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Oh boy!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Hi, SP! Quick update. Unfortunately I managed to pack on some pounds over the holidays. I ended my 3+ year relationship right before Thanksgiving, started a new relationship right after Thanksgiving, and I have been spending a lot of time with my new man who loves to cook for me. Between delicious, not-so-healthy meals, skipping the gym, drinking way too much wine, treats and goodies in the break room at work in the days leading up to Christmas and Christmas itself, I had a really hard time resisting temptations. As of right now my weight is in the mid to high 130's. Thankfully, I can still fit into my size 6 pants just fine (when I first started to lose weight I was wearing size 10 when my weight was in the 130's). The problem is that most of my pants are size 2 or 4 so I've been rocking the oversized sweater look with pants that are too snug. Not okay! We started a weight loss challenge at work so I'm back at it - healthy habits, gym time, running and telling the boyfriend to go easy on the butter and oil! I haven't been feeling myself lately, and I looked at all of my pictures from when I was around 110 pounds, and I would love to get back down to that size! I did it once and I'll do it again. Here we go!

  
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BDRFLI 4/10/2014 11:35AM

    you can do it!!! happiness always relaxes us at first, but you will be back to healthier habits in no time!!!

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HOTDEENOW 1/20/2014 10:32AM

    You can do it :)

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LISSASLOSINIT 1/18/2014 1:29AM

    Good luck!

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DAILYCHOICES 1/17/2014 10:08PM

    Just get back on schedule and emoticon You know what needs to be done and you can accomplish your goal!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/17/2014 8:44PM

    I'm 14 pounds away from my goal weight -- let's get this done! Gotta love a man who cooks, but you'll need to work on him to keep it healthy!!

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JENNYMARIEC 1/17/2014 8:00PM

    I'm about in the same place as you! Holidays hit, relationship ended (although a new one didn't start), and now work is doing a weight loss challenge. I am also hoping to lose about 20 lbs. I'm sure we both can do it! :)

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ELISELOVE1 1/17/2014 7:27PM

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Oh...hello there

Thursday, October 24, 2013

It has been almost six months since I've published a SparkPeople blog, and almost eight months since I've done anything with my weight loss blog on WordPress. I spend most of my day on the computer at work, and I guess the last thing I want to do when I get home is spend even more time at the computer. But now that summer is over and there was snow on the ground this morning (WTF, mother nature??), I know I won't be spending much free time outside (my arse freezes when it drops below 60...tell me again why I live in NY). That leaves free time for inside-y things, so I want to blog more because I do really enjoy it.

I need to get my butt in the gym more. It seems like it has been one thing after another the past few weeks (head cold where I couldn't breathe, the following week I hurt my knee at a concert, last week I had my wisdom teeth out...) so I've been making excuses to not go to the gym. I also haven't been running that much at all. What is with me?! I browsed through some of my old blog entries where I was eating healthier and exercising more and I seemed so much happier than I am now. (Just reading my "I lost 50 pounds" blog --> www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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makes me sad because that was such a happy time in my life, and I feel so disconnected from where I was and how I felt then.) Maybe it's because I'm not in school anymore (where I was able to use my creative brain, I had more free time, I was taking art classes and gym classes that I loved) and now I'm not doing those things anymore. I can easily pick up a paint brush, drawing pencils, my sketch book, etc., grab my SLR and play in Photoshop or even strap on my sneakers and run or go to the gym but that spark that I had isn't present right now and it makes me sad.

I really, really miss being a student and working towards something, and I think I have decided to go back to school at some point within the next few years. I wanted to take a few Personal Training courses but I think I want to go back and get another bachelors. I'm leaning towards Fitness Development in hopes of becoming a personal trainer someday or Nutrition/Dietetics with a minor in Health and Fitness. I don't know which route I want to go.

Now that I've whine/vented a little I feel a little better. Now I'm off to make lunch, tackle a pile of dishes possibly make some homemade tortillas.

  
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AEROGIRL1594 10/24/2013 10:14PM

    I hope that you find your spark again! Stay warm!
xoxo,
Emma
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TRAVELGRRL 10/24/2013 9:14PM

    Good to hear from you! It is always important to have a goal in front of you reach for, don't you agree? If your current career isn't exciting you, I say go back to school!

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PRINCESS_SOFI 10/24/2013 5:20PM

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ELISELOVE1 10/24/2013 4:08PM

    emoticon back!

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ALLIEALLIE2 10/24/2013 2:10PM

    Hey good to see you blog again!

