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Life---DO NOT miss a moment!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments. - Rose Kennedy

Isn't that true..........

I've been reading a lot of blogs lately. Our fellow sparkers really have a lot to say....and sometimes they don't know they are saying it.

For instance, I have seen alot of people discuss what they can't do now or that if they weighed less.....they could do this..... And then there are the ones who are saying....Finally! I can do THIS.....

But what if we are wasting moments while waiting for milestones? I can tell you....I'm not going to miss another moment! And this is how I'm gonna do it.

I don't care what I look like in a swimsuit. As long as I'm not flashing anything inappropriate.....I'm gonna wear one. The water and the exercise I'll get is a moment I refuse to miss.





My hubby and I want to walk to the top of Crazy Horse monument during the Volksmarch. I can't do that right now.....without having a heart attack that is!But I can start walking what I can and work my way up! I will get there!





Also, I wrote a blog on June 7th that really hit home to me and this is just an extension of that because I don't want you to forget it......Be the best you can be.....EVERYDAY.



Quit focusing on what you can't do......what CAN you do? What is special about you? Are you taking care of yourself? Do you love yourself?

1. I can quit worrying about what I look like in my swimsuit.....(I'm not fooling anyone....they already know I'm overweight!) Deal with it!



2. I can walk around the block......I can walk from my hotel to the convention center in San Diego. I will do it often.



3. I am a great person....deserving of love and happiness. I will take care of myself and dress appropriately for the plus size beauty queen I am. (Don't laugh.....we all are.....accept it and act accordingly!)



4. Most of all....be happy....and don't lose your humor.....laugh, laugh, laugh!!!!




We are worth it. May your life be full of moments......don't miss them!

Hugs,

Keri





  
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MSLZZY 7/3/2010 10:10AM

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LUCKYDUCK2 6/26/2010 7:30PM

    Your blog ALWAYS picks me up, inspires me and just makes me feel GOOD. Love you.

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MEESHA_DCATDIVA 6/25/2010 1:14PM

    Sounds like a plan Go for it!

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HICALGAL 6/25/2010 5:51AM

    bravo girlfriend...love your enthusiasm, positivity and affirmations . U GO GIRL!! emoticon emoticon

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POSITIVELY_EB 6/24/2010 12:14PM

    Best blog I've read in awhile! Thank you! You go, Girlfriend!

Hugs! Beverly

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NANCY- 6/24/2010 11:00AM

    Go for what is in your heart.
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ID_VANDAL 6/24/2010 10:26AM

    Keri - Once again you nailed it! I love that attitude and you are so right. Life is journey that we should enjoy on our way to where we want to be (right weight, right location, and so on) rather than just look straight down the road.

Thanks for a great blog and a great reminder. I may yet show up in a Speedo!!

Have fun at your convention.

Vandal

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SLOLOSER 6/24/2010 2:01AM

    What a great, positive blog!

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DEEGIRL50 6/24/2010 1:53AM

    emoticon Release your inner Goddess!!

Girl, I'm shaking my head in agreement!! I love #1. emoticon

I've never heard of the Volksmarch... hiking to the top of the Crazy Horse is an awesome dream.
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SUNNY1432 6/23/2010 11:12PM

    Perfect attitude and the right idea. We really should enjoy life and look at what we CAN do not want we CAN'T do! emoticon
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JFROGDIVA 6/23/2010 10:37PM

    Keri ~ I couldn't have said it better!!!! From one plus size beauty queen to another.......you GO GIRL!!!! We need to remember to take care of ourselves, take pride in how we look, & ENJOY life!!!! Thank you for reminding us!!!!
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JOURNEYOF3 6/23/2010 9:59PM

    Perfectly said! You got right to the point and you are right if we wait for some things we may never see those things happen and we may surprise ourselves along the way with what we can accomplish.

