KIMPY225's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KIMPY225 KIMPY225'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/ Autism Cares Foundation 5K! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767278 I signed up for the Autism Cares Foundation 5K in my area. The race is in November! It has been so long since I ran one! <BR> <BR> I just re-started my 5K training. It feels good to be outside jogging again! My boyfriend even came with me. It was really nice! I also started Zumba again with my neighbor. It is a great feeling to be in my workout clothes again! <BR> <BR> My Fall semester starts tomorrow. I only have one class this semester. Hopefully it won't be too bad! <BR> <BR> I decide... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:39:53 EST Whole30 Program? - Feedback or comments please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758894 Some people have been trying to tell me to do this Whole30 program. It seems pretty similar to the Paleo lifestyle. Even a lot of the recipes I found online were taken from Paleo diet cookbooks. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I could do it! Plus, it seems a little confusing too. It says to avoid legumes, but on their approved shopping list, it says you can have Green beans and snap peas? <BR> <BR> No dairy at all.. I've cut dairy out for 6 months before, so I could do that again. However, my Doc... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:58:18 EST Time to start 5K training again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754992 Hi everyone! It has been so long since I wrote anything. Here is an update about what is going on! I miss everyone! I try to read some pages when I can, but I have been so busy :( It has been a happy busy at least. <BR> <BR> -I have been in my new house for 70 days now! I still can't believe it! We painted every room and did a lot. We did so much that now we don't feel like doing anything else haha. Our "To Do" list is very long! <BR> -My garden has tomatoes, peppers, snap peas, green beans,... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:49:50 EST Happy May SparkFriends! - I have some exciting news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690409 Happy Thursday everyone! I have been having a hard time updating my Sparkpage and doing the 5% challenge lately. First I had tax season (which is over!) I have had more free time away from work, but I have been filling it with other things. <BR> <BR> A fortune I got the other month has helped me out recently: "Anything is possible with a willing heart". I try to stay positive the best I can even though it can be extremely tough sometimes. At times, it seems like I will never reach some of m... Thu, 8 May 2014 09:36:28 EST There is still time to joing the Spring 5% challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655198 Hi everyone. I am still super busy at work, but I wanted to post that there is still time to sign up for the Spring 5% challenge. I am really excited about this one! I will have more free time once tax season is over! Plus, I really need the motivation to get me on the fitness track again! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=62656 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great week! Keep pushing towards your goals! <BR> <BR> <em>381<... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:41:01 EST Life is stressful, but I am trying to make the best of it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640481 It is hard to relax when I only have 2 hours between the time I get home until I have to go to sleep. I wish I could stay up later, but I wouldn't get enough sleep. Lack of sleep = more headaches & getting sick! I don't want to get sick! So far this whole winter I have avoided getting sick. I leave the house at 8am and I have been getting home at 8 or 8:30pm Monday through Thursday nights. We get to leave at 5:30 on Fridays, but I am just so tired and I don't feel like doing much that night a... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:34:52 EST Hi everyone! February is halfway over already!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626588 Hi Sparkers. It has been so long since I had time to Spark. I still don't really have time right now to say much, but I wanted to say HELLO! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well! I have been SO busy at work! It is tough only having one day off a week. On Saturday nights, I get home, get ready for dinner, eat and then I am so tired I don't even want to stay up too late! Then Sunday I do lots of chores, and my weekend is over! At least I am getting paid for my overtime. <BR> <BR> I have be... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:45:23 EST Happy Thursday! Quick update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587960 Happy Thursday everyone. <BR> <BR> I am glad the 5% Winter Challenge is starting on Jan 18th. Hopefully that will motivate me to move my butt MORE. I haven't gained any weight, but I have definitely been slacking in the exercise department. My friend who goes to yoga with me is on a cruise (lucky her!). I should go without her, but I only have a limited amount of classes with this deal. The cold weather is keeping me inside most of the time! It is supposed to keep warming up today and thro... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:47:07 EST 2013 Summary and envisioning 2014 - Ideal vs Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576484 I hope everyone has a safe New Years Eve! Best wishes to everyone for a healthy and wonderful 2014. I don't have anything big planned for the New Years, but I will still have a good time with my boyfriend. Last night I made some chili to have tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I have done so much in 2013. I can't believe the year is over. BUT I did so much, so I cannot complain! I went to Tennessee, Williamsburg, Buffalo, saw Niagara Falls, Bushkill Falls, and many other places. I tried archery, rock climb... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:54:55 EST I reached my goal weight of 155! 95 pounds lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573127 Happy last Friday of 2013!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Somehow I reached my goal weight of 155 pounds! For a long time, I didn't think I would make it! I haven't weighed 155 pounds since 2003. 