AUTUMNBRZ's SparkPeople Blog AUTUMNBRZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy New Year! <link><BR>1/01/ready-to-rock/ </link> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:45:39 EST Wedding Photos I know everyone says this but I truly believe it- I married the Love of my Life on October 12, 2013 at 3pm in our favorite park and in my favorite spot- Narnia <BR> <BR> The Location <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My flowers <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Cake <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:02:36 EST Going to the chapel and we're gonna married Hope you are singing it with me! <BR> <BR> I am super excited. This Saturday I marry my Love. Honestly I feel married already, we are simply making it official with our parents, siblings and a few of our closest friends. Part of me wishes that we were having a large reception. There are so many people I would love to share our joy with that a small reception just won't accommodate. They will be in my heart and we, will hopefully be in theirs. <BR> <BR> My wedding day is nearly here and I fe... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 07:06:19 EST It all started... <link><BR>7/07/it-all-started/ </link> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 19:19:20 EST I don't Care- I love it! <link><BR>6/09/i-dont-care-i-love-it/ </link> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 09:07:43 EST Surprise! <link><BR>5/23/surprise/ </link> Fri, 24 May 2013 09:47:14 EST Is that a challenge? (read it angry like Mufasa) :) <link><BR>5/22/is-that-a-challenge-hope-you-read<BR>-that-like-mufasa/ </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 07:15:09 EST Cruel to be Kind <link><BR>5/20/cruel-to-be-kind/ </link> Mon, 20 May 2013 07:11:24 EST Why? I ask why? lol <link><BR>5/08/foiled-again/ </link> Wed, 8 May 2013 08:24:23 EST NEXT! :) Onto the next challenge, please and thank you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/06/level-up-insert-mario-music/ </link> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 08:21:26 EST that is all I have to say about That <link> <link><BR>3/23/dididothat/ </link> </link> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 06:01:08 EST Looking for Help with 2 Fitness issues I have 2 areas of concern. I apologize to the guys if one of them makes you a little uncomfortable. lol <BR> <BR> I sweat a lot when I exercise. Obviously this is normal, the problem though is because of all of the sweating mixed with all of the jumping in TF my bra is chaffing the area under it. It hurts, A LOT. Looks like I skidded across the pavement :( Is there anything you guys can recommend to me that will help? ( Sports bras, at least the ones I have found do not hold me up very... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:39:38 EST Do you know what you are eating? I run a group for health/ weight loss on Facebook. This morning I posted a document file containing links to all sorts of restaurants nutritional info. I wanted to share it with you all too! :) <BR> <BR> Chili's <BR><BR>cPDF/MenuPDF/001.005.0000/Chilis%20Nut<BR>rition%20Menu%20Generic.pdf <BR> <BR> Applebee's <BR><BR>plebees_nutritional_info.pdf <BR> <BR> TGIFriday's <BR> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:18:17 EST If you build it, they will come (love that movie- but I digress) <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Recently I have been playing around with Instagram and Twitter. Pinterest has been a sickness for some time. "Sickness?" you ask. Yes, sickness, really it is, I assure you. lol <BR> <BR> I had a Twitter a couple years ago and I hated it. I believe now I just didn't understand it because the past 2 days with it have been a grand time. I need help. I know this. Don't offer, I have learned resistance is futile. <em>211</em> <B... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:08:25 EST Why I pay for a gym membership that I barely use The reason is simple. The only thing to do at the gym is get fit. No phone(I lock mine up), no laundry, no distractions. Everywhere you look people are sweating and breathing heavy. They are all there for a common purpose-fitness. It is motivating. <BR> <BR> It doesn't hurt that my gym is uber cheap <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Guess who is heading to the gym? If you said <em>49</em> "That Girl" you would be correct! <BR> <BR> Tootles, I am off to sweat <em>213</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:14:20 EST Take a Hike! It was a whopping 35 degrees yesterday so I decided to take advantage of the heat wave and take a hike at the park. BTW the trails were solid ice. I had a couple close calls. lol It was prettiful though. Here are some photos for your viewing enjoyment :P <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:43:16 EST Raise your hand if you are Dumb A$$ See my hand up there? <em>213</em> Yep that is me waving my hand like a Freak Flag <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> What you are about to read is a Public Service Announcement. Brought to you by me, the creator of the new corporation PWHSPBASS or People Who Hate Stupid People But Are Sometimes Stupid. lol <BR> <BR> PSA~ Do NOT under any circumstances allow yourself to do anything that requires the thought process while you are ill-no matter how simple the task may seem, simply refrain and ask ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 07:53:50 EST Blogalicious! :) <em>49</em> IDKY so don't ask. lol Feeling silly I guess <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This year is truly starting out wonderfully! Yay 2013! <em>236</em> I have finally, at long last, regained my motivational mojo. That once lost, it's super elusive kick in the pants has returned. I have missed it! <BR> <BR> <BR> At the end of September I was 12 lbs away from my ultimate goal weight(at the time I have since lowered it) I was soooo close...And the POOF-mojo lost and I start... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 09:24:26 EST Looking for Fitbit buddies Here is my url on the fitbit website. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to add me as a friend on there (when you do though can you say who you are here that way I know) <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:47:06 EST I love my local gym but... Why do they have pizza night every Monday evening and bagels every Tuesday morning? I want to believe that it is because they are promoting moderation or balance with food and exercise. But honestly I think they just want to keep you fat. lol I really do. <BR> <BR> At any rate I wasn't the slightest bit tempted. I had just killed myself on the treadmill burning 400 calories. It wasn't even a flicker of temptation in my mind to eat it unravel my hard work. However there were a BUNCH o... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 07:05:35 EST and I changed my weight loss goals again... <em>49</em> that is it. LOL I didn't want to post a 3rd status for the day so I made the shortest blog in the history of blogging <em>334</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 07:53:05 EST Ugh ugh ugh I will keep a long story short. I am maintaining my weight fairly well....go up a few...and back down a few...repeat. Maintaining is awesome EXCEPT I still have 15 more lbs to lose. (well today it is a little more because I am in my UPWARD swing on my wash/rinse/repeat cycle lol) <BR> <BR> Food is the issue. Like most of us here food, my love of it, and my unhealthy habits are the root cause of most of my weight gain. Those delights have now teamed up with being broke as a joke. We are so fi... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 07:29:09 EST Not a "first" I was looking forward to :( I hurt myself. I didn't know how at first because nothing "happened", it just starting hurting midday yesterday. After mulling it over I have come to the conclusion that my exercise the night before last is the culprit. <BR> <BR> I did 3 sets of 50 jumping jacks, 30 plie squats, 15 burpees, 20 single leg push ups, and 30 bicycle crunches. I did not feel any pain or strain during or after,which is why I didn't immediately blame exercise. But midway through yesterday my wrist started aching a... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:31:11 EST 'Picture' It! Yesterday my family, minus my oldest son, and I went on a day trip to Frankenmuth, Mi. It is a cute Bavarian type village in Michigan. Frankenmuth is home to the at least locally famous Zehnders and The Bavarian Inn. Zehnders has a waterpark inside. Bronners is a HUGE Christmas store and my favorite place in Frankenmuth. Unfortunately we didn't make it there this time. My honey and I are going to go back by ourselves soon for some ornaments. <BR> <BR> I love it there. Lots to see a... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:05:56 EST Real Quickie Sunday my honey and I volunteered for cleanup at a local cemetery. We belong to a Haunt group and this is an event that they organized. Last year was the first year for it. We missed it. This year however we made it! :) I wish I had taken some photos. Oakhill is a beautiful cemetery that was founded in 1822. We had a nice time helping out. <BR> <BR> Here is a shot of the group of us that volunteered <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 19:22:54 EST Some Halloween Fun for you! Ellen show Kids Halloween costumes <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Best Music video Ever- Michael Jackson's Thriller <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My favorite song from my favorite movie. Nightmare Before Christmas- Oogie Boogie Song <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Die, Die, We all pass away from the Corpse Bride <BR> <link><BR>f... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:40:15 EST Ok, that was annoying I had to "trick" my computer into opening the new blog window. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Enough about that and onto bigger and better things ;o) <BR> <BR> First of all I subscribed to Runner's World magazine and my first issue came yesterday! I was excited. Perhaps it will motivate me to run considering I have been in a non-running slump as of late. lol <BR> <BR> I have decided to do the 30 Day Shred every day in November-no matter what! Maybe that will jump start some things, <BR> <BR> I just o... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 07:18:41 EST Halloween Hustle 5k Results One of these days I am going to brush my hair before recording a vlog. No one will recognize me LOL-Posting pics with the vlog this time so scroll down <BR> <BR> Race Results <BR> I finished 34th out of 84 in my age group and 351 overall out of 856 5kers. Time was 38:09 a couple minutes slower than last race but I will take it <BR> <BR> EDIT Oct. 30: I just opened an email from the race coordinators sent to me on the 28th. Apparently the return on the course was set wrong to the race w... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 13:05:48 EST I promised you pics in my last vlog(oh about 30 seconds ago lol) I just posted a vlog. It most likely isn't even viewable yet lol. I promised pics from out 3rd Annual Harvest Party. So here some are! :) <BR> Me full costume <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My gf Jessica or Jelly Bean as I call her <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Gf Maureen and her hubby Jerry <BR> <img src=""> <BR> GF Tara and my Sissy... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 06:53:58 EST Halloween'y Vlog Harvest parties and a race- oh my! <BR> <BR> And that race on Sunday is actually tomorrow. lol Ugh Fri, 26 Oct 2012 06:44:46 EST Angry Vlog Not my normal sunshiney self. Welcome to the Dark Side. I would offer you cookies but my inner fat girl ATE THEM ALL! lol Thu, 18 Oct 2012 08:09:00 EST This video is total Awesomesauce! First of all, let me say that I love this song. Guilty pleasure lol. My inner teen sometimes dictates my music taste to me. <BR> <BR> Troops in Afghanistan lip sync to it. It is one of the cutest things I have ever seen. Love it. Makes me happy to watch it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 08:19:00 EST Look at what I made this morning Totally cute but hopefully I don't eat any of it! LOL <BR> <BR> BEFORE <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> AFTER <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 07:48:10 EST Whoa! Holy crapsticks! <BR> <BR> I was looking for a good Autumn picture for my background image on my Sparkpage. I can not believe how heavy I was. Keep in mind that I only post "good" pictures online. Wow. I was really big. I didn't think I looked that bad. Actually here lately I was beginning to think I look "fat." Looking at those photos ended that thought process. Wow. Just Wow. <BR> <BR> It makes me a little sad for that heavy girl. <BR> <BR> I am glad I woke up and am on the road ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 08:20:56 EST A quick entry in my book of "Blah Blah" I wanted to post a quickie ramble about my happenings and plans for October. It appears that it will be quite a busy month. <BR> <BR> 1. I am doing an Eat To Live challenge with my favorite SparkTeam The Mighty Rubber Duckies <BR> 2. Starting today I am tracking my miles to see how long it would take me to walk to Mt. Doom and back to the Shire. (yes yes nerd alert lol) <BR> 3. I am doing at least 1 5K. I might be doing 2. I plan on running my Halloween Hustle. It is set for the 27th. I... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 07:56:51 EST Think Fred Sanford clutching his heart. LOL Yesterday I asked my Mumma if she would like to go to lunch today. There was a place I had heard about on the radio and I wanted to try it. I also informed her that I was going to be taking her on a hike and to wear tennis shoes. We had a nice walk that took entirely too long for the distance, lol, and she accused me of trying to kill her :P <BR> <BR> LUNCH TIME! We arrived at the restaurant only to discover that they aren't even open yet-I mean at all- until tomorrow. My Mumma informed ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 16:20:58 EST I believe we have exorcised Satan :) Quickie picture blog of our new puppy Bella aka Satan :) She has slept through the night 2 nights in a row and her potty accidents are lessening! Could it be the end of Satan? lol Dare to dream <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a beautiful Fall day! Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:57:12 EST Oh the things we do to ourselves! I have been writing this blog mentally for about a week now. I have not been able to actually type it... Time is a valuable commodity. Anyone know where I can get some cheap? lol ;o) <BR> <BR> Self-Induced Woes <BR> <BR> I have been losing and gaining the same 4 pounds for a MONTH. The last time this happened one of my friends in RL called it a plateau. The use of the term irritated me. I was not on one then nor have I been for the past month. A plateau happens even when you are doin... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 07:32:33 EST Return to Basics As I have previously mentioned I have been struggling with my eating as of late. Really struggling. It is not that I am simply eating too much- it is what I am eating. I have had far more than anyones share of fast food lately. In conjunction with that my exercise has been less than stellar as well. I am getting minutes in, just not in the amounts I was and my circuit training seems to have "left the building" so to speak. lol <BR> <BR> I am rallying. <BR> <BR> I feel I must once agai... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:49:53 EST From way UP "there" to way down "here" My last several blogs have been happy, excited, or uplifting. So is not the case today. I am going to keep it short because I do not wish to dwell. <BR> <BR> I am having MAJOR issues with my eating. MAJOR. Has not caused lasting damage-Yet. It will if I don't get it under control but so far I am doing just well enough to work off the couple pound gain I have before I then put it back on and the cycle continues. <BR> <BR> Got a new puppy. Holy STRESS Batman. <BR> She is so bad. I hav... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 07:33:23 EST Race Day Results! BEFORE I BEGIN MY STORY I WANTED TO THANK EVERYONE THAT RESPONDED TO MY BLOG ASKING FOR RACE ADVICE. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM AND ENCOURAGEMENT HELPED CARRY ME THROUGH TODAY! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ALL! <BR> <BR> I have to admit to you all how colossally nervous I was this morning. I was actually wondering what the hell I was doing and what possessed me the day I signed up! LOL I was near tears to be completely honest. I kept repeating to myself the phrase "... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 15:52:02 EST Attention Veteran Racers! Advice Wanted :) Hello my fellow Sparkers! :) <BR> <BR> I have my very first race on Sunday. I am excited! Today is the day I go and pick up my packet. Yesterday as I was running, it occurred to me that I have no idea what I have gotten myself into! lol <BR> <BR> A million questions ran through my mind: What do I wear? Do I wear the shirt they give you? Do I bring my own water? What if I get separated from the pack? Is the course going to be clearly marked? And the list goes on. By Saturday I should be ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 08:21:17 EST Never again This is going to be a short blog. (I just heard a collective sigh of relief. lol) ;0) <BR> <BR> The last couple weeks health wise, have been rough. I traveled. I have been excruciatingly busy. I have been lax about my eating. I can't seem to get the hell out of the 150's. I get to 151.2 then eat stupid for 2 days and I am back up to 154.6 back down it goes....and UP...I am ticking myself off. lol <BR> <BR> Anyway yesterday we were out and I ate something I shouldn't have at lunch. No... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 08:46:08 EST Meant to be Yesterday was going to be, and was, a very busy day. I knew I wouldn't have much time for fitness. So early in the morning I decided to do a 1 mile run around the neighborhood. Now, I have lived here for over 7 years. I have a route mapped out. I always go the exact same way. I always have. <BR> <BR> As I was making my way to my first turn something was nagging at me to go left instead of right. At first I ignored it but as I got closer I decided that I would listen. Maybe it would... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 07:21:41 EST Simple Pleasures Today is one of those magical days where even though nothing extraordinary is happening, it feels perfect. Today is one of those days where you feel happy from the tips of your toes to the top of your nose. <BR> <BR> My honey and I laid in bed this morning talking and giggling. It felt like when you first meet and everything your love says is the wittiest thing that you have ever heard. I made breakfast for all of the kids and went for my run at the park. My runs are always enjoyable b... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 14:30:05 EST Searching I was looking through past blogs to find my Wish List. I wanted to update it as I have knocked a couple items off of it! SAAAWEET! <BR> <BR> As I was searching I was reading a few of the past blogs. I happened the one wishing my son, who was away at the time, a Happy Birthday. It got me all misty eyed dang it. I can't believe my baby boy is all grown up. Since he has been home from Basic Training, I have come to the realization that I have to let him go. Damn that is difficult. I have... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 07:21:27 EST I have a new toy! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Fitbit arrived in the mail today! I was super excited! I have been playing with it since I got it. :) I am definitely using Sparkpeople still for food tracking and whatnot but the Fitbit website has a lot of cool features. This little doodad is keeping me in check. The dang thing told me I had to burn 202 more calories and by golly I got off my rear-end and jogged in place for 32 minutes. lol <BR> <BR> GEEK... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:19:23 EST gender has been confirmed Thank you to the random dude at the park yesterday for confirming that my sex is female. <BR> <BR> There I was, minding my own business, jogging, and feeling good when I passed a man on a very slow moving bicycle. Considering the fact that I try to nod, smile or wave at passersby, I happened to be looking at him. Low and behold I couldn't get his attention because he was captivated by my bouncing breasts. LOL <BR> <BR> So yes, I am in fact female. SMH People! Eyes are up here buddy lol... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:37:59 EST Missouri trip with pics I am just going to write a quickie blog. I may go into more detail later. We arrived home at 12:30 am last night and I am dragging tail a bit today. We had an exhausting but wonderful 2 1/2 days! <BR> <BR> I was able to have a short visit with SOXYINMO!!!! I was super excited to see her! She has a couple photos that I will post as soon as I get my mitts on them. :) <BR> <BR> I was also able to visit one of my long time girlfriends who lives out there. The visit was wonderful but much to... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 09:59:09 EST Excitement vs. Nervousness Good morning Spark Family! <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? Carrie here, that's me. ;) Is a ball of nervous excitement! I am going to get to see my son tomorrow! We are leaving for Missouri this afternoon. I am beyond excited. Not only do I get to see my son but it is a mini vaycay for me. I have not had a vacation-even a 2 day one since geeze like 2008 or 2009. I have not been on a longer one in much longer than that! What a sad little life I lead. LOL <BR> <BR> So getting to see m... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 07:37:53 EST