FITGIRL15's SparkPeople Blog FITGIRL15's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Deep Thoughts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope if you didn't already know that, that you DO NOW! <BR> <BR> You are awesome! Make today AWESOME too! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:24:06 EST Crazy Busy! We removed conditions on our house, so now it is OURS! :) Possession is September 26th... that's 2.5 weeks away! Joe and I are both so excited!!! (He bought me a big bouquet of flowers to put on my table! Isn't that one of the tricks of selling a house? That and the smell of baked bread or cinnamon buns in the oven? Already got that covered with my "Welcome Home" Scentsy! LOL) <BR> <BR> Anyways... now it's the hard part, selling OUR places! I've already been displaced from my home ma... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:27:22 EST That was FAST! It's almost a done deal! We agreed to the terms of the seller (challenged his price a bit, and got a good deal, I think!) soooo.... in 30 days, Joe and I will be the owners, and moving into THIS house!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:46:20 EST OFFER MADE! We made an offer today on that very house that I posted about yesterday! <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Now.. we play the waiting game, and see what he counters with! <BR> <BR> SO EXCITED!!!! <em>436</em> <BR> <BR> The home is in the heart of Calgary.... we will have a quick commute to the office! Plus be in the heart of the action (and easy access to get OUT of the city too!) <BR> <BR> It's happening!!!! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:24:45 EST Buying our first HOME TOGETHER! Joe and I spent this weekend looking at houses! <BR> <BR> We are super excited about the prospect of living together! But stressed because the timeline is really much shorter then we thought (since the houses that we are looking at are vacant which means the owner probably wants a shorter close date then we are comfortable with!) We found a house that we really like and are ready to put in an offer... now we just have to get our finances in order and just hope that the seller will accept o... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:30:24 EST ZINCON2014 - Part 2 Just pics, no time for text... sorry <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Costume Party... theme was "Embrace your Culture" <BR> Is a lumberjack Canadian enough for you? LOL <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:58:25 EST ZINCON2014 PICS This was my 4th Zumba Convention... so I knew that I had to rest when I could, have food ON me at all times and just generally GO WITH THE FLOW and be OK if the plans didn't go as planned! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me ready to fly to Orlando! Reppin' Zumba!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> First sign of Convention life... and they are already promoting NEXT YEAR's Convention! LOL... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:36:07 EST Hiking Pics <img src=""> <BR> The 4 of us, packed, dressed, all ready to go! I mean 5 of us... <BR> Me, Joe Alex, Kyla and Koah (the dog) <em>200</em> <BR> <BR> wow... most of my files (from my camera) Spark says they are too large to post! :( <BR> I don't have much time to edit pics today... <BR> <BR> Let me see if this link to my Flickr works: <BR> <link><BR>15/sets/72157645877428888/ </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:52:19 EST My 4-day Weekend in the BackCountry Joe and I had decided a long time ago to do afew back country camping trips this summer. This past weekend we 'smashed' our first trip out. (Yes, I am randomly using the term "smashed"... we invited a couple of our friends with us on this trip... they are 10 years younger then us and are teaching us some bad habits! LOL) <BR> <BR> <BR> Upon venturing out on this 4 day backpacking adventure this was the itinerary: <BR> Day 1: Hawk Creek to Floe Lake (10.5km) <BR> Day 2: Floe Lake to Tumbli... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:19:05 EST Crunch Fitness - Cardio Groove <img src=""> <BR> Crunch Fitness - Cardio Groove! <BR> <BR> This was the FIRST fitness DVD I ever had (filmed in 1996).. I remember dancing to it in my bedroom at the foot of my bed! LOL (I was barely 20 years old at the time! <BR> <BR> I really wish I could find the video now, I think I would KILL that choreo once and for all!!! <BR> <BR> Does anyone know where you can find OLD fitness videos??? This one was originally on a VHS t... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:43:30 EST I can't handle it right now! Go look at this and try not to laugh... I DARE you! <BR> <link><BR>ls-that-cannot-even-handle-it-right-no<BR>w#1bcjpdf </link> <BR> <BR> I can't even handle how CUTE and silly these dogs are!!! <BR> LOVEEEEEE <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> We officially booked our holidays for this year. Joe and I will be moving in together sometime this fall (barring we both sell our condos and can find an appropriate house to buy... all the stars will align, they alway... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:56:30 EST Healthier Pancakes! Have any of you seen the Spark People Article <BR> <link><BR>st=7_perfectly_healthy_pancake_recipes </link> <BR> <BR> "7 Perfectly Healthy Pancake Recipes" <BR> <BR> ??? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Guess what? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> MY RECIPE is featured there! <em>334</em> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=520681 </link> <BR> <img src="http:/... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:11:34 EST Silence... is rare! It came to my attention yesterday (Thanks KATZABELLAMAMA!) that I have not blogged here in over a week! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I'm usually a once-a-day blogger... so I don't blame her for being concerned! <BR> <BR> I'm FINE! ... Just fairly busy right now with cleaning my condo (which is starting to look like a SHOW HOME!) and Zumba and spending time with Joe! <BR> Last night I went grocery shopping and cooked up a double batch of turkey meat sauce and rice pasta! (So I'll be eating that ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:12:59 EST Perspective Joe had a bit of a break down on the weekend. <BR> <BR> He woke me up at 2am Saturday morning to say, "Baby, I don't think we can move in together!" <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> ... Let's just say, being half asleep then woken up to that... it was like a BAD DREAM! <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> Joe was shaking, he was VERY UPSET and clearly this was something bothering him for a while! He said "Your condo, it just has so much clutter, I feel like it's suffocating me, like it's everywhere I g... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:34:21 EST Sick? In JULY???? Yup. <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> I came down with something last night, and this morning it had fully taken hold of me! <BR> .... Headache, sore throat, runny nose! <BR> Oh ya, it's HOT! LOL <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I got it from Joe. He caught it on the plane returning from his race! <BR> I hate planes re-circulated air systems! So glad I am NOT a flight attendant! <BR> How do they avoid from getting sick EVERY FLIGHT??? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Speaking of flight... Joe and I are ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:38:05 EST Calgary Stampede 2014 has begun! <img src=""> <BR> Me after a very sweaty Zumba® class on Saturday! Playlist was dominated by country tunes! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Stampede Breakfast demo day! Went great! <BR> <BR> I worked on Western Choreo for a few days and now have choreography for these songs: <BR> "Play Something Country" <BR> "Timber" <BR> "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" <BR> "Cruise" <BR> "Play it Agai... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:07:14 EST Before & After PICS I really wish Joe had taken BEFORE pics too... he looks amazing right now! <BR> <BR> I look at pictures of us in Italy and am proud of how far we have come! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fat but oh sooo happy!!! <em>15</em> <em>334</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> This is me now: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> a... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:51:50 EST WLC Results! It's finally SUMMER! July 1st (CANADA DAY) is tomorrow and this marks the END to Joe and my Weight Loss Challenge (WLC). <BR> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <BR> <BR> How did we do? <BR> Well... Joe won, obviously! lol <em>246</em> <BR> ... He has testosterone on his side!!! (that's my story and I'm sticking to it! hehe) <BR> <BR> Here's a little table I created showing our results: <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:17:32 EST The Queen of Portion Control! I have graduated from Princess of Portion Control (PPC) to the QUEEN!!! <BR> <img src="">OMG! lol <BR> <BR> But seriously... it wasn't a cake walk to get here! It took A LOT of hard work and perserverance! <BR> Yesterday, I made myself a protein shake... but wanted something to give it a little 'flavor' LOL so I decided I could have HALF of an Oreo cookie in it! I pulled out ONE cookie, carefully folded it in half and dropped it into... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:08:31 EST Ticket BOUGHT! I am OFF to Zumba® Convention in August! I've been watching the prices of tickets to Orlando every day for a few weeks but prices just seemed to keep going up! <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> Until today... I snagged my flight for $200 less then last week's prices! (It pays to shop around!) So... I'm officially all registered and ready to set off to Orlando for Zumba® Convention 2014 in AUGUST! LOL (yes, I'm getting ready early!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <link>www.convention... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:07:16 EST Still working on it! I have always been very good about KNOWING that strength training is very important in our lives! <em>362</em> <BR> And I've never really had a problem with getting it DONE! ....Until NOW!!!! <BR> It's hard to deny that suddenly, I am overcome with excitement and passion to simply DANCE the days away!!! (I mean REALLY, who wants to lift boring weights when they could be rocking out to their favorite tunes?) <BR> <em>335</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> So for me... It's been a HARD issu... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:14:39 EST Quinoa Trying something different is always exciting, and can drastically change the way you see certain things in life! <BR> <BR> Yeterday, I decided to try Quinoa, instead of rice... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It kinda looks like rice, right? ...Well, apparently it's a seed, so it contains a higer fat % (and therefor higher calories) then rice too! (Well, ya learn something NEW everyday!) <BR> <BR> It was very easy to cook. Easier then... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:28:50 EST FEELING FANTASTIC! I don't know what it is... but the stars HAVE aligned! <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> .... Because I feel like a spring chicken! <BR> <em>448</em> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> But seriously, I just feel GREAT right now! OK, OK, maybe I can sense a slight bit of tension in my elbows joints when I do my ST sessions... BUT the fact that I am doing my ST sessions regularly again is obviously helping my mood in some way! I will start focussing on LEGS when I do my weights rather then the... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:04:32 EST It's all about the little things! Flowers for NO reason! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Joe is the most thoughtful boyfriend ever. He picked these "flowers" for me while on his last bike ride in the mountains. (I'm SURE they are just weeds, but they sure do remind me of Joe when I see them! It truely is the thought that counts!) <BR> <BR> <BR> DUCKIES! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Joe and I encountered this little family as... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:37:19 EST Paige's Ball Game My niece Paige plays softball and since they were playing in the City last night my sister invited me to go watch! I had to hustle there, but I made it before the game started! <BR> <BR> It was super fun! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (In this picture she is the girl ready to RUN to 2nd base!) <BR> <BR> Joe and I are planning to go again next week! I loved watching her play!!! Her skill level has come a LONG way since she started this seas... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:51:22 EST Home Made Almond Butter Cups <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-butter-cups/ </link> <BR> <BR> I can't wait to make these! I love me some Almond butter! And I've been looking for something to make to use up my coco powder!!! Yay! <BR> <BR> Check out how gorgeous my new nails look: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I call them "Girl on Fire!" They are so gorgeous in person!... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:45:49 EST Zumba® Heart rate Test <img src=""> <BR> Check out the results from my latest experiment! <BR> <BR> Joe has a Garmin hear rate monitor, which records your HR every second during your workout and allows you to then download and review your results on their website. I have ALWAYS been curious what my Zumba class heart rate profile would look like (since it's NOT a steady state form of cardio... it often gets poo-poo'd by the fitness community.) <BR> <BR> Not... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:26:39 EST Back PAIN I don't know WHAT happened last night but suddenly at about 10:00pm, my lower back just started ACHING! <BR> <em>28</em> It was a pain unlike any feeling I've had before!!! <BR> I decided to take my vitamin cocktail and have an Epsom salt bath <BR> (Have I mentioned before that I think Epsom salts are DA BOMB?) <em>100</em> <BR> .... and I woke up feeling about 90% better! <BR> Wow! <em>273</em> Like MAGIC! <em>188</em> <BR> <BR> I think it was from doing the SAME playlist... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:09:50 EST Spark Articles If you aren't currently eating Spinach... <BR> <em>551</em> <BR> Why the heck not??? <BR> Here are some wonderful ideas to get you started! <BR> <BR> "13 Things You Can Do with a Bag of Baby Spinach" <BR> <link><BR>ow.asp?show=155 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This article made me laugh by the end... <BR> <BR> "7 Times the Scale is Lying to You" <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1951 </link> <BR> Sooooo... basica... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:47:09 EST Party Crasher! ... but the BEST kind! <BR> <BR> We sometimes call it "Crashing your party" when we go to other instructors classes... But by no means are they un-invited guests! Usually its much more fun with other instructors in the room, as they "know the drill" and know when the instructor wants more energy, more movement or just MORE! LOL <BR> <BR> She didn't show off, didn't try to steal the show by hamming up to the members... she was just there to party with me and my peeps and she rocks! <BR> <... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 00:48:38 EST DumbBells in hand ...this has happened to me twice now... <BR> I am coming back from my noon hour ST workout in the park, carrying my 10 pound dumb bells, one in each hand and I get asked (by another employee of the company I work for), "Do you RUN with those weights in your hands?" <BR> <em>40</em> REALLY? <BR> <BR> <BR> Since when was running with heavy dumb bells a 'thing'? Today, I actually giggled to that comment and said "No way!" to which the guy who asked said "I don't really know much about fit... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 17:29:57 EST Something happened! Super strange! <BR> I was weighing in uncharacteristically heavy all weekend (on my home scale, which always weighs me heavy, so I was only slightly comcerned... but then yesterday, 137.4 is what it said... repeatedly! <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> SHUT UP! <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> So, clearly today I didn't even BOTHER to weigh in on my scale at home this morning... why go through that kind of torture (especially when you know you are eating well, staying on track, taking your vitamins, gettin... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:10:16 EST Not only for the Dudes! I love the website "T-Nation" <link> </link> <BR> But actually, it's a website aimed for this type of guy: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That is clearly NOT ME! LOL <BR> <BR> But today they posted an atricle that is speicifically for the ladies! <BR> <link><BR>s-women-make-in-the-gym </link> <BR> <BR> I liked it! <BR> It reminded me WHY I need to be smarter about my post-workout routin... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:41:18 EST Money Problems... not what you'd think! Joe has been helping me take charge of my money situation. <BR> <BR> Money has always been an weird topic for me... I mean, my dad taught me at an early age that "Saving money is a good thing" so I've had a bank account since I could walk (I have had my SIN for about that long too... maybe he wanted to put me to work early? lol) And one of the things I told myself as a teenager was "Get a good job so that money will NEVER become a stress in your life!" And I think I've managed to succeed ... Fri, 30 May 2014 17:45:55 EST Zumba® wardrobe malfunction <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>198</em> <BR> YES, my shirt FELL DOWN during my Zumba® class last night! <BR> <em>100</em> <em>246</em> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I understand the pants fallng down malfunction... but losing your top!?!?! That's just hilarIOUSSS! I didn't think I could describe it right with words... pictures are better! LOL <BR> <BR> How do you recover from a fault like that? <BR> ... Thu, 29 May 2014 13:50:37 EST Reflections Yesterday, someone posted a comment on an OLD blog of mine. One that I posted last year on March 22nd, 2013. It was a video blog... <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=52<BR>96319 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> And DAMN, I was looking great... if I do say so myself! <BR> In the video, I quote my "home scale" weight as "133.6" so today I had to get up on my home scale again to compare. This morning's reading was "134.2" <em... Wed, 28 May 2014 13:38:28 EST Lots going on but nothing to say... My life has been a flurry of happenings! <BR> <BR> 2 weekends ago: <BR> <em>433</em> Drove 5 hours for the Family Gathering. <BR> <em>220</em> Family gathering was a total success! My family loves Joe! <BR> <em>361</em> Seeing my best friend and her kiddos the next day! (staying up till 3:00am playing "Cards Aainst Humanity" was exhausting! lol) <BR> <BR> This past weekend: <BR> <em>272</em> Movie night with Joe! (X-Men) <BR> <em>355</em> Taught Zumba & Toning classes.. then d... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:02:20 EST Mom is home! Minus her appendix! :) I spoke to my mom tonight, PHEW... She is finally home and recovering from her surgery. She sounds absolutely awesome, considering her appendix was in such a critical state... ok, maybe it wasn't that bad, which is why they waited a day to get the thing out! <BR> <BR> She said that none of the doctors that saw her could believe that she was 0ver 60 years old and not taking any medication. For anything! She's over 60... but she takes NO MEDICINES! <BR> No blood pressure issues, no diabet... Thu, 22 May 2014 22:18:59 EST MOM I had a whole blog to write about regarding my weekend away. <BR> <BR> Funny how life has a way of flipping you on your head, putting something else more important on your plate and making you rearrange your priorities! <BR> <BR> My mom had major pain yesterday so they rushed her to the hospital, and after numerous test they decided she was having an appendix attack and set her (via ambulance!) to a large hospital in the City (Edmonton) <BR> My Dad texted last night to tell us that her ... Wed, 21 May 2014 10:45:00 EST Knees and Running I learned very early on that my body doesn't like to run! Running is very hard on my joints, namely my KNEES! When I was 30 pounds heavier, it was even more stress on my poor joints! ...As I started to lose weight, even as little as 5 pounds dramatically reduced the amount of stress on my body when I ran! <BR> <BR> BUT... even now, at my current weight, my body still doesn't like to run! <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> On Sunday, I put on my Kangoo Jumps with the intention of finding a pa... Tue, 13 May 2014 10:55:15 EST Kangoo Jumps Have you heard of these things before? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Well, I bought a pair probably 2 years ago at a fitness expo and have NEVER PUT THEM ON... until today!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day today and considering it SNOWED yesterday... I HAD to take advantage of the SPRING like conditions outs... Mon, 12 May 2014 00:40:48 EST Premiere Zumba® Step Class! <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday, I taught my VERY FIRST Zumba® Step class! Oh boy!!! <em>100</em> <BR> I'm not going to lie, I wasn't 100% prepared... but I thought if I had to, I could wing-it (with my charm and experience! LOL) ...NOT the best plan of attack, but I only had SO MUCH TIME to practice (considering I also teach my regular classes!!!) and have been trying to stress less these days! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Fri, 9 May 2014 12:05:13 EST 8 weeks till SUMMER! I had a talk with Joe yesterday... <BR> My weight loss has been stalled since the end of January. Stuck at 133lbs. <BR> Mentally, I feel like I jinxed this! (133 has always been my "set point" where my body just returns to!) <BR> <BR> I know I am currently feeling more then a little defeated (to go for 3 months without any progress [despite my consistent fitness efforts!]) and I also realize that I've been slowly sabotaging myself through my diet! <BR> <em>198</em> D'oh! <BR> <BR> Bu... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:04:19 EST I'm HAPPY! Love notes left around my desk.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Just a daily dose of Joe's love! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 14:02:40 EST "Fiddler on the Roof" Stage West Performance <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was SOOO well done! <BR> Let me share a few songs that I really liked: <BR> <BR> "TRADITION" (I loved this song... so entertaining!) <BR> <link><BR>X7ut8gw </link> <BR> <BR> "If I were a rich man" - Another cute song from the p... Mon, 5 May 2014 11:47:15 EST Odysseo by Cavalia <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Joe and I LOVE Cirque du Solei performances! We are going to see the latest show to come to Calgary tonight : Odysseo. We are both super excited! <BR> It's amazing how well trained these horses are! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> <em>34</em> <em>34</em> <em>362</em> <BR> Today at lunch it was way too gorgeous to be couped up in my o... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:49:24 EST My heart is swelling! ...In the best possible way! <BR> <em>342</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>342</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>342</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> I swear, Joe was put on this earth SPECIFICALLY for me to find!!! He is my soul mate and daily I am reminded of how much he really loves me! <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> My birthday was on January 6th. Joe had planned a ski trip for that weekend without me! It was OK by me to go without me but of course I wa... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:27:19 EST Fainting I fainted Thursday morning. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I was staying over at Joe's house, since I was taking a 2day First Aid training course with him (and his place is 5 minutes from the training facility!) and I woke up (15 minutes before the alarm) to go to the bathroom really bad! In my frantic and slightly disorientated state, I hit the back of my hand on the doorknob! <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> Ouch... it hurt, but I managed to make it to the toilet. I got my pants down, and then proceede... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:45:00 EST Hump Day Hilarity <link><BR>htZLItY </link> <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> Bro Science... <BR> have you ever seen this guy on YouTube??? Gah, is he FUNNY! <BR> <BR> Check out this video: <BR> <em>84</em> "10 machines in the gym you didn't know were bicep machines" <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> <em>85</em> <em>224</em> <em>85</em> <em>100</em> <em>85</em> <em>246</em> <em>20</em> <em>85</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:57:26 EST Lunch with my bro! My brother sent me a text yesterday asking me to go for lunch with him today, since he was in town for a job interview! SO VERY MY FAMILY to call totally last minute and expect things to go as they plan! <BR> <BR> Luckily I had no class to teach and really, my ST workout can wait! I never get to see my brother so I figured screw it, you just gotta live life sometimes! <BR> I had a chicken club sandwich... I could have made worse choice, sure... but still, it certainly was NOT the salad, I ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:09:59 EST