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I'm a wreck! Sounds bad huh?!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I'm kind of a wreck this week. Work isn't going very well....major stress and I have a doctors appt. tomorrow. That really makes me nervous. Don't worry.....I'm fine.....just working through some stuff. I may tell you more at a later date.....it just depends on how bad I want to blab!!!




I have to go to San Diego in about a week and I'm worried about the seatbelt fitting.....how embarrassing. The last time I flew to Washington DC...it didn't fit on one leg of the flight. I was so hoping I would have lost some of the weight by now.



So I guess I'm just a mess........how come I can't get really big paper towel to clean up my messy life like it cleans up spills on the counter???? I'm just sayin'.....



Hugs,

Keri

  
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ID_VANDAL 6/23/2010 4:20PM

    Hi Keri,

Sorry it's taken so long to get to your blog and you're probably off to San Diego by now. Hope everything goes well and the stress level goes down!

You deserve nothing but the best!!

Let's just get started on making good things happen to us and for us - what do you say?

Vandal

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MSLZZY 6/20/2010 9:38AM

    emoticonI'm with you there!

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DEEGIRL50 6/20/2010 5:40AM

    I love when you blab. emoticon

I hope they move you to First Class on the airplane. I believe the seats are bigger there. Plus, you deserve the VIP treatment.

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VGIMLET 6/18/2010 10:29AM

    Hope all goes well with your doctors appointments and other stuff. I didn't fly for years because of the whole seat/seatbelt thing.
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I am massively stressed at the moment too, so I understand the feeling - ugh. Try and spend some time taking care of youreself if you can.



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LUCKYDUCK2 6/17/2010 5:02PM

    Hugs. From one stressed SP to another. emoticon

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HICALGAL 6/17/2010 2:26AM

    hey gorgeous, hope your appt goes well, work gets better and stress level goes down. i just had my share of 'life happens' and it does get better eventually. i know it's easier said than done but try to go with the flow and you'll feel better.

as for the seat belt...i hope things turns out well for you, but if not, remember that we've all been in embarrassing situations. no ones exempt. chin up..always chin up! emoticon emoticon




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JOURNEYOF3 6/17/2010 12:22AM

    Hang in there tomorrow is another day!

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JFROGDIVA 6/16/2010 11:45PM

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Keri ~ I am so sorry that things are so stressful for you right now!! I can really relate!!!! LOL!!!! You are in my t's&p's!!!!
Hugzz ~ Ribbitt Rabbitt

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SUNNY1432 6/16/2010 11:23PM

    I hope that your stress is relieved soon and that all goes well with the Doctor. emoticon

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MOMFAN 6/16/2010 11:11PM

    Dear daughter made me a smoothie for dinner and I managed to dump it all over my face and clothes! That my friend was a freezing mess! LOL

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MEESHADACATDIVA 6/16/2010 10:54PM

    Yes I agree remember to breathe I know how you feel about that seatbelt definitely been there I hope all goes well

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POSITIVELY_EB 6/16/2010 8:13PM

    So - - - - What ya gonna do about it??? Huh??? emoticon

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NANCY- 6/16/2010 7:52PM

    I know this sounds simple... but if you just take a deep breathe to the count of 4 , hold a sec, the exhale to the count of 4. Just focus on the breath.

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PLUMPKITTYKAT 6/16/2010 6:35PM

    Hi Keri,

I feel your pain! I pray all goes well at your Dr appt.
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Be the best you, everyday!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Okay.....you are about to find out another thing about me. As much as I hate to admit it.......because it makes me feel old.......I like talk radio. I know....I can hear your gasps.......talk radio...eek! In my younger days I wouldn't have dreamed of listening to talk radio. But now I find it very entertaining and relaxing. I have a 30 minute commute each day and it really helps to unwind me.



So now that I have made that confession.....I was listening to a program last week called "Angels on Call". The host, "Mary" is a funny Italian catholic and she is what she calls a psychic intuitive. I get a kick out of the callers' issues and her responses to them. I especially enjoy when she calls people "Chiuauas" That is her term for people who dwell and dwell on an issue. Cracks me up!



