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MOTIVATE Main Challenge - new cardio

Friday, January 20, 2012

Our main goal this week was to add two new cardio routines to our workout. I added a fun one, detailed below, and started the Spark Bootcamp DVD that I received (which I will blog about in more detail in a later blog)

I went sledding on Saturday! It was so much fun. Now last year I went sledding in the backyard of our cottage and that was a first for me since I was a kid - but this past Saturday I went to an actual HILL. The kind you have to climb UP.

It was amazing!

The hill was so steep there was a fence you could cling to, which I had to do several times. I went up it not only by myself, but at times carrying my 2 yr. old toddler. And going down was so much fun too!

We lasted for about an hour before Marlo, my 2 yr. old, had enough so we waited in the warm car while my hubby and 5 yr. old daughter, Lucy, continued to sled. I had packed some hot cocoa in a thermos and we sipped while we sang Christmas songs.

It was fun, and I burned about 400 calories while having this FUN!

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ERINBEAR1876 1/25/2012 9:35AM

    Aww, that looks like so much fun!!!! I think we will have to do something like that on this weekend, weather permitting :o} Great job getting those calories burned and having fun while doing it!

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JENJESS48 1/23/2012 12:25PM

    That's awesome, Kathy! And what a great two-fer: priceless kid time while burning mega calories. emoticon

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POSITIVE-FORCE 1/22/2012 11:29AM

    Loved your new cardio and your blog about it!

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MOMFAN 1/21/2012 10:59PM

    How fun we used to go to the mountains and sled every New Years Day. Mom would pack cocoa and we would always have chili.

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LINDAKAY228 1/21/2012 5:05PM

    I haven't sledded since I was a kid, and then only a couple of times. Sounds like you had a great time!

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KITHKINCAID 1/21/2012 2:17PM

    I love winter fun! That is so great. Love the pics :)

Going skiing tomorrow!!! Yey!!!

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ZURDTA- 1/21/2012 5:18AM

    How lovely.

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TEMPEST272002 1/20/2012 7:35PM

    How fun was that?! Looks like you guys had a great time & created some great memories.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/20/2012 5:11PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun!!!!!!!! I still fear hills and stairs but someday I will not!

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    Yay! I used to love sledding!!!!!!

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SGTSUNNY 1/20/2012 2:57PM

    Great blog and pictures! Cant wait to hear about your other workout. Keep up the good work

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SEATTLESIMS 1/20/2012 2:53PM

    sounds great! I've been having fun sledding with the kids and burning some calories too!
That counts as a new cardio routine doesn't it? ;)

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MOTIVATE Bonus: Vision Boards

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The bonus this week is to start a vision board:

BONUS: For the bonus, start a vision board. You can make one from scratch or make a virtual one. Just be sure to print your finished product if you make a virtual board. Once your board is done put it up somewhere where you know you may need an extra boost of motivation, maybe over your alarm clock, the fridge, your workout gear, wherever you will need it.

I created four vision boards, because there are four major focus areas in my life in 2012.

They are:


Main things I am focusing on: Walking the path I would want my daughters to walk, trusting in God, forgiving myself for parts of my past I cannot change, but they changed me (the broken road is truly blessed). Honor and strength. This is my life, not just a year. This is a major focus for me. Things I am doing to enrich my walk - reading my bible every day, trusting God and most importantly, listening to Him and not shutting him out, as I've been known to do for weeks, sometimes months at a time. When I shut Him out, that's when I know I am in trouble.


2012 is my year to reach goal weight. For me that is about 20 more lbs. But beyond that I want to be healthy for me, for my daughters, for my husband. For ME. I want to continue to push myself mentally and physically. I want to continue to box, to strength train, to run and to find new activities that I love.


I am going to run a half marathon in 2013 in Disney! With Blaize! SO have to train THIS YEAR. Also going to run the Hot Chocolate 15k.


I want to be a writer, so I need to write. Period. Want to carve out more time for myself to actually do it.

Those are my vision boards :)

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HEALTHYME229 1/26/2012 3:00PM

    Wow - these are wonderful! Like others, I think it is so cool that you did 4 different ones. I have been in desperate need of a vision collage make-over. These have inspired new ideas for me. Thanks for sharing!

