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Where HAVE you been????

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

What can I say? I am sick.....again. This is the third time this winter that I've been sick with chest congestion. It sets me back everytime.



I've lost about 4 lbs. but that's because nothing tastes good and I could care less! So maybe that's a good thing.....hee hee!

But forget about exercise. Except for my poor stomach muscles that hurt everytime I cough. I don't have much breath or energy for much. I haven't even had energy enough to get on the computer much.....now that is bad.....

Anyway....enough about me. I've been focusing on Beck's principles and I have a little story to tell.



Saturday night I felt awful. The weekend started with a pretty serious IBS attack so I didn't want to leave the house. So DH brought home a pizza for supper. I didn't really want to eat it because I know I have little control.....so I thought......I CAN DO THIS.

Slowly and Mindfully.......I really took my time eating. I ate one piece so slowly that after that I was full. I put the rest of mine in the fridge to have at another time. I don't mind cold pizza.



I was so proud of myself. Some of you may think that isn't a big deal, but for a fast eater......that was HUGE.

So I'm taking advantage of my illness to practice the eating principles I need to win the race.

Sorry so short.....I will try again tomorrow. I have some issues to discuss with you and I need some advice too. But I'm tuckered out and need a nap. Take care and talk to ya soon!!




Hugs,


Keri

  
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ID_VANDAL 3/5/2010 10:05AM

    Hi Keri! Sorry you are feeling poorly! It has really been a touch winter for you but, as someone earlier said, SPRING IS COMING!! and you will be healthy when it gets here.

To the pizza - I think that was a super job you did. Many of us I'm sure can easily eat 2 -3 or 5 pieces without evening have a second thought so for you to do one and eat is slowly and let know when you're full is wonderful!!

Major credit to you for doing that - and the beauty is - now that you're done it you know you can DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN!

Focus on getting healthy okay!!

Vandal

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MANDY0011 3/4/2010 11:26PM

    Hey Keri! I hope your feeling better soon. I will be home all of next week on spring break so we need to plan some aunt and niece time :) I'm the same way with the pizza...the cheese is just so delicious! Good work using that will power :)

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NANCY- 3/4/2010 1:59PM

    you know considering that you have been ill, I think that you are doing great with keeping Beck's in mind and practice. I know what an achievement eating mindfully is. Keep practicing it. Soon it will be easier.

Hope you feel lots better soon.
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POSITIVELY_EB 3/4/2010 12:14PM

    Good for you, Keri! Hope you feel better soon!

Hugs! Beverly

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P316LEIA 3/4/2010 10:40AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Feel better soon Keri!!

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KELLYC_14FAN 3/4/2010 9:32AM

    Aww. I am sorry. I hope you feel better soon!!!!

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VICUNJA 3/4/2010 1:54AM

    Boo to being poorly again! I hope you feel better really soon. emoticon

I haven't been able to face pizza the last year. It's my achilles heel, it really is, so I'm really, really impressed with how you faced your pizza. emoticon
I'm a super fast eater as well, and since I started eating consciously, I have found myself joining the family dinner later than the rest and leaving sooner, because I find it so hard to sit there and watch the others eat. I really should learn to eat slower. But seriously, I'd have to eat so slowly the food would go cold if I were to sit with them through the whole meal; my husbands eats A LOT and my 2 year old & 3 year old take their merry time with their food emoticon

Hugs,
Joanie

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SASSYMOMMIE 3/4/2010 1:02AM

    emoticon emoticon on having control over your food and not your food having control over yea!! Keep it up!!

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MSLZZY 3/3/2010 9:35PM

    Sleep well and get back to healthy! emoticon emoticon

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GINILEE4 3/3/2010 8:23PM

    Get well soon and WTG on the Pizza Whoo Hoo!!!

Gini

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DEEGIRL50 3/3/2010 8:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Speedy Recovery!!