Anyway....I hate when I start babbling.....Mary was talking to a lady, who was not happy because she had gained weight and her husband was nagging her about it. Mary asked her if she was trying to lose the weight and she replied that she was. Mary asked her if she was doing it for her or for her husband, because if she wasn't doing it for herself it wouldn't work. She implied that she was doing it for her.

Mary then told her that her husband just wants his girlfriend back. The girl was quiet because she thought the intuitive was telling her that her husband had a girlfriend! Mary went on to explain that he misses the girl she was.

Before you start thinking that this conversation was getting shallow...Mary elaborated. Here is what I got out of it....my interpretation:

You may not be where you were.
You may not be where you are going to be.
But you should always be the best you... everyday.




How many times have you gotten up and threw on sweats because it doesn't matter?

Have you stopped wearing makeup because you don't have to look good anyway?

Do you throw your hair in a ponytail or not fix it because no one is looking at you anyway?

Think about when you were at your best......how did you dress? look? act? Is your current situation defeating you?

Mary's advise to this lady.......and what I took for me......was if you make an effort to be the best you everyday......the rest will come. Take pride in you again.....do it for you......love you.......the rest will come. Only you can make it happen.




Just think about it.......


Hugs,

Keri



  
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SLIMMERJESSE 6/15/2010 5:38PM

    Sounds like an interesting talk show. Hope you're having a good day.

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MEESHADACATDIVA 6/14/2010 6:51PM

    Yes I think we are all guilty of that one

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JFROGDIVA 6/12/2010 1:53PM

    Keri ~ THANK YOU for this blog!!!! I needed to hear this!!!! I am afraid that I am guilty of being lazy!!!! It is just too much work to fix myself up!!!! Now on Sundays I DO fix up....for Church, other people!! I need to start doing this for ME!!!! I LOVE your blogs!!!!
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LUCKYDUCK2 6/9/2010 3:04AM

    Oh, have I missed your blogs and YOU! I needed to read this today...every word hit home. Thank you so much dear friend.

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AMBERROGUE 6/8/2010 10:01AM

    My DH listens to talk radio, but it's the politcal kind, so when we're in the car together, it stays OFF that station! LOL

It sounds like Mary knows what she's talking about. Thanks for sharing!!

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ID_VANDAL 6/8/2010 8:04AM

    Keri, there is certainly a lot to take away from this blog. I wish I could get that radio station because I love good radio talk shows (not the screaming left and right wingers) but good intelligent ones like the one you described.

I really like all of your blog but what hit me was to "take pride in yourself." Very good advice - it seems like life just beats on us and people are always pointing out errors or telling you how they would do it or how it should be done until you stop caring in some cases.

Thanks for the great reminder!!

Vandal

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NANCY- 6/8/2010 6:54AM

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On the weekends I love listening to NPR while I walk, so you are not alone.

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DEEGIRL50 6/8/2010 6:00AM

    My friend's daughter is always being asked "are you engaged yet?" My friend asked "Why is everyone in such a hurry to be married when the courtship is so much fun." I've been thinking a lot about that lately... did I take better care of myself when I was trying to woo my man? When did I begin to care so little about my appearance?

Kerri... your blogs always set my mind to thinking!
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MSLZZY 6/7/2010 11:17PM

    emoticonAwesome blog and so very positive! That's the kind of talk radio to listen to every day.

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GINILEE4 6/7/2010 8:33PM

    Thanks Keri. After a day with grungy hair and still in my jammies, I needed to be told that I can be my best if I do my best. Tomorrow will be different.

Gini

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LOZUKE 6/7/2010 7:21PM

    Keri,
I love your blog ! I sure thought about it myself! When I was working I always made sure my hair and makeup was looking decent. I was never one to wear a lot of makeup, but I made sure I looked nice. I am on disability now and I stay home and watch my Grandson and before that my Granddaughter. I am in a rut! I have to start caring about me again. Why I looked at your Page I don't know, but I am glad I did! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POSITIVELY_EB 6/7/2010 7:19PM

    Amen! Excellent and I agree whole-heartedly!