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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 10:08PM

    Wow, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your vision boards!!!! YOU WILL DO THIS!

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POSITIVE-FORCE 1/22/2012 11:31AM

    You go beyond MOTIVATION!! So cool that you did 4 that are close to your heart! Hope they keep you on your goal!

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REENSKI 1/21/2012 3:44PM

    Great idea having 4 vision boards-they are awesome! And so are you!
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PRESBESS 1/20/2012 7:18PM

    Simply outstanding! Keep pressing toward your goal. I'm rooting you on all the way.

Keep Sparkin' hard

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SGTSUNNY 1/20/2012 3:16PM

    You outdid yourself! Love them, so inspiring and bright!

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MANLEYSANDY 1/20/2012 1:51PM

    Love them!! I made one for too! I know you will reach your goal weight!!

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LINDAKAY228 1/19/2012 4:58PM

    Great job with all of these! They are so motivational. Great idea to make different ones for different areas you want to focus on. I hadn't thought of that.

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    Oh my gosh you did so great with these!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVVE THEM!!!!!!!! Hehehehehhe I can't wait for Disney baby!!!!!!

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KITHKINCAID 1/19/2012 10:24AM

    I love ALL of these. You are so creative and wonderful - I need you to make my vision board for me - heheh.

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AMBER281 1/19/2012 10:22AM

    Love your vision boards!!

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SARASMILING 1/19/2012 6:07AM

    Love these! I really need to work on mine. I started one a year or so ago but it's been forgotten. You're good inspiration lady! :)

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ZURDTA- 1/19/2012 4:45AM

    Brilliant! Really focussed and imaginative - love them!

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POETICBLONDE 1/19/2012 12:30AM

    Good for you, those are some great collages and goals.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/18/2012 11:48PM

    These look great!

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RAINSTORM17 1/18/2012 11:08PM

    Very creative boards. Good luck with all your training and make the extra time for your writing. Re emoticon emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/18/2012 8:24PM

  this is such a great idea and I sure do apprecitate and I thank you

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4AMAZINGME 1/18/2012 7:59PM

    emoticon You have accomplished so much already, I know you will do what you set out to do!!

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KBLACKFORD11 1/18/2012 7:06PM

    Are you doing the Disney Princess Half Marathon?!? That is the one I want to do!!! Sounds like some awesome goals, I know you can do it!!!

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PRINCESS1959 1/18/2012 6:52PM

    Great Idea and awesome Vision Boards

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LOOZINITNOW 1/18/2012 6:22PM

    Love them all!

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KKINNEA 1/18/2012 6:17PM

    Nice, I like that you created focused ones for each major area.

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43+ inches of progress

Monday, January 09, 2012

I will admit it. The Presidential test made me feel...unfit. I am second guessing using my run time vs. a walk time since I was only in the 20th percentile for running. Had I walked instead, I would have done much better. I mean, really, who cares if I'm a slow runner, that doesn't affect my V02 score. Some people are just slower runners. Period. Guess the President wants us to run fast. But, I digress.

Anyway, I was going through some paperwork at home and found my test results from when I was in a Mommy Boot Camp class after I had Marlo, who is my 2 and a half yr. old daughter.

The results made me see, like a smack in the face, just how far I had come.

My fitness goal at the time was:

To be able to run 6 laps straight (that's half a mile).

Now I can run 7 miles straight.


The number of push-ups I could do? 10.

Now I can do 22 in a minute.


My V02 score was 21.1, which was worse than "Very Poor" and wasn't even on the chart. The instructor had to draw a special line for me to show me where I was.

Now my V02 score is 37, which is considered "Excellent"


My BMI was 47
Now it is 31.16


But the biggest eye opener for me was how many inches I've lost. Over my entire body I have lost a total of 43.3 inches. That is the size of a flat screen TV.

I have lost 100 lbs. I am not at goal yet, both the numbers on the scale and the level of fitness I'd like to be at, but I'm so much further than I was. I am going to get fitter and get stronger, and it feels good to have goals to strive to.

