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Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday baby YEAH! It may hit 60 degrees today baby Yeah!

Yesterday I finished the Spark Streak Into Spring 20-day Challenge. I committed to at least 10 minutes of strength training every day. One day abs, one day lower body and one day upper body, repeat. I used the Spark videos as well as videos from fitnessblender.com.

I have started quite a few Spark challenges but I think that's the first Spark challenge I have completed. I feel pretty incredible and stronger. So much so that I'm going to try to continue the streak through the end of the month. I'm thinking about following the Spark 7-day Bootcamp plan this week. I think I've done all of the videos here and there so I think I'll follow the plan over the next week or so.

As many of you know, my mom passed away unexepectedly, four weeks ago today. Each Friday morning since, I turn off my alarm and fill up with the dark memories of that early morning. Needless to say Fridays have been challenging.

I know this too shall pass. Through the last four weeks, I moved. Some days not so much but I took walking breaks at work, walked the dog, did some easy time on the elliptical and did my 10 minutes of strength. None of them were my best efforts but it all helps me work through the grief.

I lost four pounds in less than two weeka after she passed. Food just didn't sit right in my stomach. DH was worried. I told him, fear not, one day I will make up for this and that seems to be what I have done this week! So I'm reigning that in before it goes too far. I haven't weighed myself at all this week so we'll see what Sunday's weigh-in brings.

Regardless what the scale says, I'm happy with the way I look, how my clothes fit and more importantly, the strength I feel. So if the scale is up Sunday, no worries, I'll get it back where it should be just fine.

So I leave you with a song by the Fabulous Thunderbirds that sums up my Fridays (even before my mom passed away). At the same time, it also gives me a little chuckle... why get up?!

"Why get up
How can I get up, Why should I get up
This whole world's gone crazy
Think I've seen enough
I'm gonna sleep forever, why get up"

Get up, get moving and make it a FABULOUS Friday!

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DOGLADY13 3/23/2014 10:15PM

    Sunday was the day I dreaded. Mommy and I talked on the phone before Mass on Sunday morning. I got through it eventually and Sunday became Sunday again.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 3/23/2014 4:53PM

    Sometimes you just need to hide in the dark and let the feelings come. But then it is the slow unfurling back into the light. Moving slow, then a little faster until you are a little further away from the dark. Dance in the sun!!!

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LMIDDLETON120 3/23/2014 11:15AM

    First of all, Again I am so sorry for your loss!

But way to go being strong and pushing yourself. I am doing a Spring Challenge too. I am only on day 3, but I love the motivation it gives us.

Keep up the good work Kellie - and thank you for all the support you give our group!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/22/2014 12:59PM

    You are doing a great job! Congrats on finishing the challenge despite your mom's passing. My dad died last May and each holiday, anniversary, event is difficult. But I try to focus on the good memories and not feel regret over the bad ones. You're doing a fine job, and I always love your upbeat attitude and enthusiasm for life. I would love to know you in the real world!

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SUGAR0814 3/21/2014 11:13PM

    emoticon on finishing the challenge Kellie! Grieving will take time. Praying next Friday will be filled with sunshine & hugs! emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 3/21/2014 8:02PM

    That's awesome you completed this challenge! I'm not surprised you feel stronger. Congratulations! You can finish till the end of the month! I hope you got your 60 degrees. Have a great weekend:)

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CAT-IN-CJ 3/21/2014 3:55PM

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VWMOMMY 3/21/2014 2:11PM

    So sorry for your loss. You are a strong person and have lots of people thinking of you and sending prayers your way. Get out and enjoy that weather. We're hoping to get up close to those temps next weekend.

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BIGPAWSUP 3/21/2014 12:53PM

    I'm so proud of you. I understand how tough it is and I think you are doing great. Congrats on your streak!

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TATERCAT 3/21/2014 10:57AM

    I am so glad to see that you are turning things around. It has been rough for you the last four weeks.
As you said - keep moving! Finish your new streak and go out and enjoy the beautiful day!

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FOR_THE_DUDES 3/21/2014 10:37AM

    I really appreciate your openness in dealing with your mother. Go out and enjoy the nice weather today.

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TANITHSEH1011 3/21/2014 9:59AM

    Keep up the good work, this is a hard time but as you said it will pass. You are doing well so don't be hard on yourself let yourself go through your process. Things will look up soon enough.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 3/21/2014 9:42AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss! I'm sorry I missed offering my condolences when it happened.

I understand very well, as I still experience the same things since losing my dad. I can tell you that as you progress through the stages of grief, you will eventually be able to find comfort in happy and funny memories you have of your mom.

Congrats on finishing the 20-day challenge!! emoticon

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KANOE10 3/21/2014 9:15AM

    You are right..get moving. Any kind of moving helps you deal with grief. You are doing a great job of taking care of yourself. That is great that you finished the st streak and feel stronger and fit your clothes better. You are making great steps Spark Friend.

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MANDELOVICH 3/21/2014 8:57AM

    I'm so sorry about your mom. I missed that and really feel for you. Big hugs.

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FUNLOVEN 3/21/2014 8:47AM

    Nice blog, Kellie. From my experience your Friday feelings are very normal. It all takes time. emoticon

On a positive note, YOU ROCK! emoticon knock'in out that spring challenge. It won't get into the 60s here, but the sun is shining today and I can feel spring in the air despite all of the snow!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/21/2014 8:46AM

    I'm so sorry that you have lost your Mom. I understand waking up with dark memories. I described it as a dark wave washing over me as soon as I opened my eyes, like I was drowning and was better off asleep.
You have the right attitude. Getting moving helps.
You will be fine.

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PROUDNM1987 3/21/2014 8:36AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom!!! I have been doing horrible with keeping up to date on stuff here on SP!!! emoticon Awesome job on the challenge!!!!!! Hope you have a fabulous Friday also!!!

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