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New SparkPeople workout shirt! :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I pre-ordered the Spark book a while back and received a $20 GC to the Spark store!! I had been wanting to order something for a while, so this was a great opportunity. I got a cool new workout shirt; it came last week. I love it!!

I only wish the SP logo were a *little* bigger. Makes it easier to "spread the spark." I'm all ready for raving all about this site to anyone who asks! :)
It's amazing how a new piece of workout gear motivates me to work out. It's the little things that make me happy. I can't wait to get the book in January. Even though I'm pretty much a seasoned Sparker by now, I'm sure there will be many things I'll learn by reading it.
Hope everyone is doing well.

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STARTSPARKING 11/12/2009 12:01AM

    You look great in your Spark shirt! I'm glad it motivates you to exercise. I hope you will inspire lots of newcomers with your Spark top!
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SPARKNMOM 11/11/2009 10:31PM

    You're looking great!!! : ) I pre-ordered too!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 11/11/2009 4:35PM

    I'll have to get some Spark gear, too. That top looks great on you. Do you typically wear petites? I do and often the arm hole and necklines are too low on me, especially a v-neck, but that looks to fit you just right, so maybe it would be ok for me, too.


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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/11/2009 4:21PM

    Looks great! Enjoy your working out!!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 11/11/2009 3:24PM

    That top is really cute! I like it!

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SUEZEALAND 11/11/2009 1:27PM

    Looks good on you too


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JDMIZ2011 11/11/2009 12:15PM

    Thanks for sharing. Now I know there's a spark store!

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Bye bye big clothes

Monday, November 02, 2009

I have a small bag of clothes that are looking for a new home. But they don't want to leave me! LOL!

I had given away most of my bigger clothes but saved a few cropped pants and a top that I thought I could wear during pregnancy including these:

Well, it turns out I never wore them because they were too big, even with my prego belly!!! How good it feels to say that.

Anyway... back in September (or maybe late August) it was a nice day to take a walk, so I put Laila in her stroller, grabbed the bag of clothes and walked to the consignment shop to see if they would take them. You usually need an appointment but it was such a small bag that I thought the owner would be able to take a quick look at them. In the past, had seen someone else drive up without an appointment and drop off many more clothes than I had. I'm talking bags and bags and bags....

So I went there, and of course with my luck, she said she would not take them without an appointment. I was annoyed because with a baby it's not that easy to get over there all the time. So I just said forget it, I will just donate them. They sat in our car for a while; we just never got around to taking them to Goodwill. Then (lucky for me, or so I thought) a couple weeks ago Amvets called and said they will be doing a pickup in our area, and did I have anything to donate. I told them I would have a bag of clothes for them. Well....they never came to pick it up!!!! Back in the car they went and there they are to this day.

LOL! Maybe it's a sign? I hope not!! I don't want them on this body ever again!

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ISEW4UANDME 12/29/2009 7:51PM

    I just dropped off a couple of huge bags at a Goodwill drop off. Boy, did that feel good! I did keep one pair of pants and one top to show off after I reach my goal. It does feel good to see my everyday clothes getting bigger and bigger. I hate to replace them mid-season though. I'm going to try to make it 'til spring by making alterations!

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SPARKNMOM 11/2/2009 9:58PM

    Don't you hate it when your valiant attempts to clean out/donate are derailed!! An opportunity will arise - and it won't include rejoining your wardrobe!

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ASTER2606 11/2/2009 9:09PM

    Nah! You're never wearing those clothes again. Very cute new pictures of Laila that you posted today. My how she has grown!


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MRS.DOYLE 11/2/2009 4:26PM

    Even if you have to cut them up to make cleaning cloths...get rid. It is very motivational knowing that all your clothes fit and you can't afford to get any bigger again.

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BCGIRL74 11/2/2009 3:43PM

    Kick those clothes to the curb!! You won't need them again!! It is funny how they don't seem to want to leave you though. You'll find another good home for them. emoticon

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    Even if you just have to throw them out, get rid of them.

I have a neighbor who moves clothes and items around with her sister. She takes anything I have and goes through them and then passes them on to the next.