Last year I ran my first 8k and 10k. This year I'd like to run my first 15k and next year my first half marathon.

I am putting one foot in front of the other until I reach my goals. And once I do, I will continue to fight and push to maintain my goal.

One of my favorite quotes is, "It's never too late, in fiction or life, to revise."

That is so true. Keep pushing and follow your own dreams and goals. You are worth it!

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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 2:19PM

    You are simply amazing! I am loving the results, and loving your success!!!!

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CHICAT63 1/21/2012 7:10PM

    emoticon emoticon love your post !!!!!

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PASTORMIKE7 1/14/2012 11:54PM

    I am so happy for you!

What a blessing you are!!!

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NELS8550 1/14/2012 5:19PM

    That is incredible!! Truly inspiring. It's funny that you hardly notice the difference over time but tracking your progress is so important. It makes it so real!

Keep it up, you'll be at your final goal (and stay there) in no time

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SARASMILING 1/11/2012 8:56PM

    Yay! You're amazing! So happy for you!!

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AMBER281 1/11/2012 1:21PM

    You have done amazing!!

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KITHKINCAID 1/10/2012 3:34PM

    I think you can make it to a half this year. Just saying. You're a superstar! :)

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 1/10/2012 11:18AM

    GIrl you have done an amazing job and you look totally awesome!!!

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MAPLECANDY3 1/10/2012 10:18AM

    you look great!!!!!!!

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NUOVAELLE 1/10/2012 1:48AM

    Your progress is really amazing! Keep up the great work!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/10/2012 1:01AM

    You are doing awesome!!!!!!!!

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    You are absolutely amazing! I am SO proud of you! And you definitely look like an athlete!!! i love you!

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GOGOMAMA 1/9/2012 10:33PM

    Great work!!

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TOPAZROSE 1/9/2012 10:10PM

    You have come so far! Your story, success so far and determination for the future are inspirational. Thank you.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/9/2012 9:44PM

    You look fantastic, and the statistics are awesome! Congratulations!

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ARAC76 1/9/2012 9:31PM

    You are a rock star! Awesome!

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    Your are a magnificent mom and athlete. What wonderful progress you have made and you have juggled it all with work and family. Simply amazing. emoticon

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HLTHYRNRMOM 1/9/2012 7:52PM

    awesome! adding you as a friend!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/9/2012 7:46PM

    You are sheer inspiration! Looking good and I bet feeling even better! emoticon

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DOCZIP 1/9/2012 7:27PM

    You have done absolutely wonderful!! Thank you for sharing your personal insights, it is quite inspirational and motivating.


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FANCY-PANTS 1/9/2012 7:12PM

    Fabulous! emoticon emoticon

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UNICORN212 1/9/2012 7:04PM

    I love the photo comparison. You look GREAT!

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WINNIE1978 1/9/2012 7:00PM

    You've made amazing progress! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/9/2012 6:40PM

    We can be so hard on ourselves. When I first saw my results I barely acknowledged the 90 & 95% which I got for flexibility/strength & zoomed right in on the 65% for cardio. Judging myself for not doing better. Craziness. We have both come so incredibly far. It's mind blowing really. It's important to keep a sense of perspective. Reflecting on how far we've come gives us strength to continue moving forward. I can wait to read your HM blog. I have absolutely no doubts that you're going to do it.

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CARILOUIE 1/9/2012 6:15PM

    You are so inspiring to me... You're amazing!

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BRITCHES82 1/9/2012 4:57PM

    You are such an inspiration Kathy!! I can't even begin to tell you how much your journey has inspired me to strive for more than I think I am capable of. You have come so far and you will make those goal! I have no doubt about that!! :) Keep up the good work! Congrats on making it into Onederland and loosing 100 lbs!!

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ROCKINMOM77 1/9/2012 4:52PM

    You've come A LONG WAY BABY!!! Be Proud!!!

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BRANDI.FEY 1/9/2012 4:40PM

    That's some amazing progress! emoticon

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RUNTRILAUGH 1/9/2012 4:36PM

    Great job!!!!!!! You should be VERY PROUD!!!!!!!!

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    You are incredible, Kathy! Your progress is awesome, and I am super proud of you!!

