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My Favorite Workouts (picture blog)

Sunday, January 05, 2014

For the sunny gal challenge this week we need to blog about our favorite workouts:

Here are mine (and I love the workout "dice" I got as a goodie when placing an order with Sparkpeople!)

(I ran on the treadmill at the Y this week, too cold, and didn't have my phone on me, so here's a picture from the marathon)

Next week?

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LUVTOBOWL 1/13/2014 10:50PM

    Really neat dice! Wish I had some.

Thanks for the nice pics,


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LINDAKAY228 1/10/2014 8:13AM

    Love the pics except the one's in the snow look really cold!

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AMBER281 1/5/2014 5:44PM

    Love the dice, that's such a neat idea

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SGTSUNNY 1/5/2014 3:42PM

    Love the dice and the workouts! emoticon

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    emoticon Very cool!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/5/2014 8:38AM

    That dice is SO AWESOME!!! I want one!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/5/2014 5:30AM

Love the pictures! What a fun idea! emoticon emoticon

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CAMAEL100 1/5/2014 5:17AM

    Great ways to get exercise in in the cold weather.

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UNICORN212 1/5/2014 12:34AM

    Love the dice, Kathy! What do the other two sides say? Also, how is the furkid doing?

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IDICEM 1/5/2014 12:29AM

  Love the dice!

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I Choose Joy

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Ok, so I resisted it. I didn't want to pick just one word to define my 2014. But ever since I wrote my resolutions down, one word stuck with me and wouldn't let go. Joy.

Various things happened that I saw as signs that this word was to be mine for 2014:

I changed my cover photo on Facebook to a quote that I found great happiness in about joy

We had Christmas songs playing today and "Joy to the World" came on, after I tried to shake this word out of my head, and also "Joy, Joy, Joy".

We decided to start a Happiness Jar this year, before this word latched itself onto me. But you know, this word, joy, it makes me feel...happy. And I could use more of that in 2014. So I am going to seek joy in everything in 2014. It all came together, and who am I to resist joy?

Our Happiness Jar

If you want to choose just one word information about it is at the end of this blog.

JOY. It just feels right.

UPDATE: since posting this blog and choosing "Joy" as my word, I was opening old mail and found a Christmas card with one word on it:

Wow. Amazing how God chooses to give us these signs! I'm now even more sure of this word!

About One Word

One Word 365 is a community and a movement. It’s about forgetting resolutions and scrapping your list of goals that you’ll forget by next week – or be overwhelmed by in the same time frame. One Word 365 says:

Choose just one word. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word. 365 days. A changed life.

Will you be brave and commit to just one word? Do you believe that one small word can have a big impact on your life, on your world?

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SPARKLISE 1/3/2014 5:59PM


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TRAVELGRRL 1/2/2014 2:55PM

    Wonderful blog~! May joy fill every day of 2014, for all of us!

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    What a terrific blog, and Joy is a wonderful word to focus on. I enjoyed all oft the photos on here and the inspiration this leaves me with as well. I think I will choose the word peace.
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    Awesome Blog!!!!!!!!!!!

My one word will be........SUCCESS

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STARPESCADO 1/2/2014 11:05AM

    Great blog - thanks for posting!

You Rock!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/2/2014 8:14AM

    Joy is such a great word, and I hope it fills every part of this year for you!

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BRENDAF761 1/2/2014 7:31AM

    emoticon emoticon My word will be ACHIEVE! Best wishes for you in 2014! I know you will have JOY in your life! emoticon

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    Great word! Mine is "Believe."

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GRLTAZ 1/1/2014 9:54PM

    I like this and I agree. Choose joy ! TC

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ALLUP2ME1 1/1/2014 9:32PM

    I love this concept! This took me some time, but my word for 2014 will be fortitude!

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My New Year's Revolution and Prayer

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I love the New Year. I love setting goals and then looking back at the year and seeing how far you've come. I believe in the freshness of a clean slate, like the snow that is falling outside my window right now.

SARK, an artist and author, said that we should look at instead of making "resolutions", to start a revolution instead, and to do the things that our heart loves. I like that.

Also in Christian circles I've heard of instead of creating lists, choosing just one word. But to a writer, just one word is difficult to say the least. If I had to choose just one word it may be something like "Joy", "Strength", or "Faith". But those are all such different things.

So for me, in 2014, I am going to aim to do the things that make me happy, that make my heart happy, and help me reach my goals. But even more importantly, I am going to put God first.

