KARVY09's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KARVY09 KARVY09'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/ What the Boston Marathon Means to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325427 As I walk around Boston today, law enforcement is making its presence known: SWAT teams, K9, National Guard, BPD, State Police - they are all out and about. <BR> <BR> So are the blue and yellow BAA jackets. The uniform of the runners. Some who didn't get to finish and make the goal that they trained and worked so hard for. And some who did finish, but whose experience was marred by bloodshed and cowardice. <BR> <BR> I'm angry. I'm so angry that I find this hard to write. <BR> <BR> I didn't... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:58:08 EST Day 17: Feeling Official http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312399 Coming to the realization that I will actually have two jobs starting on Monday. Since I decided to do consultations only on evenings and weekends, I actually booked three consultations for Saturday morning. People are finding me through my articles online. Yesterday I filed some motions in court. Whenever I do that, I feel all official and stuff. I don't get to court much, so when I do it's a little nerve-wracking. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a gorgeous day! I did a lot of walking yesterday. Wa... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 09:37:53 EST Day 16: Rediscovering the Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311231 I made a very simple smoothie yesterday for lunch: fresh strawberries, crushed ice, coconut almond milk, and a scoop of french vanilla protein powder. It made a huge portion and it was only 200 calories and 20 grams of protein. Kept me full til dinner. Funny how we forget about these things when we slip back into bad habits. <BR> <BR> So we booked a hotel for Mohegan Sun for next weekend. I'm excited to get away and it will a good way to celebrate the first week of my new job. We actually ge... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 10:09:17 EST Days 14-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309968 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l568858057.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My first day back to running was good. I usually don't have a problem with Week 1 of C25K. It's everything after that that's tough! I was on the treadmill, but hope to run outside this weekend. I'm enjoying the FitBit too, and finding it nice to see the difference between an "active" and a "lazy" day. I have been tired a lot too, because Keira has been having some trouble at night recently. <BR> <BR> I've lost 4.2... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 10:07:28 EST Days 11-13: Feeling the Sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307392 Saturday was a great day. We went for a long walk and of course ruined the exercise with ice cream, but it was worth it. <BR> <BR> Saturday night was rough, lots of night waking from Keira and Sunday morning was just as bad. Surprisingly, she decided to straighten up for Easter dinner and we had a pretty good afternoon. Of course, she woke us all up at 4:30 this morning... <BR> <BR> No tracking this weekend but did well. Restarting running today! Wish me luck! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:10:47 EST Day 9-10: Getting There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304366 Starting to feel a bit like I used to when I limited my food intake and moved more, which is great. Isn't it weird that how when you are not paying attention to what you eat, you can forget what actual hunger feels like. I had two good days, especially considering I went out to eat lunch with a friend. <BR> <BR> I decided to take the offer from the state and start work on 4/8. I'll be working in the same building as my husband. This week has been a one of transition for Keira too as she move... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:02:00 EST Day 8 - Committing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300638 Yesterday my Dietbet started. For those who don't know, it's a competition to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. You put up real money into the pot and whomever meets the goal splits the pot. So if you meet your goal, you're guaranteed your money back - maybe more. Here's the link if anyone is interested: http://www.dietbet.com/games/11434 <BR> <BR> It was a pretty good day on the whole. Keira was feeling a lot better, though she's been waking at night recently. I got some work done and... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:40:35 EST Days 4-7 - More Illness, But It's a Brand New Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299464 Yes, no updates for the last few days. But it's a brand new week and I feel recharged again. <BR> <BR> Here's what happened: <BR> <em>198</em> Keira wrapped up at her old daycare on Thursday. <BR> <em>198</em> Then we went for her doctor's appointment on Friday. I was surprised that the pediatrician expressed concern about her not standing or walking unassisted yet because I've heard of kids who didn't walk til 18 months. <BR> <em>198</em> Then she threw up and had a nasty virus all w... