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Exciting Assessment Results today...............

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


I am so excited! since January 1, 2013 I have lost 8 pounds and my body fat has gone from 52.6% to 37%!!!!

  
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PATTYPAYNE 2/28/2013 4:31PM

    Great job! Keep up the good work!

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TORTISE110 2/27/2013 5:55AM

    Great day to jump on the scale and smile. CONGRATULATIONS!! You are making wonderful progress. emoticon

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DOUGLYE 2/27/2013 4:57AM

    Incredible gains . . . or is that losses.
Well Done!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/27/2013 1:48AM

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Making positive adjustments............

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sometimes life is hard. Things get rough, unexpected things surprise us, and we have to make adjustments. I had to make an unexpected adjustment this month by deciding to leave my abusive husband, packing my daughter, my pup, and as much important stuff as I could into my car and moving us all into my older daughter's home temporarily. I am blessed to have a daughter who is willing and able to take us in, and I'm thankful for that. I thought I'd learned all about abusive men and how to avoid them when I left my ex, went through serious depression and anxiety, counseling, the whole bit, including hospitalization for suicidal attempts.......I guess I didn't know enough, because I found myself right back in a very similar situation, but I didn't stick around to waste 15 years this time, at least. It only took me 7 years to grow a pair and walk out. It was not an easy decision, but it's getting easier every day and I"m surrounded by the love and support of my kids, as they all live right near here, so I am seeing them almost daily. The biggest thing, actually hearing my daughter say "I'm so proud of you." These are words I've wanted to hear from my kids all my life, words it took my mother till her dying days to say to me, and you know what? I'm proud of me too. It won't be easy starting over at 51, with a 12 year old while trying to finish a double bachelor degree program, and going back to work for the first time in many, many years, but I know we will be ok. There will be tough, tear filled, emotional days, and we'll have to give up lots of stuff as we adjust to one little income and start over, but my young daughter will see that it's not ok to let someone treat you like s*&t, and that it's ok to move on and start over, and mainly, that we'll be ok, together, and happy, just the two of us and our little puppy girl. From now on out, it'll be just us girls and I'm ok with that.

  
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68ANNE 2/27/2013 7:42PM

    I am so proud of you. It took a lot to leave and go out into the unknown but you did it!

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LAURELSPARK 2/26/2013 8:16PM

    Sorry to hear about your situation but I think that you've made a smart decision. Even after all that you've been through, you sound like a strong, confident woman. Kudos to you!

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BABY_GIRL69 2/26/2013 6:15PM

    I am so proud of you too! It's not easy to break those patterns that we've grown so accustomed to certain situations why I don't know? I say keep moving forward cause Spark friends got your back too!

God bless & hugs!!

Dee

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GINIEMIE 2/26/2013 5:58PM

    Glad you found the strength to leave the abusive situation. Happy for you that you had a place to go. Praying for you that you can finish your degree and get a decent job to support you and your youngest.
I'm proud of you too, for being courageous enough to get out of a bad situation.
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PATTYPAYNE 2/26/2013 4:26PM

    Good Job....keep going girl. I can relate in so many ways although it has turned out differently. You are very blessed to have the support of your children. Hang in there even in the rough times...and I try to remember that my mess can turn into a message for someone else. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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Paying it forward makes my day..............

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

How often do we miss a chance to pay it forward? Having a bunch of kids and grandkids, we often find ourselves in possession of slightly used baby/kid things that we'll pass on to tenants or whatever. Last week I had received back a bassinett that our daughter had used for our grandson, and then gave to us to loan to a tenant. I had planned to donate it to a local center, and couldn't seem to coordinate my schedule with the few hours a week they are open, so it was sitting in my car a few days. I suffer form social anxiety and rarely go out, but needed to make a trip to Walmart and as I was coming out I spotted a VERY pregnant woman and her bf/husband walking into the store. It was a VERY cold and windy day, yet neither had a jacket on, so after a few moments of serious self-talk, I walked toward them and said, I have a weird question, do you need a bassinett. Of course they looked at me like I was nuts, but I said, I happen to have a practically brand new bassinett, used only a couple months in my car that I've been looking to donate, please help me get it out of my car as I need the room and cannot find a place to donate it? They looked a bit shocked, a bit nervous and skeptical, so I just opened the back of my car and pulled it out and handed it to them. They smiled and I could barely see the tears in their eyes through the tears in my own, they thanked me numerous times as I got in my car and drove off, but I was so thankful and happy. I overcame my anxiety for a moment, and it made my whole day. God must have known I would run into this couple and put me in the right place at the right time-I only wish I'd given them my number, as my husband came home that day with an almost new infant seat! Maybe stalking Walmart is a good idea?

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/7/2013 9:34PM

    I totally love this. What a wonderful gesture and a blessing to everyone involved.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/7/2013 8:08AM

    What an awesome blog!
It is acts like this that prove what I believe. We are all good and given a choice will always choose to be this way!
Just beautiful!