My goals for 2014 are:

* I am going to reach my goal weight (lose 20 lbs) by staying within my calorie range and working out 4x per wk

* I am going to read the entire bible in a year

* I am going to get in enough water and more freggies

* I am going to swim and do yoga once a week

* I am going to renew my family and household, breaking old habits starting with me.

* I am going to yell less, and think before I speak more.

* I am going to worry less and pray more.

* I am going to rediscover my creativity and what makes me happy through writing, starting with once a week.

I started today off right, with the bible and a Sparkpeople egg white and spinach omelet

After I read my bible I checked my email and I received an email today with an important word from Wendy Blight, a Christian author.

She references Romans 12:1-2 which says:

"So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering ... Fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it ... God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you." (The Message)

She goes on to help us write a prayer (the rest below are Wendy's words and not my own)

Using this passage, let's write a New Year's Prayer. But not just any prayer. Reread Romans 12:1. There is a powerful little word tucked in that first sentence. Paul tells us to take our lives and place them before God as an offering.

Together, let's make a New Year's offering.

We can make all the resolutions we want, but we can't change ourselves. But when we willingly offer our lives to God, He will change us. The NIV translation of Romans 12:2 says, "...be transformed by the renewing of your mind." The renewing of our mind requires inward change and comes from God at work in us. It requires diligence on our part. It requires changing our thoughts, our priorities, and goals to be aligned with those of Christ.

It's baby steps. And it doesn't require changing everything all at once.

Let's begin today with our first step ... a simple prayer, offering our hearts to God.

Heavenly Father, I praise You this day as Elohim, God my Creator. You are the Author of my life. You are the Strength of my heart and my Portion forever. You are all I need. My heart's desire in this New Year is to grow closer to You. In knowing You better, I will know myself more because my identity is found in You.

I want to become a woman after Your own heart. God, I ask You to help me each day carve out time to spend with You. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, a heart to receive, and a mind to understand all that You will teach me. Make my heart tender to hear Your voice each time I meet with You.

Take Your Word and penetrate my heart. Create a hunger deep inside my soul for more and more of You. May nothing else satisfy me more than You.

Give me a heart of humility. If there is anything in me that keeps me from hearing You, reveal it to me. Convict me. Move me to confession. Cleanse my heart and renew a right spirit within me so I can be in perfect fellowship with You.

Fill my heart with Your truth. Plant it deep so that it takes root. Move me. Change me. Transform me. Empower me to live out what I hear and learn.

Every day of this New Year, make my life one long walk of obedience in response to Your Word and Your Holy Spirit Who lives and reigns in me. Let Your love and Your Word shape my life. This is my prayer offering. I ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.

Now let's commit together to pray our prayer throughout the year ... asking God to change us from the inside out ... in baby steps.

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GRANDMABABA 1/2/2014 7:12AM

    May He bless each one of us with what we need to become the strong healthy people He created us to be.

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/1/2014 9:17PM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. That really blessed me. I pray God does those things you are praying for, and blesses you abundantly this year, dear Kathy. He has a plan and loves you so much. He wants us to be willing to let Him work in and through us and you are expressing your willingness to do that. Offering our lives for the new year--love that! I am reading Purpose Driven Life (What on Earth am I Here For? revised new version that's on sale on Kindle) and it talks about God having a purpose for our lives and it is about Him--focusing on what matters most and doing what God created us to be. You are doing that and He will do the rest. Stay faithful in what He asks you to do and He will complete the work He began.

Love to you and your family!

Happy New Year!

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RUDITUDI2000 1/1/2014 8:05PM

    This is so beautiful! I hope you don't mind, I printed it out and will add it to my daily renewal time with the Lord! Happy New Year to you! emoticon

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    I think those sound like great goals for the year!

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    I love it.... Great way to think about the new year! Thank you for sharing my sunny friend. emoticon

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STARPESCADO 1/1/2014 6:40PM

    Great blog!

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UNICORN212 1/1/2014 3:26PM

    "I am going to aim to do the things ..... that make my heart happy" - very profound words. Putting God first, the offering, the weight, the food - all of it will make the heart happy.


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My Big, Fat, Healthy Year in Review (pics)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

In 2013 I didn't lose any weight. Not one single pound. For that matter, I also did not lose weight in 2012. Since my 100+ lb. weight loss achieved in October 2011 I have successfully maintained my weight loss for 2 yrs (that sounds a lot better than "I've been stuck in a plateau for 2 yrs., doesn't it?").