If you can't find someone, ask at your house of worship or even the local elementary school.

Someone will be very happy to get them.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 11/2/2009 1:29PM

    Heh. Those clothes certainly are determined to stay in your life. Good luck getting rid of them. =D

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 11/2/2009 11:48AM

    Definitely get rid of the clothes. Who wants to go backwards? I don't... even though it seems that I am.


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I'm still here... for the long haul

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hi everyone! I miss you, Spark friends. I hope you are all doing well. Lately I have been feeling frustrated with trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle but once again this site comes to the rescue. Logging on here keeps me focused and determined. Yesterday I received a caring pep talk via Sparkmail that I am taking to heart (thanks Karen!) and I know I cannot give up on myself. I never wanted to, but I was veering off the wagon for a little while there. I'm happy with my post-pregnancy body for the most part but I still have some baby weight to lose - and I WILL lose it.

Things are starting to settle down a bit here. I've been trying to establish some sort of a schedule with the baby, and it's going surprisingly well. That is not to say that every day is the same and on schedule but she is definitely establishing a pattern of eat, sleep and play times. She is also starting to laugh and smile and focus more on things. The other day she was watching a Tweety cartoon and giggling. :)

I just finished a 45-minute Turbo Jam workout. I have limited space and was bumping into the couch (which is why I like to just go to the gym) but nevertheless I did it. Laila was taking a nap, and just when I put the DVD in to start the workout I heard her crying. I went up to get her and then started warming up a bottle. In the 5 minutes that it took for the bottle to warm up, she fell back asleep. LOL. So I played the DVD fully expecting her to wake up any minute, but she stayed asleep through the entire workout, despite my kicking and jumping around. LOL. It felt good to sweat!

Yesterday I took advantage of the 70-degree weather to take 2 walks. This time last week it was 40 degrees and raining. Weird fall. But I will take all the nice days I can get before winter sets in. Maybe this weekend if the weather is nice we will go pick apples. It's a surprisingly a good workout. :)

Hope everyone is having a great week! Keep on truckin'.

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STARTSPARKING 10/24/2009 5:20PM

    My hat's off to you for working hard to maintain your exercise regimen. Keep up your great work. You should be so proud of yourself!
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BRAVE_NEW_ME 10/22/2009 3:14AM

    Hey, I think you're doing an awesome job at trying to juggle motherhood with maintaining your healthy lifestyle. Sure, you're struggling, but I think that's normal, and at least you're still struggling and haven't just given up on the exercising and healthy eating. Anyways, I wish you luck in getting back on track!

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SPARKNMOM 10/21/2009 9:31PM

    Glad to hear you're hanging in there and getting into a routine. I love hearing about that little girl of yours...brings back many memories of my own :) I've had the same whacky fall as you...loving it this week!! Take care.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/21/2009 7:10PM

    Great Blog!

Welcome back to Spark!

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SHEL151 10/21/2009 2:20PM

    Keep up the great work. You are doing a good job figuring it all out!

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007JERSEYGIRL 10/21/2009 12:57PM

    You impress me Tweety! You can handle anything! Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is hard enough even without a little one!

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TRICIASHELL 10/21/2009 12:53PM

    I know what you me about the nice weather! I didn't get my morning workout, so I was SO glad for the lovely weather...I went for a walk during my lunch great I felt when I was done! Some sunshine and fresh air! Hopefully it sticks around for a little while!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/21/2009 12:09PM

    OMG. Sorry for blogging on your blog. LOL

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/21/2009 12:09PM

    I'm a planner and a control freak. Nothing throws someone like me off-kilter than children. I'm not saying that you are like me, but... emoticon. I remember having to put my firstborn into his bouncy chair on the floor in the bathroom so I could shower and being too stubborn about napping when he napped if he didn't nap on schedule. If nothing else, kids force us to be innovative and flexible. Just last night as I was finishing my first strength training exercise, my 15-year-old had a homework "emergency" (don't get me started) and my workout went out the window. Tonight I'll have to do a two-fer. I don't know that life ever does settle down, it just changes and we have to grab opportunities when we can. Hang in there. You are doing GREAT. Seriously. Heck, I didn't bother focusing on my own lifestyle until my youngest baby was 10! Loose baby weight?! I gained tween weight! Its all about balance. And if you figure out what that is and how to achieve it, would you please fill me in? I'm beginning to think that anyone who is crazy enough to have kids is "unbalanced", but I wouldn't want it any other way. Funny how that goes, eh?