Slow eating and stopping when you were full... Bravo!!
Can't wait to have you back fulltime.
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MOMOFBOYS 3/3/2010 8:10PM

    Great job on the pizza! I'm not sure I could have done it! Feel better soon!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/3/2010 7:25PM

    Hope you feel better soon.

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♫♫ Feeeelings ........ nothing more than Feeeeelings♫♫

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I want to go on record right now.........I HATE THAT SONG! It was one of those songs that burned bright when it first came out and then was played so much people just got sick of it.........Maybe I should have used the title "More than a Feeling?" That just aged me too....oops.



Anyway that is not what this blog is about. It's about a disease that many of us claim to have. Why do I say claim? Because I believe the medical board doesn't necessarily recognize it as a problem.....we could tell them different.

Ok, Keri, what the heck are you talking about? Emotional eating......yep....I see you nodding in agreement now!



What does that have to do with feelings? Everything. We recognize the situation and we how it has an impact on us. Most times we even know what set us off in the first place. But......do we know how to identify it and rein it in before it bites us in the scale?



Here's why I'm ranting.....I got my feelings hurt at work yesterday. A guy made disparaging remarks about me and I don't know if he didn't think I could hear him or what but ......it hurt. Now in my job there are a lot of times when you just have to "Suck it up, buttercup!" And mostly I do okay doing just that. Other times.....not so much. That's when the emotional eating usually kicks in for me. And boy does it.......you don't want to know....but you can imagine.

I thought about it a lot yesterday and I wasn't totally over it this morning. Then I had to stop at a store to get a birthday present for my assistant. I had to walk by rows of candy, chips, nuts, etc.......you know the rows I'm talking about. Now ,the old Keri, would have loaded up and brought a bunch of junk to work and then made short work of it.

But I didn't......I wanted to.......but I fought it off. If I would have done it....the guy would have won. No one should have the right to affect how we feel about ourselves but us. They don't have the power. Now that doesn't mean I have "cured" my disease. I still feel a little like this dog.....



Any moment....my world could change. But today I battled the disease and won. I invented a tool for myself to combat those feelings. Now if I keep doing that....I'll beat the disease.....I will find and get the cure. It's getting easier everyday.....at least that's what I'm telling myself!

Hugs,

Keri

  
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KAHALAPO 3/7/2010 8:34PM

    Great Job! You know what's up...therefore you deal with those inner demons so he or she can not hurt your feelings..Think about this..Any time a person says something negative about other people they are insecure them selves

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MIRANDADENISE 2/23/2010 6:51PM

    Keri,

Way to Go Girl! One step at a time and you get there!

Here a couple of quotes I like to think about when people are mean:

The first one is mine, and I use it all the time with my ex. LOL

This person must really have VERY low self-esteem to have to belittle someone else just to feel better about themselves. : )

This one is Eleanor Roosevelt's:

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.

Keep on Sparking,

MiRanda

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JFROGDIVA 2/19/2010 10:36PM

    Good for you!!!! You can beat this!!!!
Hugzz!!!!

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FIERYFEE 2/19/2010 10:15PM

    Good 4 you. Let his disparaging words be the wind beneath your wings. Keep flying high :-)

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MEGSFITNESS 2/19/2010 5:00PM

    I loved this blog entry :) Way to stay positive and not let that big dumb meanie head get the best of you. Yesterday, I was pretty bummed and also hungry and almost bought reese's pieces at Target. BUT! I was there getting a new set of measuring cups and a kitchen scale so I conveniently "forgot" to have the woman ring them up. I didn't pay for them, so I couldn't eat them. I left them with the cashier and got my butt outta there! I had a blanced dinner and felt better about my choices.

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MSLZZY 2/19/2010 4:48PM

    Keep resisting! It is your own opinion that should matter the most! Some people can be very small minded and don't care who gets hurt by the words, whether intended or not!
Stay true to yourself and focus! You are in control and have the tools to make healthy choices so go for it!

