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Life keeps getting in the way...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I have been away from spark people for a while now. I just don't seem to have the time to be on the website like I used to. I have so much stuff going on. And life keeps getting in the way. On the plus side...at least now I do have a life to speak of. A year ago I really had almost nothing of a life. I was only working part time...I was single. And with friends living so far away I almost never went out. Now...after almost a year on spark I am now working full time...I have an amazing boyfriend who I spend as much time with as I can. And trying to spend time with Mara before school starts...I find that I don't have any time for the computer whatsoever anymore. I check Facebook quickly in the morning and at work if I get the chance...otherwise I'm not on the computer much at all.

But I also don't have enough time for working out either. I wake up...make mara breakfast...get in the shower, get myself ready for work, dinner. Then Mara goes to daycare and I go to work. No time for exercise...and that also means I have resorted back to old eating habits...sort of. I find myself now grabbing fast food because I don't have time to pack a lunch. I have gained some weight back again. I keep saying I am starting over...about 30 times a day. Its just so hard when there is no time to take care of me. I try to weigh my options...would I rather workout or spend little bit of free time with the people I love...and right now I'd rather be with people. Once school starts and Mara is back in school I will have time to workout. I'll be able to get out and run like I want. I do miss the running alot but I think I'd miss Mara and Joe more if I chose running over them. Once summer is over and things start to slow down a little more I will go back to running. I will get myself back into the swing of things. So right now my main goal is to NOT gain tons of weight back. I have a wedding in sept and I have to make sure my dress still fits! I tried it on yesterday and I still have room but hopefully I won't need the room! This is just so hard. I want to still be sparking but I haven't figured out how to balance things. I can't spark every day...I don't want counting calories to run my life. I don't want to get obsessive about working out. I am going to not count calories anymore...I just can't do it. It makes me absolutely crazy. I am just going to listen to my body and just make smarter food choices. But for right now I am going to be honest with myself and with anyone reading this. I know I am going to gain a few more lbs this summer. The fact is that right now I am not trying to lose weight. I'm ready for whatever number pops up on the scale whenever I decided to get back on the wagon. I am ready to have to lose whatever it was I have gained. I take full responsibility for whatever happens. I'm not blaming anyone else for my weight anymore. I won't leave spark people completely and I will try to check in whenever I can but for right now I won't be on that much. Until things slow down a bit I have to do whats right for me. I love my spark friends dearly but I have people in my life that mean more to me than anything! So please don't think I have left you if you don't see me here for a week or so. I'm still here...I am finally just living my life I so desperately wanted!

  
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CHRISD3 8/22/2010 10:02PM

  You sound like you are in a very happy place. Hang in there. I am just starting out and I see how much weight you have lost, I am inspired.

School starts which means routines can start again! emoticon

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SABLEFYRE 8/11/2010 1:57PM

    Let me add my two cents. I know how life can get in your way. What you want to keep in mind is that you can make changes in 10 minute increments, or one food choice at a time. Even if you can't devote an hour for a run, you can probably find 10 minutes to do some strength training, or small aerobic exercise.

When you take time to take care of yourself you are putting time into the people you love. Each step you take to become healthier means you add years to future you can spend with your loved ones. Minute by minute, day by day you build a bank of strength for your future. Stay strong, and stop by when you can.

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MNTWINSGAL 8/10/2010 9:10PM

    Sarah, I sooooo understand. I sure hope you'll check in a few times a week though, because you've come so far, and you don't want to backslide too much! I struggle with the same things....which is why I haven't lost any weight for several months. If I'm honest with myself I'll have to admit that most days I don't even try, even though I'd like to. But I have a hard time squeezing in exercise, and making good food choices because like you said....life gets in the way.

I've made it a priority to log in to SP every day though--sometimes it's 11pm when I finally have time--and keep that connection, because I know that when I'm ready to get my head back in the game, I'm gonna need my teammates and my cheerleaders. Hopefully you'll stay with it at least in that minimal way until you are ready to give it your best effort again too. (Or I might have to come down there and give you a big kick in the you-know-where!)