No, in 2013 I'm ending the year a few lbs heavier (thanks Christmas!) but a whole lot STRONGER. in 2013 I achieved so many things I honestly never thought I could.

So was 2013 a successful year? You tell me.

In 2013 I...

Trained for and ran my first half marathon and in the process met one of my best friends, Blaize...

I showed my girls the magic of the Cinderella castle...

I signed up for my first full marathon, inspired by Blaize and with the encouragement of my husband...and feeling that calling on my life...

...I decided to run for Team World Vision to give purpose to my running and to raise money and awareness for those in need of water...and to strengthen my walk with God...

I ran 9 miles with my Dad riding his bike alongside me!

I ran my SECOND half marathon with my good friend Jenn, running 13 minutes faster than the first time around...

I celebrated 14 years of marriage...it hasn't been easy, but we have made it through good times, and bad....and love conquers all...

I met Leslie Sansone, my biggest health inspiration, at a Walk Leader reunion and got to walk with her onstage at the Walk Concert in FL...

I was matched with Peyton in IR4, an amazing girl who gives even more purpose to my runs...

...I was asked to travel to L.A. to be in a Leslie Sansone DVD, a dream come true....and I got to meet Leslie AGAIN!

...I ran the furthest I've ever run...first 14 miles, then 16, then 18 and 19, and finally 20 in training for the marathon, all with the most amazing group of people, my 121:Run Team...

...I became good friends with Caitlin who surprised me by signing up for the marathon, she had never run more than a 5k before...but she felt God calling her to do this, too...

...it hasn't all been an easy road...I've stumbled along the way, in more ways than one...

But in the end, I drew closer to God, and I achieved more through His strength than I ever thought possible...

I ran a MARATHON!!!!

...I raised over $2,000 for Team World Vision for a water project that is breaking ground this January in Africa...

...and we decided to sponsor a child through World Vision that lives in the area of Africa that I ran for....Edna James...

Thank you, God, for an amazing journey in 2013. I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store.

THIS GIRL CANNOT WAIT! I have come a long way, baby! Next stop - goal weight in 2014, just in time for my 40th birthday and girls trip with my bestie Cheri and friends!!

Thanks to all of my family and friends that have supported me along the way!!

Flashback - NYE 2009, when I announced to my family I would lose 120 lbs...(I'm on the left with two of my sisters)

Christmas Eve, this year. I'm the second from the left in the red, and about 100 lbs. down with all of my sisters).

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ADAMST3 1/4/2014 11:09AM

    just a bit teary...PTL!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/1/2014 3:33PM

    What an amazing year you've had!

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FERRETLOVER1 1/1/2014 7:54AM

    Heck yes - this was an awesome year for you! Happy 2014! Make this the year you do it again! emoticon

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-ICANDOIT- 12/31/2013 11:21PM

    Wow! You are awesome! Can't wait to see all you do in 2014! You have so much to be proud of!

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ALOFA0509 12/31/2013 11:13PM

    Sooo Awsum sista!!! loved the pix with Jenn. What an amazing year for you. 2014 here we come!

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_JODI404 12/31/2013 10:53PM

    WOW!!! What a year!!! SO incredibly awesome!!

I wish you continued health, happiness, fitness, and success in 2014!!!


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POOKASLUAGH 12/31/2013 10:22PM

    You are fantastic! Can't wait to see what 2014 brings for you!

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CHAKARA1 12/31/2013 6:50PM

    very inspiring!!

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RUDITUDI2000 12/31/2013 6:21PM

    What a fantastic year! What a great God we serve!! emoticon You look younger and so healthy and happy! Love it!

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MARYBETH4884 12/31/2013 6:19PM

    Great year!! emoticon Enjoy 2014!!

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SGCSVCEEC 12/31/2013 6:04PM

    Congratulations and have a fabulous 2014!

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UNICORN212 12/31/2013 5:52PM

    I walk with you at least once a week! LOL

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You are so inspiring, Kathy. I am proud to be your friend.

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SLLYONS51 12/31/2013 5:47PM

  emoticon emoticon Success!

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The 5 lb. Christmas Gain will not defeat me!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

I felt it, these past few days. The extra giggle of my stomach, the ache in my bones. I knew that it had happened. The dreaded holiday weight gain. I had managed to maintain over Thanksgiving, which was my goal, however I know that I slipped and fell off my plan during Christmas. I have time off of work,and that means wonderful family time with my husband and kids, but also more eating,more time lounging, and less time focusing on reaching my goal.