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ELIZABETH5268 10/24/2013 1:35PM

    You can do it!

I want to go back to school to for some photography classes and health/nutrition. I went for business for a broad degree but I find the previous two are my ultimate passions. Good luck with things, I look forward to reading your blogs!

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VASEASHELL 10/24/2013 1:12PM

    glad you are blogging again

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One year of maintenance!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Yesterday marked one year since I reached my weight loss goal of 50 pounds. I am proud to say that I have kept it off, and better yet, I am one size smaller than I was a year ago! I promised myself that I will never, ever be the unhealthy, overweight, miserable girl I was 3+ years ago. So far so good!

  
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BDRFLI 4/10/2014 11:33AM

    Keep up the great work!!!

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HABITATVITALITY 10/4/2013 1:16PM

    You are an inspiration - well done!

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JOIFULJOII 9/5/2013 11:27PM

    THIS IS AMAZING (:

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GREGGWEISBROD 8/13/2013 1:46PM

    I'd say that's an even more incredible feat than having reached your weight in the first place. It takes strength and will to tow the line, I'm so proud of you!

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CITYZOZO 6/30/2013 7:15PM

    so cool.. added you as a friend.. starting today 1 yr from now i and my bfriend are both going to be 50 lbs lighter.. thanks for the inspiration! zo

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OTA_2012 6/13/2013 11:47PM

    That is amazing and very inspiring! You must feel so so very proud:-)

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DANI_27 5/13/2013 11:18PM

    Wow...I looked at your pictures!!! What an inspiration! emoticon emoticon You look great!!!

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EBIELOU 5/8/2013 8:52AM

    Congrats!

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JENNYLT1 5/8/2013 7:42AM

    Awesome job, very inspiring!!!!

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BOBCATGIRL76 5/7/2013 9:36PM

    Congrats! You were a major inspiration when I first joined SparkPeople and continue to inspire. I can't wait to reach goal weight and have maintained for a year! emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 5/6/2013 7:14PM

    Congratulations. emoticon

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ALLIEALLIE2 5/6/2013 11:07AM

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POISONGIRL999 5/6/2013 11:04AM

    That is beyond AWESOME!

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ELISELOVE1 5/6/2013 10:59AM

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JAIMESIZED 5/6/2013 10:48AM

    Wow congratulations! That's definitely something to be proud of! :)

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PAMDAQTPI 5/6/2013 10:20AM

    Wow, congrats! I can't wait until I can say the same. emoticon

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ASHMOMOF4 5/6/2013 8:27AM

    I think that keeping it off is harder than losing it. Way to go! Congratulations on a great year!!!
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MOTIVATED@LAST 5/6/2013 6:38AM

    Well done!

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PMRUNNER 5/6/2013 5:28AM

    Yay! Well done!

Keep up the Spark!

BTW, have you checked out the "at goal & maintaining and transition to maintenance" sparkteam? It is an active team with a lot of great resources for maintainers!

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CLWALDRO 5/6/2013 4:37AM

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I hope to be able to say I am able to keep off the weight 1 year after i reach maintenance. You are an inspiration to me today and 50 lbs that is awesome weight loss.

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LAOIGHSE 5/6/2013 3:36AM

    emoticon emoticon what an inspiration, go you.


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VTRICIA 5/6/2013 12:52AM

    Good job!

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MCJULIEO 5/6/2013 12:48AM

    FANTASTIC!

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LILLIPUTIANNA 5/6/2013 12:23AM

    If you can do it for a year, you can do it forever!

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LASKIE2 5/5/2013 10:40PM

    emoticon that's really emoticon what a commitment! You have truly made a lifestyle change! Keep up the good work!

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_JODI404 5/5/2013 10:33PM

    emoticon on successfully maintaining for one year!!!

Just keep doing what you've been doing... making those good choices and you will never go back!! I'm with you on that!

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Updates

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hi friends! So I ended up joining the gym I was interested in - something I never thought I would do. I'm finally getting back into a routine, and I've been dragging my butt to the gym three nights a week after work. I'm proud of myself - my job moved me from the local store 4 miles away from my house (where the gym was on my way home) to the store located 30 miles away (where the gym is NOT on my way home), so I'm happy that I'm making myself go (and for the most part, I am enjoying it). For the first time last week, I met my goals and then some for fitness minutes (exceeded by 100 minutes or so), calories burned (exceeded it by 500 calories) and miles (exceeded by 7 miles). Woo!