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DALEALLEN 10/21/2009 11:24AM

    Great blog! Hang in there!

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Getting back to running

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I've decided to ease my way back into running. I usually walk to the gym but recently started to run a bit of the way. It is one of those things that your body "forgets about" unless you keep it up. So...I am seriously out of running shape, as it's been a long while since I started my running program. After proving to myself that I can run 5K, I kept it up for a while but then became lax and focused on other exercises before finally quitting when I found out I was pregnant. I remember how great running made me feel, and it really does make me sweat more than any other exercise.

I am starting out by running maybe 1-3 minutes at a time. I would tell myself, "just run to the next traffic light" or "to that parked car a few blocks away." It's not much, but it's a start. I know I can do it. I've done it before. My hubby ran a few 5Ks and 10Ks this year and wants to get back into it too. He hasn't found the time since baby was born either. Maybe by spring the whole family will be running together. :)

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DNJEN471 10/20/2009 10:16PM

    Spring is a good goal. My hubby and I use to run together. Hopefully we will start back up too! I know I miss it!

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SIMPLEJOYS 10/14/2009 9:05AM

  Good plan! Running (jogging) is such a freeing thing! I'm jealous and petulant at the moment due to my patella, but I wish you flying feet and all green lights!

If this makes no sense, I'm only on coffee #2, and I'm old - cut me some slack!



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SPARKNMOM 10/13/2009 10:14PM

    Awesome!! I just love that my son is now joining me when I run. We did our first 5K run (just training, not a race) and that night I thanked him for running w/ me. He came down from his bunk and hugged me and asked if he could just hug me all night - he was so happy. I just LOVE those moments. Nothing better than a happy, healthy family :)

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 10/13/2009 7:41PM

    Glad to see you're back to running! You do lose a lot of running fitness when you take a break, but, since you've worked your way up to a 5k before, you have the benefit of knowing what you need to do (and that you can in fact do it) this time around. Aiming for some springtime family racing sounds like a great goal!

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STARTSPARKING 10/13/2009 5:19PM

    Kudos to you for resuming your running regimen! Starting back up is always the hardest part, so you're already off to a great start. It's wonderful that your husband is also a runner, so the two of you can encourage each other to resume your routine. I bet your baby will LOVE riding along in a jogging stroller!

Keep up your great work, buddy. I know you can do it. emoticon emoticon

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ASTER2606 10/13/2009 5:12PM

    I can't stand running, but if you enjoy it you should definitely get back to it even if a few steps at a time. By Spring, I bet you could fire up the baby jogger and get the whole family out. The kids I see on the bike path in baby joggers look very content. I bet Laila will love it.

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HUGMONKEYMOM 10/13/2009 4:40PM

    Awesome! I am in a similar situation, I had done the C25K before I got pregnant, and then nothing...but I am back at it, and it feels so good. Good luck and great job!

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Another new plan

Monday, September 28, 2009

Wow, I feel so out of touch. I must make an effort to blog more often. Blogging here really helps me to focus. And focus is not my strong suit at this point in my life.

OK, I scarfed down THREE big cookies from Whole Foods. I am Cookie Monster's long-lost sister. I could eat cookies all the time if someone would let me. Not good. Never mind that today I am supposed to be fasting. I didn't do it this year because I am nursing, but that doesn't mean eat COOKIES.
Yep, cookies and ice cream are my downfall, and I have them in the house way too often. When I don't have them in the house, I think about them. Help!!!

