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Starting off July right...with Carolyn1213 :-)

Friday, July 01, 2011

So, today is the start of a new month, the beginning of the true summer season and the opportunity to do it right this entire month.

I couldn't have asked for a better start to the day. I met some Fabulous Fitness friends this morning. Carolyn, Amy, Lisa and Tiffany! What awesome people. I had met Amy once before so it was nice to see her again. Carolyn was so beautiful in person-just ask the two little boys who approached our table and told her how beautiful she was! :-) Bubbly, friendly, supportive, fit!. I truly enjoyed this great group of ladies and the time we had together today.



I've never taken a yoga class. Carolyn led us in yoga today for over an hour. I can honestly say that I enjoyed it and can even see me looking into taking yoga some now. Thanks Carolyn!

We had lunch and talked and it's always nice to hear others experiences and trials and tribulations.

I'm excited Carolyn IS coming to our NOVA Sparkers meet up next Saturday, so I will have another chance to see her smiling face.

I'd been searching online for a fitness journal to take with me to the gym. Not a lot out there , at least that I could find, but I did order one and it arrived yesterday.


It's not as pretty as Amy's new one, but it will serve it's purpose.

I also picked up the new Oxygen Bookazine and am looking forward to trying some of the recipes.


July WILL be an awesome month for me!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DIGISCRAPPY 7/5/2011 1:16PM

    Sounds fantastic!

I wish I could be there this Saturday - I miss everyone so much, and am all the more bummed that I'll miss out on seeing Carolyn!

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PATTISPAGE 7/3/2011 9:20PM

    How nice to meet up with your spfriends in person!!!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 7/1/2011 10:08PM

    So glad you had a great day, Carla!!! Good luck in July!!!

Hugs,

Lainie

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LLTS01 7/1/2011 9:55PM

    emoticon looks like you have a great plan.

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TWALKER0475 7/1/2011 9:20PM

    It was great to meet you today, Carla! The little boys who approached our table really struck me, too - I guess it is easy to recognize true beauty when it comes from the inside out. emoticon

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CAROLYN1213 7/1/2011 9:06PM

    Carla, you are so delightful!!! I cannot wait to have a chance to chat with you again next week. Bring your workout journal, I'd love to see and hear about what you are doing. I could not have asked for a more lovely way to start the month of July!

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/1/2011 5:50PM

    Such a wonderful day. Glad you had a good time with your friends. I like the picture of all of you in front of the tree. Maybe one day I can go to one of your meet-ups too. You are doing so well and I am so proud of you. You are doing a great job. I love you, Mom

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Starting a new challenge...before pics

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today I started a new Spark People challenge. I'm adding 5 new recipes a week to my nutrition plan. I took "before the challenge" pics and will post after pics monthly until the challenge ends in a few months.

I am eating clean most of the time. All the frozen, sodium laden foods are gone from the freezer, replaced with containers of meals I made up myself. Until our garden comes in, I've been visiting the local farmers market every Sunday to stock the refrigerators with lots of produce.



Our first tomato was ready yesterday, still at least a month for everything else



Yesterday I made lasagne from ground chicken breast. I added lots of veggies: spinach, broccoli, orange bell pepper, onion and zucchini. I layered it with homemade tomato sauce from last years garden, whole wheat lasagna noodles and fat free ricotta cheese. It was delicious.



This was me 2 years ago:





These are the pics from today.







I really enjoy exercise these days. A few years ago, you would have never heard me say that! I'm enjoying strength training, Zumba and bike riding the most.

I've come a long way, but I still have a ways to go. I am 100% confident that I can do it!



  
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KIMSTUTZ 6/22/2011 8:48PM

    I have no doubt that you will reach your goals. you are strong and dedicated and love to exercise and eat clean. keep it up! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/21/2011 5:17AM

    Way to go! It's great to read about your progress.

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MINDYJ1 6/20/2011 2:32PM

    emoticonCarla!