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Shellac nails!!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ok...has anyone ever had Shellac nails done?! They are amazing! Instead of getting the acrylics which are bad for your nails they have this new thing called shellac. One salon in my town just recently started doing them in June. Basically its just your own nail and they put this shellac polish on them. They do a base coat and then the color. After you put your nails in the little UV machine they are complexity dry!! And the color lasts for 2 weeks or whenever you go back to get them redone. I love dark nail polish but never wear it because it chips right away and then just looks like crap! I can wear dark polish again! But so far they only have 1 dark color...the lady said she will be getting more in December. This stuff makes your nails super healthy. A girl I work with told me about them and her nails are amazingly healthy! So I went and got mine done. I keep thinking I have to be careful doing stuff so my color doesn't chip but wait...I don't have to worry about chipping! I will have to go back in a few weeks to get them redone because of the regrowth. And its cheap. Only $30 a time! Way cheaper than the acrylics at the salon! So if any of you girls ever get the chance to try out Shellac nails get them done!

On another note...mmmmmm...I can smell my banana bread baking! It smells so darn good! I had some bananas that were too ripe! I like eating pretty ripe bananas...I purposely hide mine so they can ripen without anyone eating them! But these were just a bit too ripe for eating! So I thought I'd make banana bread! I have to figure out calorie count but I guess I could just take what Spark People has for banana bread calorie count. I'm only going to have 1 little slice and everyone else can eat the rest! But sheesh it smells so darn good!!!! I'll have to wait til I get home from work tonight to have a piece though! Hope they leave me some!

Did Turbo Jam again this morning! I really like it! My triceps are super sore! Can't believe how those punches really work your arms! Hopefully I'll be rocking some awesome triceps after this! And abs...WOW!!! She really works your abs too and you don't have to do a single crunch! I HATE crunches!!

  
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SABLEFYRE 8/5/2010 10:30AM

    It sounds like you have it all rocking and rolling. Way to go!

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ROEANDGO 7/29/2010 12:51PM

    Exercise, food and glam.......definately my kind of blog!! Good luck resisting additional slices of banana bread and great job on the workout!! I'll have to try the shellac nails. Thanks for the tip!

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SOOOOO HOT!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ugh...at 10 this morning it was already 90 degrees. Yuck! Even with the air on in the house and the fans going its still quite warm in the house. Makes me glad I work inside! We are actually in a heat advisory today. I feel so sorry for those factory workers and those who are working outside today. Be sure to drink your water!!!

Worked out to Turbo Jam this morning and it kicked my butt! My abs are soooo sore! I couldn't do full intensity all the way through but I didn't stop moving. I can really feel it in my arms as well! But I feel really good! I did Cardio Party and thats a 45 minutes workout or something. I think I really like Turbo Jam so far! Still trying to get the hang of some of the moves. Some are really fast and I can't always get the cue to change moves so I feel like I have 2 left feet. Oh well...as long as you're moving right?!

Then after my workout I had a banana for breakfast. Dinner I had egg beaters with spinach and peppers rolled in a flat out wrap with Laughing Cow cheese! Think I'm going to have some sugar free pudding with graham crackers for a snack before I head into work. And for supper I have a spinach and romaine lettuce salad with carrots, almonds, feta cheese and kraft sun dried tomato dressing...and an almond butter and jelly sandwich and a dannon peach yogurt. Grapes for a snack at work. All in all I am still way under calories. Probably have some pineapple when I get home from work for a snack! Yummy!

  
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MNTWINSGAL 7/28/2010 11:52PM

    You are definitely back on track! Good for you! Now....to try to stay cool.....

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SONGBARDBIRD 7/27/2010 5:15PM

    Aaaand I'm a total liar becauese I'm actually from MN so it totally IS that hot where I am since we are in the same place! Hahaha WOW.

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SONGBARDBIRD 7/27/2010 5:13PM

    Good job! You did great today! It's super hot here too but not as hot as that! Keep it up :)

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ROEANDGO 7/27/2010 1:00PM

    I live in Arizona so I can relate to the heat!! It sounds like you're working around it and eating healthy. Great job!!

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Feeling great!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

I am feeling great today! I woke up after having great food week/and a so so exercise week I weighed in and found I lost 9 lbs! WOW! Water weight mostly from my naughtyness of the last 2 months but who cares! Its 9 lbs! It just feels so good to be losing again!