I finally received my Turbo Jam DVD in the mail. It's pretty cool! As my Spark friend Karen pointed out, the 20-minute workout rocks! It's perfect on the days I feel I don't have a whole lot of time. And it goes by quickly. I could even do it twice for a nice 40-minute workout. I like how it has a timer on the bottom to show you how much time is left to go. Nice. I'm definitely still a gym girl and it's no Body Combat (going to that class this evening if DH hurries up and gets home already) but it is better than nothing. I will be right back where I started pre-Spark if I don't get out of this couch potato mode I've been in.

I have devised a new plan for meals, too. I've blogged before about how leisurely meals are a thing of the past. Nowadays, I am usually shoving food in my mouth in between screams. So today I thought: why not think about what to make for lunch the night before and have it ready to go for the next day? For instance, I can wash all the veggies and get them situated on a plate. If its a salad, wash, peel, chop and put it all together except the dressing If I am having soup, open the can and put the soup in the fridge in a bowl so all I have to do is pop it in the microwave. Put healthy snacks (walnuts mixed with raisins, apple slices, cheese sticks) front and center so they are easy to grab. I think I will try this! I will no longer have an excuse to reach for cookies just because they are right there.

Here is a photo of me and Laila in her new carrier. She can't decide whether she likes it or not. She usually fights me when I put her in it but last time she just fell asleep. It's convenient for Mom, and snuggly too, so I hope she comes around and learns to love it. :)

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SSANFORD1 10/3/2009 4:09PM

    Wow, you look fabulous and especially for just having a baby. Looks like you lost most of your baby weight. I can so totally relate the the cookie craving. I am the same way.

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ASTER2606 9/30/2009 5:29PM

    Very cute photograph. I'm sure the carrier will grow on Laila. Your plan to have good food planned and easily accessible is smart. Ellie would be proud. I remember on one of her shows she talks about having healthy snacks easier to get to. Like you, I am short and both the cookies and the chips at our house are in such high cabinets that I have to get out a step stool if I want to get at them.

Hopefully the guilt about your Yom Kippur binge didn't last long.

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KARALVS2SCRAP 9/30/2009 12:47PM

    Cute picture! Way to go on the planning. You can do it.

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SIMPLEJOYS 9/29/2009 9:53PM

  Hey Mila!
I'm glad you like Turbo Jam! I am not a gym class person, so it works especially well for me - but like you said, it does hit the spot for something fast! :)

Cookies...I remember what you said to me last year when I was making and freezing cookies at Christmas time...but did I listen??? NO. I learned that even frozen, cookies were a PROBLEM! hahaha....but they're so delicious!

Having food prepped and ready is an excellent plan. For the most part, I buy bagged lettuce and spring mix so that I can throw a salad together in 2's typically what I have for lunch - although those Flatout flatbreads are a nice quickie sandwich option too. Even with my kids grown and out of the house - I still like convenience and speed!

You and Laila = adorable! I love it!! You both look great!

Hope you had fun at the gym!

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    Good plan to plan ahead! Corey and I just splurged on the Bullet Express food processor -- can you tell we watch way too many informercials together? LOL -- and I intend to prep all my veggies so they are always ready to go for salad, stirfries, soups or stews.

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DNJEN471 9/29/2009 9:04PM

    Xavier hated the carrier for the first 4 months of his life! LOL.. he didn't like it at all until he could be put in the 'out-facing' position. Now he doesn't mind it, as long as he isn't in there for a terribly long time! Great idea with the 'prepare' thing. I broke down and bought the Lean Cuisines... the fastest thing ever... LOL... Afraid I can't help you with the cookies... for they are my weakness as well... ummm... bad, bad, bad... does that help? ;)

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 9/28/2009 9:34PM

    Your planning ahead sounds so smart! And the two of you look SO CUTE!

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SPARKNMOM 9/28/2009 9:30PM

    Look at her cute little face....awww!!! And you look great, too! Great plan - planning ahead is the only way I'm able to get through the week w/out doing fast food or frozen something-or-others every day! You are setting yourself up for success!!

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BALANCEDLIFE27 9/28/2009 7:44PM

    Cute photo! I like your blog. It reminds me that planning ahead is half the equation, and I am working on doing that as well. I am less likely to eat the junk at work if bring snacks with me and they often taste better. Thanks for the reminder.

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