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LINDAKAY228 1/9/2012 3:53PM

    So wonderful how much progress you've made! Wow! You have so much to be proud of yourself for despite what one test said the other day. And you look amazing!

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CATHM26 1/9/2012 3:38PM

    Awesome - good for you!

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President's Fitness Test Results for MOTIVATE Challenge

Friday, January 06, 2012

I am posting this here so that I have a record of it. This is the first time I've done the President's Challenge, in past Done Girl Seasonal Challenges I avoided this test, usually done at the start of each challenge. It intimidated me and I didn't want to do the push ups or sit ups or time my run...but I'm glad I did it. It showed me areas I need to improve on, and reminded me of why I'm on this journey. I want to be healthy. It's not about the number on the scale, or any individual number below in my results. But...all of these numbers add up and they tell a story. And my story still has an unhappy ending - a high risk of disease.

My current results are:

Congratulations! You scored above average on 2 of the 4 elements of the adult fitness test. Your score was average or below average for your age on 2 of the 4 tests. You may wish to talk with a fitness or exercise professional about activities you can do to improve your performance on these tests. Keep up the good work! Remember to be active every day and work to maintain a healthy weight.

Aerobic Fitness:
1.5-Mile Run

Muscular Strength:
Half Sit-Ups (in one minute)

Muscular Strength:


Overall Score (based on percentile average):


Body Composition:

Current wt: 200
Waist measurement: 40.2

BMI: 31.3 Obesity, Very High Risk of Disease

I do need to look back and see how far I've come, if only for my pride's sake. Seriously, if I focus too much on these results I will get down on myself and ask myself the sort of questions that don't get me anywhere. Questions like, why didn't you run faster, you've run 10 minute miles before. This was ONLY 1.5 miles, couldn't you have pushed it? Gotten a final time of 15 minutes vs. 18 min. 15 seconds? Or pushups, couldn't you have done a few more?

So I'm going to look back for a moment.

At the start of my journey my results would be something like this:

My aerobic fitness - I wouldn't have been running, that's for sure.

Flexibility - don't think I would have reached far at all.

Muscular strength - maybe I would have gotten out 5 pushups and maybe half of the sit-ups I did.

Body Composition:

My highest known weight (before I stopped stepping on the scale): 298 (vs. 200 now)

Waist measurement: 52 (vs. 40.2 now)

BMI: 46.7 (vs. 31.3 now)

Still Obesity, Very High Risk of Disease, but there is an end in sight. When I was 46.7 30 seems very far away. Now I know I can reach that. I think just 10 more lbs. and I'm there.

And I scored "above average" on 2 of the 4 elements in the test! I can't overlook that.

And this test has fueled my fire. I don't like that my BMI is still obese and says that I am at a high risk for disease. I want to change that. I am even more motivated to reach my goal weight. Enough of this holiday yo-yoing in and out of Onederland. I am done with it. From now on I want to just keep going downward, and soon I will be under a 30 BMI, which will make me just "overweight" vs. "obese" (isn't that a terrible word?)

But 51%, well, I guess I'm "average". And coming from a place where I would never have made that score previously, I guess I'm ok with that - for now. It gives me room to grow, and that's always a good thing.

I know I can lower my BMI, lower my weight and ultimately reach my goals. And I can't wait to do this test again and beat my own times. After all, my biggest competition is myself. And I'm gonna win.

If you are intersted in taking the test yourself the link is below.


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KITHKINCAID 1/10/2012 3:31PM

    Nothin wrong at all with being average. For me it actually feels weird to be average since I have been so above average (and not in a good way) for so long. Congrats on even DOING the test in the first place and cranking out some great numbers. 22 pushups in a minute - ugh - I struggle with 10!

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FITFOODIE806 1/8/2012 6:16AM

    You should focus on how far you've come!! Growth is what it's about! And look how well you did. And next time you'll do even better! Thanks for sharing this. I remember it from grade school. I hated it then. Maybe I'll try now.

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AMBER281 1/7/2012 11:49PM

    Congrats on your results!
Its neat to see how far you have come, what a great NSV. That was the whole reason that I did the challenge this week, later I can do it again and see how far I have come too.
I am so proud of you.

