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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The beginning of this is about my Spark journey, but read at the end to find out some exciting news about my life in general****

Catchy title, but it's not what you think. It's me feeling calm, centered, grounded, understood, strong, healthy, and athletic.. emoticon I am just feeling wonderful today.

The past month or so, we all know that I have been struggling. Really struggling. I still haven't been able to really put my finger on it...but I am getting better. There are things about me now, that I cannot believe it is the real me. And I love it!!!!

This past week, I have tried a lot of different things. Not because I was bored, but because I wanted to spread my wings. I pulled out some old recipes and totally changed them up, and loved it. Last night I made my first ever homemade black bean burger, from beans that I had cooked in the crockpot...OMG THEY ROCKED!!! Tonight I am trying tofu...I've eaten plenty of times, but never cooked it myself. I found a couple of recipes and a "technique" that I think might actually work, so that I'm giving a go...Pretty much all this week I am trying to have 2 meals vegetarian, and 1 meal with meat. You know...I'm not missing the meat that much... But then again, I just LOVE veggies. This week I made an "egg bake" that is AMAZING!!! So that will by my new "breakfast staple"!!!

On Monday, mom and I ran over 5 miles, and in those 5 miles, we climbed over 900ft...and powered up most of the hills. My running has gone from running 1.5 mins and walking 1 min, to running 6 mins and walking 1 min...IN ONLY 3 MONTHS!! Holy wow factor!!! Last night we jogged 4.75 miles and even though I had a really tough time breathing, I did not give up...I powered through all the same hills and felt strong doing it!!!

Tomorrow I will be running my longest distance to date....10 miles... SCARY THOUGHT!!!! But I am so excited at the same time as well.

So there you "Spark" is back and I am loving it..

Now for the most exciting news of all for me....Some of you know, some of you don't, but by trade I have my accounting degree. But since I've had Tori I don't use it. I chose to work for a friend of ours. I get paid fairly well, and it's a job that I can come and go as I please, and there is never any pressure about having to leave or come in if Tori is sick....I've thought about going back to the financial world, but it just doesn't interest me. So I have decided to change my life......................................
.........................I have applied to nursing school...already had my interview. My transcripts have been received. My science classes are still valid (Micro, Chem, A&P, Psy ect), and I take my entrance exam this coming Saturday at 9am. I am nervous but beyond ecstatic. If everything goes well, I could be starting school as early as January 2011. And, I will still be able to work part time from home doing the books that I do now, so I make sure I have enough $$ to pay my babysitter (my sister) while I go to school. This is something I have wanted to do for the past 5 years (hence why I went to night school and took all the science classes, while I worked a full time accounting job). Victor and I sat down, and he believes that I should follow my dreams. I am so blessed with such an amazing husband. This will put a strain on us financially but, in the long run, it is so worth it. Big sacrifice now, equals big rewards later....So if you think of me this Saturday, say a little prayer that my test taking skills are still up to par...


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ATREAT4ME 10/21/2010 10:55PM

    Oh What a Blog! You are doing so well. I love to hear about your amazing running progress and that you're running with your Mom. And now you're about to embark on a whole other journey. You are an amazing person and destined to have your bliss. Congratulations and I will be thinking and praying for you on Saturday. Rock on!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 10/21/2010 11:37AM

    You will do absolutely great on the tests! I'm in awe of you, going back to school and following your bliss.

I'm also very impressed with your running and stamina. Awesome!


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MUSICTEX 10/21/2010 11:34AM

    I an relate to not being able to put your finger on what is wrong. Some people really dwell on that and cannot move forward until they label the problem. It is good advice to keep moving forward and try to improve in creative ways. Then the issue may work itself out and you never even knew what it was!

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LIVESTRONG2010 10/21/2010 11:22AM

    Prayers are coming your way lady!!! Best of luck to you. You know if it's God's will it will happen!

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At an Impasse.....

Monday, October 11, 2010

I just don't know what to say....

It seems like the past couple of months I have just been at an impasse with myself and my journey. I do really well and then I nose dive. Then really well, then nose dive...and it is a cycle that I need a plan to break.

My eating isn't horrible, but come the weekend it gets CRAZY. And I know it's not poor planning, because I have all the food in the fridge, but that's where it the fridge. :(

My exercise is still good. Although I used to exercise 5 times a week, and now I am only running 3-4, so I am missing 1-2 days....The month of September I really struggled. I still had a loss for the month but it was nothing near what I have been having. This month, I started off great with a 4lb loss and then last Friday a 0 loss.

I need a game plan, and I need one yesterday. For all of you who have been on this journey...have you been where I am? And if you have, what did you change to get over it? I am not satisfied with where I am. Yes I am proud of it, but I need to get to a healthy place, and I am not there YET.

Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions, kick in the always is greatly appreciated... Love you guys!!!