I got new tats! In my last blog, I mentioned how I wanted to get a tattoo of Baby's paw print, and I got it on my birthday a few weeks ago! I also got lyrics to one of my favorite songs, "Swim" by Jack's Mannequin, in the same day. A few months ago, I saw the lead singer of JM live, and it was one of the greatest concert experiences of my life. (One thing you must know about me - I love concerts. A lot a lot a lot.) After the show, I met him and asked him to write out my favorite line of "Swim" so that I could get it tattooed in his handwriting. It's absolutely perfect, and it means so much to me. The fact that I got it the same day as I got my tattoo for Baby makes it extra special - the song is about getting through the rough times, and losing Baby was the hardest thing I've had to endure in YEARS, so it was all appropriate. Here's a picture of them.

  
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FITBECKSRN24 5/13/2013 7:41AM

    Love jm!! There first album is my favorite. Especially rescued. I am also a huge fan of something corporate when he was with them as we'll :)

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MRS.CARLY 5/11/2013 10:02PM

    Love the tats, and I love the idea for Baby...actually I have a 12 year old dog that I am VERY VERY VERY attached to, and her name is baby as well. I am totally going to do something special when she passes on. Just thinking about losing her makes me cry so my heart hurts for you!

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MRS.CARLY 5/11/2013 10:01PM

    Love the tats, and I love the idea for Baby...actually I have a 12 year old dog that I am VERY VERY VERY attached to, and her name is baby as well. I am totally going to do something special when she passes on. Just thinking about losing her makes me cry so my heart hurts for you!

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LISSASLOSINIT 5/6/2013 11:11AM

    the best tattoos are the ones full of personal meaning. I'm sorry you've had some hard times lately, Kristen, and I'm sorry I'm behind on my blog reading, but you are strong and I know you'll come out on top. I had my first cat for 18 years (we got him when I was 3 and he was just a kitten) and when we made the choice to euthanize (he also had cancer), it was the hardest thing. I don't think I've ever been so saddened by anything in my life. I still think of him often. I hope your tattoo will help keep him in your heart and ease some of the pain. I'm always around if you need a chat! Even though I do have a human child of my own, my pets have always been a huge part of my life- they really are my babies.

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KATHANN2 4/23/2013 12:34PM

    That is so awesome that you got yourself to go to the gym even though it was not easy! KUDDOS! I love the tats, they look great. Keep up the good work. I bet you feel awesome when you leave the gym!

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CLHENDY1 4/17/2013 8:23AM

    Good for you for staying motivated and going to the gym even if it's not convenient.

I love the meaning behind your tattoos. I got a tattoo for my dog that passed away. Means more to mean than any other tattoo I have.

Sorry for your loss.

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ELISELOVE1 4/16/2013 2:05PM

    emoticon on fitness . sorry for your loss .

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MCFITZ2 4/15/2013 10:07PM

    Sorry for your loss of baby. They become such a part of our lives. emoticon

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RIP my beautiful Baby

Friday, March 15, 2013

My beautiful 14-year-old cat, Baby, passed away peacefully on Tuesday at the veterinarian. He was suffering from oral cancer, and a tumor had developed on the right side of his face, making it very difficult for him to eat and also making him blind in his right eye. It has been a really difficult week, and I think I'm okay until I see little reminders of him around the house and realize that he's not here with us anymore, and then I'm overwhelmed with sadness again. The hardest part is coming home and not being greeted by him. I just feel so empty. He would always greet me when I came home, every morning he would cuddle on my lap while I drank my coffee and ate my breakfast, every night before I went to bed, I would go downstairs and check on him to make sure he was okay and had plenty of food and water; now I don't have any of that anymore and I just feel empty. If I was upset or pissed off about something, I would just sit with him for awhile because he instantly brightened my day. I don't have any of that anymore, and it makes me so sad. We got him when I was 8 years old, so he was present for the majority of my life, and he was my only pet. He has a special place in my heart, and I plan on getting a tattoo of his paw print in a few weeks. My sister and I even made impressions of his paw print Monday night.



Thank you to everyone who has kept my baby in your thoughts and prayers; I made a few blogs and status updates within the past few months and didn't get back to everyone, but I really, truly appreciate it.

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BETHSWORLD 6/30/2013 9:24PM

    So sorry for your loss...I just got my first kitty last November and She is so precious to me. I am so sorry that you lost Baby!