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TEMPEST272002 1/7/2012 6:19PM

    I'm glad you talked about how very far you've come. You're in the "average" for fitness... that's amazing! The old you would have thought that an impossible dream, just as a 30 BMI once seemed so far away. You've done a great job of transforming your weight & fitness level and you're just going to continue to get fitter & fitter.

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LINDAKAY228 1/7/2012 5:58PM

    Congratulations on the test results! I didn't get it done for the challenge, but really should take it so the next time it comes up I will have something to compare it to. Great job!

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ROBYNROSE26 1/7/2012 2:38PM

    Great job Kathy! I really need to do this, but haven't gotten around to it and am wearing heels and dress pants today and having a full house tonight for hubbies birthday, might do it tomorrow, won't get the points but its a good measurement tool!

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/7/2012 11:43AM

    I'm so proud of you!! You were strong enough to take the test & face the numbers, strong enough to figure out what you needed to do, and mentally strong enough to fight your initial emotions with some TRUTH!! You have done AMAZINGLY well, and ARE CONTINUING to do so!! YOU GO GIRL!!!

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TOPAZROSE 1/7/2012 8:50AM

    You have put these results into your personal context and wow how far you have come. WTG! You are doing so well.

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SARASMILING 1/7/2012 8:25AM

    What an awesome job you're doing!! So proud!
I know, I hate being in the obese category. It's funny, in my early 20's I would have never thought my goal in my 30's would be to get into the overweight category. lol! And I thought I was fat then?! If only we knew then... :) Onward and upward...well in our case downward. :) Have a great weekend!

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WOLFKITTY 1/7/2012 1:48AM

    You are awesome!!! :D

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STARFIRE125 1/7/2012 12:04AM

    You have come a long way and should be very proud of yourself! The best is yet to be!

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ERINBEAR1876 1/6/2012 11:48PM

    Maybe tomorrow I'll have to take that test to see where I sit, but I have to say I love the attitude shift that you show in this blog, from how you show your negative thinking shifting into the positive and what you have accomplished rather than how far you have left to go and how unreachable it can "seem" sometimes. And the amount of pushups you did??? Holy cats! I think that is great! I am surprised that you didn't get a higher percentile for that. I have a feeling I'll be getting a low percentile in that area ;o}

Great job, and a great point for you to look back on!

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UNICORN212 1/6/2012 10:56PM

    I still need to do mine - and I need to find my prior results. Hopefully tomorrow. I am glad you scored so well on two of the 4 - and actually, I think you did better on ALL of them than I did last time!

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    You are amazing! I'm so proud of you!!!!

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The Joy and Abundance of our Christmas

Monday, December 26, 2011

I have had such an amazing last couple of days that I had to share with my Spark friends. I had what were possibly some of the worst days I've ever had near Christmas, almost cancelling our Christmas Eve plans, but God had other things in store for us.

Some of you may know that my daughter was to get surgery to remove a cyst in her neck this past Wednesday. That surgery got cancelled due to a fall she had on Monday; the doctors determined that it wasn't safe to put her under as she may have suffered a slight concussion and the anesthesia would worsen things, and possibly cause more problems. So her surgery is rescheduled until Jan. 25th. At first I was frustrated, but I realized that sometimes the answer to a prayer is not the answer we seek, but the one that we do need.

On Thursday I received a text message from my bank saying that we only had $50 to last us until the following week when I would get paid. We were not done Christmas shopping. We hadn't purchased food for our Christmas Eve feast that we were hosting for the first time. Doctor bills and other unexpected events had taken their toll on our wallets. I transferred what was left in our emergency fund to cover bills so that we wouldn't be withdrawn on our bank account. I should have felt panic, but instead I was left with a deep peace. I was done Christmas shopping. I hadn't decided that, but God decided for me. I refused to add any more debt to our credit card. We were done and that was it.

I did get worried about having guests for dinner the following day and cried about how we would afford it, and said we should probably cancel. But my family was looking forward to it, and I knew that if all we could do is give soup or sandwiches, we would still be happy. I prayed that we would somehow provide.