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WYTHOUT 2/19/2010 2:33PM

    Way to go girl! Am proud of you, and know exactly how the comments make you feel. Worked with a guy I referred to as paperclip to my hubby, who had NO regards or respect for anyone. I have long since left that job, but remember well the emotional eating. Have recently rejoined spark and am committed this time to do my best, or better!
Keep the resistance girl! YOU CAN do it!

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/19/2010 12:56PM

    I'm with Dee!!! Good for you on walking by all that food porn! LOL! You can do this! So can I!

Hugs! Beverly

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ID_VANDAL 2/19/2010 11:30AM

    Hi Keri - CONGRATULATIONS on a HUGE WIN! Keep up the good work. It just makes me angry that someone would say something bad about you when you and I know it's NOT TRUE!

Unfortunately jerks who make disparaging comments will always be with us. However you have the right context - YOU ARE IN CHARGE and he can just go stick his head in a bucket of water 5 times and pull it out 4!! That's how I feel.

Okay okay - back to reality. Seriously a very good job on controlling that emotional eating! That's a big rock on the positive side and your mind knows you can do that so next time something bad happens you pull this memory out and remember how you WON!

I also love the way you weave your stories with the pictures. You really are great with your blog!

Take care and have a WONDERFUL week-end!

Vandal

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AMBERROGUE 2/19/2010 11:04AM

    That's it, girl!! Thumb your nose at that guy cuz he doesn't deserve your time! emoticon emoticon

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ELLENIRENE 2/19/2010 10:47AM

    Your blogs are so unique!!
I know exactly what you mean about co-workers saying mean and disparaging remarks. I had one Wednesday and couldn't sleep that night running that remark over and over in my mind. Sometimes you just can't suck it up--you've had too much.

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P316LEIA 2/19/2010 9:45AM

    emoticon that's right, giving in would have let him win and your better that that!! "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me"

Keep up the great work!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 2/19/2010 12:06AM

    Great job fighting it off! No sense it letting hurt feelings translate into cornuts!

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MOMFAN 2/18/2010 10:37PM

    You have the best pictures to decorate you blogs! You are right no one can make us feel inferior.

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DEEGIRL50 2/18/2010 7:41PM

    Grown-ups should know better than to tell lies!! I know he was telling lies because no one can say anything bad about YOU!!!

I'm glad you didn't punish yourself for his bad deeds!! I love the picture that represents "letting it bite you in the scale!"
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TAMMYYARBROUGH 2/18/2010 6:28PM

    Awesome! Great job! emoticon

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You're the inspiration!

Monday, February 15, 2010



I've been reading your blogs today.......bet you didn't know I've been lurking!!! I am seeing a familiar theme in them and it can only mean.....you are reading the Spark!!! You guys have inspired me so much today......I have to share. Yes.....I'm probably talking about you!

So many of you have made the committment to state your goals for the month or week in their blog. What a great way to hold yourself accountable. I am going to commit to that now too. And next week should we revisit the topic again and see how we did? I don't know why we wouldn't!

I know one of you is doing that every Sunday-Bev(Noexcusesin2010). I love reading that and seeing how you are doing. The thing about sneaking chocolate made me laugh and feel for you. I can relate to it so much! It's interesting to evaluate why we do the things we do. Your determination inspires me to do better!

I have found that it is so easy to talk the talk......but can we walk the walk?



(ID_Vandal) also said something profound today about athletes who do all the trash talking and their performance sucks. I don't want to be one of those.....and I'm not giving up. And don't you either. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

I have you...... and you..... and you..... and I will get through this and do this.



(Travelgrrl) said it best.......It Ain't Over Until You Win.......

So here it is....my goals for the week because I need to push myself a little more (quoted from KellyC_14fan):

1. Track all food everyday.
2. Get some exercise in everyday.
3. Spend an hour a day reading the spark.
4. Do my daily devotions before bed. (I'm doing one called Miracles by Karen Kingsbury-it is incredible.)
5. I will log one less hour a day on the computer.....this one will hurt the most!



Have a great week.

