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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Oh where does the time go?

Seems like I just posted on here that I found out I was pregnant… and here I am about to deliver in a few short days.

Things never slow down though. I look forward to having a break for work for a while so I can focus on myself for a bit while I’m on maternity leave. Babies can be a handful, but if I remember correctly the first few weeks with son #1 were a little boring. Maternity leave in the US is a joke, just when things get interesting we have to go back to work, but I digress…

We are expecting another boy, and O is super excited to have a little brother.
I’m already thinking about my goals and wondering what weight I’ll be starting at once I get this kiddo evicted and shed some of the extra “baby weight” that (thankfully) comes off pretty quickly.

I have put on about 50 lbs with this pregnancy, but it is mostly in my belly and thighs (weird when I put it on all over with O). I’m hoping that because of this, I’ll be able to get back to normal a little more quickly. Also, hoping that I can be a little more efficient at losing the weight by breastfeeding (hey, I know there’s no guarantee on that, but at least I can hope for some kind of reward out of the deal, right???)
I’m actually getting ready to head to the park during my lunch break to see if I can walk enough to help things “move along”. I’d be totally cool with going into labor tonight!

Anyway – while baby stuff is exciting and all, this family is in high gear at all times it seems.

The hubs got a phenomenal opportunity to open a gym, of all things! This is quite suiting for him, since he has lost around 100 lbs over the last year and a half (more if you go back to when O was born which was his highest weight I believe – my last pregnancy was not good to him. LOL!)

So, I’m just touching base at the moment and keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be posting my next post either from the iPad at the hospital maternity ward… or from home being on maternity leave with Baby Ninja. (The nickname is because he is actually due on the date of the Mud Ninja, which is an OCR that the hubs was actually signed up for before we knew he was coming).

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SMAXWELL57 7/9/2014 2:50PM

    Congratulations .. Just remember to take one day at a time. Can't wait to hear about your new little one. emoticon

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JANUT57 7/9/2014 2:47PM

  Looking forward to your next posting welcoming in your new son! emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/9/2014 2:47:57 PM

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WEIGH-2-GO 7/9/2014 2:36PM

    How cute!

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HELP! Need input ASAP!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ok yeah I know... I haven't been on here in FOREVER! Please forgive me.

But I've got to keep his brief bc wiring a blog from my phone isn't the most pleasant thing I've done.

Long story short - my hubby bought a gym. Not a home gym, an actual business! It was a Snap Fitness but he's dropping the franchise. And that's where you come in!


And GO!!!

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TALLGIRLX3 3/30/2014 7:54AM

    These are great! We have considered Average Joe's bc the hubs name is Joe. Lol!

He has to make a decision by Monday... an here is a little more information.

It's in a small town (not rural)
There is already a "Silver sneakers" program in place so there are senior citizens and the next town over is a college town so there are pleb to young folks too. We are trying to appeal to the masses.
Not sure about a theme. But I did tell hubs to use himself for marketing. He has list nearly 100 lbs in just under a year!

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KING_SLAYER 3/29/2014 6:58PM

    Average Joe's Gym
The Body Shop
Gluteus Maximus Using a Roman helmet as a logo :)
Default Gym (good if there's not another gym in town)
Clean & Press (could open a companion dry cleaning service!)
Squatters & Lifters

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/29/2014 5:17PM

    Here are a few more:

Flex & Fit
The Body Building
Body Factory
Maximum Muscle
Peak Physique
Platinum Fitness
Prime Fitness
The Steel Factory

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CJBAGGINS 3/29/2014 4:46PM

    What sort of neighbourhood is it in?

What sort of clientele do you expect?

Anything that you can use as a theme?


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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/29/2014 4:42PM

    I love your wallpaper. The flowers and butterfly make a beautiful picture.

Names that come to mind: Fit Smart, Fit Gym,

I'm going to think about it for a bit and get back to you.

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A Quick Check In/Update

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Well, I’m still alive and breathing. It has become so hard to make the time to get on SparkPeople and visit with my friends here.

So I just thought I’d throw in a quick update on how things are going in this crazy life of mine…

New boss = new responsibilities… who knew!? Things around the office are much more pleasant than they were in the past and I have a whole new level of motivation when it comes to my job. (It’s amazing what a change in atmosphere will do for the soul!) I used to spend quite a bit of time on spark and I rarely was on when I was at home. Well THAT has changed! I have little extra time at work and I’m totally ok with that. But this is the biggest reason for my absence here.