That afternoon the director of my daughter's old preschool stopped by with a gift of books for the girls. Inside of the bag was a card for us with a Trader Joe's gift card worth $100. This was amazing to me. What a gift, and what timing! It was God's perfect timing. We had also received $18 to Panera in the mail that day due to an error they had made with our order the week before. We would use that for fresh bread, and Trader Joe's for other things we needed for dinner.

A few hours later I got a text from a woman at my church that said there was a surprise on our front door. We looked and there was a 23-lb. turkey and a loaf of sourdough bread waiting for us on our doorstep. It was an answer to prayer. I cried, I was overwhelmed. I hadn't told this woman about our financial situation. I don't tell many that we are struggling, except for close family and friends, and only when they ask. I don't like getting handouts. This didn't feel like that. This felt like a huge gift, a blessing. I explained to her that we were just talking about how would we be able to afford hosting Christmas Eve dinner, and she said "God knows, honey. God knows."

We took turns hauling the huge turkey inside, the girls were dancing around it. It was fun. My husband and I have never had a full turkey before and had no idea how to defrost it, let alone cook it, but we got advice from my mom and dad. I felt like the richest woman on this earth. It was starting to feel like an "It's a Wonderful Life" Christmas - seriously. It was amazing.

The following day the Christmas Eve feast was amazing. My one sister brought wine and a cheese platter, another sister brought bacon puffs (yes you read that right!), another sister brought juice boxes for the kids, my Dad brought a ham, we had the turkey (which turned out delicious, we had basted it with olive oil and herbs), I baked my pecan chocolate pie, also made Swedish Pecans, it was just incredible. We also had lots of other goodies thanks for our Trader Joe's gift card. It was so nice to see the kids open gifts and to spend that time with family.

As our family was leaving, my husband said that someone left their gifts outside. I went out and there were two huge bags full of wrapped presents, addressed to my daughters, and simply signed, "Santa".

I called my Dad, I called my brother-in-law, I tried to figure out who had left these gifts, and I can tell you I still have no clue who. I can't thank this person, which is killing me. This was a huge, huge blessing. I don't know how else to describe it. It was going to be sparse under our tree this year and now we had these gifts for the girls on top of what we had already bought them.

You may think this is the end of the story but it's not. My husband and I couldn't afford to exchange gifts this year. He is an artist and was going to make me something for Christmas, but he didn't have time. I did buy him a few t-shirts as he loves t-shirts, and they were on sale, but he felt bad he didn't have anything for me. I told him the best gift would be if he would go to Christmas service with me at church the following morning. He sort of rolled his eyes, I knew he didn't want to go. He said he'd think about it.

The next morning, after the girls opened gifts and we had breakfast my husband was still in his pjs and Marlo was naked (due to a potty accident). It was ten minutes before I had to leave for church, and I told Lucy to get her shoes on or we'd be late. She stood, defiant, and said she wasn't going to go. (Lucy is my older daughter, 5 1/2 yrs. old, and is the only one to go to church with me). I was crushed. But I didn't want to force her to go, and on Christmas Day no less, so I let it go. I said something to my husband about it going to be lonely going to service alone (yes, us Irish can lay on the guilt thick), and Lucy jumped up and got her shoes on. I was so thankful, and told her so. She said "I wasn't going to let you go alone, Mama." So off we went, out the door.

In church we were singing Christmas carols and it was a joyous time. I saw the front of the church turn around for some reason, and wasn't sure why. I kept my eyes forward and then out of the corner of my eye I saw my husband, Jim, with my daughter Marlo on his shoulders. He came! I was so shocked and happy, and glad. I can tell you I couldn't stop smiling for the rest of the service. My heart was full, glad, and just thankful. It's so not about the gifts, but I feel like we were blessed with so many gifts this Christmas. We have love in our hearts. We have a loving and supportive community. I have an amazing family, a wonderful Spark family, and I have a church family I love. I am rich indeed.

These are just a few of my Christmas miracles this year. I wanted to capture them on paper and share them with you in case this Christmas may have been a darker one for you, or if it was an amazing one too. It's a reminder that magic does exist in this special, holy season. Whether you believe or not, the magic is there, an undercurrent under all of the glitter and baubles, underneath all the hurt and pain, there is magic. All you have to do it close your eyes. And listen.

Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas season.


May joy and peace surround you,
Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now
And bless you evermore.
--Irish Blessings

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BRITCHES82 1/9/2012 3:18PM

    I just got a hold of this blog and I am so glad I did!! I have had those moments in my life. God is truly amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    What an incredible Christmas for you and your family! I'm so glad to hear how everything worked out for you, sounds like an incredible time!

Love you!

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TEMPEST272002 1/1/2012 4:36PM

    So beautiful to read of how your Christmas was transformed through love and kindness. I'm glad your deepest wish, about having your family in church with you, came true.

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LMLOPEZ 1/1/2012 3:55PM

    Wow, Kathy-just read this post and I am always in awe how God puts people and situations in place for us when He knows we need it most. You have many blessings and I hope these blessings continue for you through the New Year. What an awesome start to the 2012 season-may you have continued health and happiness through the year!

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KITHKINCAID 12/31/2011 4:45PM

    It is not a wonder you believe. What an incredible set of miracles. God does know, Kathy, and you are such a wonderful person, he knew that you needed and so he gave. I am so happy that you and your family had the holiday that you all deserve. Much love and many blessings for the New Year.


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MANLEYSANDY 12/28/2011 4:07PM

    God works in the best ways! Thank you for sharing your wonderful blessing with us!

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REENSKI 12/28/2011 10:10AM

    So beautiful & so full of love & so blessed!

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TOPAZROSE 12/28/2011 8:49AM

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas story.

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SHERR513 12/27/2011 5:36PM

    What an amazing story of how God can turn impossible into possible! I love how God blessed you and your family! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/27/2011 4:04PM

    I love to hear Christmas miracles! So happy for yours! I've had a really rough month and my daughters had no money and miracles worked out for us too so that my grandkids had a nice Christmas. God amazes us with His grace and gifts sometimes!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/27/2011 3:29PM

    So beautiful and amazing!

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MS_MANDA 12/27/2011 2:11PM

    Those were for sure Christmas Miracles. I'm so glad things turned around for you :)

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MOMFAN 12/27/2011 1:08PM

    We serve an emoticonGod. thanks for the reminder. We have had many of those times ourselves! Praying that God continues to work in hubby's heart!

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BABY_GIRL69 12/27/2011 11:22AM

    These are true Christmas miracle. I had a few myself & I always most grateful & try to pay that blessing forward on to others.

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/27/2011 11:06AM

    So beautiful and amazing!

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NUOVAELLE 12/27/2011 1:48AM

    God knows, honey. God knows.
You deserved each and every one of those miracles. May your family continue to be blessed.
Wishing you the best for the new year!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 12/27/2011 12:57AM

    I love how God works! Your husband needed to see these miricles and blessings from God come to you without anyone knowing what you needed. That way he could not give credit to any person. That was the best answer to prayer and a great gift from God!

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UNICORN212 12/26/2011 11:21PM

    Rich indeed. A very awesome Christmas!

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AMBER281 12/26/2011 11:03PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I am so glad you had such a wonderful Christmas.

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IGSBETH 12/26/2011 10:34PM

    That is wonderful. You had angels watching over you.

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HSMOM2FOUR 12/26/2011 10:29PM

    I'm so thankful that you were able to see & feel the tangible love of our Lord and His care for every detail of our lives!!
(((hugs))) and praising Him with you for all His wondrous works!

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KKINNEA 12/26/2011 9:53PM

    Simply amazing - so many miracles!

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FANCY-PANTS 12/26/2011 7:35PM

    Thanks for sharing that. God is so good!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/26/2011 6:11PM

    I have goose bumps reading this. What a wonderful Christmas. I wish only greater blessings for you and your family *HUGS*

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CRYSALLIS1 12/26/2011 5:53PM

    I can tell that you are a special woman. You deserve all the blessings that came your way. I'll keep your daughter in my prayers. emoticon

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KAREN_NY 12/26/2011 5:18PM

    How blessed. A holiday to remember and a holy day for all.

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