(On a happy note, that I am very proud of...I ran 8.3 miles on Friday and felt AMAZING. My longest run to date, and my AP was less than 12 min miles... :) )

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BAM0827 10/11/2010 6:37PM

    I'm going to preface my reply with the statement that I may not be the best person to reply because I often think I'm way too laid back for my own good - but here I go with some of my thoughts.

When I started this whole weight loss/healthy journey the only promise I made to myself was not to promise to do things I couldn't continue on for the rest of my life. So for me, personally, I knew I would never exercise 5 days a week, every week, for the rest of my life. So I said I wanted to do 3-4. A commitment I generally keep. If I go for 5 that's a bonus. You may be totally different than me - but is expecting 5 days for the rest of your life reasonable?

I never swore off any food so there are times that I may have something that isn't the healthiest but the majority of the time I make good choices. I may have too much cake some weekends but I don't have too much cake every day.

After a few months that I was on Spark religiously counting calories, I forced myself to have a high calorie day. I needed to know that I could have a not so great day and that was OK.

It sounds to me, that you're just kind of living life. With that, we'll have great days, weeks, months - and not so great days weeks months. We don't have to be perfect and when we realize that it is kind of freeing. So a couple weekends in September could have been better - I'm sure they could have been worse, too. Also, your not losing anything at the end of the month could be for a multitude of reasons - not necessarily because of some higher calorie eating days.

Always keep in mind that you define who you are and where you want to go. Not having days like you had hoped or planned is par for the course (think of other life situations, are you a perfect wife, mother, daughter every day? Probably not but you don't label it just have a better day the next day).

You've accomplished so much. Maybe some small goals around weekend eating will help. Then reward yourself with a new running shirt or something fun. A reminder while you're out training for the half that you're in this for the long haul - with all its ups and downs.

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Weekend In Review

Monday, October 04, 2010

Wow oh wow...where do I begin....(in order to not make this forever long :) )

My weekend was FANTABOULOUS!!! If that is even a word!!

Friday started off just wonderful. Mom and I did our longest run to date...and it was AMAZING!!!! We had wonderful weather, and it was more than what I can describe... We did 7.3 miles with an AP of 12:03. I was ecstatic with our results, especially beings we had HILLS!!! We were done by 9:15am so I zoomed home, showered and then was out the door with hubby and little bit....TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH!!! We got some amazing photos of my little one....and for your viewing pleasure....

Afterwards it was just family time....

Saturday was spent making a Barbie birthday cake for my niece and then went to her party...

Sunday, was spent helping my 81 year old grandma mow, edge, weedeat, weed, trim, her yard....But the best part was watching Bear with her Gigi....I love watching my grandma with her. She makes my grandma seem young again. A twinkle in her eye...a giggly belly laugh from the both of's pure love and joy, that only a child can bring to someone....

Ahhhh...Life is amazing! I am blessed to be a mother, daughter, wife, aunt, sister, and granddaughter...I love being ME!!! I have an AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL LIFE....and I am out living it.... a disclaimer...I had 1 to many cake balls, enjoyed a hamburger with chips and dip, actually drank a soda...and smiled and laughed the entire time. Realizing that my life is what I make of it. I am living my life how "I" want to live it, not how some diet says I should live it....

(and to make my weekend even better, after 3 weeks of no weightloss, I lost 4lbs on Friday, my body finally "gave it up")!!!

Here's to an AMAZING DAY, WEEK, MONTH, LIFE... We are all so worth it!!!


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ATREAT4ME 10/4/2010 10:30PM

    What a beautiful and well-balanced weekend. Stupendous!

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    WHAT a fantastic weekend-- and FOUR whole pounds!! WOW!!!

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LIVESTRONG2010 10/4/2010 11:33AM

    Life is great!!! Bear is looking so cute thanks for sharing. C you are doing amazing and motivating me so. Sometimes I just what to take off running after checking in on you. Someday I might just have to give it a try. See you on the 14th!! emoticon emoticon

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BROOKDOESLIFE 10/4/2010 11:29AM

    That is awesome! I'm glad you had such a wonderful weekend. You are doing so great, keep up the awesome work.

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How I Did It....(my response to my friend's wife)

Monday, September 27, 2010

This is what I ended up telling her....I hope it is enough for her to understand....Let me know what ya'll think...

Hola!!! How did I do it. hrmmm...good question. I truly have watched what I ate, and exercised. However, I do splurge, and I do not feel guilty for it. I count it into my day and let it go. I plan out everything, but if my plans get altered, I accept it because that is just part of life. I did not do Weight watchers (although I have done them before.) I found an online site that is free...and I LOVE IT. the website is

It will actually give you meal plans if you want them. I, however just plan out what I want to eat and enter it into the system. It tracks calories, fat, carbs, protein, and everything else under the sun too.