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:23:41 EST Day 3 - Can't wait to get out of there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294674 Yesterday was another trying day. Keira will just not settle in daycare since her favorite teachers left. She's acting like we just started going there (we started in September!) with the separation anxiety and screaming and crying. She cried so hard she puked. Ugh. I hope that the new place is a little better for her. But we just need to get out of there. Today is her last day. Her "old" teachers start as nannies on Monday and we start easing her into the new school on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:30:03 EST Day 2 - More snow, less fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293614 Yep, another freaking snow day! <BR> <BR> Keira's school was closed, meaning I'm home with her all day as she gets antsy about going places and generally in a bad mood. I had to reschedule clients and occupy a toddler all day. I love spending time with her, but being locked in all day just me and her doesn't always make for the most pleasant of times. <BR> <BR> Plus she's taken to pointing at the TV and screaming "MA! MA! MA!" Nope that's not "mama," that's what she calls Mickey Mouse. She... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:22:55 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292396 Lent for me (Greek Orthodox) started yesterday and I figured it was as good a time as any (post St. Patrick's Day!) to get going on my goals. Hence "Day 1." <BR> <BR> So I tracked food (and realized I forgot to log some stuff, oops... tough to get back into the habit) and got on the exercise bike for a half hour. It felt good to "get back into it." I need to remember that. I did a good job getting 30 lbs off after the pregnancy by last September, but I've put it all back on, sadly. <BR> <BR... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:38:48 EST Here I Am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272841 February was another hell of a month, (ear tubes surgery for Keira, mono for Jon, lots of work for me) but I am back onboard in March. <BR> <BR> I am challenging myself to do something active every day (even SparkGuy's (in)famous 10 minutes a day) and to log my food at least 5 times per week. I rode my exercise bike last night and realized how easy it is to get unfit in just a few short months. <BR> <BR> But I'm working at looking forward though, and not backwards (thanks, SPUNKYDUCKY). I... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:12:57 EST 13 for '13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190210 13 Things I Want to Do in 2013: <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> 1. Go on a real vacation somewhere warm (even if it's only a few days) <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> 2. Get under 200 lb again <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> 3. Run a 10K (and hopefully PR) <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> 4. Cook and eat more organic/local vegetables and plant an herb garden <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> 5. Go to an art museum <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> 6. Read 25 books <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> 7. Write a short story <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> 8. Build m... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:52:13 EST Learning to Treat Myself Well Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185734 Hi everyone! I hope your holidays were happy and that you are looking forward to a wonderful 2013. I sure am. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to lie. The last part of 2012 (going back to work full-time) was a huge adjustment for me, and I struggled to make time for myself. That needs to change. We were also really sick for most of the season. Tomorrow we take Keira to the ear nose and throat doctor to talk about getting tubes to help with her ears. I can't wait to finally have a solution. <BR> <BR... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:54:47 EST Happy November! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120748 I'm sorry I have been out of touch with my SparkFriends, and I hope you are doing well, especially those of you hit hard by Sandy. Here's what's up: <BR> <BR> <em>471</em> Keira is crawling like crazy, loving daycare and being with the other babies, and is just such a happy, bright and good-natured child. And yeah, she loves pumpkins. Especially pumpkin bread. And she was a zebra for Halloween. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l877793083.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 20:49:53 EST Back to Labor Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042202 Thanks to everyone who posted their sympathies on my last blog and and on Nicole's page as well. It took me a couple of weeks to come back here and read them because the whole horrible thing has me all choked up STILL. To imagine delivering a beautiful daughter in September, being diagnosed with breast cancer in February, and gone from this earth in August... Well, there really are no words other than what I've already said other than make sure you give yourself a breast exam every month and... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 09:53:35 EST Rest in Peace, Nicole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023908 My good SparkFriend, NICOLE12-01 lost her battle with breast cancer yesterday. Nicole was so dear to me even though I never met her in person. We went through so many of the same milestones at the same time. We both lost over 100 lbs at around the same time, we did C25K together and ran our first half marathons on the same day. She delivered her beautiful little girl 3 months before I delivered mine. We both had strained relationships with our moms. We both gained more weight than we wanted t... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:59:07 EST Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999118 Right now, I'm feeling insane amounts of pressure. Pressure to be a great mom, pressure to still work and bring in some money despite being a full-time caregiver (until September), pressure with deadlines and clients who want me to be 100% there all the time despite my being a full-time mom for another month. Pressure from family to visit and take care of their needs. Pressure from aforementioned family members to stay at home when I NEED TIME TO WORK and there is no other option but to put K... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 07:55:05 EST SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK 2: JULY 23-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985875 <em>160</em> SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK 2: JULY 23-29 <BR> <BR> <em>375</em> Last week I wanted to feel more like a real runner by the end of the week. Today I feel... tired, and definitely not like a real runner. I missed my long run and haven't run since Saturday. <BR> <BR> <em>375</em> I feel this way because I drank the world's largest margarita on Sunday afternoon and it knocked me on my ass, so I didn't run like I had planned. I've been catching up with work and chores an... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:08:35 EST SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK 2: JULY 16-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972382 <em>375</em> SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK 2: JULY 16-22 <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> Last week I wanted to feel healthier, lighter and more energetic by the end of the week. Today I feel healthier and more energetic! Two out of three isn't bad! <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> I feel this way because I did a good job last week of staying mostly healthy without feeling deprived. <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> My big nutrition goal for last week was tracking every day and no alcohol until the weekend. I... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 08:13:12 EST More About the Summer Accountability Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963734 Anyone can join!!! <BR> <BR> This started as a challenge I posted in a private team of mine to get me accountable to myself and all of you for my food and exercise choices. But I'm also doing it in blog format in order to let everyone on SP join in. <BR> <BR> The challenge will run from 7/9-9/9. All you have to do is complete a beginning template (found here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956144 </link> ) listing your stats and ultimate goals ... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:04:53 EST Template and Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961758 <em>67</em> SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE START-UP <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <em>141</em> My starting weight is [235]. <BR> <BR> <em>141</em> I'm going to make July and the rest of summer great by [being as active as possible, building up my running mileage, eating a lot of fruit and vegetables, finishing my articles, and enjoying these next two months on the beach with my daughter before she starts daycare]. <BR> <BR> <em>141</em> My weight loss goal for the summer is [to lose at least... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:00:00 EST SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK ONE: JULY 9-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961709 If you haven't completed the challenge start template yet, you can see it here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956144 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK ONE: JULY 9-15 <BR> <BR> <em>357</em> The first week of a challenge is always exciting, but I am going to commit to checking in every week until 9/9. <BR> <BR> <em>357</em> I need a challenge because [X] (examples|: I don't feel motivated lately, I haven't ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 08:15:41 EST Summer Accountability Challenge Template http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956144 I posted this challenge in a team I'm in, but I wanted to share with you since I have been reading a lot from people wanting an accountability boost for the rest of the summer. If you want to take part, let me know and I'll try to check up on you as much as I can. I'll probably post a weekly template via blog and feel free to do so from your blog as well. I'd start a team, but honestly, I don't have that much time, and I think posting public blogs adds an additional layer of accountability. N... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 09:39:47 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953196 My first week back "on" went pretty well. I tracked during the weekdays and didn't go too crazy on the weekend (though a red (strawberry), white (whipped cream) and blue (blueberries) cake did make an appearance. I do think the 1400-1600 range will be the easiest one to stick to. <BR> <BR> And yes, those days that were less processed and full of my beautiful cucumber, lemon and mint water, I felt a lot better. <BR> <BR> I didn't weigh in this week because of TOM but I'm hoping for a loss so... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 09:01:58 EST Start Me Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941217 Starting Measurements <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> Weight: 236 (yep, I was down to 229 about three weeks ago, ugh!) <BR> Hips: 48.5 <BR> Waist: 40.75 <BR> Upper arm: 15.5 <BR> Thigh 29.5 <BR> Neck: 14.5 <BR> <BR> Nutritional Goals <BR> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <BR> Tracking <BR> 1400-1600 calories <BR> At least 5 veggies per day <BR> Fruits, veggies, nuts and dairy for snacks whenever possible <BR> 2... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:46:08 EST Time for a Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940622 Life has been getting in the way of my healthy lifestyle. My in-laws were at my house for two weeks. And then it was celebration after party after celebration... and then, I just got lazy... <BR> <BR> No more. I'm sick of feeling sluggish and horrible. I know what I need to do. I know that it works. It sucks hardcore that I can't eat as much as my skinny friends and family, but that's how it is, and I just have to make the best of it. I know I gained back some weight and I'll weigh in tomorr... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 20:16:51 EST Weekly Plan (6/18-6/24) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931707 Been crazy. Figure if I write it out, I'm more likely to stick to it. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Weekly Plan (6/18-6/24) <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> Get at least 64 oz water in <BR> <em>301</em> Track food and stay around 1500 cal <BR> <BR> EXERCISE <BR> <BR> Mon: Run 2-3 miles <BR> Tue: Kickboxing <BR> Wed: Run 2-3 miles <BR> Thu: Cross-training <BR> Fri: Run 2-3 miles <BR> Sat: Walking/Rest <BR> Sun: Cross-training Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:10:53 EST Food Blog Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891587 A little late for my Saturday food blog. This will be the last of these as Sunday and Monday were just a lot of repetition. But it was great for getting me back on track! <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341861553.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bagel with whipped cream cheese and proscuitto <BR> 2 cups coffee with half and half <BR> <BR> Calories: 372 <BR> Carbs: 52 <BR> Fat: 12 <BR> Protein: 12 <BR> Sodium: 700 <BR> Fiber: 1 <BR> <BR> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^... Mon, 21 May 2012 15:25:37 EST Food Blog Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888288 BREAKFAST <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l978107217.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cup of Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal with a cup of unsweetened coconut almond milk <BR> 2 cups coffee with half and half <BR> <BR> Calories: 289 <BR> Carbs: 39 <BR> Fat: 12 <BR> Protein: 12 <BR> Sodium: 291 <BR> Fiber: 9 <BR> <BR> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ <BR> <BR> LUNCH <BR> <BR> Lunch and dinner are going to look very similar today. I bought a rotisserie chicken the day before to e... Sat, 19 May 2012 08:28:15 EST Food Blog Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886294 Yep, I actually did have that ice cream sandwich after I posted my blog. It added another 130 calories to the day, so I was at 1,407 for the day, which was still the low end of my range. And I woke up today feeling really hungry for the first time in awhile. I actually like that feeling because in the past it made me feel as though I was doing something right, and I usually ended up losing weight. <BR> <BR> You're gonna hate me, but I didn't get a pic of my awesome dinner. My phone died and ... Thu, 17 May 2012 20:31:21 EST Food Blog Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884760 So, I had to laugh when everyone lauded my meals yesterday. My freezer is always full so I always have a protein handy even when I haven't been to the supermarket, but I am literally running on fumes in my fridge. I had a bunch of hummus and stuff I needed to use before it spoils. I go food shopping every two weeks these days and supplement with a trip to Aldi or Target if I have to. <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966663126.jpg"> <BR> <... Wed, 16 May 2012 20:56:15 EST Food Blog Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883218 BREAKFAST <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l613355974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Breakfast Sandwich: egg, tomato and fresh mozzarella on honey wheat flatbread <BR> 2 cups coffee with half and half <BR> <BR> Calories: 245 <BR> Carbs: 13 <BR> Fat: 15 <BR> Protein: 18 <BR> Sodium: 340 <BR> Fiber: 3 <BR> <BR> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ <BR> <BR> LUNCH <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l544639335.