I had a dr appointment today. I had been worried since I hadn't gotten my period since March. Did I really miss it...NO! But its never just not shown up like that. So I thought I should make an appointment to go make sure its nothing serious. Well wouldn't you know Aunt Flo came Saturday night. Go figure! So anyway, Dr. told me its most likely due to my weigh loss since I had no pain or other symptoms. So I feel good knowing that!

Went shopping after my appointment. I have a bridal shower to attend on Sat and realized I have tops but no nice pants or skirts to wear. So I went shopping. I walked out with a sz 10 pair of capri! WHAT?!?! Yup...a size 10!! They were a bit tight but I could actually get them zipped and buttoned! They probably won't work for the shower but I did also get a cute skirt as well. So I guess I'll wait til sat to see what I wear! I looked for some shoes but couldn't really find anything I liked. So I'll have to make do with what I have! I do have shoes in my closet I've never worn!!

Then when I got home I cut up some pineapple!! emoticon YUMMY...my favorite fruit. And I made some spaghetti! It was delicious! I have been using the Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat noodles and they are very good! No one else in the family will eat them so I have to make my own little serving of noodles! And then I always had TONS of broccoli to mine! I could eat broccoli in everything probably!! And I found garlic bread at Wal Mart for 120 calories per piece...so I had a slice of that as well!

Went to the lake Saturday night with Mara and Joe. Had a good time-mostly! When we got there it was so nice out so Mara and I went swimming. Joe has to stay out of the sun because he's had some skin cancer removed recently. It was kind of a bummer to swim without him. But he was acting funny. And he had been acting funny Friday night too. So it started to worry me. It was just like he wasn't himself. He was very distant. So then I started acting funny cause I thought I had done something and just tried to stay away from him. There were a couple of times I just about broke down and started crying at the lake and then at the restaurant....but I held it together so I didn't look like a food in front of everyone. But when everyone was gone and we were in the restaurant parking lot he asked me if I was ok...I asked him if he was ok. He said he was and then asked me what I meant. I started crying right there. Told him I was so worried cause he had been acting weird. I told him I just tried to stay away because I had felt like he didn't want me around. He told me he was doing the same. So it turns out we were both acting weird around each other for no reason! Needless to say we stood in the parking lot for like 10 minutes just standing there hugging and kissing. I told him I was so worried his feelings had changed. He told me he loves me so much and hes not going anywhere no matter what. And when we finally got back home we laid in bed and we just held each other and talked and talked. It was so nice! And you know whats crazy??? Can a person know in less that 3 months if you want to marry someone? I have NEVER felt this way about anyone before. Every other guy I have ever been with...I asked myself every time if I was going to marry this guy. The answer was always no...but with Joe...I TOTALLY know I want to marry him! And he told me the same thing!

Its no wonder I'm feeling so great!!

  
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SCHANSEN2010 7/27/2010 12:34PM

    Great blog! emoticon
May things continue going your way!!
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KTLUND99 7/27/2010 11:42AM

    What a happy blog! Glad to hear things are going so well - yay for the weight loss (I can't imagine losing 9 lbs in a week! Crazy!) and the health report coming back good and a self-esteem boost from shopping (if you were anything like me, that NEVER happened before Spark!) and having such a great guy in your life!!! I'm in a better mood for reading this, thanks!!

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So sore....

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ugh...Im so sore from Turbo Jam yesterday! My shoulders, abs, back, legs...everywhere is so sore! I kinda like it though!

I gotta work early in the morning and then YAY...I'm finally off for the weekend. I had 1 day off in the last 2 weeks. So I finally get a 2 day weekend! After I get off work we have plans to go to a lake with some friends. Hoping those plans work out! I'm ready to get away and just relax!! But I still have to pack tonight...no time tomorrow!!!

Eating was good today. I'm still behind in calories for the day so I might give myself a skinny cow later! That might get me into range for the day! I just hope that little bit of ice cream won't trigger me into wanting more and then giving in!!! I guess I have to practice my food control!

  
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CARRENK 7/26/2010 12:03PM

    Skinny Cow single serves are great for this! You don't have leftovers in the freezer (which is completely my downfall.)
Hope you enjoyed your days off! I know, it's hard to work every day.

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