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RD03875 2/7/2013 6:00AM

    What an absolutely lovely thing to do! Bless you!

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MINILOVER1 2/7/2013 5:38AM

    They say sometimes you are in the right spot at the right time and I feel that God planned your meeting. That was a wonderful thing you did. More people should pay it forward.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/7/2013 2:13AM

    That is such a wonderful thing for you to do.

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LAURELSPARK 2/6/2013 9:30PM

    What a sweet story!

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68ANNE 2/6/2013 8:45PM

    Such a great way to pay it forward. He surely has a hand it this!

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DANLIN60 2/6/2013 7:48PM

    your a wonderful person

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CHERYL_ANNE 2/6/2013 6:49PM

    emoticon What goes around, comes around.

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BECKYSFRIEND 2/6/2013 6:41PM

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BIGPAWSUP 2/6/2013 6:37PM

    That is awesome! Congrats on stepping outside of yourself and making someone's day!

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FCARMICH 2/6/2013 6:30PM

  good for you!

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DEBBY4576 2/6/2013 6:28PM

    I believe God did just that. I've had several times I just knew that I was in a place at a certain time for a reason. That was a wonderful story. Thank you for posting. I'm sorry you have social anxiety. That would be very difficult to live with I imagine.

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Reconnecting and making diamonds out of coal........

Sunday, February 03, 2013

So, we've had a rough week, the husband and I. He's put well over 70 hours in this week in one apartment (we manage close to 40 properties) and a frozen heating system. Making it especially depressing was the fact that it's our anniversary today, and we'd hoped to have a nice night last night and that too was run over by this craziness that is truly just part of being a property management company owner in the middle of a New England winter. So, today, suddenly, it seems to be finally coming together, with the final test tomorrow morning, but we decided to just take a quick break today and visit with a friend (and former tenant)who is, get this, opening a GYM!! So, off we go to meet him at the new facility, to see what needs to be done to get it opened, and in the middle of a conversation about what needs to happen andwho should be brought on board we decide to call our former Best Man who isa world champion kick boxer to see if he'd like to teach at the gym, and he is immediately on board. The friend mentions that he knows a martial arts instructor who is also coming on board, but he can only remember the first name......as he says it, my mouth pops open and I immediately spit out the last name followed by "SHUT THE F--- UP". Now, both hubby and friend are looking at me like my last marble has just escaped, when I announce, he is some one I've known my entire life, in fact he was my adopted "Big Brother"(which means he was involved with a family member, a cousin, they were engaged, and he was deeply rooted int he family when I was a child-so deeply that when he had his daughter, she was named after me). I'm following the story, but everyone else was still a bit befuddled, especially my husband who has never met this guy. So, I explained. He was there for me when my stepfather was abusing us, when my mother was a drunk, when my ex was an abusive ass, and when I needed a shoulder, and a guy to kick a bit of tail, and I both adored and idolized him. After their breakup we all lost touch and when I was a teen I reconnected with him and spent a lot of time in his dojo training and just relieving stress, but he had developed an unfortunate and serious drug addiction. Eventually, we all realized it was time for him to get help, and he turned to me. I agreed to spend one last day with him, on the condition that he allow me to enter him into rehab the following day, and that he NOT return to the city where we lived and where all his drug connections were. And so it happened-we spent a fantastic 24 hours at the beach and then at the dojo, meditating, praying, and saying what needed to be said, we made the loooooong drive to rehab the next day and said goodbye, knowing full well it may be for good. We had 2 conversation while he was there, and he did well. I heard later that he was very ill with cancer, but he was out, remarried, and she wanted no contact with any former friends/family members, understandably, so I stayed away. Tomorrow, he will be meeting our friend at the gym to set up final details for his classes, and I will be there to surprise him..........none of us are where we were those 30 long years ago, geographically, mentally, or physically, but, with God's help and a lot of faith,we will once again be spending time together training and supporting each other. God sure knows how to put a smile on my heart.

  
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CIERAPOET 2/4/2013 9:19PM

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Praise The Lord For This Reconnection! That's Amazing! Especially The Part About Him Living Right In The Same Area. May Your Friendship/Kinship Grow Once More And May God's Will Be Done With This Reconnection In Jesus' Name!

