KELSPRETTYGIRL's SparkPeople Blog KELSPRETTYGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fall 2016 5% Challenge! Have you joined? It's about to be FALL! Did you think 2016 would go by so fast? Well we are in the last quarter of the year and I want to use my spark page to spark you into weight loss and a healthy lifestyle before 2017 comes in. Fall is also sick season. More sugar and fat are consumed during this season, add the cooler weather and maybe some rainfall and you have a recipe for disaster. So why not join the Fall2016 5% Challenge? There are weekly challenges to get you going on a healthy lifestyle. I... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 02:45:10 EST 2016 Challenges <img src=""> So, I began this year with serious goals and it's amazing how fast one can be derailed. One of the things I'm trying to get under control is my bedtime. I was successful for a whole week. I tell you it's so easy to go off a good habit than it is to stay on one. But I'm not giving up. It's 9:39 pm and I'm going to bed! Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:39:50 EST Last blog of 2015...Happy New Year! <img src=""> Let's Do It! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 02:55:42 EST I Gots Goals! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A new year will be hear soon, and I gots goals. <BR> <BR> We’ve been doing Michael Hyatt’s “Best Year Ever” course so we can make 2016 our best year ever financially, mentally, spiritually and of course PHYSICALLY. <BR> <BR> I’m daring to do something I was beginning to think was IMPOSSIBLE and that’s reach my weight loss goal on my spark page ticker that has been there for years. I got c... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 01:48:38 EST Where I Want to Go! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was taken in 2008 or 2009. Not too sure. But this is where I'd like to get to in ONE YEAR. Then if I can, get a little bit lower so I have room to play with. <BR> <BR> Baby weight has been a challenge and I admit I feel STUCK. There's more to it than I'd care to share... But serious weight loss cannot be the focus at this time and I'm so frustrated. <BR> <BR> I'm still here and... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:45:45 EST Today We Celebrate 14 Years So it's our anniversary, but I told DH, "Don't take off of work." We need him to get a full pay check every week! Lol <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So we went out Sunday, ordered each other gifts on Amazon, and started receiving this week. Wanna guess what I wanted? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> He got a new lap top back pack, an iPhone 6s, a new case for the new phone. ... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 01:50:59 EST I Haven't Left! I've been sparking but not blogging. I'm hoping to change that in this fall challenge with the Awesome A Team. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week's destination is Giant's Causway, Ireland. Take off is at midnight. Our special challenge for the week is to drink 8 8oz servings of water a day. I can do that! <BR> <BR> Thanks for visiting! Sat, 26 Sep 2015 01:14:50 EST I'm BACK! A lot has happened since my last blog. At the time we were "homeless" and staying with friends. By April, God had provided us with a home. It's an amazing testimony. We began living in our new place May 1st. Not even a week after being there, my husband was offered a job. He didn't go looking for it, it was offered. Another powerful testimony of God's providence. <BR> <BR> The following is our most recent happenings in pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:56:34 EST I'm Always Full! I feel stuffed all the time. Sometimes I over eat and then between baby and food I don't have space for air. I've switched to high calorie foods. Lol. It was suggested that I eat more healthy fats. No PROBLEM!! Lol. Of course I need to eat less wheat products. Boooo! Lol. <BR> <BR> We are about to begin the spring 5% challenge. I love the accountability. While I can't lose weight right now, I can at least maintain a healthy lifestyle until the baby comes so I can continue to do ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:33:43 EST "A Picture Says a Thousand Words" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But according to my understanding, the actual quote says, "A picture says ten thousand words." <BR> <BR> So I think, if I've been keeping good track... I'm at 24 weeks (LMP). That means, I've reached the 6th month mark. In four weeks, I'll be ushered in to the 3rd trimester. This is going by a lot faster than I'd like it to and all the same it's not fast enough. <BR> <BR> Not so faithful with counting calor... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:05:12 EST I've Made a Decision! I'm going to attempt to track my calories for the rest of February. My goal is to stay between 2500-2700 calories. "They" say that that's a healthy range for most women in their second and third trimesters. So I'm going to try. I hate calorie counting... and things will be hard for things that I don't know how to measure. Trying is better than not trying. At least it will get me to think about getting back into the habit after baby arrives. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 23:06:07 EST Breakfast Idea #2 So here's another quicky that I know everyone has done. It's better than those instant breakfast packets because you know exactly what's in them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wanted a strawberry milkshake... so for carbs I have 2 servings of strawberries (frozen), for protein I have soymilk to cover the berries, I sweetened it with 3 servings of raisins, and for my fat more than a tablespoon of cashewbutter. <BR> <BR> So you... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 12:51:03 EST It's a Girl! Just found out this week that we have a girl in the oven. <em>246</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> DH, may have been a bit disappointed but he hid it well. He is a sucker for us girls, anyway. He'll love her just like he loves the first one. I have no doubt! <BR> <BR> Feeling lots of movement even though baby is not even 1 lb. So I'm gaining all this weight and she's taking less than 1 lb of the credit. <em>198</em> Somebody slap me, QUICK! <BR> <BR> It's been difficult this week... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 03:14:15 EST Breakfast Idea #1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time not on your side in the mornings? <BR> <BR> In the evening try putting some rolled oats (raw or toasted), dried fruit, some frozen berries, in a jar with some milk just covering. Put a lid on it and keep in the fridge over night. In the morning you can add fresh fruit if you desire. Doesn't need sweetener and it will keep you satisfied til the next meal. <BR> <BR> (I didn't put the amounts because it's u... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:18:02 EST Just to Catch You Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We did it! DD and I did the Hot Chocolate Run in SF. You know the girl wanted to do it when she paid for it herself. I figure grama gave her the money and she could do what she wanted to with it. <BR> <BR> I'm currently 20 weeks pregnant. (Technically, that's tomorrow). <BR> <BR> I've been getting more active because of the 5% Challenge. I love the group participation. The Awesome A's are truly AWESOME! <BR... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:36:04 EST Why I was feeling Icky.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hoping I can still join the Winter 5% Challenge even though I can't lose weight right now. <BR> <BR> Click below to join! <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=64012 </link> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:24:19 EST Feeling Icky! It's been over a month since my last post. A lot going on. Fell off the exercise wagon and I'm desperately trying to get back on! Fri, 7 Nov 2014 20:57:51 EST Been a Busy Week Tuesday was my anniversary <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wednesday we had a last minute dental appointment. I'm so grateful for the dentists who help us missionaries out. <BR> <BR> Thursday (technically yesterday, but still today to me) <BR> I spent just trying to catch up and prepare for a trip into nature for the weekend. I'm sure it'll be great and I'll be glad I went, but I'm a bit apprehensive about riding out and hanging o... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 04:20:20 EST A Goal Getta 4 Life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My team, GG4L got a FB page so we could be able to quickly communicate with one another. We haven't been on SP in a while. The above was the meme I created for our FB page. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to be a Goal Getta 4 Life, but this week's weigh-in is not very reflective of this. I only lost .2 lb. That's not 2 lbs, but .2 lb. <BR> <BR> So my goal for next weigh-in is a 2 lb loss. It has to happen since this ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:50:26 EST I Know My Numbers, Do You? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I'm back, again.... <BR> I'm getting ready to join the 2014 Fall 5% Challenge Team. <BR> A lot has happened... Things are still happening... But I'm a bit more "settled," and a lot less "frazzled." <BR> I'm just planning on taking it one day at a time. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm reading the above. I don't like calorie counting and this is the way into... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:27:41 EST I'm Still Here! I've been really busy... too busy to go to the gym and walk... but I've been active. <BR> <BR> The following pictures are from the exhibit that I was in charge of bringing to San Francisco. We had it displayed on Treasure Island. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now we are busy engaged in an evangelistic series. 5 nights a week we are at the Marine's M... Fri, 16 May 2014 17:30:43 EST Missing my Dad It's been a month... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 03:09:18 EST Unexpected Sadness :( <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, I learned my father has been called to Rest In Peace. <BR> <BR> I don't believe that when you die, you go to heaven, hell or purgatory. (At least not immediately). <BR> <BR> I believe that when someone dies, they go to sleep. A breathless sleep. <BR> <BR> One day, God's son will return with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. And we which are alive and remain shall be caught up to... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 03:49:48 EST Happy 7th Sparkiversary to My Classmates & Me!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's my Sparkiversary! It's my Sparkiversary! It's my Sparkiversary! <BR> Happy Sparkiversary! <BR> <BR> I'm singing it to the Lone Ranger tune. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> The above picture was taken weeks ago on my walk. I thought it was interesting that the graffiti artist chose orange and white... I guess cuz it stood out. But I'm from CA, that spark is not our spark... <em>211</em> . But I thought I'd use... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 19:23:25 EST March 1, 2014 In a few short days I will be celebrating 7 years on SP. That's NUTS! I need to make this my year to hit goal. In fact, my current goal as of this post is to get to goal before my next sparkiversary! <BR> <BR> Alright... so to current news... I'm sick... got sick shortly after receiving my SPAT (sparkpeople activity tracker). I've been taking care of a sick friend and well, sharing is caring ( <em>40</em> ) So now we are sick together. The friends that get sick together, stick toget... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 21:59:15 EST It Arrived!!! It arrived earlier than scheduled for free shipping. That's always a good thing. I've set it up and it's ready to go tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 02:47:28 EST February is almost half gone! I'm wanting to lose weight, I've lost some weight... But the question is, can I keep the ball rolling? <BR> It's been raining a lot these days... So I've been spending a lot of time in the gym. I'm struggling with depression... and the lack of sunshine does not help me. <BR> I'm so tired of stuff in my life... but I'll make it through! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 01:39:18 EST February is almost half gone! I'm wanting to lose weight, I've lost some weight... But the question is, can I keep the ball rolling? <BR> It's been raining a lot these days... So I've been spending a lot of time in the gym. I'm struggling with depression... and the lack of sunshine does not help me. <BR> I'm so tired of stuff in my life... but I'll make it through! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 01:39:01 EST Excited about the beginning of Winter 5% Challenge! Well, last week the buzz around the 5% challenge team was excitement about the challenge actually starting. New team members on the Awesome A team and I know together we will make our goals of being 5% less. <BR> <BR> Last week I concluded my spiritual fast... Still feeling like I need to continue it from a different angle. <BR> <BR> Ran and walked a 5K last Sunday. It was my goal to beat 45 minutes, and I came in at 42:50. Ithought that was pretty good for someone who can only run 1 mil... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 02:00:25 EST Happy New Year, Sparkpeople!!!!! So 2014 is finally year and I'm glad to kiss 2013 good bye. <BR> As you have seen from my previous blog, the last months of 2013 were not too good to me. Since that blog, more sad things have happened in my life, right to the last days of the year. <BR> However, it's all behind me and this day was off to a great start. <BR> Spent a lot of time with the Lord, laying out my plans and asking for His help. <BR> I know He will be with me. I can do nothing without Him. <BR> I'm getting ready for ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 02:39:34 EST I'm Back! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Update!! <BR> <BR> It's been almost three months since I was on Spark and for me, that's a long time. It's been a crazy last three months. <BR> <BR> 9/30 DH and I celebrated 12 years <BR> <BR> 10/8 finally got my tooth "crowned" it had been almost 10 months since my root canal in Hawaii. It's a money thing or more like a lack thereof. <BR> <BR> 10/22 we were rear-ended on our way to a week of prayer. I was i... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 02:17:44 EST I DID IT! I just ran a 10K and a 5K back to back in approximately 2:21. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty proud right now. <BR> <BR> When I was mapping my route via mapmyrun, my phone was acting up and I wasn't quite sure if I would get the 9 miles I needed to begin this new week of training for the 13.1. So I was hoping and praying that I would get as close to 9 as possible. <BR> <BR> So when I got to the drop off point and began to walk to my starting point, I began to turn on my nike and runkeeper apps. Low... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 01:14:41 EST Almost a month! I can't believe it's been almost a month since I blogged! <BR> <BR> And yet, I do believe it. <BR> <BR> I've been on the go for the past few weeks. Weight has been up and down and all around. I'm becoming more involved with my husband's project and it requires more time. The thought of getting online and interacting with all the lovely people on SP is not appealing after all the driving etc... So I've been in the background here. <BR> <BR> About two weeks remain in our summer challen... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 01:00:52 EST Now for the Good News!!!! So TOM didn't kill me completely, I lost .2 lb. It's not a whole pound but a loss is a loss. <BR> <BR> Then for today's weigh in, I lost 2.4 lbs. Well, of course I did, TOM left. So now to embark on some real weight loss. My goal is to lose 1 lb. <BR> <BR> Also, I've been working on getting 7 hours of sleep since earlier this week. I was good for a couple of days, so now just to make it a habit. I would like to aim for being in the bed by 10 pm and see where it goes from there. <BR> ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:25:58 EST Bad News! Well, we are five days into our 5% challenge and within 3 days of it I gain 3 lbs. So I'm like, "What on earth?" So I'm feeling like a real loser (as in a game or a race) as opposed to being a LOSER (as in the whole point of being on the 5% team). Then after going on a walk with my Christian sisters, it dawns on me.... TOM!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! <BR> <BR> So I have to take matters into my own hands. I really dont want to be kicked out of the Last A Standing game on the first we... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:04:31 EST I've been inspired after reading some of my team blogs, to post up a combination of two variations of essentially the same quote. <BR> <BR> I hope it will bring comfort, deep thought, and all things positive to those who take time to meditate on it. <BR> <BR> "The Father’s presence encircled Christ, and nothing befell Him but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. The blow ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:51:46 EST Are you ready to Win Tomorrow? I'm not. <BR> Saturdays are my days off. I'm always at a potluck on Saturday. Not all of them have salads. <BR> So here's my plan, I'm going to eat a good breakfast and before lunch I'm going to get down a quart of water (at least 30 minutes prior). I'm going to attempt to eat A LOT of salad, then limit myself to one paper plate of food. <BR> <BR> You can get your win tomorrow checklist here: <BR> <link><BR>/uploads/2011/11/Win-Tommorrow-Check-L<BR>... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 03:29:27 EST Get your Win Today Checklist! Assignment #12 of the Summer 5% Challenge <BR> <BR> Today is the day to start on your path to fitness and weight loss. It helps to set goals YOU NEED to accomplish for a successful day. If you do not already have a list/routine please use this one or make up your own. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/uploads/2012/01/Win-Today-Check-List-<BR>PDF-Version-1-15-12.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Because I follow a different plan I will modify my "Win Today Checklist." <BR>... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:53:40 EST "Know your numbers" Assignment #9 Sum5% Challenge Know your numbers. <BR> <BR> Info - the last weigh in for the 5% Challenge will be September 27th. <BR> <BR> A) How many pounds will you lose to achieve your 5% weight loss? <BR> <BR> To calculate your 5% <BR> <BR> Me 163 X .05 = 8.15 pounds <BR> <BR> Weight Progress: <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 163 pounds <BR> Target Weight: 154.8 pounds <BR> By When: September 27, 2013 <BR> <BR> B) Please update your data in Start/my Goals & Progress Section, go down to 'Pounds Lost' and chang... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:28:22 EST "Are You Ready for Success?" Assignment #8 Sum5% Challenge <BR> According to the quiz I am prepared for success! <BR> <BR> Are you? Hit the link below and take the quiz. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ent_questions.asp?quizid=52 </link> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:10:23 EST "Why My Diets and Exercise Plans Have Not Worked" Assignment #6 Sum5% Challenge List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. OK that might be too long a list, so give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever! <BR> <BR> I have one reason, I lose motivation. Eventually the excitement wears off and I just get lazy. <BR> <BR> I plan to get myself an accountability partner this time around. So that... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:03:50 EST "Cutting Calories" Assignment #5 Sum5% Challenge Is there something you eat often that you have learned to cut the calories on? What works best for you? Do you have something you can share with us? <BR> <BR> Yes. however I don't really see it as cutting calories. Instead I try to make my calories count. I will still eat a whole avocado and skip salad dressing. I try to eat good fats and avoid the free fats as a whole. I find when I do this, I stay full longer. So I'm in a habit of not cooking with fats and just eating them whole in t... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:52:09 EST The "Trigger Foods" Assignment #4 Sum5% Challenge For the purpose of this assignment a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course; you are not truly hungry yet you are eating. A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when this happens. Example – you are home alone, watching TV and you eat a cookie, then another and soon you are looting the kitchen for anything that looks good. Or you had good intentions about going out for dinner with a friend, but a high calorie appetizer and then a big ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:44:28 EST July Update! I've been out of the loop! <BR> <BR> It all began July 9th... <BR> <BR> I did a turn around bus trip to LA. Left on the 9th returned early a.m. on the 11th. Then left to the campgrounds on the 12th. Came back on the 18th cuz I got sick. then went back on the 19th and got back Sunday night at about 9pm. Slept most of Monday and still not feeling rested but there is just so much to do. Is it really hump day already? <BR> <BR> Anyway, in case you can't see my background picture, here it is: <... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:59:09 EST Summer 5% Challenge Team is OPEN for New Members!!!! <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=60526 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Click on the link above to read up and join the team!!!! Sun, 7 Jul 2013 02:31:19 EST Update! Still adjusting to my new surroundings here in San Francisco. Lost .8 lb for the Spring into Summer challenge. I'm happy to report a loss. Out of 6 days this week, I've only been in this city 2 days. The next two weeks will be training. My goals for the next two weeks is to exercise and lose weight. That's all. I will readjust after training is over. Looking into getting back to Planet Fitness. We'll see how that goes. The streets of San Francisco have been good to my lower half, fo... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:58:23 EST Did I really just gain the weight I lost from last week? YES! I did! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been crazy trying to get back to CA. Lost almost 2 weeks and it really didn't help my weight loss program. Even though we are here, and settling, we still have to drive up to NorCal to get our Jeep and clothes for weather 75* and below <em>40</em> . In the words of Sweet Brown, "Ain't nobody got time for dat!" <BR> <BR> So my plan really won't begin until Tuesday. I wish I could... Sun, 26 May 2013 02:25:26 EST Spring into Summer 5% Challenge Starts Now!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm beginning this challenge here on the beautiful island of Guam, where America's day begins. (And apparently this challenge as well) <BR> <BR> So here are my stats: <BR> <BR> <BR> A) How many pounds will you lose to achieve your 5% weight loss? <BR> <BR> calculate your 5% <BR> <BR> 159.6 X .05 = 7.98/8 pounds <BR> <BR> Current Weight:159.6pounds <BR> Target Weight: 151.6pounds <BR> By When: July 6,... Sat, 11 May 2013 09:40:52 EST Spring into Summer 5% Challenge STARTS.... ....MAY 11TH!!!!!! <BR> <BR> If you want to get 5% OFF yourself with the love and support of a fabulous group of women and men sparkers, you need to hurry up and click on this link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59980x530<BR>40390 </link> <BR> <BR> I so want to see you on the challenge team!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> Our first Pre-Challenge Activity admonishes us to Win Today and asks: <BR> <BR... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:03:45 EST Are You Ready to Lose 5% of Yourself???? You need to join the next round of the 5% Challenge! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, my internet in Palau is so slow, I can't post a link so please copy and paste the following into your browser: <BR> <BR><BR>messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x59980x<BR>53040390 <BR> <BR> When you paste it into your browser, be sure there is no space between "_" and the "messageboard" to ensure the address works. (I've had problems before cutting and pasting). <BR> <BR> I'm ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:37:08 EST