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Veggie Mediterranean ... Tue, 15 May 2012 21:20:49 EST The Melancholy Motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4882218 I skipped my race on Sunday morning. I wish I had a good excuse. I was sick, Keira was sick, blah blah. But the truth is, I just didn't feel like it. I wanted to sleep in and take a long bath. As someone told me on Facebook when I revealed it "No bueno. Bad excuse." (Which I was like, yeah, true, but I was confessing it to you... I know that! That really isn't the kind of feedback I was hoping for, but ah well. I know people expect me to be their dose of inspiration for the day, but I'm a rea... Tue, 15 May 2012 09:24:45 EST April Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850275 April has been going well so far. The weather has made it so I'm running and walking almost every single day (except this week - stupid weather and stupid work!) and I'm down about 5 lbs this month (finally!). I exceeded my fitness minute goal already and I've tracked my food pretty much every day. Dropping calories seems to have worked wonders, though those days when my sodium intake is high really causes the scale to fluctuate. As much as I'd love to make losing weight a top priority, I thi... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:13:18 EST April Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4818173 I had a good month exercise-wise with 1,220 fitness minutes. I can run about 2.5 miles at a time and I'm running 2-3 times per week. I completed a 5K in 41 minutes. I'm taking Keira out for walks almost every day. I only lost three pounds and my measurements dropped slightly but not that much. I know nutrition is the culprit. I was averaging about 1500-1700 calories a day during the weekdays and probably about 2000 on the weekend. I know I ate too many sweets at night, even if I did fit them ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 09:18:10 EST Ras na hEireann 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795708 Cross-posted at <link>www.chunkyrunner.com/2012/03/19/ras-<BR>na-heireann-5k/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l224627275.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, my first post-preg 5K has come and gone! It was a great time, with a field of almost 5,000 racers, it was nice not to feel alone at the back of the pack. But yeah, I’m carrying about as much baggage as I did when I first started running, and I’m still not finished with the Couch to 5K program, so I’m pretty pl... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 20:52:48 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4775306 Well I finished Week 5 of C25K and it went well! Definitely finding it easier this go-around, so I'm glad that all of my fitness didn't disappear during my pregnancy. Immediately after the 20-minute run, I started feeling sniffly and that turned into a full-blown head cold that was bad on Sunday, OK on Monday, and terrible yesterday. So I haven't started Week 6 yet (will do so tonight) and I have a race next Sunday. I think it will go fine. I know I won't post the best of times, but that's no... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 09:59:37 EST Oh hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4743778 I'm still around, and I still read blogs and friend feed though I don't always have time to comment. I'm mostly on the other website right now ( <link>www.chunkyrunner.com </link> ) and I am on another fitness website with a great iPhone app for tracking food and exercise. <BR> <BR> I have committed to tracking my food in February and with the exception of a few days, I'm well under my modest calorie goal (I'm easing my way in, so I'm just trying to keep it under 1700 calories for now, aimi... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:30:10 EST Goals I Haz Dem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4657947 But they will be simple to start... <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 50 lbs of baby and post-November 2010 weight (my lowest weight was in October 2010... 50# will get me back there) <BR> <BR> 2. Restart C25K this month <BR> <BR> 3. Stop with the junk food and sweets people keep bringing over (had Five Guys today, so good but need to limit myself) <BR> <BR> 4. Get reacquainted with veggies <BR> <BR> 5. Walk every day Wed, 4 Jan 2012 20:26:29 EST Keira's Birth Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641860 My daughter (man, feels weird to say and type that!) Keira Elizabeth was born on December 22, 2011 at 11:27pm, weighing in at 7lb 10oz and measuring 19 inches. Here's how she got here! <BR> <BR> I was antsy during Thursday morning so I decided to help my grandmother find a Christmas toy for my cousin at Target and had lunch over at her house. When I got home, I was tired so I went to lie down at about 2pm. <BR> <BR> At about 3:30pm, I felt like I wet my pants and went to the bathroom to ch... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 14:45:44 EST The Waiting Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634003 Less than a week til my due date! It's really hit home that she could be with us any day now, but yes, it is kind of annoying that I don't know what Christmas has in store this year: Will I be in the hospital? At home waiting it out? Or at home as new parents? Same goes for New Years Eve. <BR> <BR> Everything is wrapped and underneath the tree, but I'm waiting for my present to get here! <BR> <BR> I've finally started to feel that some things are out of reach: like bending over too much and... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:21:07 EST Lil' K Nursery Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626734 Here we go, the nursery is finally complete! All that is left is hanging her name over her crib and this will be her little space. I don't consider myself a very "decoratory" kind of person, but I saw the crib bedding set and drew inspiration from that. We decided on the pale green walls before we even knew we were expecting, so I always knew I wanted a colorful botanical theme for either a boy or a girl. I'm not a pink person. <BR> <BR> The bedding, curtains, mobile and lamp are from the sa... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:33:33 EST Getting Close http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624364 Lil' K is due in 2 weeks! <BR> <BR> I got laid off from the firm last week, so I am DONE with temporary contract work. I didn't get the news until 10pm on Wednesday night, and I was so excited I couldn't sleep! Again, I'm grateful I was able to use the work to save money so that I can spend time home with my baby and concentrate on my business once she's passed the early newborn stage of needing her mama all the time... <BR> <BR> AHHHHHHH! <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor today and I'm alrea... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:54:52 EST The Non-Temporary Chapter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4617486 Yesterday was my last day at work. Yes, I know I said I'd quit before the end of November, but I decided to be patient and wait to be laid off in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. The last couple of weeks have been tiring and frustrating, but I hope at last that this is the end of my working at a job I hate. I want to finish decorating the nursery, packing my hospital bag, and get everything ready for finally bringing this baby home! <BR> <BR> I am a little over 37 weeks pregna... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 09:01:21 EST OMG One Month Left http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4599742 Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was a great day. I love turkey so much, I think we need a holiday in late February, bringing back the turkey and trimmings. It'd be a nice break in the middle of a long winter, eh? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow marks 30 days to go until lil' K's estimated arrival. We go on Tuesday for another ultrasound to see how big she's getting and in what position. She was still measuring 2-3 weeks ahead as of last week, but the midwife said her guess would be an 8-po... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 08:40:49 EST Getting Closer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575228 Me at 32 weeks: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l255589560.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Everything is starting to feel a lot more real now. I went to a newborn care and CPR class on Sunday and met some of the most uptight moms imaginable! They looked as though every decision they made was going to be life or death. They shot me and my cup of coffee daggers. Oh well, haters gonna hate. I'm going to a childbirth class next weekend. <BR> <BR> The instructor was good though. It... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 20:16:48 EST Nut Up in November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563469 This isn't about health and fitness or nutrition. But it certainly can be. <BR> <BR> I have come to a conclusion. <BR> <BR> I need to be braver. <BR> <BR> I need to stop worrying about other's expectations of what I should and could be. Once upon a time, I could say I wanted to be wildly successful in my profession and extremely in love with my partner and ready to start a family. <BR> <BR> Well guess what, Kristina. One out of the two ain't bad. <BR> <BR> But you can do better. <BR> <B... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 14:56:56 EST You know you love the Kit Kat blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4561224 Happy Halloween! <BR> <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3748611 </link> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 10:59:52 EST Two More Months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556399 Wow, definitely starting to feel like the home stretch! Two months from today is my due date. <BR> <BR> Well, it finally happened. I woke up on Tuesday and I was like, whoa, everything seems a ton more difficult. 31 weeks in. How lucky am I, huh? My lower back was killing me and walking down the street was a chore. I felt a lot of pressure in my abdomen and had a hard time getting comfortable all day long. <BR> <BR> I think lil' K had a growth spurt this past week, because pop goes the bel... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:46:05 EST