FITGIRL15's SparkPeople Blog FITGIRL15's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Lay-offs Looming! Stress!!! Today (October 1, 2015) is the first day of lay-offs at Cenovus... <BR> It has been tough knowing that this was coming down the pipe. I think it would have been easier NOT knowing... but then again, being blindsided by a lay-off hurts too. <BR> <BR> My section of the company is being told of their lay-offs on Tuesday, Oct. 6th... so I have to wait all weekend before I know what they plan to do with me (keep me or set me free!) <BR> I should really be making contingency plans right now... b... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 12:50:48 EST Met Joe's Father this weekend... a short essay! Joe has a tendency to over-exaggerate when it comes to his family. When I originally asked him if I could meet his family, his reaction was one of "Why would you want to spend any time with them?" <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> "Uh... because they are your FAMILY!" I would say... I mean, sure, I don't get along perfectly with my siblings or my parents but hey, we are normal in our uniqueness and I still love my family and make a point to call and see them when I can. Joe does NOT. <BR> I never u... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:28:54 EST Learning Spanish - Rosetta Stone My brother lovingly thought of ME when he saw a really big discount on ANY language of Rosetta Stone version on So he asked me if I'd use the Spanish one, and of course I said YES! So he bought it for me! <BR> <em>380</em> <BR> Now it's my MISSION to learn Espanol, Gosh-Darn-it! LOL <BR> <BR> Every night I spend 1 hour on my lessons. So far I've been at it for 3 nights. <BR> <BR> What have I learned? <BR> Well, that Rosetta Stone teaches you NOT in the traditional ways o... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:44:27 EST SHOUT OUT: MOSTMOM1 <link><BR>STMOM1 </link> <BR> Here's the link to her SparkPage! <BR> <BR> If you've never gone to her page before... you NEED her in your life! I am serious! She' is one hilarious, spunky, outgoing woman and mother and SparkFriend! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> She posted this blog recently... about purchasing a bag of googly eyes at the DollarStore and applying them to things, like the CapnCrunch box: <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:16:22 EST Alive and kicking! (Actually, better than alive, THRIVING!) Hola Mi Gente!!! <BR> Has it really been over a MONTH since I logged in? <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> Bad, BAD Girl!!! <BR> <BR> But honestly, I have literally been flying around the world... no time for the internet! <BR> I need a new passport to prove it, too! lol <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In Early July, I went backpacking (Skoki) with 2 girlfriends. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:56:14 EST Positive results As cheery as that sounds... this is NOT going to be a cheery blog, full of talk about meeting my weight loss goals and other diet related topics. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> For the first time in my life, my PAP results came back positive for irregular cells. <BR> ... I had NO IDEA what the doctor was saying when she told me what my results were... <BR> She said, "Squamous intraepithelial lesion." And I was like.... excuse me??? <BR> <em>46</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I guess ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:34:50 EST Stampede 2015 <img src=""> Rockin' the glitter tattoo! <BR> <img src=""> The After Party - Bullshooters Breakfast <BR> <img src=""> With our friends from AGAT Labs, too much fun was had! <BR> <img src=" Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:06:29 EST Finished dancefloor! How did I forget to post this!?!?! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I am sooo happy with how the flooring turned out in my basement! Unfortunately (I say that like it's a bad thing) but unfortunately we have been having an AMAZINGLY beautiful spring/summer this year, and I have not wanted to spend too much time down there to practice! <em>24</em> <BR> But hey... it will be ready for me when the snow flies.... and that ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:05:40 EST <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, how did the internet know I was in search of some new work dresses??? The side banners were all showing these super cute summery dresses, and I one day decided to click the banner to see what it was all abou... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:16:16 EST *Final Engagement Ring!* <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am quite particular about what I like... For those who've been counting, yes, this is the THIRD ring that I've got from Joe! LOL (But the only one I *LOVE* and plan on keeping FOREVER!!!) <BR> <BR> It is a custom ring, created from my previous white gold engagement ring. This one is made from 14K yellow gold and contains 21 beautiful diamonds surrounding the band! It fits me like a GL... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:45:44 EST The Caffiene Disaster Joe and I got a new Nespresso machine, and we both LOVE it sooo much! <BR> But last night I got a little cocky and drank 2 cups of regular Espresso at about 8:00pm... and I couldn't fall asleep till well past 2:00am! And by 1:00am, I started experiencing ACID REFLUX! <BR> <em>40</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Surprisingly I don't feel like a Zombie this morning... but DAYUM! what a rude wake up call! <BR> Clearly, caffiene that late in the day is a BAD IDEA for sleep, but even worse for... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:04:53 EST Dance Floor Progress - Day 2 <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday, I came home to this... a second (maybe third?) layer of plywood down on the sub-floor, making the surface much more firm, but still has much give! Plus all the final hardwood planks/ boxes were brought in and openned up so they have time to climatize to the room (to reduce shrinkage after installation!) <BR> <BR> I am pretty sure it's going to look REALLY different when I get home ton... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 15:43:46 EST Flooring Progress- Day 1 Pictures of my basement BEFORE: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is what I came home to yesterday after work! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> OMG.... it's really happening!!!! Tue, 2 Jun 2015 14:11:59 EST Weekend events! The weather has been very wonderful lately! Mainly sunny, a little bit of clouds and wetness, but overall, a very mild spring so far! <BR> <BR> Joe did a bunch of yard work yesterday... so he let me go shopping for a bit! (YAY) <BR> I ended up getting us a new NesPresso Machine!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were both so excited about it, that when I got home, we sampeled about 6 diffferent espressos! HA! ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 12:43:11 EST My dance floor awaits me!!! <link><BR>oring/bio-cushion-family/bio-cushion-c<BR>lassic </link> <BR> I have been wanting to convert my basement into a dancefloor since we moved in! With the state of the economy and the job market, I held off thinking I might need to save money rather then spend on something as unnecessary as this! <BR> <BR> Well, with a few calls and a lot of support from my fiancee... I have decided to pull the trigger on the project! I called the supplier, and ... Wed, 27 May 2015 12:55:18 EST Paris perspective! Our Paris trip was amazing! Joe and I both enjoyed ourselves so much! <BR> <BR> Paris's sights and reading about all the inspiring history in the city really makes you think, "What am I doing with MY life?" and for me, it has given me a huge much needed wake up call to start making things happen!!! (On the plane home, I also watched "The Theory of Everything" the documentary of Stephen Hawkings which really struck a chord with me too!) <BR> Don't waste another minute of this life that y... Wed, 20 May 2015 13:23:37 EST New Dress! <img src=""> <BR> I fell in love with this dress! And my earrings match perfectly! <BR> <BR> I am so into the whole tribal stripes/zig-zags trend! I hope it sticks around!!! Tue, 5 May 2015 13:04:43 EST Long time no BLOG! Wow... I normally don't take a whole MONTH OFF SPARK! But for some reason, I have! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> It's funny how when you are on a weight loss 'ROLL' you are blogging daily... but when you feel like things have stalled, or that your motivation is dropping... the daily blogs just don't flow! <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed in in over a MONTH! Because I have NOT been consistent with my diet in about that long! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> There, I said it!!! UGH! <BR> ... Feeling ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:57:29 EST Tightness in Chest This past week, I had a unique workout on Thursday night (Normally I teach Zumba, however, that day no one eas able to attend, so I cancelled he class and hit the gym to lift weights with Joe!) I tried to match his moves, doing the same exercises as him (which were mostly all legs). When we were finished he asked me to put him through my workout... so I had him do some pushups, crunches and lateral raises! <BR> It was so fun to be at the gym with Joe again (something we used to do all the ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:30:25 EST Zumba Convention Registration IS APRIL 2, 2015... I can't wait!!! They have launched the Schedule already at: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> and I've already picked my top 3-4 choices per time slot! <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> It is seriously pretty competitive, first come first get their FIRST choices! The later in the day you register, the less options you have since things sell out so fast!!! I plan to get all my #1 choices, since I will be waiting like a vulture for the opening of the registration website! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR>... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:57:26 EST Spa Weekend I drove up to Edmonton. (St. Albert to be exact!) this weekend and spent some time (Friday-Sunday) with my high school BFF! We had planned a Girls Spa day... and WOW, it was so lovely to get pampered! I forgot how nice taking 3 days off teaching is too! (taking multiple days off the fitness routine for someone as active as me, is VERY important!) <BR> <BR> First I got a 60 minute massage! Oh, man! I didn't realize I needed one so badly! He hit some tight spots that sent a shot of pain ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:36:41 EST Just to add to the stress... I had a small informal team meeting with my new group today... (I got redeployed due to all the firings and shuffling of staff to give them a new role while drilling is cancelled) and it looks like I will be replacing the job of not just 1 technologist, but eventually 3! <BR> Two of them leave for other jobs now, and another one, a new grad, is currently scheduled to be rotated out of our team in September! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Holy Shizzballs! <BR> <BR> <BR> Do my best! Just do my ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:00:57 EST I wish my weight loss chart looked like the Stock market chart! <img src=""> <BR> Has anyone gotten gas lately? <BR> Have you noticed that the prices have gone way down??? <BR> <BR> Yeah, well... so has the stock market! <em>24</em> Down, down, DOWN!!!! <BR> No end in sight! It's sad for my industry... some would say it's just a natural down turn in the market, and that what goes up must come down, and vice versa... the problem is, no one knows WHEN will it turn back UP??? <BR> <em>198</em>... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:11:55 EST Yo-Yo... Uh Oh! <img src=""> <BR> My weigh-ins for the past few weeks have not been great! I hit a low of 133... but I'm back up to 135 this week!!! <BR> <BR> I told Joe that my body tries really hard to stay at 135... getting lower then that requires me to take drastic measures (ie. eat no carbs) and additional exercise daily (isn't 1 hour of Zumba enough? ... in a word, "NO") <BR> <BR> I've also been way to relaxed on weekends, with Joe and I goi... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:29:23 EST No BUTTS about it! <img src=""> <BR> I came home from class yesterday and started chatting with Joe yesterday. We were laughing and joking around when he suddenly says "It looks like you peed your pants!" <BR> "What? No way!!!" And looked down, but my pants were black and from my angle I couldn't see anything... so I asked him to take a picture. <BR> <BR> TMI IMAGE #1: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:26:20 EST Bling, Bling! <img src=""> <BR> After Joe poped the question and placed the huge rock on my hand... I knew the ring he had bought me was too plain and set WAY too high for me! He quickly told me that it was OK if I wanted to pick out a different ring... he even admitted "I didn't have a clue what you'd want, so when the salesman told me we could return the ring in 30 days, I didn't want to spend too much more time looking!" (and he was looking for a ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:44:50 EST Joe and I are ENGAGED!!! <img src=""> <BR> Joe PROPOSED to me this past Saturday, Valentine's Day!!!! <BR> <BR> There were cameras on hand to capture the moment! <BR> As you can see, I was just winding up my Saturday Zumba Class when Joe walked through the studio door.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> He totally surprised me! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:32:35 EST Book Club Meeting So... my friend DID end up coming to the Book Club meeting this past Saturday! <BR> ...Only 5 people attended! (including me, the host!) ...which was kind of a let down since there was 17 at the last meeting! I wonder if the book choice had anything to do with it? Perhaps too, everyone is SICK right now! It's that time of year! <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> We decided on a book for the next meeting "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 9 Feb 2015 10:43:39 EST Ugh! ANNOYED! So, a month ago, I went to a "Book Club" meeting (well, it was truly a book club meeting, but it wasn't mandatory to have read the book... it was more of a nice excuse to get together with the girls and drink some wine.) It was so much fun, despite the fact that i only knew 4 people (and over 20 people showed up!) So... in the heat of the moment I offered to host the next party at my place, which is actually tomorrow, Feb. 7th ! (And I thought I might even try to read the book this time! ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 23:26:57 EST Wrist Pain <img src=""> <BR> The past few days, this has been my face! I feel these little twinges of pain in my wrist from doing the simplest tasks, like opening a door, lifting something up, or folding laundry! <BR> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> I think it's a sign of something worse to come! (carpal tunnel?) <BR> <BR> So, I need to do a couple of things... <BR> <BR> 1) When doing push-ups, remember this chart! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 17:32:39 EST WLC- week5 SUCCESS! WELOCH 2015 <BR> Week 1 - 141.2 <BR> Week 2 - 139.4 <BR> Week 3 - 137.5 <BR> Week 4 - 137.4 <BR> WEEK 5 - ...... <BR> <BR> DRUM ROLL PLEASE...... <BR> <BR> 135.5!! <em>104</em> WOO HOO! <BR> Even the day after Super Bowl? DAYUM girl... you are making this happen!!! <BR> I was a bit SHOCKED to see my weight THIS LOW... but I guess last week's weigh-in was inflated a bit due to the PIZZA incident last Saturday night! <BR> <em>480</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Joe's last weigh-i... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 18:24:19 EST WELOCH - week 4 update WELOCH 2015 <BR> Week 1 - 141.2 <BR> Week 2 - 139.4 <BR> Week 3 - 137.5 <BR> Week 4 - 137.4 <BR> <BR> Let me esplain! LOL <BR> This week must have been hard, or maybe I'm feeling antsy that I haven't had anything wild and crazy to eat since we got back from Mexico (Jan 5th)... I got home from work on Friday and I really wanted to order pizza with Joe! (Like a treat for being so consistent with our WELOCH goals) but I got home and Joe was already in bed! SLEEPING! <BR> <em>527</em> (He ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:32:55 EST Installing a studio in my basement! I NEED any EDUCATED advice I can get! <BR> <BR> I am finally getting around to researching putting a gym flooring in my basement, and it is trickier then I thought to get GOOD advice! <BR> <BR> I am really concerned about injuries (because I do Zumba A LOT! I teach about 6 hours a week, I train/practice my Zumba routines at least for another 2 hours each week!) So, I definitely do not like the idea of dancing on the concrete basement floor and the current carpet situation is not cutting i... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:38:43 EST This Girl is on FIRE! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>i_MpdHA </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I dunno what happened... but this WELOCH has started off with some serious momentum for me! I had my official weigh-in today (Monday, LOVE IT!) and I read: 137.5! <BR> That's almost 4 pounds down since I started January 5th, only 2 weeks ago! (141.2) <BR> And I was SICK when we began this and typically illness makes me lose weight! ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:02:12 EST WeLoCH2015... The deets WEight LOss CHallenge 2015 (WELOCH... my new name for it! LOL) <BR> <em>7</em> <em>208</em> <em>309</em> <em>355</em> <BR> Starting point: <BR> Jan. 5th, 2015 - JOE: 203 lbs JESSICA: 141.2 <BR> <BR> END: <BR> July 21st, 2015 - JOE: 187 lbs JESSICA: 130.1 <BR> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> For Joe, that's 16 pounds in 28 weeks... about 0.5 pounds a week. A SINCH for a guy, I swear! <BR> For me... 11 pounds in the same... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:46:44 EST SPOILED! Joe spoiled me for my birthday! <em>44</em> <BR> He had not 1, but 4 presents bought and wrapped before we left for our Vacation that I had to wait till after our holiday to open! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>19</em> <em>255</em> <em>407</em> <BR> <BR> First thing he got me is a BOSE portable BlueTooth Speaker! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This thing is AMAZING and will be such an awesome toy to bring with me so I can ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:41:24 EST Refreshed and ready for 2015! I'm BAAAAAAAACK!!!! Sorry for the LONG delay, but the wifi was seriously unreliable at the resort. It's all good though cause it gave me more time to focus on my TAN!!! <BR> <em>344</em> <BR> I spend one whole week in my bikini <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (It won't let me rotate these photos! What the?) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was glorious!!! <BR> <BR> But af... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:22:39 EST Holiday Thank You After my last Zumba® class of the year, I asked my members to stay for a group photo... 2/3rd's of the class obliged and I got this sweet momento! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> There were actually 35 people in class, 25 stayed for the photo! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Such a poser! <BR> <BR> My shirt said: <BR> <img src=""> <B... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:49:54 EST One week before lift off! Sooo freaking excited for Mexico! <BR> <BR> This girly needs a BEACH vacation something fierce!!! <BR> <BR> I taught Zumba today, and I wore my festive elf hat (complete with bells!) and we danced to 3 festive songs! (well, they are Festive to me! lol <BR> <em>444</em> All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey <BR> <em>446</em> Rockin' around the Christmas Tree by Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow <BR> and <BR> <em>440</em> Big Spender (which is more of a burlesque number then a fe... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:46:42 EST Wednesday Weight Workout I normally don't blog my workouts... what's the point? I'd definitely start sounding like a broken record, HAHA! But yesterday I switched up my normal routine and WOW, I am feeling it in ALL the right places! I had DOMS, but like a GOOD version of it! LMAO Not the , "OMG, was I hit by a truck yesterday?" DOMS! <BR> <em>33</em> (We all know that feeling... well, those of us that lift heavy weights do!) <BR> <BR> So this was my workout... it took me about 40 minutes. <BR> I did it... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:45:11 EST Feeling GOOD! I have done ABISMMALLY in the Weight Loss Challenge this time around! <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'll eat a salad for dinner, then go and eat chocolates before bed. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I am definitely NOT trying too hard to lose weight... I guess THIS is what happens when your motivation has gone elsewhere! say, MEXICO! LOL <BR> <BR> I'm not MAD at myself though... actually I am feeling VERY GOOD with the amount I'm exercising and I do feel that I am *TRYING* to eat a... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:11:22 EST Christmas Party Pics <img src=""> <BR> Not your traditional Christmas Photo <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Give me that!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I wasn't all that sure about this pose... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We didn't get home till 1:00AM from this party! And both of us dran... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:48:30 EST #GIFTMISS <img src=""> <BR> This email from my bank came into my inbox today: <BR> <link><BR>027a&m=fe921570736c0c7b75&ls=fe6515717<BR>166047a7113&l=ff911377&s=fe95107976650<BR>07f76&jb=ff60107876&ju=fe9015707c640d7<BR>b73&&utm_source=rbc_et&utm_medium=email&r=0 </link> <BR> All about how at Christmas it sucks to buy someone the wrong gift because you don't know them very well... <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:06:27 EST Ready for the holidays! MENTALLY, that is!!! <BR> Physically.... I have not bought a single present or put up a single decoration. NADA! <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did buy some chocolate balls to put in the candy dish at work... does that count? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So, this weekend I will start some shopping... I want to get all my presents bought and wrapped, sent or hand-delivered sooner then later! With our trip apporoaching fast, time is of t... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:50:20 EST Ready for the holidays! MENTALLY, that is!!! <BR> Physically.... I have not bought a single present or put up a single decoration. NADA! <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did buy some chocolate balls to put in the candy dish at work... does that count? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So, this weekend I will start some shopping... I want to get all my presents bought and wrapped, sent or hand-delivered sooner then later! With our trip apporoaching fast, time is of t... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:50:11 EST MEXICO for Christmas! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Joe and I are getting super excited for our beach vacation!!! Especially since my friend sent us links about things to do in the area that we are staying in the Mayan Riviera!! <BR> OMG, <BR> snorkelling <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Ziplining <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link><B... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:19:28 EST Drama! Ugh. Long story short... My BFF (who lives in St. Albert, 4 hours north of me) came into town this past week for an eye surgery (I was unaware of) and invited Joe and I to a "silent auction" (which I thought in my head would be a nice quiet event, where we could visit and have a good time! <BR> NO... turns out it was a silent auction at a PUB, which was actually afund raiser for her sister's kids hockey team! <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> *enter frustrated Jessica face here!* <BR> First of all, ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:31:13 EST Getting results! I guess sometimes you have to send nasty, ALL CAPS wall posts berfore you get taken seriously! <BR> <BR> I found the HCG diet's FaceBook Page and I called FOUL on my photos and how they were posted in error... and how I was appauled at their unprofessionalism. <BR> <BR> They ACTUALLY wrote me back a very sincere FB message stating that they were sorry that MY pictures somehow got posted to their website... They claim that they ran a promotion easlier where they asked their clients to send i... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:46:59 EST HCG DIET is a JOKE!!!! I was fortunate enough to be tipped off by a SparkFriend that there are weight loss websites stealing SparkPeople's photos and using them to promote their products... REGARDLESS if we a) used their product or not and b) regardless if they got our consent from us to use the pics! <BR> <BR> Case & Point: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> My pics appear on this website NUMEROUS times.... They even FORGED a testimonial by me (aka: Maria S. from Florida) <BR> Yet, I have never even... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:37:38 EST Baby Steps I've already failed at daily blogging <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> But that never stopped me before! LOL <BR> <BR> I'm feeling pretty beat up (not gonna lie) from my workouts this week. (And I didn't even work out on Tuesday!!!) So I had a hot bath last night to soak in some Epsom salts... it was great, but I should have stayed in 10 minutes longer, I think. <BR> <BR> I teach Zumba® Step today after work and I hope I can hold it together enough to be able to rock my 2 classes tomorrow! (Zu... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:21:55 EST