BAKER1009's SparkPeople Blog BAKER1009's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The year of the 5ks! OK, so I've decided to make 2015 the year of 5ks when it comes to running. I was ready to run an 8.1 miler or possibly a half marathon at the end of March, but realized I have so much to focus on first. <BR> <BR> For example, the 20 lbs I gained slowly over the past 7 months. <BR> <BR> For another example, the pain I was in last May at the end of my half marathon. Wear I swore I would never do that again - even though by the next day I was like "I'd totally do that again!". I was in seri... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:30:47 EST Picture Blog - Christmas Time Real quick - thank you to everyone who read my "Life" blog and commented. I truly appreciate all the comments and was quickly reminded why I've always loved this place. I've been here over 5 years now - and while I miss quite a few faces that use to be here, I love all the faces that I still have here, and recently some new additions! THANK YOU!! <BR> <BR> The last two days I've been doing some decorating around the house. We planned to do the tree this weekend, but then I realized Emily... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:28:42 EST Life Hi everyone! <BR> I think the last year completely exhausted me, and when school came to an end, I just didn't want to look at my computer anymore. I went through some trying times in my personal life, that I just didn't, and probably still don't completely, know how to move past. I've tried to get back on Spark, but it's been a bit challenging. I know I'm battling depression, but after trying anti-depressants last fall/winter, I really want to avoid that route. I don't want to be depress... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:35:15 EST Halloween Pic's OK, much later than I expected, but better late than never, right? <BR> Carly was too young to trick-or-treat last year (though she still dressed in costume), but you would have never known this year was her first! She said trick-or-treat, held out her pumpkin, and would say "yay" anytime someone put candy in it. She also said thank you nearly every time. So cute! <BR> Preston is a seasoned pro, but he really stepped up to make sure his sister was having fun. <BR> Emily had to work this ye... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 13:25:23 EST 1st Day of School - 2014 This year the kids went back to school on August 18th...which is really early for us! Typically we go back after labor day. I didn't get a group photo, as they scatter out of the house at different hours. Preston didn't get to sleep late because he was so excited, so I didn't want to wake him up early! <BR> Emily leaves at 6:30AM, Chad at 7AM, and Preston at 8AM. <BR> Carly has finally adjusted to Preston not being here with her all day, and it just being the two of us. It sure is quiet w... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:28:47 EST My littles...picture blog! OK, so I've been bad about blogging in recent months. Here is a compilation of some of my favorite pics of Preston and Carly over the last few months...enjoy! <BR> <BR> May 2014 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo <img src="">"> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> June 2014 <BR> <im... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:19:40 EST Summertime Fun w/Pictures Good Morning SP Friends! <BR> Yesterday we had a beautiful day, though very hot and humid. We headed out for a morning walk at 8:30, knowing that later in the day the only reason I would set foot outside would be to go to the pool. <BR> Got this shot. Couldn't manage to get them to both look at the camera at the same time, but I really liked the way this one turned out... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some of my long-time SP friends h... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 07:41:18 EST School...Summer break...Dare I? As if I have time to write this...but I really could use some input here. Though I think I know what I want to do. And I think I know what most of you will say...but here it is... <BR> <BR> I have 12.5 weeks of school left...set to graduate Aug 25th. Ugh...graduate...that brings me to another point...let me rant and get that out a sec... <BR> I didn't graduate from high school. I had Emily in the middle of my junior year, and was already home schooled at that point. Anyway, I actually f... Thu, 29 May 2014 10:40:10 EST My Half Marathon... Alright, there was no way to make this a short blog...sorry. This was by far one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was not just the run, but meeting my best friend for the first time, and sharing the run with her. Though she slowed down for me, so maybe she shared it with me? <BR> There are so many more things I can think of to share about the race...signs we saw, people we saw, etc. But I had to make cuts, LOL! <BR> Here it race blog. <BR> <BR> Good Morning my frie... Tue, 6 May 2014 08:28:12 EST Easter Pics & Running So I am sitting here working on homework (no, really, I was!) and I stopped for a moment and realized that exactly 2 weeks from this very moment I will be preparing to run my first 1/2 marathon with my BFF Nikki. <BR> The race starts at 7:30, but our "wave" does not start until 8:45. I watched a video of the race course and it looks pretty darn flat. I think Indiana is generally a flat state??? <BR> Anyway, super exciting! <BR> <BR> I was fitted for and bought my first pair of running shoe... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:10:27 EST PROM! Prom for Emily was last are some pics from the day... <BR> <BR> Ready to leave the house for promenade... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Emily & her dad <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The only pic I got inside promenade and it's pretty crappy... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Outside the school... <BR> Emily and P... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:45:35 EST Birthdays... Here are some pic's from Emily and Chad's birthdays... <BR> <BR> Em is 17 now, ahhh!! <BR> February <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And Chad is 13 now!!!!! <BR> March <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And a cute pic of Chad and Carly ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:14:05 EST Hi friends! To say the last week has been busy is a total understatement! <BR> Last Friday I got a call from Em's dad Chris that him and his wife were splitting up. Em was suppose to be with him for the weekend, but wanted to come home. I don't know if they had been talking about it for sometime, or what, but they moved fast about the whole thing. The wife was out with all her stuff by Sunday, and Chris was out the following Sunday (yesterday). Melissa, who I cannot stand at all, had been Em's stepmo... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:30:16 EST Sledding Fun Just wanted to share a few pics from our sledding adventure this morning. I thought it wouldn't be too bad since the temps were in the mid 30s, but the wind was a tad annoying (and cold). Preston had fun though and got some energy spent! Carly enjoyed the trip and laughed every time Preston went down the hill! Too cute! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:51:49 EST College... So Emily is going to a college fair with her school today. College. I want her to go, it's so important. She's so smart, and she could probably go nearly anywhere she wanted. But please, don't let it be too far. <BR> She signed up for this college fair about a month ago. Since then, she gets 2 to 5 pieces of mail a day from different schools. When one comes that is far away, I want to just throw it away, LOL! But I would never do that. <BR> <BR> I know I have SP friends who I have wat... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 07:43:27 EST Carly's 1st Birthday (pictures) Hi my SP friends! <BR> I hope you are all doing well. I don't have much time, so I'm going to make this mostly a picture blog. Carly had a wonderful first birthday. She has 8 teeth now! She hardly walks, mostly runs! She started saying "tickle tickle" around Christmas time and tries to tickle you. When she does something she's proud of she will look at you and clap and she will continue to look at you and clap until you clap for her. It's so darn cute. <BR> Last night daddy told her sh... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:23:56 EST Christmas Photos Hi all...finally getting around to sharing some Christmas photos! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:50:17 EST Photo Blog - Tree Decorating Just thought I'd share some photos quick! These are from last night, decorating the tree! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Kids decorating the tree... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Preston and Carly's 1st ornaments.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ornaments from Elle :-) I love saying I have ornaments from Greece on my tree! <BR> <img src=""... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:12:57 EST Running - Week 1 (and the shoes!) These are simply running notes for myself. Nothing too interesting folks, sorry! <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 1 - treadmill only <BR> <BR> Week 1 was interesting. I quickly learned that proper running shoes are a must. Just look at my times from run 1 to run 2 for proof! <BR> <BR> Mentally, I need to set the display on the treadmill to "distance" and only focus on making it to the designated point. For the first few weeks, this will be 3 miles. While I want to improve on my time, I do not wan... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:26:13 EST I'm back, it's time after all! Short & Sweet! <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I'm back. <BR> I'm tracking food <em>550</em> <BR> I'm tracking water <em>194</em> <BR> I'm setting daily mini-goals, which will flow into the days to follow <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Today's goal - to only eat when I'm truly hungry. Fueling my body, not my mind! <BR> <BR> Countdown: 170 days to the <em>366</em> <BR> Weight: 182.2 <em>11</em> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Support from SP friends is <em>235</em> <em>... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:38:08 EST Halloween Pics Hi everyone! I was hoping to write a decent blog, but as usual, I am pressed for time. I started a new class this week and I haven't exactly been motivated to read my textbook and now it's "do or die" time...LOL! <BR> <BR> I didn't get the greatest pics of miss Carly. Every time I try to take her picture she comes after me! Speaking of which, she has taken her first steps!! I cannot believe it! Chad was an early walker (9 months too) and now Carly is too I guess! <BR> She didn't mind t... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:01:23 EST Preston's 5 Year Pics Hopefully the link are P's pics we had done yesterday at Target. He was very shy at first, but slowly he warmed up. <BR> <BR> P5 is going on the wall and we also ordered E5 cuz it was so cute :-) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>album/sharealbumlist?rndId=AwUDCANPWg=<BR>=&uId=AwUABAFDWQ==# </link> <BR> <BR> Alright, I have a paper to write (due today) and then it's on to finals week starting tomorrow. Don't be surprised if I'm quiet this week! <BR... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 06:49:15 EST Preston's Big "5" Birthday! Thought I'd share some pic's from Preston's birthday on Sunday. My little man is now 5! Originally the plan was to take him to Chuck E. Cheese...something he'd been requesting since last year. However, when the time got close, he said he didn't want to do that. So hubs and I said "how about we give you money and take you to the toy store for a shopping spree?" Of course he was delighted at that idea! <BR> Preston's not in school or anything, so he doesn't really have any friends his age ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:20:00 EST First Day of School (Pic Blog) Just thought I'd share my normal 1st day of school pictures with you all! <BR> It's so hard to believe Em is a junor this year! And Chad is headed into 6th grade! They grow so fast. Next year Preston will be heading to kindergarten! Ahhh! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 13:57:50 EST Update - And lots-o-pics! Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't blogged in...well, a while. There just doesn't seem to be time these days. Maybe once the kids return to school next week? Though I doubt that will change anything. I have been getting up super early, before everyone in the morning so I have more time for my school. Next week they'll be getting up and interfering with that time. So that certainly won't help! <BR> With each new class I take the materials are getting harder and harder, so assignments are taki... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:42:01 EST Carly's 6 Month Pictures It's so hard to believe that miss Carly is already 6 months old! <BR> Her latest talent...sitting up all by herself from a lying on her tummy position! It's so odd to lay her down to play and then to turn around and see her sitting up! <BR> She's doing beautifully! <BR> <BR> As many of you already know, I gave up bf'ing 2 weeks ago. I never physically breastfed, I used a pump and bottle-fed because of other issues. Anyway, it was exhausting, but I set a goal to do this for 6 months and wa... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:13:16 EST DAWG, what this means to me... As a member of the Spirited Under Dogs (SUDs) I have been asked to write a blog about what being a Dawg means to me. <BR> The entire 5% challenge is new to me, so maybe I'm not entirely sure what being a Dawg means to me just yet. <em>200</em> I guess that's why I'm still called a pup, right? <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> So right now, being part of this team means learning my around the kennel from some long-time SP friends (Moni, Nikki) and some awesome new friends! Just this week I lea... Wed, 29 May 2013 09:59:54 EST The Weekend! Pictures too! Hi everyone! Thought maybe it's time for a blog! <BR> Things have been going pretty well here. The 5% challenge is definitely helping me in the way that I had hoped it would! When I check in and post with my team every day, I want to be putting up good numbers. SO a definite improvement. This week I am learning that I'm not getting nearly enough fiber! I already had it on my tracker, because I use to pay close attention to it. Somewhere along the way I quit paying attention, so I'm glad... Tue, 28 May 2013 08:05:49 EST Because it's the Playoffs in Pittsburgh! (pic blog) Thought I'd have some fun this morning and get everyone in the hockey spirit! Game #5 tonight - Let's Go Pens!!! <em>196</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This one's for you Mike!! <BR> <im... Thu, 9 May 2013 12:07:38 EST April Recap Hi my AWESOME spark friends! <BR> I guess I'll quit saying sorry for my absence. Ya'll know what I'm up to these days. It seems like every time I'm running smoothly in one area of my life, another area slacks. Boy this is tough. But it's getting better. And after checking all my stats for the 30 day challenge in April (thanks for these challenges Mel!!) I realize that I did better than I thought. I remember now why it is important to track your measurements, along with your weight. <BR>... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:12:44 EST Everything Worked Out! Emily's dad and I have had a 50/50 schedule since she was in the 4th grade. We both live in the same school district and live about 10 minutes apart. This worked well for the most part up until about 3 years ago. Emily's stepmom had a benign brain tumor. While they were able to remove the tumor, she just hasn't been the same since. <BR> We've never gotten along, but I always tried the best for Emily's sake. <BR> <BR> Well her relationship with Emily has slowly been deteriorating. As muc... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:30:53 EST Happy Easter (photo blog) Hello friends! <BR> I hope you all had a nice Easter. Ours was good. The older kids were at their dads house this year, so we just had the "littles" as I now refer to them! <BR> <BR> Preston enjoyed his basket... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Carly's basket... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Although she was uns... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:25:03 EST Prayers Please One of my favorite parts of Spark is the family feel I have with so many of it's members. That's why it was so hard to learn of this tragic news that struck one of my teammates and Spark family members. I wanted to ask all of you to take a minute and say a prayer for my friend Pam, who lost in her grandson Derrek in a horrible car accident on Sunday in Texas. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-killed/?hpt=hp_t2 </link> <BR> <BR> If any of you want to stop by her ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:13:03 EST A Carly Picture Blog :-) Hi everyone! <BR> I'm behind on posting my weekly fitness blogs. I just don't have the time that I use to, imagine that? <BR> I am keeping up with my nutrition and daily exercise. Exercise is more intense some days than others, but every day something gets done, even if it's just a brisk walk. I'm losing weight, and I can tell I'm losing inches, so it's all good. <BR> <BR> But I am stressed big time these days. I just need someone to add in about 4 hours to every day! I'm on day 4 now o... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:21:50 EST Sweet 16 - PHOTO BLOG I don't have much time, but I really want to share these pictures from Em's sweet 16! <BR> Here is the hall... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Emily and mom said you can see how much we look alike in this one... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My brother and I... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Again, but this time with our mom to... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:52:52 EST Week 4 Fitness Goals Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Week 3 goals were... <BR> Walk - minimum of 4 miles <BR> DONE! Walked a total of 5 miles. <BR> <BR> Steps - 3 days with over 10,000 steps, the other days I must reach at least 5,000 <BR> DONE! Walked 10,000 steps on Thur, Fri, and Sat. All other days were right around 8,000 <BR> <BR> Food - track it all...every single bite! <BR> Almost DONE. The weekend was way too busy, didn't even touch my computer! <BR> <BR> Water - minimum 10 glasses a day <BR> DONE! <BR> <B... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:22:41 EST Week 3 Fitness Goals Hello everyone! <BR> OK, so last week, being a little more relaxed with myself, went much better. I got in 3 miles and I am happy with that. Eating wasn't so great, but I know why. Rather than go on about that, I can honestly say that I know this week will be better. I am off my antibiotic, which means I am back to exclusively nursing, which means eating right for little Carly! It sure does make it easier! <BR> <BR> This weekend was good...I bought myself a FitBit One and a new pair of ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:56:01 EST Week 2 Fitness Goals Maybe I was a little too optimistic last week? I must have been feeling well rested last Monday after a weekend of naps and general rest! Because the rest of the week is just a blur and there were no workouts after Monday. Well, unless you count running all over the place on Saturday with Emily buying stuff for her party. Which I don't count. <BR> <BR> I do believe I thought I was back to super mom status last week when clearly I wasn't. I ended up with a horrible tooth ache/infection a... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:49:44 EST Picture Blog! Baby & Gifts! Thought I'd post some pictures of miss Carly...along with some cute gifts she has received. <BR> <BR> Raising a hockey fan...Let's Go Pens! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Preston and Carly hanging out... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> H... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:39:00 EST Week 1 Fitness Goals I'm now 2 weeks postpartum and I'm ready to start adding light exercise back into my routine. Yes, I do mean light. I will listen closely to my body! <BR> <BR> Monday - 1 mile walk with Leslie <BR> Tuesday - ST (arms) - approx. 15 minutes <BR> Wednesday - 1 mile walk with Leslie <BR> Thursday - ST (legs) - approx. 15 minutes <BR> Friday - 1 mile walk with Leslie <BR> Saturday and Sunday - rest days <BR> <BR> Next Monday I will evaluate how week 1 went and use that as a guideline to set go... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:38:49 EST Week 1 Fitness Goals I'm now 2 weeks postpartum and I'm ready to start adding light exercise back into my routine. Yes, I do mean light. I will listen closely to my body! <BR> <BR> Monday - 1 mile walk with Leslie <BR> Tuesday - ST (arms) - approx. 