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SUN_N_SEA 3/18/2013 2:15PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved friend, companion and loving kitty... my condolences. The pain of this loss may never go away, but time will soften the hurt. He will always be a part of you, and will live on in your memories of him.
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P.S. I really like the idea of a commemorative tattoo!

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JENNYLT1 3/17/2013 7:18PM

    So sorry for the loss of your sweet fur baby. emoticon

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SARAHST0T 3/17/2013 9:06AM

    Sorry for you loss, pets really do become part of the family. I know my cats Jack and Jill have, anyway. What a gorgeous cat he was! Looks just like my Jack. As long as he was loved, that's all that matters. emoticon

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SARAHST0T 3/17/2013 9:06AM

    Sorry for you loss, pets really do become part of the family. I know my cats Jack and Jill have, anyway. What a gorgeous cat he was! Looks just like my Jack. As long as he was loved, that's all that matters. emoticon

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SARAHST0T 3/17/2013 9:05AM

    Sorry for you loss, pets really do become part of the family. I know my cats Jack and Jill have, anyway. What a gorgeous cat he was! Looks just like my Jack. As long as he was loved, that's all that matters. emoticon

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KSCHRAUT 3/17/2013 6:22AM

    I am so sorry to hear about Baby! I've lost lets before, too, it is very hard! Remember all the good times - you had so many years with him! That's awesome! I know it's hard, but you will pull through!

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_JODI404 3/16/2013 11:02PM

    Kristen,

I'm so very sorry for your loss of your beloved Baby! He was a beautiful cat, and I am sure you gave him a fabulous, loving life! They really are such a part of our daily lives, and always there for us with unconditional love...it is quite an empty feeling to lose them.

May your pictures and fondest memories help you through this overwhelming and painful time. I have four cats now that are my babies~ and I've lost one before -- I really do understand the depth of the bond & love.

Take care. I love the paw print impressions, so sweet!

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HHOLMES07 3/16/2013 9:59PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is such a hard time in life when you lose something so important to you. We just had to put my moms kitty to sleep because he had kidney failure. It's so hard but just remember that he knows how much you loved him and he had a great life with you and your family!

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ELISELOVE1 3/16/2013 3:57PM

    emoticon sorry for what you're going through

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SHMARA 3/16/2013 1:52PM

    So sorry, dear! emoticon

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IDLETYME 3/16/2013 12:48PM

    Sorry you lost Baby. Our pets are family members and we feel their loss a bunch! emoticon

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REBIRTHDIVA 3/16/2013 9:11AM

    so sorry for your loss. Baby was beautiful emoticon

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COREY04 3/16/2013 8:52AM

    What a beautiful kitty. I am so very sorry to hear. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 3/16/2013 8:31AM

    What a blessed life that cat lead!

Sorry for your loss.

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EFFIEANNIE 3/16/2013 7:00AM

    Sorry for your loss. Our pets are just like our children~they leave a big hole when they are gone. When I lost our dog Sierra, we said we weren't going to get anymore, but about 1 month later we had a new puppy-Effieannie!

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LILYDOG11 3/16/2013 6:49AM

    I just lost my dog of 16 years in Aug. 2012, so I understand the part of them greeting you at the door...its been over 7 months and still there are times I think Katie will be on the other side of the door. I am sorry for your loss, and hopefully you will be able to have sweet memories, and put aside the part of losing her.

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CELIAMINER 3/16/2013 6:33AM

    Hugs and blessings! It is SO hard to lose fur babies.
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GROOVER4 3/16/2013 3:32AM

    I'm also very sorry you have lost o Baby. He was blessed to be loved so much by you and your family.

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AEGISHOT 3/16/2013 2:56AM

    Sorry for your loss

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OLAFGLADANDBIG 3/15/2013 11:38PM

    He was beautiful, I'm sorry for your loss. I hurt for you.
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TXGRANDMA 3/15/2013 11:25PM

    So sorry you lost your cat......Baby was truely a member of your family. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/15/2013 11:06PM

    Baby was beautiful. I know how much you will miss him. emoticon

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CLRWILLIAMS25 3/15/2013 10:55PM

    Sorry to hear about your kitty emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 3/15/2013 10:51PM

    Sorry for your loss they are so part of our family and so loving take care of your self. emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/15/2013 10:36PM

  emoticon Sorry for the loss of your sweet cat, what a beauty.

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BOBCATGIRL76 3/15/2013 10:27PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope that you are able to come to terms with it and find happiness in other things you love. emoticon

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