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RONIE11 6/20/2011 2:30PM

    you look amazing... thank you for sharing your before and afters.. those always inspire us to keep working at it... I like my exercise too.. and I can remember the days when just walking around the store was a challenge...

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BARBARAROSE54 6/20/2011 11:40AM

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BUZYBEEDEBRA 6/20/2011 10:58AM

    Carla -you got this! You're doing so great. I'm jealous ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 6/20/2011 6:41AM

    Carla, I am so proud of you.....you have come a long way. These pics of before and after are an inspiration to everyone that it can be done. You are getting so close. You have been eating so "clean" and doing so well. I KNOW you will do it. Love you bunches, Mom

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JILLIANPRNCSS 6/20/2011 6:37AM

    YTPEEEEEE emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/20/2011 12:59AM

    Carla,

You look emoticon. there is no doubt in my mind thet you can do this!

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LLTS01 6/20/2011 12:44AM

    emoticon Carla. Your rock!!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 6/19/2011 11:40PM

    You look great, Carla! Good for you on eating clean. You can do it!!!

Hugs,

Lainie

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LUVYA04 6/19/2011 11:32PM

    Your looking Great Carla emoticon
The lasagna sound delish. emoticon

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SLIMMINJENN 6/19/2011 11:03PM

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TAMMYMARTIN2002 6/19/2011 11:03PM

    Congrats you look great. Cheers to many more success

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3D/4D Sono pics :-)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Yesterday was my daughter in law, Ambers 3-4D sono. My Mom got to go, but I was unable to take of work. Fortunately there were tons of pics and a DVD. There are just a few of them here. It always amazes me with how far technology has come! He looks so real in the pics.






I can't wait til he's here to see in person!

  
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KIMDONN 6/17/2011 10:10PM

    Wow that is amazing!!! My son is going to be 12 and the sonos ha e changed soooo much!!!! You can really make out his features, I love it, he is so cute!!!

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LLTS01 6/12/2011 11:52PM

    Impressive. emoticon

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KBEHUNE 6/12/2011 9:12PM

    Wow! That is amazing! They didn't have that 5 years ago!

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ILEANA77 6/12/2011 9:27AM

    that's amazing. Congratulations.

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YAFENELRA 6/11/2011 9:00PM

    How exciting. And I know you are all so anxious for him to get here.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 6/11/2011 7:39PM

    They are amazing. My niece-in-law is an ultrasound tech and when she was pregnant this last time, she would put up a new 3D photo almost every month after the 5th month. We could really make out his little face. Too cute. He's a couple of months old now.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/11/2011 5:13PM

    That is amazing...thanks for sharing. I would think that pictures (and movies) like that would really help Dads in particular connect with their new babies. Mom's already have such a close connection, but it's a little harder for Dad's sometimes.

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MINDYJ1 6/11/2011 5:05PM

    Those pictures are awesome! What a miracle!

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NANFACEMIRE1 6/11/2011 4:48PM

    I was so happy to be there. I loved seeing him move around. He even opened one eye.....that looked really different. I can hardly wait for him to get here. I love you Levi Michael......Great-Grammie..

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 6/11/2011 4:15PM

    emoticon How precious! Such a cute nose and those long fingers! Thanks sooooo much for sharing with us!

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SOFEDUPP 6/11/2011 3:41PM

    Those are amazing!! Congratulations!!!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 6/11/2011 3:37PM

    WOW...that is amazing!!! I had no idea sonograms looked like that nowadays! You just blew my mind, lol.

He is adorable!

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FLYING2007 6/11/2011 3:25PM

    WOW those really are amazing! So fun! Congrats!

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TYME2BME 6/11/2011 3:22PM

    Congratulations.

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Global Race for the Cure-2011

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Today was the Susan G Komen Global Race for the Cure in Washington, DC.

We left a little after 6 am this morning to go downtown (Thanks for the ride Monica!). No traffic at all and we were there in about 20 minutes. Not as early as last year, but still plenty of time to look around.



