KATHIERAE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KATHIERAE KATHIERAE'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/ So, here I go again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660863 I have started a new team here on Sparkpeople, based on the book/program "PrayFit". <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1383769379.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used this program once before and really noticed a change in myself. My WHOLE self. I honestly don't remember when or why I stopped. <BR> <BR> These last months I have felt God calling me back to focus on my weight issues, which I let go totally with this last round of depression. I've been back on SP, and I started an onl... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:37:50 EST Every day is a new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587055 I like Facebook. I have cut down my time there, but probably still spend more time on it than is healthy ;) However over the New Year holiday I noticed a "meme" that bothered the heck out of me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1473472671.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have started SO MANY "New Year's" with just that mindset! And so many "new" attempts to lose weight "this time for good". And then I hit a wall. Or get sick. Or lose momentum for whatever reason, and because of th... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 15:23:51 EST just to say hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479624 I haven't been on SP much since Gma died. Just went into survival mode this summer. Shortly after Gma, my step-dad passed away from cancer. And my step-mom (married to my dad) went all needy and bitchy on us about then too. She and Dad were coming for my niece's graduation and it was all the same weekend (graduation and funeral) and I think step-mom just plain got jealous that we were all so upset for Mom losing her husband. It was a mess. We got through it though, and summer just kind of "we... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 15:08:13 EST Plugging along... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352973 Thanks to all the wonderful support and love and prayers from far and near I am handling things ok. I stayed home from work on Wednesday (day after Gma died) to be with my family. I was a zombie all day, but pretty sure that was partly from not sleeping much. <BR> <BR> Thursday I went back to work and managed to do pretty well. I got lots of hugs first thing when I got there and then folks pretty much left it alone, knowing it was hard to talk about. I only "lost it" once, at the very end of... Sat, 11 May 2013 10:23:29 EST Grieving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349356 How many changes a week can bring! <BR> <BR> Last Tuesday was especially stressful at work so I opted to stop at the nursing home to see Gma before heading home, instead of going home first as I often do. MY therapy! :) I had a wonderful visit with her, holding hands and talking with her, the CNA's and a couple other ladies that live there. I was also very relieved to see that Gma was feeling better and seemed much more perky than when I had visited on Sunday. (Sunday she had been laboring f... Wed, 8 May 2013 02:37:50 EST Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295102 This is gonna be short because I'm at work <em>20</em> but I wanted to post right away. <BR> <BR> I don't own a scale anymore. Ours died and I never bothered to replace it. I used to work at the Sheriff's office and they had a scale that I used. Since starting this job a year ago I have been weighing only when I go to the doctor's office. I think that may have contributed to the gaining. <BR> <BR> I still don't want a scale at home. <em>225</em> But today I asked our Physical Education ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:10:40 EST frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292901 Ok, I have never been one to say "I will never eat {insert food name here} again!" I am of the opinion that all food should be "allowed" but within limits. <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> LIMITS <BR> A piece of <em>480</em> not the whole <em>483</em> ! <BR> A couple <em>495</em> not EVERY <em>495</em> in the box/batch! <BR> <BR> However... when it comes to actually sticking to my self-imposed limits? <em>10</em> I need help!!! <BR> <BR> I really thought this time would be different. ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:14:32 EST One week in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289954 Thursday I came home from work to an exuberant greeting from my kids. Two youngest haven't been feeling well, so it was nice to see smiles and energy. Hubby was out all afternoon checking fences because we are getting ready to move cattle around for calving season. He came home shortly after me, tired but satisfied with his day's work. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> Then one of my kids innocently asked "what's for supper?" because it's almost 5 and of course we are all getting hungry. Holy cow did I... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 14:46:34 EST I'm ba-ack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282584 I know I haven’t been on SP for a long time so I don’t know how many of you will even see this, but I needed to get it out there (for me). I am starting a new chapter in my “health” and “weight loss” journey. <BR> <em>203</em> <BR> Friday March 8th I started using doTerra's Slim & Sassy program. It consists of an essential Oil blend (five times per day, with at least 8 oz water) and Slim Shakes (I am doing just for breakfast) and supplements (taken twice per day). The shakes taste awful, (I... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:16:06 EST Time flies!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227531 I had a quiet few moments at work where I could choose something to do and I thought "SPARK"!! <BR> <BR> The days have truly been flying by. Work has been amazingly busy, and stressful. The stress seems to be letting up a bit again now so I am hoping and praying the "busy" will settle down some too. <BR> <BR> I have been trying hard to focus more on my family after work, as well as to keep my bed time (the actual "TIME") consistent so have been spending less time on the computer in the even... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:35:57 EST Getting to know Kathie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198836 "Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you <BR> and help your SparkFriends get to know you" <BR> <BR> I got this from DEBBYFROMMT <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> Laying on my mouse pad, where it seems to be comfortable; it gets service there! <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Dan. We've been married 19 and a half years <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Short and red <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> one of my best friends most of the time; lives in the same town as m... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:19:32 EST obsession = inaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176848 After writing my last blog I stopped sparking. I realized that I was so obsessed with deciding what and how to do things that I wasn't doing anything at all! <BR> <BR> So I quit. <BR> <BR> But more than that, I relaxed! I decided that I don't HAVE to do ANYthing. I am 40 years old and the days FLY by so fast that if I make progress or don't this week, next week will be upon me before I know it! <BR> <BR> My body (type) hasn't changed since I was born. It isn't going to change. Time to love... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:11:03 EST Starting over. And over. And over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145111 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1243497514.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> A dear sparkfriend sent me this picture on facebook one day this summer. My note to myself says August, so that's how long ago. Pretty much says it all!! <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> I am still starting over every day. <BR> <BR> <em>435</em> I wake up saying "this is the day!" and go to bed saying "tomorrow is another day". <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I am under stress, but probably no more than any... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:54:26 EST THIS instead of THAT challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118397 One of my teams is doing a two-week Challenge beginning Saturday, November 3rd and ending Saturday, November 17th called the HEALTHIER SUBSTITUTE Challenge ~~ which for myself I re-named "This instead of That" <em>334</em> <BR> Instructions are to : Read your food labels, find a healthier substitute, and let us (on the team) know. <BR> <BR> For example; <BR> Eating an <em>277</em> fruit instead of a <em>493</em> candy bar, <BR> <em>470</em> yogurt for <em>468</em> ice cream, <BR> ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:22:55 EST 30 days hath... October? Part 3 (final) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117072 22. What is your current workout/fitness routine? <BR> Right now—nothing. I had been walking, but as soon as it started getting cold out I quit again. <BR> <BR> 23. What are your current fitness goals? <BR> To start a routine again! It’s just so important to my mental health to be physical daily… I do notice it. I don’t need to compete or anything. I just need to wake myself up physically in order to wake up mentally. <BR> <BR> 24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:34:59 EST 30 blogs hath... October? part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096585 <em>195</em> I posted questions 1-10 in the previous blog, here are 11-21! <BR> <BR> 11. What do you like most about your body? Has what you like most about your body changed as you've progressed towards your goals? <BR> Ugh. This is a hard question. However, I like how strong my body is. Even when I am not taking care of myself I know my body will do what I ask of it. I have trouble, like anyone. I have to be careful with lifting because my lower back will go out at odd times. But for the... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:29:59 EST 30 blogs hath... October? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093045 <em>195</em> I don't know if I will blog daily or just keep posting as I get questions answered, but I like this idea! <BR> <BR> Giving credit where credit is due, I got this idea from BLESSED2BEME who did this in September. The original blogger who came up with this challenge was TANYAP71 and she wrote: “This is not a perfection challenge so there is NO pressure to do one a day, every day. That makes it too easy to skip one and decide not to pick up again. I would like us to use this to g... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 18:11:34 EST Update and Going Purple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040474 I promised myself I would blog weekly, but then work was/is more "work" than I anticipated! And when I get home I don't always get on the computer (which is a good thing really). I have been trying to spend less time in front of this screen and more time with family and/or DOING stuff. <BR> <em>387</em> <BR> I saw the doc again last week, and she tweaked my thyroid medicine dosage. Wow do I feel better! I wonder if we shouldn't have started there instead of with the antidepressant, but what... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 21:01:11 EST Been too long! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023094 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l897309791.jpg"> <BR> This is me (of course) on one of the BEST days this summer. Hubby and I went out to the farm to check cows and this bull calf (who I have now named "Friendly") let Dan walk up to him and pet him. I started taking pictures of them. Then Dan moved off and Friendly walked up and started licking and rubbing on ME! Not a common occurrance out in the middle of the herd like that! This calf spent part of the winter in the hay y... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:18:28 EST Depression and goal setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983242 Since getting back into SP, and starting new anti-depressants that help me think clearly again, I have of course been looking at my goals. SP make it sound so easy, like OF COURSE I want to lose the weight, and instinctively know WHY I want to lose it too. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> But I honestly have a hard time deciding WHY I want to lose weight so it's tough to set goals or rewards. <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> To look better? (for who?? My husband is amazing and he love... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:55:09 EST My talk with the doc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976947 <em>282</em> As I promised myself I called the doctor's office today about my depression... I expected it would be a week or so before I got in to see the lady I wanted to see but they got me in this afternoon! The doc I like to see is only in two weeks a month and I happened to catch her. <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> We decided to leave my current anti-depressant med alone, but also to add a small dose of a second one. I have been on Zoloft for several years, and we added Effexor. So we shall s... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:53:38 EST July goals revisited... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975399 Just re-read my July goals. Hmmm. They were simple, made sense, and I haven't done them. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I just can't seem to get my head out of my... well you know. My emotions have been way out of whack for a while now (months) and I finally realized it may help to have my depression meds adjusted or changed altogether. I just can't do it on my own. Why does it take so long to realize things like that? And why must I gain all this weight back before realization strikes?? <em>198</em... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:43:06 EST July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950908 Well, I managed to walk that one time and then wimped again every day after that. Or ran out of time because I was on the computer instead of walking before whatever thing I had to do that day... <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> So my main goal for July is to get my walk in daily BEFORE getting on the computer. <BR> <em>311</em> BEFORE <em>17</em> <BR> I have been doing well with breakfast (oatmeal) but lunch and supper this last week or so have been hit or miss. A lot of "miss". We were on the ro... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 20:56:36 EST Just need to process my day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945576 First off, Thank you Lord that it was cooler today!!! Wind was a bit much, as evidenced by a few trees down around town, but no major damage so I'm not complaining. I pray for all those affected by the fires these past days... so very scary. Please send rain on those places that need it most! <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> Today was really pretty awesome. We went to Havre to see our friend whose daughter was killed, and although we haven't seen each other since before my youngest was born (he's 8!)... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 00:34:06 EST Sad and a little bit lost... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942503 First the sad: One of my best friends from high school called me yesterday with the news that his oldest daughter was killed two days ago in an accidental shooting... My heart is broken for my friend. This baby girl was born to him and a girlfriend when they were both very very young, but he was "DAD" from day one. They did not make the mistake of trying to get married, and whenever his baby was with Mom's family he missed her terribly. Eventually he got custody and moved her to California wi... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:43:00 EST ending my "longest day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935513 Well today (thanks muchly to my wonderful hubby for his help) I got our bedroom, kitchen and most of the dining room Spring cleaning done. Also a lot of laundry! I would have liked to get more done, but holy wow is my house dirty! I very much intend to continue the cleaning process now that I have begun finally. It feels so good to have things clean again! <BR> <BR> We ended the day by going to visit our Gramma Baeth at the nursing home. While there we took a short turn around their garden a... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:10:58 EST THE LONGEST DAY~Alzheimer's Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934559 So "the Longest Day" began here in Malta at 5:30am. My alarm went off, I remember it did. I hit the button and went back to sleep. (What a blessing to be able to do that when I want to!) <BR> <BR> Clara and I got home around 11pm from Fort Peck where she was rehearsing for "Gypsy" (she is one of Uncle Jocko's Players in the first scene) but I was up until nearly 1am due to the coffee I drank to stay awake on the drive home... So my day is starting pretty normally, with coffee and breakfast a... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:55:45 EST I did let myself quit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930080 ...but my spark keeps fighting to become a flame! <BR> <BR> I log on daily, spin the wheel and then close the page because I'm not willing to do more. <BR> <BR> But~I'm not willing to STOP spinning that wheel and break my "consistency" streak!! <BR> <BR> When I log on daily I also put in how much water I drink, because I'm damn proud of the fact I drink so much water, even if no one else notices. <BR> <BR> I once in a while update my status here, just so folks know I'm still alive. And I ... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 12:37:26 EST DIY 2.0 Assignment 9 (6/1 - 6/3) and 10 (6/4 - 6/7) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912394 DIY 2.0 Assignment 9 (6/1 - 6/3) <BR> Challenge Name: LOSE YOUR QUIT <BR> <BR> WELCOME TO JUNE! (Got your plan for June ready???) <BR> <BR> 1. ReDo Your SparkPage! It's a new month and time for some fresh surroundings. Find a mantra for your background, or pictures from this spring, or an inspiring piece of artwork, or just a bright color to inspire energy! Gotta love that fresh new month feeling! <BR> <em>248</em> Did it a little late, but I got it done! Didn’t change too much. <BR> <BR... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 23:00:51 EST DIY 2.0 Assignment 8 (5/29 - 5/31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903073 <em>33</em> Challenge Name: LOSE YOUR QUIT <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> 1. List all the healthy good stuff you ate Fri - Mon. <BR> Fresh watermelon; fresh pineapple; fajitas made with lean steak, onions and peppers; <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> 2. Report how many days you met your homework on Assignment 7. <BR> I kept up with laundry and dishes. I stretched my back a thousand times and sat on an ice pack as often as I could stand. Today I walked 45 minutes. That was about it for me… <BR... Tue, 29 May 2012 16:12:43 EST DIY 2.0 Assignment 7 (5/25 - 5/28) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898704 <em>67</em> For many folks it's a 4 day weekend, so the days are gonna be a little screwy. So sue me. I'll still try to post the next challenge on Sunday for you to find though. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> 1. Celebrate your achievements. What have you done during this challenge that you can be proud of? Give yourself credit where it's due. No criticism here...we're hard on ourselves all the time right? <BR> ~~About all I can pat myself on the back for is getting all my water in. I also have bee... Sat, 26 May 2012 10:48:26 EST DIY 2.0 Assignment 6 (5/21-5/24) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890847 <em>67</em> Assignment Name: LOSE YOUR DAMN QUIT! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> What did you accomplish this weekend!? <BR> <em>2</em> Got outside and moved around but didn’t work up a sweat… <BR> <em>67</em> What is one thing you are forgiving yourself for, that you did this weekend, and how are you going to fix it? <BR> <em>2</em> Have to forgive myself, I guess, for all of it. Too much food and not enough movement. To fix it I need to reverse the trend—less food and more movement! <BR> ... Mon, 21 May 2012 08:58:51 EST DIY Assignment 5 (5/18-5/20) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887145 Challenge Name: <em>306</em> LOSE YOUR QUIT <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> We made it successfully through the first two weeks of the DIY Challenge! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> As of 5/17, how many workouts have you completed? <BR> <em>33</em> SIX so not nearly enough! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> What have you noticed about your mood/stress levels/sleep quality on days you worked out? <BR> <em>33</em> I know it’s better when I work out. Although during my period NOTHING seems... Fri, 18 May 2012 11:37:29 EST Link to my "The Longest Day" page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880634 For those of you who have asked, here is the link to my donation page. <BR> <link>act.alz.org/site/TR/LongestDay/TheLo<BR>ngestDay?px=6472459&pg=personal&fr_id=<BR>2230 </link> <BR> If you are interested you can also sign up to do your own "longest day" as a team or individual--or join a team! <BR> If you want I could start a team and you could join ME!!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 May 2012 10:33:18 EST DIY Assignment 4 (5/14 - 5/17) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880478 <em>67</em> <BR> Challenge Name: LOSE YOUR QUIT <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> How did you do on Assignment 3? <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <em>67</em> I confess, this weekend <em>495</em> I ATE WAAAY TOO MANY COOKIES. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> BUT! I also am very proud to report that <em>194</em> I DRANK MY WATER AND <em>85</em> WAS VERY ACTIVE WORKING ON THE FARM. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> So I am forgiving myself and moving forward TODAY because <em>306</em> QUITTING IS NOT A CHOICE. <BR> <BR> <em... Mon, 14 May 2012 09:04:56 EST DIY Assignment 3 and #2 check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876325 <em>67</em> How did you do on Assignment 2? <BR> <BR> Were you active all 4 days? <em>42</em> Not so much. <BR> Did you drink your water? <em>250</em> Yes indeed. <BR> Plan for difficult days coming up soon? <em>198</em> Every day is difficult! I have to CHOOSE to make it work regardless! <BR> Did you round out your routine somehow? <em>250</em> Started going to bed earlier—a real victory! <BR> If you picked a day to add up how many calories you drank... what was the total? if you didn'... Thu, 10 May 2012 23:19:30 EST The Longest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876257 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110881298.jpg"> <BR> Below is from my official fundraising page. While I would love donations (obviously) my main purpose of posting this HERE is to let you all know just WHAT the heck I am up to! <BR> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <BR> Now is the time to show those facing Alzheimer’s disease that they are not alone. Now is the time to take a stand: I will nev... Thu, 10 May 2012 22:28:00 EST DIY 2.0 Assignment 2 Not doing so hot... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869514 DIY 2.0 Assignment 2 (5/7 - 5/10) <BR> Challenge Name: LOSE YOUR QUIT <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> So how'd you do on Assignment 1? <BR> <BR> Did you do fill out the entry card? <em>48</em> Yes <BR> Do your planning? <em>48</em> Yes <BR> Before pics? <em>48</em> Yes <BR> Measurements? <em>42</em> No <BR> <BR> Did you drink 8 cups of water all 3 days? <em>48</em> YES <BR> Did you do SOMETHING active all 3 days? <em>42</em> NO <BR> Did you ... Sun, 6 May 2012 21:53:31 EST DIY 2.0 Assignment 1 (5/4 - 5/6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867026 DIY 2.0 Assignment 1 (5/4 - 5/6) <BR> My Challenge Name: LOSE YOUR QUIT <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> Okay, so the first assignment is going to be mostly prep. You really wanna make the next 6 wks count right? <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> 1. Have you completed the entry card? If not, go DO IT NOW! <BR> http://tinyurl.com/7pux9o7 <BR> <BR> If you filled it out already, read it. Why are you doing this? What do you want to accomplish? Do NOT just put ... Fri, 4 May 2012 23:14:18 EST DIY 2.0 Challenge Entry Form http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865943 My Challenge Name: LOSE YOUR QUIT <BR> My Starting Weight: 266.5 according to Doctor's office. I do not own a scale! <BR> <BR> Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: (body measurements, race times, crunch max, jeans size, whatever YOU need to track) <BR> 1. <em>9</em> Jeans size 20 (and a bit snug) <BR> 2. <em>185</em> Energy level <BR> 3. <em>85</em> My biceps—will take before and after pics rather than measurements <BR> 4. <em>301</em> Track... Fri, 4 May 2012 09:04:13 EST Today, I promise I will not quit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857233 Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter how many ups and downs I pass through, <BR> I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, <BR> and forgive myself for my past, <BR> and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, <BR> To Stop making excuses, <BR> And stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend, <BR> Because that is who I am. <BR> I pledge to... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:55:56 EST Vitality Journal 5--too little too late? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857226 Vitality Challenge Journal Prompt #5 <BR> WOOHOO! Congratulations, Rockstar!! <BR> You made it, Kathie! You should be SO proud of yourself!! :) <BR> The challenge is coming to a close but I KNOW this is just the beginning of your success in 2012! Give yourself credit for these first 15 days! What did you learn over the course of them? How are you going to take what you have learned to continue with your plan for the rest of the year? What is going to ensure you are successful? As we learned ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:47:40 EST Vitality Journal 4--eliminating black & white thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849889 <em>126</em> Hello Sweet Thang! WOOHOO-today is officially day 13 of the challenge! Can you believe it?? You must be so proud of yourself and your goals, I know I am SO proud of my little Rock stars!! Today we're going to write about prepping for big events (like parties, holidays, etc.). So often, we put off our weight loss goals until after an event or party (or the first of the month or after the weekend ;). We have this black-and-white-all-or-nothing type thinking. Not YOU though--you'r... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:52:10 EST Vitality Journal 3--my FUTURE self--EDITED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842874 <em>126</em> Welcome to day eight of the challenge! <BR> A huge part of this process is using the future to motivate you to reach your current goals now. Remember, it isn’t a question whether or not you are going to reach your weight loss goal, it’s only a matter of healthy habits, time, and being kind to yourself when you fall “off track”! <BR> Write a letter to your future self at your goal. I know this will probably include a particular weight, but make sure you are including the more imp... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:19:02 EST Vitality Journal 2--affirmations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835750 Vitality Challenge Journal Prompt #2 <BR> <BR> If you have listened to me lecture, you have heard about how important it is to get your subconscious on board when it comes to your goals and to make sure you are feeding your subconscious positive thoughts ALWAYS. Affirmations are so important because they retrain your subconscious. Not only that, but they enable you to be a million times (all sarcasm aside, statistics show! ;) more likely to want to be on board with your goals. YEP-you read ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:22:50 EST Vitality 15 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830576 <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <BR> What goals did you choose to set for this challenge? These goals are going to be related to fitness, nutrition, and self-care/self-love/taking time for YOU. Why did you choose these particular goals? Why are these goals important to you? <BR> 1. Fitness: exercise daily—yoga, walking, ST SOMETHING daily to stretch and strengthen my muscles which will... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:41:22 EST Choices, not excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826981 Yah, I'm making choices. Not great ones either. My goals for April included: <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Getting enough sleep (8 hours per night is optimal, but no less than 7!) <BR> <em>42</em> Honestly I think I've been getting about 7 or 8 a night, but the way I feel... maybe I better shoot for 9 the next few nights!!! One night was super short and I didn't get caught up from that, two nights this week were not in MY bed so were not restful, so I just feel tired. And Oh MY the carbs I consu... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:10:23 EST April goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815921 Heading to bed soon, so this is gonna be short and to the point! <BR> <BR> Goals for April include: <BR> <em>102</em> Get enough sleep! (8 hours per night is optimal, but no less than 7!) <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> Plan suppers for the week/month. I eat the same breakfast every day and get lunch at work so those are good (at least M-Th). But supper is always up in the air... and if I can *just* plan suppers this month maybe by summer break I will be better at menu planning and can deal with l... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 23:40:53 EST Wednesday check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762953 Woke up early cuz of hubby's snoring so am catching up a little on FB and SP... wanted you to know I'm not dead! LOL <BR> <BR> Thanks to the PE teacher at my new school/job I have been doing Yoga this week. I hope to continue doing it during the day there at school after this, because it really helps get me through the day. Will have to see how the "boss" feels about it! I leave the house by 7am and don't get home until 5pm. Family NEEDS me when I get home and I find it hard to get time to ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:49:10 EST Day one of no excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753992 I *SLEPT* last night!! <em>102</em> I mean ALL night--no kids woke me up, hubby's snoring didn't disturb me, the cat's didn't bother me and (TMI alert) my bladder didn't even make me get up to pee! <em>244</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I did a bit of ST, just some basic squats and bicycle crunches. So nothing amazing or record breaking but it was a start. Then after lunch I played about ten minutes of "tag" with a first-grader who has taken a liking to me at work. <em>30</em> ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:59:32 EST