KIMH51's SparkPeople Blog KIMH51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Keep on keeping on... Beautiful day outside - 82 ish, helped the hubster load and unload tons of wood - we are having our back porch taken down and rebuilt - so we went and got the wood.... yikes, I'm covered in bruises all up and down my arms etc... and man am I sore - my hands, arms etc. <BR> <BR> Then we went swimming - I worked out in the pool, treading water, bicycling legs, arm curls, triceps, more legs... for over 1 hour! Am I tired/sore/drained and most of all sooo proud of myself, and elated I can do ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:26:43 EST 60 POUNDS OFF!!!! yahhhh babeeeee - 1/2 lb off - equals 60 POUNDS gone, done, bye bye... <em>104</em> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:30:22 EST Walking, swimming, shopping and laundry and Happy Fathers' Day The title of my blog pretty much sums up my weekend... walked 4 miles on Friday, went grocery shopping and ran other errands around town followed by a 1 hour swim, then today, more grocery shopping (darn me for not writting a list!).. now on my fourth load of laundry!! <BR> <BR> Stayed on track mostly - the Snickers bar got me at check-outs on Sat.. lol, but I tracked it and stayed with my calories, went a bit over on the fat, but oh well.. thats what all the exercise is about. I'm still... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 17:09:25 EST Crossed something off my bucket list this weekend!!! How very blessed I was this weekend... found out Friday night that BB King was playing about 3 hours away on Sat. night! Tickets were available. It has been my long time dream to see him in concert - always have been a big fan... <BR> <BR> Completely enjoy the show - he is 87 years young! He gives so much love to both the music and the audience!!! Such a jokester as well! Loved the show... I'm still on a high from the experience! <BR> <BR> The concert was at a casino - so we ate a... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:29:18 EST Calories burned?? I've been using Endomundo on my smartphone to keep track of my walks - and have had trouble posting my results to FB. A friend said to try "Runkeeper". So this morning - I tried both. <BR> <BR> Here is what I posted on my FB page... lol <BR> <BR> wow - I either burned 348 cal according to "runkeeper", or 956 cal according to Endomondo! what a huge difference!!! what to believe??? One claims 3.75 miles, one states 3.87 both 1:22:xx so the only diff is the cal burned? I know when I log in... Sun, 26 May 2013 10:32:23 EST Feeling pretty good about me! Just enjoyed a nice week - weather wise it was anywhere from 86 degrees to today - 41!!! brrr <BR> <BR> I stayed on track all week, lost another 2-1/2 pounds - only one more to go to get to my "pre-vacation" weight... (gained 11 - and in two weeks lost 10)... <BR> <BR> Walked on Sunday - 3.7 miles <BR> <BR> Tuesday - big day for me - signed up for my first 10K!!! It doesn't happen until end of Oct - so I have lots of time to prepare! LOL - I'm doing the Blue Moon Wicked 10K in Virgini... Fri, 24 May 2013 11:21:43 EST NSV - one I haven't heard before!!! LOL Ok, I'm walking into Walmart and as I approach the doors, they don't open until I'm almost in front of them... why?? cuz my belly/boobs are smaller and I now have to get closer to the "sensor"!!!! What??? Happened on my way out of the store too! Really?? yup... LOL had to share. Mon, 20 May 2013 19:09:22 EST Wonderful Sunday Wow, finally we are really being blessed with awesome weather here in Western PA. Its been a long time coming!! This morning at 7:30 a.m. it was 62 degrees - I met my friends and off we went for our walk - 3.73 miles - burned 903 calories... and cut our time again. <BR> <BR> When we started walking every Sunday (over a year now), I should add, my friend lets me set the pace as she is fit and walks all the time... (other friend that comes with us is her dog) - this 3.7 miles would take u... Sun, 19 May 2013 11:10:02 EST Home from the beach What a great time we had in Myrtle Beach and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (climbed it!!!) and even spent a night in Virginia Beach. I have struggled with getting back in the groove this week, but I'm getting there. Work was not that bad, just tired and missing my relaxing afternoons! lol... <BR> <BR> Weight wise I gained 10+ on vacation - I will say with the climbing the 12 story lighthouse, I ended up with muscle tightness and 2 inches around my calves!!!! My ankles, my legs in general have ... Sat, 11 May 2013 14:36:09 EST Vacation almost done So its the last evening "away" from home... Its been a fantastic week, lots of fun and even some fun exercise thrown in. Today we were in Cape Hatteras and climbed the lighthouse - which is equal to 12 flights of stairs - 249 to be exact!!! And did it in 10 mins, without using my inhaler (asthmatic)... I can't tell you guys how proud of myself I am for doing this. I climbed it 13 years ago and even tho I've been walking etc for the past year - I was still scared almost of attempting to c... Fri, 3 May 2013 22:22:13 EST 58.5 lbs down -- from the beach Raining here at the beach, so I thought I would post this picture... Not real good at the side-by-side thing... but here it is... <img src=""> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:18:50 EST Vacation I'm writing this from Myrtle Beach - arrived here on Friday. I'm staying on track as much as I can, oh who am I kidding!!! I'm staying connected so I don't go waaaay overboard! LOL... So far since arriving I've walked the boardwalk (2.52 miles) twice, went shopping for 3 hours - figured I should have had my pedometer on but didn't, but at least a couple more miles there. <BR> <BR> Eating really hasn't been that bad. I brought my regular breakfast and bought salad stuff for lunches. Din... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:08:42 EST Let the healing finally begin Whew! I'm glad the bombing suspect was taken alive - I'm glad the city and people of Boston and all affected can finally breathe a sigh of relief that both suspects have been stopped. I'm just really hoping and praying that once they get the 19 year old in a place where he can talk, that he will talk. I keep having to remind myself that this isn't a Hollywood movie, that Bruce Willis or Will Smith aren't going to sweep in and save the world on this one. This is real life, those are/were t... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:34:55 EST 2.6 miles walked today for Boston Title kinda says it all.... walked 2.6 on treadmill to honor those hurt and lost on Monday. Then walked a few extra steps for those that didn't get to finish on Monday -- total walked 3.1 miles, or 5K. <BR> <BR> Prayers ongoing..... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:34:57 EST Tuesday's feelings... Hey everyone... I'm still so upset about what happened in Boston yesterday - I think because I'm "training" sort of for my 10K walk in October - just sucks that innocent people who worked for years and years, their dreams finally coming true only to have someone pull off something like this! <BR> <BR> Having said that, reevaluating my life - things like this always make me stop, look around, and realize how very blessed I am, I've totally recommitted to getting healthy and somehow to find ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:32:50 EST Sad sad sad Prayers going out to all the people in Boston and all over the world... Sickening really... innocent people who have worked their butts off just to be in the race, crossing of "run a marathon" off their bucket lists etc., and now this? Totally sickened. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:51:47 EST Beach bound and new NSV Going to Myrtle beach in a week and a half. Clothes are all sorted and figured I would buy one more bathing suit for the trip, I have one, but wanted to get one more. So, checked online at my favorite plus size catalog - Woman Within... and found one I liked a lot. Price range - 59.99 - 69.99. Here's the NSV - I ordered 2 sizes smaller than normal and only had to pay the "lower" price... I actually giggled outloud! hee hee... the hubsters looks over at me and says "huh"... I tell him, h... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:07:39 EST clothes clothes clothes Spent a lot of time today sorting thru clothing -- as it does appear that warmer weather if FINALLY FREAKEN here!!! Last fall I gave all my shorts and t-shirts etc to Goodwill. My sister, who is loosing weight and is smaller than me, gives me bags of clothes every time we see each other (I think I went thru 5 bags!!!, she is addicted to shopping, mostly second hand shops). Anyhooo, I am wearing a tshirt right now that I purchased the weekend I got engaged. Cape Hatteras - the t-shirt says... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:02:32 EST Tired Thursday - and new ranges Hello to all my fellow Sparkers.. <BR> <BR> Today started off on the right foot, with my official weigh in of 2 pounds down - grand total now of 54.5 (yes, I COUNT the halfs!!! lol)... then at work today a coworker came over just to tell me she and her hubby were watching me getting my lunch out of the fridge etc., and they both looked at each other and grinned and both at the same time said to each other "she's doing great!".. So instead of 'wanting" something from me as most everyone els... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:21:44 EST Toning Tuesday...sort of Today I come home from work, sit and visit with the hubster for a bit, catch up on our day etc., then eat a nice healthy dinner. Then the hubster asks - are you going to go downstairs and get the salmon out of the freezer for dinner tomorrow ON YOUR WAY TO WORKING OUT?... LOL he's sooo sneaky. This man has been such a wonderful support! and ever so subtle at pushing me to what he knows I should be doing, but not getting me "mad" at him... lol. So off I went - (after waiting a bit for din... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 20:40:49 EST Happy Sunday - Happy Sunday Sparkers... Started my day with breakfast in bed, brought home by the hubster - Sheetz pretzel w/bacon, egg and cheese - 385 cals., higher than I normally have for breakie, I eat this once a month - and then go and walk it off... <BR> <BR> So today's walk was wonderful. I need to backtrack a bit, I walked on Friday with a friend from work, same trail I walk every Sunday - on Friday, starting at 7 am, it was 28 degrees, make for a nice crisp morning. Today, two days later, s... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 13:20:15 EST a bit worried Hey all... I'm a bit worried about getting on the scales tomorrow for my official weigh in... I really don't want to be "up" in weight - but had such a great weekend.. and yeah, everyone slips and as long as I don't go overboard etc etc etc... thing is, I did really good all weekend, my step-daughter and two grandkids (ages 7 and 10) came Sat and left yesterday - my husband was off work for the entire time. I came home from work to an empty house... I thought I conqured my "eat at night ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 20:21:26 EST Happy Easter everyone I started my Sunday with a nice 4.2 mile walk - then home and made breakfast for my visiting grandkids and step daughter - (kids are 7 and 9)... we don't get to see them very often, enjoying our visit sooo much. <BR> <BR> Have a great Easter everyone.. I'm going to enjoy a chocolate egg or two (small ones)... not too much, just enough... lol Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:17:15 EST End of work week, relaxing Finally reached the end of my work week, as much as I love my 3 day weekends, working 4-10 hour days is tough. Long and drawn out for sure - I've taken Monday off as well and am really starting to enjoy my nice long(er) weekend... <BR> <BR> Weighed in this morning - 1 lb down - happy, of course happier if more, but absolutely pleased with the one. Keeping it real, need to stop eating so late at night, and work out a few more times. LOL I've been doing this a year, I know what I need to... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:28:34 EST Snow can just bite me!!!! With all the endless amounts of people, and you know who you are, (yes, I are one too! lol) complaining about winter and that it won't go away... well, it landed on my doorstep, actually my doorstep, my steps, my driveway etc... we only got about 3 inches, not even close to what some of you are dealing with. <BR> <BR> So what to do? hmmm, I got out and shoveled my butt off - what a great workout!!! Our driveway is 60ft x 22ft - and slightly sloped - took me 70 mins! We are talking 2 inc... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:00:10 EST Walk walk walk Really enjoyed my walk this morning - a buddy and I and her pooch go for a 4.2 mile walk every Sunday morning - this morning was a bit on the cooler side - starting out with 22 degrees, it take us around 90 mins, when we go back to the car it was 32. Love the outside walking. <BR> <BR> Now to finish cleaning the house and prep dinner - chicken breast and veggies... <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday everyone. <em>213</em> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 12:19:08 EST Morning fellow Sparkers... Wow, today I woke up and there was no snow on the ground!!! Awesome, of course Monday thru Wed we are expecting 2 to 3 inches daily... when on when will it end? I'm in PA, close to Pittsburgh... <BR> <BR> Lots of dirty deeds done dirt cheap to do today - (yes, channeling my inner AC/DC)... eye dr., groceries, housework.. should be able to stay on track and get a workout in as well. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sat!!! Sat, 23 Mar 2013 07:32:45 EST Happy Friday All kinds of things going on in my head tonight - wishing the weather was warmer, wishing I had worked out today, wishing I was in bed Lots of wishing, little doing. <BR> <BR> Having kinda an off day - out of sorts etc. <BR> <BR> Food wise I'm good, staying on the lower end of my allowances. <BR> <BR> Hopefully tomorrow will find me in better spirits. Up early for an eye dr. appt., then grocery shopping then home to clean. <em>375</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:59:08 EST Not bad for a Monday! 5K done! So I worked all day, (10 hour day), then came home and instead of getting into my workout gear, I got into my comfy clothes, you know, loose sweats and t-shirt, logged onto SP to log my day's food and water. A voice in my ear said, what are you doing? You can do that later, go work out. I wanted to shut her up, but she kept on and kept on... I've been very successful and very happy to workout - but something, not sure what, kept me from working out since last Wed. <BR> <BR> Long story s... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:59:14 EST Mid March - time is flying by Wow, here it is, mid-March - time is flying fast... I said on my original SparkPeople page that I looked back on my marriage, (12 years!!!) and my granddaughter (8).. and thought how fast that was. How did the last 12 years of my life go by so fast? I had been gearing up to start my diet, and when I realized how quickly 1 or 2 years would go by, I started.. Big smile on my face, and full steam ahead. I'm happy to say - still smiling and still going full steam ahead, after one year, 50 lbs ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:23:49 EST my sister and I have lost a person! Talking to my sister earlier, we realized we lost someone... sad, no. We are thrilled. She is 2 pounds away from loosing 80 pounds (South Beach type diet), and I have lost 50 pounds... so together we have lost a person - 130 pounds. In just one year. Both started about a year ago, both were loosing for a month before we even found out the other had started a weight loss program. Once we found out, we have been constantly encouraging each other - although her diet is definately not for m... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 22:35:17 EST I am happy to say - I'm 50 pounds lighter than I was this time last year!!!! Yeah... Guessing I'm over my plateau!!!! Lost another 3-1/2 this week, for a grand total of 50!!! Still have a long way to go, but I'm very very proud of myself! Thank you to all for posting and allowing me to draw support from everyone... and most of all, thanks to SP for this wonderful website that continues to grow and nurture us all! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:38:25 EST Received a wonderful compliment today... My friends and co-workers know I'm working my butt off and eating properly - at work I've always received lots of encouragement from my co-workers, mostly the "girls". I post a lot on FaceBook about my journey and one "male" co-worker is a friend so he reads my posts on there etc. <BR> <BR> Well today, he saw me walking to the kitchen, (I was going for another bottle of water). He was heading for the water fountain to fill his bottle. He figured he would stop me on my way back towards my ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:17:44 EST New week/new month... Here we are at the beginning of March - Winter is almost over for us here in the north east, (Pa). Today I worked, ate on track, drank my water.. came home from work, had a little visit with my husband, then headed downstairs for my workout - today I did "Kathy Smith, Walk and Tone" - brutal, but fun and mostly I kept up. This was only my second time doing this one, and I feel great. I then pulled dinner together (salmon and rice and salad, skim milk), fixed my lunch bucket for tomorrow and... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 20:21:19 EST My Motivation I just spent time reading blogs from other members, some made me cry - grateful tears from all the support everyone gives to everyone. <BR> <BR> The general theme of "fear" of losing motivation to exercise, to keep going, to fear of what you will become has me thinking of myself and what kind of motivation I have in my life. <BR> <BR> What got me motivated to finally do something about me, for me, was a coworker who, thru SparkPeople, JUST DID IT.. no drama, no nothing, just ate correctly... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:23:06 EST All kinds of random things Hoping this all comes out ok... first of all, I'm very proud of myself - It is getting closer to the one year mark since I made the choice to change my eating/work out/lifestyle to a healthier one. I have since lost 44 lbs, I have shrunk over 4 to 6 inches all over and have walked my butt off... since mid-Jan I have added strength training to my life and now do "toning" cords workout. I've dropped at least one size in clothes. However, my concern is that I've been the same weight since ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:29:54 EST another 4 miles For the past 2 weeks I've upped my exercise and have yet to see a weight loss, but that is more than ok. I feel really really good. I normally walk 4 miles every Sunday with a friend, but we haven't had clear enough weather since the beginning of Jan (Live in PA) - I've been walking 2 miles every other night on the treadmill and this morning decided to make it 3. Well, I was watching The Today Show and wanted to see the next story coming up (meteors and asteroids)... so I kept walking - 4 ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 15:32:03 EST sore but feeling good During the last week/week and a half I've stepped up my workouts (walking on the treadmill) to 15 miles last week - mostly 2 miles a night, a couple times 3 miles. <BR> <BR> I dislike the treadmill, but am trying to "become one with it!".. yeah, walking on the dreadmill is boring - watching TV, listening to music - but I'm getting better at it, walking 2 miles in 45 mins which I feel great about - just struggling to find my groove. I've put pictures up of a cruise ship (going on a cruise t... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:41:37 EST Clothing - my loss, Good Will's gain! Spent about 2 hours tearing apart my closet and dresser today, 2! count 'em! 2 garbage bags full of clothing that is TOO BIG on me !!!!! Dancing around... I've been working out this week (treadmill 3 times) and just "felt" thinner - I've been trying on clothes as I get dressed in the morning for work and had a good start, but today is my day off and figured I would double check the rest of them. Found a few I had tucked away for "when I loose 10".. that now fit! <BR> <BR> In total I've ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:59:48 EST 13 questions I saw these questions on another blog and thought it would be a good thing to add to mine. These made me think and realize what I've gone thru and how far I've come... <BR> <BR> Feel free to share these questions on your blog. <BR> <BR> 1. What is the most you have ever weighed? <BR> 340 <BR> <BR> 2. What do you weigh right now? <BR> 296 <BR> <BR> 3. What is your medically advised goal weight, your "I'll be satisfied" goal weight, your dream goal weight? Comments? <BR> Not sure wha... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:58:45 EST Beautiful day outside... Went for my Sunday morning walk this morning with my friend and her little nose on four legs... lol. We walk every Sunday for 4.2 miles, in 90 mins. or less. My friend walks all the time, I started joining her in April, and my I've come a lonnnng way. This morning we did our usual walk, but with such a difference... none of my "whoooaaa, I gotta slow down and catch my breath", none of my "oh my back is sore", none of my "are we close to your house YET".. it was such a great day out, love t... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:11:12 EST Happy not to have to eat sooo much! Really happy Just logged all my food eaten today - adding what I'm going to have for dinner realized I still need to eat another 400 to 500 cal today. I then logged my recent weight. Noticed a button saying about recalculating my food allowances (sorry not sure of the actual wording). When I first joined, I was "allowed" to eat between 2320 and 2700 cal. I've been struggling to eat that much - really - I was eating when I didn't really want to just to get my calories in... hearing all the time, you mu... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 13:03:20 EST