The start line. SO crowded with 50,000 people participating


Running in celebration of Ashley, my best friends 24 year old daughter who is battling stage IV breast cancer and in memory of my Aunt Myrtle and all of the other people who are or have been affected by this disease


Monica's daughters team, "Friends with the Breast Intentions" who as a team raised over $10,000!!


The finish line


Monica and I after we were done


It was a great day and it was awesome to see so many people out there trying to make an impact to one day end breast cancer.


To all of our NOVA Sparkers and friends that weren't able to make it this year, we missed you!






  
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LEAH57 6/6/2011 11:10PM

    Sorry I missed meeting up with you and Monica. We'll see you Saturday!

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LLTS01 6/6/2011 12:29AM

    I really really missed being there but I could feel the vibes. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 6/5/2011 11:25PM

    I so admire you for doing this carla

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BARBARAROSE54 6/5/2011 4:03PM

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 6/5/2011 12:25PM

    emoticon Great Job, Carla!!! Love the pictures!

Hugs,

Laini
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ONESPOTLEFT 6/5/2011 11:10AM

    congradulations emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/5/2011 10:35AM

    emoticon Love the team name! Congratulations on completing the race.

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MCCOURTT 6/5/2011 7:33AM

    Love IT!, this is something I've been thinking doing. emoticon

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To a special Spark friend

Thursday, May 26, 2011

My NOVA Sparkers team has been so awesome over the last year and a half. We meet monthly, we shop together, have lunch together, run races together and talk to each other all the time. We are losing our friend Teresa. She's moving to CA...this weekend. I'm so emoticon for the change this will make in her life but so emoticon to lose someone that has become a special friend.

Here's a few pics over the last year:





Last weekend we got together for our last time before she moves. We met at an outlet mall and shopped and then we had lunch and then we went to a State park to hike. We didn't end up hiking a whole lot as we stopped to take a lot of pictures, we had had an awesome time. Unfortunately quite a few people couldn't make it, but Tammie and I had a blast with her.






Here we are straddling the MD/VA line:




The steps leading up to the trail we went on:



Part of the trail:


Some of the pretty views:



It was a great day and one I will treasure forever. We could hardly hug goodbye and we all cried as we drove off in our separate cars. Wishing you the best of luck Teresa. Will miss you bunches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 6/2/2011 8:56AM

    What great pictures!

I am sorry you will be missing your friend.
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NANFACEMIRE1 5/31/2011 3:52PM

    I don't even know any of these people, but this makes me teary......so glad you ladies have such a great group and have such a good time together. Good Luck Teresa. Nancy (Carla's mom)

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PINKNFITCARLA 5/27/2011 11:40PM

    That sure would be nice :-)

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TREEBW 5/27/2011 9:58PM

    You can all come visit and we can walk/jog on the beach:-)

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/26/2011 8:07PM

    I am all for a sparks meet-up in CA.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/26/2011 1:25PM

    Nice blog!

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TREEBW 5/26/2011 1:07PM

    Ok will you please stop making me cry!
Thank you Carla for posting that- it means the world to me that I have made such great friends out here.
The move, for me, is bittersweet as well. I know financially it is better, but emotionally it is wrecking me.
I will miss you all so much!
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CELLOSONG 5/26/2011 8:46AM

    We love you Teresa! I was so sad that I couldn't make it last Saturday :-(
I hope California is good to you!

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LEAH57 5/26/2011 8:40AM

    So sorry that I wasn't able to join y'all on Saturday, either... so thank you for sharing the pictures!!!

Teresa - we'll miss you SOOOO much here! Godspeed, and safe journeys to you and Ali.

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LLTS01 5/26/2011 8:27AM

    What a great blog. We will miss Teresa but I see a get together in CA in the future.
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DIGISCRAPPY 5/26/2011 7:27AM

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Absolutely going to miss Teresa so much... it was such a bittersweet day on Saturday. Spending time with the two of you is always wonderful, but I'm so sad about losing my friend to the left coast. emoticon

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