Weight loss is still good. At this point I’m maintaining (my size anyway). I’ve actually put on almost 10 lbs but I’ve gone up roughly 2% in muscle mass. I haven’t gotten smaller but haven’t gotten bigger either… and can definitely feel the difference in my strength when I’m lifting the kiddo (unless he lost weight).

I actually just had to invest in a bunch of new jeans… 1) the new boss lets us wear jeans to work (this guy is too good to be true!) 2) none of my jeans fit right.

Too small, too big… I had absolutely nothing that looked right. So I had to fix that and thought it would be a good idea to spruce up the accessories and shirt sections as well! I feel pretty cute these days, and that’s a great feeling!

I’m done with races for the year. Running through any form of water past the 15th of October is not and I do mean NOT my idea of a good time. I don’t like being cold! The hubs has 2 more OCRs this month and then I think he’s taking a break as well. But I do have a 5K coming up in November.

Looks like I’ll be scheduling surgery on my foot. I have a bunion (geeze, that makes me sound old) and that happens to be the same foot I injured during my first OCR. It hasn’t been the same since then. Pretty much constant pain… and my shoes are pretty uncomfortable at this point. So – while all that totally sucks, I am looking forward to being able to move forward and to quit using that as an excuse on my running.

We are hoping to get the surgical ball rolling soon, because there is an even bigger challenge ahead. We have decided to try for another kiddo. I’d like to get the surgery done and gone before I get preggers. (I’m a planner, what can I say!)

I think that's it for now. Hopefully I can still continue to move forward and I just want everyone to know that I do think of my Sparkfriends often - but it just doesn't work out for me to be able to get on here much!

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BARBANNA 1/31/2014 4:35PM

    Hope your bunion is healed and you are doing well! You are probably pregnant by now and if so congratulations! Give a line or two to know how you are doing! emoticon

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KAR815 1/18/2014 11:47AM

    Congrats to you on your new work situation that's good! Most importantly I hope the surgery goes well , ( Ive been there twice ! Once in a boot for breaking my ankle and then once in a boot for having bunion surgery) ugh !! I totally understand that.... oh I may even eventually have to go back to have another surgery , since the toes are crooked on my left foot, the dr did say the toes are tough , theres no guarantee that they will stay straight? so I refuse to go back this year Im taking a trip of a lifetime to Ireland! I wont let the pain in my foot stop me ! I did complete 2 5K runs with the toes taped... painful but mananged to run thru it! hahaha Anyways good luck !! We'll catch up on SP at somepoint.
oh Congrats to trying for another baby that's awesome!!

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BARBANNA 10/19/2013 6:11PM

    Glad to hear from you! Good luck with the bunionectomy, I need one as well but that means a long, long time without any major weight bearing... Hope baby number two is a girl! Happy about your new boss, that is a great thing to have! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 10/16/2013 3:25PM

    Glad to hear that your work has become a more pleasant thing for you to do. I hope that you get your foot taken care of and that you can be pain free again. Good luck with the future pregnancy.

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First Obstacle Race - Pictures!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Well, here I am again. It seems like I’ve been gone from this site a lot. I think Spark needs to launch an app like Facebook so I can keep up with my Spark friends. (Actually, maybe I should just “friend” some of my friends here. Hmmm, what a thought!)

Any who… here’s a fun little update about our first obstacle race.

1) OMG – could it have been any more fun??? (Well, yeah it could have, but you’ll see why in a moment).

2) The hubs and I set a goal to become Warriors for St. Jude, which means we would raise $300 each for St. Jude’s Children’s hospital. AND we only had a week and a half to do this since we didn’t really get our ducks in a row ahead of time. WE DID IT! We raised $600 with our little team of two. emoticon

This is not too shabby when I found out that there were only 9 teams out of 7000 people who actually raised money (aside from entry fees). emoticon

3) Mud doesn’t really begin to describe this race. There was mud everywhere. I am so glad I didn’t bring little O with me. OMG – he would have been miserable! It was so muddy you couldn’t even walk around! Even the people who put on the race couldn’t believe how muddy it was. But that’s what happens with you mix random on again off again rain showers with Kentucky dirt. emoticon

4) And yea, I hurt my foot on the FIRST FREAKIN’ OBSTACLE (which was ¾ of a mile in)! So, it was interesting and I had to walk the rest of the way. Booooo! emoticon

So, without further ado, here are some pics from that lovely day…

The Starting line...notice how you can tell, I'm actually wearing clothes:

After the finish line... notice how my clothes have disappeared emoticon
(I promise, I'm wearing clothes)

Wait I forgot one! My poor foot was on ice for a week! Thankfully the swelling is gone now. YAY! I'll have to post a pic of the massive bruise on the back of my leg another time.