And thanks for the inspiration.....I'll be lurking!


Hugs,

Keri

  
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MIRANDADENISE 2/25/2010 2:37AM

    Keri,

Wow,what insight! Thanks for sharing it!

Struggling with keeping all my goals and steps in place. I tend to forget until the end of the day when I finally lay down to sleep. Though subconsciously I know at least stating them is helping, there are a lot of past goals that are know habits! Yeah!

Thanks again,

MiRanda

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AMBERROGUE 2/18/2010 2:55PM

    emoticon You're the best!! emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/16/2010 2:08PM

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P316LEIA 2/16/2010 1:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon together we'll make it!

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ID_VANDAL 2/16/2010 10:24AM

    Hi Keri, Good job AGAIN on making a great point. I agree let's all commit to something this week and then make it happen for US! Then we can revisit it next week and celebrate our SUCCESS and then refocus on the next week!

You're doing a wonderful job of keeping the Spark alive! Thanks.

Vandal

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KTHEALTH1 2/16/2010 8:38AM

    I like your Blog, you are very honest and Im sure WE CAN DO IT! emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/16/2010 7:21AM

    Great blog! I thought that was you. I could almost feel you eyes watching me. Now I know why I was pushing myself. You and I can do this together. We can accomplish anything! Have a fantastic Tuesday!

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ELLENIRENE 2/16/2010 6:05AM

    Great blog!

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NANCY- 2/16/2010 5:16AM

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BTW, that cat looks like my Mitzi. :)
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HICALGAL 2/16/2010 1:34AM

    enjoyed your blog. all the best on achieving your goals! emoticon emoticon

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/15/2010 10:54PM

    emoticon You can lurk on my blog anytime! I like lurking on yours too! We just have to keep picking ourselves up each time we fall and we will eventually make it to the finish line!

Love ya! Beverly

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MOMFAN 2/15/2010 10:50PM

    We will do this Keri! We will accomplish our goals!

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Potholes......bump in the road or axle breaker?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I was driving home from work last night and I was thinking about how this has been the worst winter we have seen in over 10 years....maybe even 20. Anyway, the streets are terrible! I have never seen so many potholes! They are deep and dangerous and they drive me crazy!



It got me thinking.......(I really need to ask myself why I associate everying with food)...about potholes and how they can be related to our journey to lose weight.

There are all sorts of potholes.....small and annoying .... and.....huge and dangerous. So what kind of potholes are you dealing with?

The small annoying ones are things like not getting all your fruits and veggies, not getting your exercise in. They are far and few between....you hardly notice them.

Now the big ones are the ones you have to watch out for.



These are the ones that totally derail us....binging....no exercise at all....making bad food choices. You know what I am talking about......huge holes that shake your whole car and in some cases cause damage to it.

Thats what can happen to us if we start making the wrong choices. Our health suffers and we lose any momentum we started. Next thing you know.....the holes are so big that it is difficult to get back on track.



So we need to repair those potholes along the way. It takes a little effort and planning but the end result is SUCCESS! So get those shovels out and repair any potholes in your plans!



Have a great day!

Keri

  
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CHILDNUMBER10 2/14/2010 11:07PM

  You are so awesome absolutely the best. The pothole ideas is so cool never thought about it that way. I'm in a really big pot hole that needs a lot of work but definitely feel more motivated after reading your blog. I'm so inspired by it. We all talk about the potholes in the roads but great to put it to our lives. Thanks alot.

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ID_VANDAL 2/12/2010 7:21PM

    Hi Keri,

I just checked the box that said I liked this blog - maybe it will get to be shown as a motivational blog but then it wiped out my comments!! Now I have to remember what I said.

Oh yeah - I said I love the way you brought your point to life with the pictures. You always have an interesting blog and then the visuals just "drive" the point home.

This was a good one!

Vandal

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MOMFAN 2/12/2010 12:30AM

    Keri, What a great analogy!