15 minutes <BR> Wednesday - 1 mile walk with Leslie <BR> Thursday - ST (legs) - approx. 15 minutes <BR> Friday - 1 mile walk with Leslie <BR> Saturday and Sunday - rest days <BR> <BR> Next Monday I will evaluate how week 1 went and use that as a guideline to set go... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:38:49 EST Just a little update and a few pics! Hi Spark friends! <BR> Just thought I'd give everyone a little update. Since I can't seem to visit everyone's pages like I'm use to, this blog will have to do the trick! <BR> <BR> So we are all doing well. Carly has been a pretty easy baby thus far and is actually falling into a bit of a schedule already. I know this could change at any given moment though, so I don't stress about it. <BR> <BR> Just to clarify on my "11 lbs lost" the other are the stats: <BR> <BR> January 17t... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:43:19 EST Labor & Delivery! And new photos! Hi Spark Friends! First off, THANK YOU to everyone for the comments and goodies. I'm trying to get back to everyone, but as you can imagine, life is a little busy right now! <BR> <BR> Many of you have asked me how L&D went...especially my pregnant friends. I'll tell you my story, but I know many of you are having your first, so the story of my L&D probably won't match up with yours. My first, while not difficult, was much longer than my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. For me, the tale of "it goes fa... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:35:58 EST It's a girl! Introducing Carly Reese! This is going to be short & sweet, as I am pressed for we just got home an hour ago! However, I couldn't leave my Spark family hanging! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Carly Reese Baker was born on 1/19 @ 5:46AM. She weighed 7lbs 14ozs and was 20.25 inches long. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Carly and I today, 1/20, before leaving the hospital. Since everything ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:44:21 EST 39 Weeks & 6 days This will be short & sweet...or not sweet...LOL! <BR> The doctor's appointment went well. I'm another centimeter dilated, so 2cms now. But as most of you can imagine, I'm growing more impatient, and more irritable, by the day. I shouldn't be surprised, as my kids have always been punctual, though I've never went past my due date (but right on it once!). <BR> I'm actually missing school right now and that mental distraction. <BR> <BR> So anyway, all is well. If nothing happens by next Thu... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 08:05:50 EST 39 Weeks & A Bump Picture Good Morning! <BR> Yup, I'm 38 weeks + 6 days, LOL! <BR> The dr's appointment went well. Everything was pretty much the same - including my weight for the last 2 weeks now. Yay! Trust me, I've gained enough already. Ever notice how I quit telling you all my weight? LOL! <BR> <BR> Pictures... <BR> 38 weeks... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 39 weeks... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:37:44 EST 38 Weeks & A Bump Picture OK, so I'm 37 weeks +6, but close enough! Ahh, only 2 weeks to go! I'm beyond ready. If you can't tell by the immaculate cleanliness of my house right now!! <BR> I did get Christmas put away yesterday and then I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. I have no idea yet what we are going to do today other than some laundry. BUT, laundry means 2 flights of stairs per load, so that's a plus! Lots of exercise. <BR> <BR> OK, so other than being overly anxious at this point, everything is going gr... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:03:54 EST Baby Outfits!! It has always been the tradition for my mother to buy the outfit that the baby will wear home from the hospital. Well, since we don't know the gender of this baby, we got to buy two! Here they are... <BR> <BR> For Carly Reese... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have a pair of red tights to go with this too! <BR> <BR> For Aiden Michael... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mom and I fell ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:28:06 EST Christmas Blog - Mostly Pictures Happy Friday friends! <BR> Here are pictures from Christmas Day. It was a wonderful day! The kids had a great Christmas! My mother arrived on Sunday, and we did some baking that evening, and then more on Monday. My brother even ended up coming to my house for Christmas dinner, which was awesome! <BR> <BR> here are the pictures. <BR> I just love the first picture I snapped that morning! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dig In! <BR... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:41:59 EST We did it! Gingerbread House Picture! Happy Sunday my friends! Christmas is growing near! <BR> <BR> Yesterday the kids and I made a gingerbread house. Actually, we bought a kit. So the house itself was already together. But we had to decorate it. It is quite difficult for 4 people to work on a house. Two sets of hands are almost too much as well. <BR> So Emily did most of the icing and outlines. Then when that would be done, Chad and Preston would decorate with the gum drops and things. It turned out cute. <BR> When we w... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 08:49:45 EST