I stepped on the scale this morning and not only was it a gain, but back I to the 200's. I was devastated. I've been hovering around 200 for the whole month of December. Now I am over that at 205. My initial reaction was defeat. I won't lie.

When you take a break from fitness, an eating plan, etc., its hard to know how to get back on track. You forget that it was baby steps that got you where you are, and instead see it as a huge mountain to climb.

I started this journey doing the only thing physically I could do - walk. I started 5 minutes at a time, then added minutes until I could walk a full mile, then two, and so on. I then began to run. This past year I trained for and ran my first half marathon, and then a full marathon.

In my transition from walking to running, I forgot about the power of walking, especially in the winter. I did it for cross training and of course, teaching my class once a week, but I neglected my daily walks and now stepping on the scale and seeing that dreaded 5 lbs. i realize that i forgot my roots. Except I'm not going to view it as a sentence, rather as a learning experience and am going to get back to my roots of walking! I know what a difference it makes.

Thanks to my fellow walk leader Nancy for the inspiration, she has maintained her weight loss through the winters and I saw this picture she posted to her walk page this morning right after stepping on the scale and it gave me the inspiration to start walking again, one step at a time.

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GRANDMABABA 1/2/2014 7:07AM

    Great success to you!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/31/2013 11:39AM

    heck no it won't defeat you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FEELINGFITERIN 12/30/2013 11:52PM

    The holidays can be ROUGH. I'm up a few pounds too. But I'm going to focus on clean eating and get those pounds back off. You are doing great! And I love your positive attitude! emoticon emoticon

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JENJESS48 12/30/2013 12:38PM

    I still haven't lost the baby weight. Or, rather, I've lost and then regained it. But I had a moment just like yours when I stepped on the scale and saw 200 for the first time in a long, long time. I need to get back on track but I'm finding it so very hard to find the time: we've had major teething troubles lately and I'm going back to work full time soon. (I've been working 30 hours a week.) Does the mommy juggling act get easier as your kids get older? Or do you just have to force yourself to put yourself back on the to-do list, no matter how intimidating the list is? Madelyn will start walking any day now, so I'm hoping just chasing the girls around will help me melt the pounds. I'd really appreciate any advice from a seasoned healthy mom who struggles with her weight!

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CARILOUIE 12/30/2013 8:29AM

    Thanksgiving was great for me, but this Christmas - hoo-eee I feel that jiggle! And today I am going out for a run so I can take those baby steps to make the jiggle disappear!

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BRENDAF761 12/29/2013 8:23AM

    Today is a new day! You can get right back on track! I also gained 4Ibs. over the holiday. I'm doing my best to get the weight off. I've been fighting an injured hip and can't do much exercise. I've really got to watch what I eat now. We can do this! Good luck to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SGTSUNNY 12/29/2013 12:43AM

    Thank you for the reminder that it was one small step that got me started! I feel the same way about walking and am ready to recommit to losing again. We can do this together.

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/28/2013 9:59PM

    Yes I totally understand! I feel that extra jiggle too! What's up with that?! Despite thinking I could continue on, healthy habits seemed so hard this month! What happened? But it is the small steps that get us back on track. Rather than feeling defeated that my exercise track record looked broken, I started with short videos and trying to get a streak going again.
Good to hear you are back walking. Returning to what works is so important. Simple small steps in the right direction. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYCRN 12/28/2013 7:02PM

    I faced the scale this morning too and found 3 1/2 pounds extra. I think if we drink a lot of water and get back to pre-holiday habits this week we will lose a couple even before the New Year and then can get in the groove to finish the job. emoticon

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ROBYNROSE26 12/28/2013 3:40PM

    Januaty1st we will put th holidays behind us and get back on track!

Lets do this!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/28/2013 11:41AM

    I find winter makes it harder for me to be motivated to go outside! I am glad that you are staying positive and that you are getting back on track!!

Last winter I put back on over 20 lbs, mainly due to my laziness, and I completely forgot my roots when I got back on track. It took me a few hard knocks to get it in my noggin to go back to the beginning! emoticon

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UNICORN212 12/28/2013 11:21AM

    It is so easy to let the holidays get you out of your routine, and then hard to get back to it! I am flirting with 150 again, when I used to be much closer to 140. I need to get back on track too. So you are by far not alone!

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