Enjoy Your Week And BE Happy!!!
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KYMBERLEIGH_C 2/4/2013 9:04PM

    Yes, the gym will be in Conway. Hoping to see it being opening up by the end of the week. Our reunion was bittersweet-he didn't recognize me, which was expected, and I got to meet his wonderful new wife, who would not be sharing his life if he hadn't gone to rehab and lived-they've been together since his graduation, so 30 years and they are so happy. We missed out on so much, and to find out that they actually live right in North Conway now, while we've been here in Conway Village all this time--how is it possible we never ran into each other?? God works in mysterious ways............now, it's my turn to get my ish together emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/4/2013 8:51PM

    I can totally relate. My family was in the rental business and also renovated and sold properties. My parents were snow birds and would take off in the airstream in the winter and leave me to manage hundreds of properties. Truly a nightmare. We had a maintenance man but he was horrible and my ex ended up having to do most of the work rather than have this idiot make things worse. I've seen it all. I had mom get rid of most of them before she died but she still owned one huge rental house with 11 rooms. It had been really nice but when the renters moved out the place was in shambles. They took the interior doors, the light fixtures, etc. The carpet was so gross my current hubby almost puked when we removed it. It took us 9 months to get it back in shape and instead of selling it for a $10,000 loss we made a $12, 000 profit over what she paid for it.

That is so cool that you will be meeting up with someone that was that important to you in the past. I hope it is a wonderful reunion.

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CHERYL_ANNE 2/4/2013 7:49AM

    I'm very happy for you and your family!

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BUSYGRANNY5 2/4/2013 7:26AM

    Awesome!!! Everything that happens, happens for a reason even when we don't see or understand the why!!

Have a great day!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/4/2013 1:39AM

    That is awesome!

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RD03875 2/4/2013 1:27AM

    Where is this new gym located, in Conway?
What a great story, so glad you will re-connect!

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ELSCO55 2/3/2013 10:24PM

    Wonderful.

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KYMBERLEIGH_C 2/3/2013 10:12PM

    Absolutely amazing

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ROCKMAN6797 2/3/2013 9:51PM

    It certainly was a small world today!

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CONFESSION-ACCOUNTABILITY TIME

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

So, after a week of being mostly on track and a great 3 pound loss, I "celebrated" last night by stuffing my face. Honestly, what the h** is wrong with me? I ate dinner, so happy to have had another successful day, feeling proud of myself for having a big spinach salad with a few lean beef slices on top rather than the big buttery potato and hunk of steak the hubby was eating. Yeah, even turned him down when he was making himself a bowl of ice cream..........and then it hit me. An overwhelming hunger that I could not stop, or so it seemed, and I broke down and fed it-fed it a lot. As in an entire bag, not those cute little single-serving bags, no I had to eat the entire family sized bag, of white cheddar popcorn and still I was "hungry" so I followed that little debaucle with a big fat peanut butter and banana sandwich and a glass of almond milk. I mean, are you f'ing kidding me right now?? I know better, and I knew I certainly wasn't hungry. So, I should probably just say the hell with it all and start over on Monday right? I mean, isn't that what we do? No, today, I am going to get back on track, I'm prepping food for the week now, to help me avoid that "nothing to eat so I'll try everything" binge. And I need some help, I need to be accountable, and to admit my screw-ups, so here it is, in writing, my huge well over 2000 calorie day.............

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/10/2013 1:59PM

    Yep, we have all been there. Sounds like something triggered you. At least you quit before it got really ugly. LOL.

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BIGPAWSUP 1/10/2013 10:17AM

    emoticon You are right. You just start again. We all fall off the wagon (heck it ran me over at Christmas) but it is just a bump in the road as long as you keep going!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/10/2013 1:42AM

    That's right, every day is a new day. Don't wait for the Mondays, today is the right day to get on track again.

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PMFISH 1/9/2013 6:55PM

    You have to do what works for you. We are all so different, after being on a plateau for what seemed like forever, someone gave me a sample of capsules. They are all natural from a berry from Scandinavia. They gave me energy, cut my appetite and immediately lost 3 pounds and a couple inches off my waist line. I have now been taking them for over a month, but have not had any noticeable difference in weight, but I feel better so and still have a curbed appetite, but scales are not showing signs of moving anywhere. Go figure! If not any weight loss in the next 30 days, may go off for a while so I can eat more calories to make sure, it is not because I am eating too little. As long as I feel good, I assume if I am following a healthy diet, get enough sleep, the body will stay healthy and finally catch up to the actions. Don't get discouraged!

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/9/2013 1:15PM

    Do you see what you're doing as a Lifestyle change knowing that you're trying to eat as healthy as you can or do you see it as a diet where you're restricted from eating certain foods until you lose the weight?

I struggled my first time with SP because I saw the journey ahead of me as a diet in which I was going to eat a certain way until I lost the weight. Little did I know that would be my downfall!

It took me awhile to regroup but I did, and, after dealing with a huge allergy flare-up of wheat and other grains resulting in me becoming gluten free, I now realize that healthy eating as opposed to dieting is what works for me. And just as important is portion control and logging my food and water intake. I will probably have to do that for the rest of my life and I am okay with it.

PS - Frankly, if my husband was eating a lovely steak - and I ate steak - I would have been having a 3-4 ounce portion of it along with a 5-ounce potato with a pat of butter - but that's just me. :D

Have a great week!

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TOPCAT93 1/9/2013 12:49PM

    keep up the accountability

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