Hugs! Beverly

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Short, short....

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Back from a great holiday weekend. We had an excellent time camping....and I have the mosquito bites to prove it!!!




Work seems a little weird today. It's like something is going on but no one is telling me what it is. I hate when that happens. Maybe it's just my imagination.....at least I hope so.



I watched my grand daughter Aubrey yesterday. She is such a hoot! She is such a sweetie. She had to teach me about Strawberry Shortcake. It was so funny. She is staying over with me tonight. We are going to make scrapbook pages for her new brother, who will make his entrance next month. I had a baby shower for Kim a couple of weeks ago and that is what we did. I bought "Noah" a scrapbook of Noah's ark and I had the guests make pages for it. Aubrey wasn't able to be there so we are making our addition to the book tonight. I can't wait to see what she comes up with. I am picturing a big sister page.



Could be interesting. Here is a picture of the diaper cake I made. That was a first....but very easy and very fun.



Have a great week!

Hugs,


Keri

  
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DEEGIRL50 6/4/2010 2:02AM

    I love your diaper cake. Is Jae sitting on your cake (froggie)?
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I thought we were being attacked my Honey Bees! I'm glad they were only mosquitoes!!
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ID_VANDAL 6/3/2010 4:24PM

    What a great night you must have had. I hope you post the results of the "big sister" page. Great idea - I wish I had just 10% of creative juices!!

I hear you with that work thing. Hopefully it's just that you've been away.

Keep blogging - your blogs are so much fun to read!

Vandal

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AMBERROGUE 6/3/2010 12:14PM

    I love your creativity!! Sounds like you had loads of fun with Aubrey. I hope we can see what her scrapbook page looks like!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/3/2010 10:44AM

    Very cool "cake" - and non-fattening! Have a fun day with that sweet little granddaughter.

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NANCY- 6/3/2010 8:12AM

    Ah a new weight loss tactic... itching mosquito bites.
Kids are wonderful aren't they.
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JDYJMM2000 6/3/2010 12:32AM

  Love the cake. Glad you enjoyed your weekend....

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MOMFAN 6/3/2010 12:00AM

    Love it!

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POSITIVELY_EB 6/2/2010 6:38PM

    Keri, that's adorable! You are so creative!!!

Hugs! Beverly

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MEESHADACATDIVA 6/2/2010 5:32PM

    Love the cake, hope the work paranoia is just that and not something you didnt get to here I know that feeling tho

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MSLZZY 6/2/2010 5:30PM

    Cute diaper cake! And I hope you left all those mosquitoes right where you found them (or they found you)! I've had enough bites myself and it isn't even summer yet.
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MEGANC1988 6/2/2010 5:29PM

    I hate that weird paranoia when you've been away from work for a while. Don't worry, it'll get back to normal soon enough!

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SUNNY1432 6/2/2010 5:14PM

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Have fun with your granddaughter and I'm glad you had an enjoyable camping weekend, except for the mosquitos.
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Get that Monkey OFF my back!!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010



I had to get the monkey off my back for awhile!

Sometimes it feels like we put a lot of pressure on ourselves during our weight loss journey. Track your food, drink your water and track it, track your exercise....you know what I'm talking about.

Sometimes you just have to take a break from it. I'm not saying "Ditch the diet!" I'm saying, "Take the pressure off."

I recently took my weight loss chart off of my sparkpage. It was a depressing reminder of how terrible the last few weeks have been. I haven't been tracking my food intake either. But I'm not bananas........



I have to tell you......I have been eating right, drinking lots of water and walking.....making it a lifestyle instead of a chore. It is working....the scale is moving downward. Now does this mean I'm not going to track anymore.....heavens no! I know this will not help me stay the course but it is putting my mind in a different place.....focusing on the lifestyle I want to maintain with a healthy body and ignoring the "diet" concept for awhile.

