened quite suddenly on Saturday. Here we go:

Kostian, Aaron and I planned on going shopping, grabbing lunch, and seeing a movie. I was driving Kostian’s car (I got my learner’s permit three weeks ago) and I parked right next to the door of the restaurant. We went inside, sat, and ordered our food. Fifteen minutes later, a waitress approaches us and asks whether or not we are driving a four-door Honda Accord. We are. She proceeds to tell us that there was a four car accident in the parking lot and that she thinks our car was involved. Naturally, the three of us jump up and run outside and, sure enough, Kostian’s car has been hit. Describing this through text may be difficult, but I will do my best…

If I were drawing this for you, first, in the lower right hand corner, I would draw the restaurant. In front of it is a series of parking spots, two of them occupied with vehicles. Leave room for the aisle between parking spaces. Then, drawing in the next row, there would be a parking island to the right. The parking spot beside that (directly to the left) is where Kostian’s car was parked. The car that hit everyone was coming from the left, down the aisle. Let it be known that the driver suffers from diabetes and he was having some sort of fit because his blood-sugar was too low. Anyways, coming in from the left, he hits the bumper of the first car. His car levels out and drags forward along the entire bumper. He then turns slightly and hits the next car in the same fashion. Now, after this happens, he somehow manages to shoot forward around the parking island and do a 360 spin. He jumps the curb and somehow the back of his car winds up smashed into the front passenger side, just above the wheel.

… lol, wut?

No one was hurt, but still, it was pretty wild!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 3/26/2011 4:39AM

    Glad to hear all no one was harmed emoticon

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BRATTY_ME27 3/22/2011 8:28PM

    Glad everyone is okay! I hope that you enjoy learning to drive!

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KKROWIAK 3/22/2011 7:19AM

    Yeah, I reread my description of what happened and it doesn't make all that much sense to me, either - and I was there!

That's the thing, though! It looked like someone had literally picked up the car and placed it up on the curb. There was no easy explanation for how the HELL the car managed to ricochet off of not one, not two, but THREE CARS!

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KBELLE1224 3/22/2011 12:29AM

Didnt really get the picture but glad everyone was okay.

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