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Precious

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I watched the movie "Precious" tonight....all I can say is "Wow". That was truly a moving movie. The acting was superb!! And what a story.




If you haven't heard of it....it's about a 16 year old girl growing up in Harlem. She is pregnant with her second child after being raped by her father both times. Her mother is awful to her and she gets kicked out of school for being pregnant.

I won't tell you anymore but this movie is worth your time. I HAVE NO WORDS........hard to believe....I know.



Hugs,

Keri

  
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HOLOGRAM82 3/11/2010 11:40AM

    OMG this movie is brilliant! So glad Mo'Nique has been receiving all of the awards she deserves but I think that Gabourey Sidibe should have won the Oscar for best actress. Nothing against Sandra Bullock (I do love her as well) but considering this was Gabourey's first film and the character that she had to portray....Lord, she's great.

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AMBERROGUE 3/10/2010 10:50AM

    I've heard good things about it. Thanks for reminding me to watch it!

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MSLZZY 3/10/2010 10:34AM

    I've been hearing and reading a lot about this film. I'll have to go see it.

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LVNG4ME 3/10/2010 7:18AM

    Never heard of it, but I will check it out. Thanks.

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ELLENIRENE 3/10/2010 6:59AM

    It's been so long since I've seen a movie. Mo'Nique is not one of my favorites, but it sounds like a good film

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HICALGAL 3/10/2010 4:50AM

    it's on the top of my list on netflix...can't wait!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/10/2010 12:21AM

    Will be seeing it on the weekend. Glad you enjoyed it.

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KO1215 3/9/2010 11:23PM

    Yes, just today. I went right out and got it.

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KALEIGH2010 3/9/2010 11:09PM

    I want to see this film! Afterall, Mo'Nique won an oscar for her performance - it has to be good.

Thanks for the info. Is it out on dvd yet?

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It's all about gas.........

Friday, March 05, 2010

I knew that would get your attention!




But it's not what you think......or is it......

Are we what we eat?





What is food anyway?




It's fuel for our bodies. That is what it is...... in it's simplest form.

I'm the first to admit that there are foods that I LOVE that I shouldn't have........PIZZA for one.. Now I do not wish that I was from the pioneer days but they didn't have the distractions we have today. The pizza......the candies.....the ice cream creations. Now you could say that they were missing out. But I think we got lead down the rabbit hole.



They focused on whole foods....things they grew and hunted for themselves. This was the proper fuel to get them through the hard life they lead. And when they got treats.....they were apples, oranges, and apple pie!!





That's what we need to focus on......real foods....the proper fuel and an active life.

Hugs,

Keri



  
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JULIEN* 3/8/2010 1:09PM

    Actually, I am a little envious of pioneers. My grandma always used to talk about how much better chicken tasted when she had it growing up on a farm. She said if she go go back and re-live anything, it would be one of the home grown, roasted chickens. And I believe it! Home grown tomatoes and about 1000X yummier than the ones in the grocery store.

But maybe that's why we turn to processed foods? Maybe whole foods tasted better back then than they do now?

Great blog!

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P316LEIA 3/8/2010 10:15AM

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AMBERROGUE 3/8/2010 9:57AM

    Great blog!!

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MOMFAN 3/8/2010 3:10AM

    Keri, great blog!

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DEEGIRL50 3/7/2010 2:38PM

    All natural! emoticon

I'll never give up my pizza though. emoticon
I will work on portion control though!!

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/6/2010 10:39PM

    I totally agree!!!

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ID_VANDAL 3/6/2010 10:37AM

    Wow Keri - you do come up with the best blogs! I love the way you weave your message in with the pictures and your point is always a good one!

I agree that our forefathers ate better only because they had no choice - this processed food is not the best way to go. I'm convinced of that but we sure get sucked in with how easy it makes our life but at what price in the long run?

Thanks for the blog (and glad you're feeling better)

Vandal


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ELLENIRENE 3/6/2010 7:17AM

    You have the greatest blogs--must take a lot of time and preparation, but it's worth it.
They are very interesting

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MSLZZY 3/6/2010 12:36AM

    You sure did get my attention!
You are so right about food! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/5/2010 11:51PM

    Great visuals. Thanks!

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MARGFAM 3/5/2010 10:21PM

    You certainly did catch attention.. LOL. I like the way you started out that blog though and I love your point. I still like pizza though.. Have a great evening!!! emoticon

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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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FORMYDARLINGS 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"

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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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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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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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