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KAR815 11/12/2013 6:15PM

    That's so awesome Ive always wanted to do the mudrunner! Good for you & hubby nice he did it with you.
It looked awesome... proud of you! emoticon

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BARBANNA 8/28/2013 4:04PM

    Really looks like a great time and most important you made money doing it! emoticon emoticon

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    AWESOME!!! Sounds like you did an amazing job, especially by raising $$ in that short of a time and then getting through the course with an injury! You rock!

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KING_SLAYER 8/19/2013 6:00PM

    Good for you for getting out there and for toughing it out!

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Missing but STILL in Action!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hello to all of my Sparkfriends… sorry I’ve been a little MIA from here. I’ve found it easier to track my food on my phone using a different app. AND the hubs is using said app as well and we can check each other’s stuff throughout the day.

I haven’t been able to get on the internet much during the day and let’s face it, after being at a computer for 8 hours… the one at home doesn’t get much use. So, thus is the story of my SparkPeople leave of absence.

HOWEVER, all is not lost! I thought I’d drop in and give a quick update on how things are going on this journey (does anyone else get tired of using the “journey” cliché or is that just me??)


(That’s 44 lbs gone since I had my son almost 3 ½ years ago. I’m 6 lbs under what I weighed when O was conceived.)

Break it down… oh yeah… it’s my birfday… Woot! Woot!

So, I’m the worst for not rewarding myself. I set a goal, tell myself I’ll get a reward… reach that goal and decide not to spend the money on it.

Guess what! When you set a goal and reach it, and your reward is new clothes you kinda have no choice when your goal is large enough to make your clothes too big for you. (Unless you’re a fan of the saggy butt look – which I’m not).

So, hubs and I are still signed up for the Warrior Dash in a couple of weeks to benefit St Jude’s Children’s hospital. Oh, and feel free to donate to a good cause: here is the link – doesn’t go to me… goes straight to St Jude’s. Everyone wastes about $5 a day. Why not forgo the Starbucks mocha latte frappachino grande and give to a very VERY worthy foundation… even $1 can add up.


THEN, in September we are running the Filthy 5k which raising money for the local youth soccer league.

I did however decide not to do the Tough Mudder this year. I haven’t been the most dedicated when it comes to training and thought perhaps starting with a 5k instead of a 12 mile stretch of insanity would be a good idea (and I didn’t have $300 for both me and hubby to sign up – so he’s going it alone).

Now… picture time!!!!!

Oh, and what's better than buying NEW clothes? Being able to wear old ones! New pants... old shirt. YAY!

Front view...

From the side... ok so the shirt is a bit lumpy and my hand placement is weird (but I didn't know where to put it. LOL!)

That is all for now... well maybe a quick pic of O because why the heck not!?!

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CASEYSAUER 8/2/2013 7:05AM

    YOU look amazing! Congratulations! Fantastic!

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    WOW! You look AMAZING! Your arms and tush are completely awesome looking. I'd never guess you had a 3 year old. I'm glad you checked in because I was getting a little worried about you.

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KING_SLAYER 7/30/2013 7:39PM

    Grats on the loss! Probably a good idea to do a couple of 5k's and get yourself more prepared for a Tough Mudder next year. Now you can just go and enjoy watching your husband wreck himself on the 12 mile course, plus you can get a up close look at what a TM is all about. Take pics!! Also, don't forget that you have to print out a form and pay a fee just to go watch him!

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BARBANNA 7/30/2013 7:29PM

    You look awesome! Glad you are alive and loosing! Whatever you are doing is really working! emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 7/30/2013 5:37PM

    Wow, fantastic!!!!

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FITGRL124 7/30/2013 12:42PM

    emoticon You look great!


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