FITGIRL15's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FITGIRL15 FITGIRL15's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Zumba Convention Registration IS APRIL 2, 2015... I can't wait!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899596 They have launched the Schedule already at: <BR> <link>convention.zumba.com </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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898503 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895994 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895858 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1272200616.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891103 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1035474739.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885752 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1719726739.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1928545161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:26:20 EST Bling, Bling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881259 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l186771931.jpg"> <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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877597 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l995114421.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1596591129.jpg"> <BR> He totally surprised me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350293076.jpg"> <BR>... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:32:35 EST Book Club Meeting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872446 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l11886... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 10:43:39 EST Ugh! ANNOYED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870973 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868838 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l692292163.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868116 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863680 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860279 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858342 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1299497895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J91t<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854217 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848589 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1360282532.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847833 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599671752.jpg"> <BR> (It won't let me rotate these photos! What the?) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2053161859.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was glorious!!! <BR> <BR> But af... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:22:39 EST Holiday Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836102 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1534903196.jpg"> <BR> There were actually 35 people in class, 25 stayed for the photo! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1362794276.jpg"> <BR> Such a poser! <BR> <BR> My shirt said: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l419525328.jpg"> <B... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:49:54 EST One week before lift off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833523 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831886 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830813 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! ...like 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829660 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2119791232.jpg"> <BR> Not your traditional Christmas Photo <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1932498697.jpg"> <BR> Give me that!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l355174995.jpg"> <BR> I wasn't all that sure about this pose... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1713608467.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827514 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1882419851.jpg"> <BR> This email from my bank came into my inbox today: <BR> <link>view.website.rbc.com/?j=fec216737062<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826541 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826540 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823411 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1465820447.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203131994.jpg"> <BR> Ziplining <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l721470402.jpg"> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4op<B... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:19:28 EST Drama! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822778 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819496 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!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818477 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>www.payless4hcg.com/ </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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816713 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 Bloggin' ain't easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814339 I really need to get BACK to daily blogging! I NEED to fit it into my day, just write something short! It is very theraputic for me! <BR> <BR> This blog entry will be in point form, since I need to get my groove back! <BR> <BR> - My weight has stalled at 135.4lbs... I know why! I am not eating as I know I should! I need to eat MORE vegetables, drink MORE water and avoid the 'treats'!!! <BR> <BR> - It snowed here yesterday... A LOT of snow!!! (we're talking '2 trips outside to shovel' ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:50:19 EST Goldilocks Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810132 When Joe and I moved in together... that is when my sleep problems started! <BR> Joe is a big guy, and he sleeps in a big bed (king) but the problem is, it's as HARD as a rock! <BR> When ever I'd sleep over at his place, I'd consantly complain of numb arms, back pain or getting a kink in my neck <BR> <em>40</em> So when we moved in together I don't know why I agreed that we would put HIS bed in the master bedroom (well, my bed is only a queen size... having the extra space is kinda nice... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 16:23:32 EST Ain't nothing gonna HOLD me down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807720 I have to share... <BR> Last night I taught my regular Zumba class, which is held in a large fitness gymnasium. There are usually lots of members who attend, but the gym holda many bodies, so it's not a problem and I usually advise people who are new to Zumba to come and try it out on Wednesdays because there is so much more room to screw up, I mean, move it! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Last night, I walked into the gym to see a lady with a walker in the middle of the crowd... READY to ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:22:17 EST More pics... Major LOVE fest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806476 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l532030795.jpg"> <BR> Favorite shot of the day!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1070682930.jpg"> <BR> 2nd Favorite! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l118408158.jpg"> <BR> I look so cozy and safe in this photo! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1019495348.jpg"> <BR> I have HIS heart! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20469281... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:48:43 EST You have my heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802819 <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2012955525.jpg"> <BR> I just HAD to share this with you!! <BR> <BR> The first picture I've seen from our photoshoot on Monday! <BR> This picture is simply perfect!!! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:49:54 EST Thanksgiving! PICS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798828 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1291000999.jpg"> <BR> I have been dying to do a Fall photo shoot for years... I think this is my year! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380085586.jpg"> <BR> Thankful for this man in my life! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l797805118.jpg"> <BR> Thankful for my beautiful neice! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1784028304.j... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:48:16 EST CONSOLIDATING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795377 Joe is a minimalist. In all aspects of his life. <BR> <BR> I am a bit more... how do you say, free spirited, and don't mind/can handle a bit of chaos and disfunction in my life (I blame my childhood! lol) <BR> <BR> It became obvious when we were coming up with our downpayment for the house that my finances were in desperate need to be consolidated. <BR> And that hurdle we have almost fully cleared. <BR> <em>104</em> (But trust me, it took a lot of work on my part... a few tears, and a w... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:02:14 EST Living out of boxes! Not easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793377 This weekend was my MOVE to the new house! It took 4 hours to get from my condo, to the new house! It was relatively painless... but MAN was I tired after that! (I can't imagine how my 3-man moving crew felt!) <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Combining our things has been interesting... I'm glad that both Joe and I have seperate rooms for our hobbies (he has his bike/gear room and I have my Zumba room!) because otherwise I know he'd be losing his mind right now! (He is SO anal about things s... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:45:11 EST Packing! Moving day = Friday, Oct. 3rd!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790568 I took the day off work today to complete the bulk of my packing! It's going great! I am glad I already brought 2 car loads of my stuff to Joe's place... but still, the boxes are accumulating quickly around me right now! <BR> ... next, on to the breakables <em>24</em> I hate this part! <BR> <BR> It's also going to be a challenge packing up all my stuff with one day to go living here... I've already had to cut into a box of kitchen stuff to find the can opener to eat lunch today! LOL... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:37:25 EST POSSESSION DAY! (and another WLC.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785070 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576090825.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l429434192.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This house will be officially OURS this FRIDAY, September 26th!!! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>342</em> <em>129</em> <BR> Joe and I are so freaking excited!!! But man, things happened so fast, we are both moving in at different times! LOL Joe got movers for this Sunday... then I'm moving in on Friday, Oct 3rd. <BR> Joe sold his place f... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:19:27 EST Deep Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782027 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l221907546.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776928 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768054 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l339708500.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1271892520.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1124305455.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l676524740.jpg"... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:46:20 EST OFFER MADE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767558 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767060 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766707 Just pics, no time for text... sorry <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1987651591.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l967346743.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511198156.jpg"> <BR> Costume Party... theme was "Embrace your Culture" <BR> Is a lumberjack Canadian enough for you? LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1797211023.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:58:25 EST ZINCON2014 PICS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764228 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1570638362.jpg"> <BR> Me ready to fly to Orlando! Reppin' Zumba!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2022339205.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755856 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l432940368.jpg"> <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>http://www.flickr.com/photos/fitgirl<BR>15/sets/72157645877428888/ </link> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:52:19 EST My 4-day Weekend in the BackCountry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753690 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... 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