I told myself that i was worth taking at least 30 mins away from Vic & Tori and exercising. It is MY time and I enjoy it. That doesn't mean that they don't come with me. But I committed to myself that I would exercise for ME and not THEM. I don't view it as a diet. If I cannot live the rest of my life eating like this, then it won't work. Know what I mean? I can't be on a "diet" that says I can't have cake, or ice cream, coffee, pasta ect. I can still have pasta, only I chose to have a smaller portion and "bulk up" the sauce by adding more veggies. Still eat ice cream, but only 1 serving (I measure it out) and then I add fresh fruit and nuts on top instead of sugary syrup.

I got tired of feeling like crap all the damn time. Of not being able to get up off the floor. Of having indegestion, of feeling bloated, of looking like a little piggy when I looked in the mirror. I got tired of looking at a beautiful little girl that I helped create but couldn't play with....I just got tired of being miserable and feeling sorry for myself. I stopped making excuses of why I couldn't do something, and starting telling myself why I can, or why I should.

1 week of no sodas became 2, then 3, 4, 5....... Two days of exercise because 3, 4, 5....ect And when I "got down and out" I didn't let it get to me. It was 1 meal, or 1 day, or 1 exercise. It wasn't the rest of my life. That 1 "off" moment wasn't going to ruin all of my hard work.....

That my dear is how I'm doing it...and how I will continue to do it...

If you have any questions, let me know....start small...set goals..not ones like "i will lose 50lbs by Christmas"...but ones like "for today I will drink 8 cups of water, and only have 1 can of soda" or "Today I will walk for 30 mins" Set tiny goals...they all add up to be HUGE changes....

I told myself I would jog for 30 sec and then walk for 2 min. For a total of 20 mins....that is now at 5:45 and 1 min, and I just ran 6.1 miles on Friday....It's all possible....look inside yourself and realize that you are worth it, and you deserve to be healthy, & happy. I know you have someone that will support you 100%...


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ATREAT4ME 9/27/2010 5:47PM

    Beautiful. So apt and well written. It really captures the personal journey of weight loss while accurately depicting what SP can do. A brilliant answer. Good job.

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CEEG-ERRIFIC 9/27/2010 4:59PM

    Great Advice and a very through explanation of how we all are trying to do it. Congratulations on your success so far and keep up the great work!

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KLONG8 9/27/2010 4:58PM

    This is perfect! The real Spark People message. You've done it. You know its always a work in progress and it's not a diet. Your friend is lucky to have someone turn her on to this program. Well done. Glad you are getting healthier and healthier one tiny step at a time.

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My 2nd 5K :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Yesterday I ran my 2nd 5k. If you remember the 1st one was on July 17th. So this was roughly 2 months and 1 week later...and boy was it fun.

Victor and I registered for this one just so we had something to do. And it was for a great cause. This will soon be an annual event, but this was year 1. The race started at 8, and they did not have early packet pick up so they were going to hand out numbers starting at 7.

We got up early, got dressed and headed to Starbucks. I usually have a really hard time eating early in the morning, so Vic and I split a Bagel and I had my coffee. And we were off....

Arrived at the venue about 7:15 to see a nice line. We had already registered so were directed to line 1 to get our "goodie" bag. One would have thought that you would put the race number in the goodie bag that already had our name and number on it....YEAH no, that didn't happen. You stood in line for your bag, and then stood in line again for your number....

After all was said and done we finally got to the line, and the race officially started at 8:50am. Victor went around me, gave me a pat on the back and told me good luck. I watched him jog off and I was proud that he was my husband and was heading out strong. Me, well I was excited. My legs were a little heavy but after I ran about 5 or so minutes they were feeling pretty good. The course was just an out and back with some rolling hills. My goal was to do this in 36 mins. That would be 12 min miles, and I would be happy with it. The last one I ran I did in 40:13, and truth be told I was disappointed. I kept with my gym boss. Running for 5:45 and then walking for 1:00. When I got to the turn around it was down hill for a ways so I did bypass 1 of my walks. I just kept trucking.

I topped the final hill and could see the flag so I knew I was almost there. I saw Vic coming out to meet me and jog with me in. He was pushing me hard, telling me I could do it. That I was close. Telling me he was proud of me....I beeped again and ran through my walk, I was almost done. I rounded the corner and there was the time clock...OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Does it really say that? Is that the right time...??? I crossed the finish line at 34:47!!!!! I meet my goal and I surpassed it. I am so proud of me.

So on Friday I did my longest run to date 6.1 miles with a 11:58AP and on Sunday made a new PR with a 11:14AP....

And on Monday I am still dancing on the clouds.... :)

Anything is possible if you tell yourself that you CAN do it.....

And if any of you are hubby ran a 28:04 (with NO training!!!)

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LMALSBURY 9/27/2010 6:52PM

    What a great day you had! Thumbs up to your hubby for cheering you on. One day I will be up for a race. You are a motivation for me today.Thank you

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    WOW!! This post brought tears to my eyes! I am so happy for you! Talk about setting your mind to something and MAKING it happen! Congrats to you!

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