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PAXOPALIAN 2/11/2010 10:00PM

    I love your blogs! So visually stimulating! They make me smile while I am thinking! Thanks!

I like the title too!

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MYRENAISSANCE09 2/11/2010 7:58PM

  Great blog! emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 2/11/2010 6:25PM

    I feel like the giraffe!! emoticon

I need a back hoe to fill in my potholes!! Back hoe to back-to-hope!!
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Thank you for the cool blog and safety reminder. I'm wishing you smooth traveling!!


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USARUNNERGIRL 2/11/2010 3:13PM

    Thank you for the great blog. I need to fill up and fix my own personal potholes.

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/11/2010 1:47PM

    Great blog! I'm in the process of repairing a LARGE hole in my way right now! Thanks for the thoughts!

Hugs! Beverly

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AMBERROGUE 2/11/2010 1:45PM

    Great blog!!

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KELLYC_14FAN 2/11/2010 1:08PM

    I really enjoy reading your blogs so much! They are so motivating!!!

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P316LEIA 2/11/2010 1:06PM

    emoticon stay the course and swerve if you think a pothole is near!

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OTTAWABOUND 2/11/2010 1:05PM

    Inspiring. And it will make me smile when I see the potholes that festoon Ottawa.

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WANNABTHIN2010 2/11/2010 1:01PM

    i really liked that. nice post

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ELLENIRENE 2/11/2010 12:41PM

    AWESOME! pictures really go with the blog and really something to think about.
Thanks

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MSLZZY 2/11/2010 12:37PM

    What a great analogy! You are so smart! I never would have thought if it like this! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JOANN1212 2/11/2010 12:31PM

    cool

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Shorty.....but goody!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Just a short blog tonight. It was a big weekend. Thanks to everyone for the birthday greetings! It meant a lot. It was a great weekend. I got to spend most of it with my kids and grandkids.



We went to see Avatar in 3D. It was really fun. The hubby hadn't seen a 3D show before so that was a real treat for him. It was a great time. I also spent time with my sister and my niece. They took me to see The Lovely Bones. I had read the book and movies rarely live up to the books and it was true in this case. I'm glad I got to go and spend time with them tho.



Didn't make great food choices on Saturday but the rest of the weekend went well. I even got some walking in. I spent most of the day organizing, cleaning, doing laundry and hanging pictures in my bedroom. It was a good day.

I'm really going to be stepping up the exercise this week. I'm still tracking my food and trying to stay in range in all the categories. I'm still having some trouble with protein but I'll get there.

Have a great week everyone!

Keri

  
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CHILDNUMBER10 2/14/2010 10:46PM

  Well this is a really late Happy Birthday wish but hope for the great year ahead as great as your birthday was. You are awsome. emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/10/2010 3:54PM

    I've been wanting to see both of those movies, where they good ones?

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DEE_DEE1972 2/10/2010 1:13PM

    Hey Keri, happy belated birthday! I am glad you had a weekend filled with fun and family. Remember, a little hiccup along the way is not enough to derail you! ;-)

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ID_VANDAL 2/9/2010 12:09PM

    Good job on the food tracking - that is very important and something I need to do a LOT BETTER.

You're inspiring me to do better.

Glad you had a great week-end.

Take care!

Vandal

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THINGEN 2/8/2010 5:59PM

    We enjoyed Avatar too! Great job on the organizing and cleaning! (I need to get busy doing some of that.)

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/8/2010 11:03AM

    Happy Birthday!

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AMBERROGUE 2/8/2010 10:05AM

    Happy Birthday!!



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PAXOPALIAN 2/8/2010 7:45AM

    Happy Birthday Keri!

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ELLENIRENE 2/8/2010 6:19AM

    Sounds like you had a great time. emoticon

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NANCY- 2/8/2010 4:32AM

    Keri,
Glad you had a great birthday weekend.

Wishing you many more.
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MOMFAN 2/8/2010 12:29AM

    Keri, Happy Birthday! Look how far you have come!

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