It makes sense for me....and is working for me. I know I will be back to tracking but for now......my mind is living in the future....with a healthy frame of mind. I still have my issues and I will be seeing a doctor in two weeks so until then.....I'm gonna be swinging in the trees instead of so tied to my computer!



Have a great weekend!

Hugs,

Keri

  
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LOVEZ2SEW 5/31/2010 5:12PM

  Keri,

GREAT blog and you're right sometimes all the "tracking" becomes a chore and then we don't want to do it. I stopped tracking so much on here and also removed myself from some groups only because the it was like "tooooo much information to filter through" if that makes sense.

Glad you have found something that works for you and if that means not tracking on here and such, so be it. I have taken to pen and paper and a planner on my desk. I find that I tend to jot things down a bit better (doesn't mean I hit everything) but like you I'm doing much better than I was before, slow but sure.

My Dr. is happy, I'm happier and I don't feel so overwhelmed.

Always great to read one of your blogs!

Take care,
Martha

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JFROGDIVA 5/29/2010 11:31PM

    Keri ~ Your humor always brightens my day!!!! LOVE the attitude!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae

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NANCY- 5/29/2010 10:44AM

    What a wonderful attitude.
My SP break was forced upon me..PC issues.
Every now and then we need a change of pace. I realized it was time to fine tune what I have been doing.

I hope this doesn't mean you will not be blogging????

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GINILEE4 5/28/2010 4:32PM

    Saprk breaks are common Keri. Enjoy the great outdoor's and you know what to do. I am happy that the scale is moving down for you. Don't forget to come home!

Gini

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ANGELONAWING 5/28/2010 12:21AM

    High five to you! I saw this blog on a friends page,,,,, and I totally agree with you!
I haven't been faithful in tracking either.... I am doing my best in eating healthy but I also want to be FUDGE a little too... I want to LIVE in a way where I am not having to track. My MOM lost weight by just eating half of what she normally ate and it worked for her... so that is what I am now going to try. Exercise is a huge key factor that I know works.

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DEEGIRL50 5/27/2010 11:48PM

    Is there room on that swing for two?

Remember being a child and being too busy playing to even think about food? I'd like to get back to not focusing on food and eating only when I'm hungry.

Another great blog Keri!!
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POSITIVELY_EB 5/27/2010 11:24PM

    Great blog, Keri! I think we all need to take a break occassionally. It's good for the soul!

Hugs! Beverly

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MEESHADACATDIVA 5/27/2010 9:29PM

    I do understand the need to take a break from all the self induced pressure I do it myself from time to time but I try not to do it for too long because I always end up living in denial . Good luck with you doctors visit

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SUNNY1432 5/27/2010 9:14PM

    I understand exactly how you feel! I'm glad that things are going so well and that you feel less pressured. Keep up the good work and you will continue to move in the right direction! emoticon
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KELLYC_14FAN 5/27/2010 7:21PM

    I try to track my foods, but honestly it is just easier for me to track my calories on my dry erase board on my fridge. I have very little patience and sometimes I just don't want to spend 20 minutes entering all my food into the tracker when I can just add it in my head and put it on my fridge board in 10 seconds.

I think we all need a "break" once in a while. It sounds like you are doing all the right things! Way to go!

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LVNG4ME 5/27/2010 6:23PM

    It is very time consuming to track everything. I have told myself many times that it is to easy to spend way to much time online. You have to make yourself get up and move. I totally understand where your coming from. One of these days I'll get brave enough to leave the tracking behind. I just haven't found the courage yet. I,m glad you have and that it's working for you. Way to go, and keep up the good work.

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MSLZZY 5/27/2010 5:56PM

    Sometimes we do need a "break" from the craziness. It is healthy so as long as you are mindful of what you are doing and eating, tracking daily just got to be a chore. You'll come back to it and be just fine! emoticon

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