10 years ago - WOW. I even ate some cookies over the Christmas season! I went to a cookie swap and ate a bunch of cookies! For my reward, I got my hair dyed four shades darker and got it cut. My boyfriend told me I deserved it. I feel great! Although I still have a lot to do to maintain, I feel awesome. It feels ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:38:47 EST 90 tips and tricks on how I lost 90+ pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550678 A couple of Spark members asked me for some tips and advice on how I lost over 90 pounds. Here is a random list of what I have done to lose 93.4 pounds since August 2011! I used to weigh 250 pounds. Now I weigh 156.6! I haven't been this weight since 2005! I have been pushing hard to get to my weight goal of 155 pounds, but I am extremely happy now with how much I have accomplished so far! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask! Sorry if any are repeats! I am sure I forgot some ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:28:17 EST Spark's Success Stories are inspiring me today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535707 Happy Friday! Today is my last kickboxing class of the online deal I bought. I can't believe it has been 10 weeks since I started the class! I really enjoy the class, but I can't afford to keep going. I would have to pay almost $200 up front for 3 months of classes. If I had more money, I would definitely continue with that location! Unfortunately, I can't afford it. Oh well! I am going start doing yoga for 10 classes. I bought an online deal - 10 classes for $19. Moving around from location ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 10:42:46 EST 15 fun things to try in November! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531815 Happy November! Here are a few things you could do to try and spice up this fall season! I always like to try new things with family and friends. Even when no one is available, I like to do some things on my own! Fall is here in my area (outside Philly) even though it keeps getting warm, and then cool and then warm and then cool again! The leaves are beautiful right now & there are some fun things I want to do this month. I know some Sparkers have snow already! Yikes! <BR> <BR> I was trying ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:44:37 EST Review of October & November Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527745 Happy Wednesday & Happy almost Halloween! I am not dressing up tomorrow at work because we have a client meeting. If I didn't have the meeting, I would probably wear my costume! <BR> <BR> Self Review of October: <BR> I reached my 1,500 fitness goal minutes for the month! I got about 1750 for the month. I am really happy with that! I think this Fall 5% Sparkteam is motivating me to push pretty hard! <BR> <BR> My 5K race went pretty well! Only one of my friends ran with me. I got 34:12. I ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:51:58 EST 5K race results & Halloween Party pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525443 Happy Monday. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. Mine was pretty good. I had a 5K race on Saturday, and I went to a Halloween party on Saturday night. <BR> <BR> The 5K race went pretty well! The course was mostly flat, and it was an out & back course. We ran across a dam and it was pretty windy near the lake! It was SO cold in the morning. I couldn't feel part of my left foot and my hands were so cold before the race! I had gloves and a jacket on before the race, but I didn't run with... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:05:28 EST Defending my eating habits to a "normal" person isn't easy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523205 Happy Friday. I am feeling a little overwhelmed right now. I feel GREAT in general today, but I am still a little torn about how to feel about how other people think of me when it comes to my strict diet. Here comes a long blog with some food struggles I am dealing with right now. If you don’t want to hear about it, don’t keep reading! It starts a bit negative, but I think it ends on a positive note! <BR> <BR> It is hard expressing my struggles to people when they aren't experiencing the sa... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:29:09 EST Cutting out my snack time is extremely difficult! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522267 If anyone has any advice on how to completely cut out snacks, please let me know. I have been trying to substitute "unhealthy" snacks with only healthy ones the best I can... <BR> <BR> I have been trying to snack less during this 5% weight loss challenge. Most of the time I make pretty good choices when I eat full meals. But... I do think sometimes I don't eat enough breakfast, lunch or dinner & it causes me to want to snack frequently during the day. I normally eat a snack around 10:30 - 11... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:13:58 EST I feel more like myself again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520219 Today is a good day. I am actually feeling more like myself again. I actually felt a little bit better after kickboxing last night! Kicking and punching a bag definitely relieves some stress! Over the past several days, I have had glimpses of my normal self, but I still had this foggy haze of stress hanging around. Even at the Renn Faire on Saturday, I would randomly feel pretty stressed out. I had a fun time, but the anxiety kept eating away at me. Although my identity theft situation is not... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:28:37 EST Saturday's Dinner Recipes & random 5% challenge update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514448 Happy Tuesday. My headache is still lingering from Sunday. Hopefully it goes away soon. I skipped cardio kickboxing last night because of it. I did a lot of walking yesterday to try to make up for it though. Hopefully the headache is gone by tomorrow because I don't want to miss my spin/barre class. <BR> <BR> The 5% Fall challenge is going ok so far. Fall is officially here! The weather is a bit cooler & the leaves are changing so much now! I have been feeling off because of the headache, b... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:46:57 EST My Dr says I don't have to lose more weight?? but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509757 If I don't lose more weight, I will still be considered Overweight on the BMI scale & waist measurement test. The scale at the Drs office showed me at 165 the other day (it could be because I ate breakfast and lunch and had a lot of water before the appt or who knows). When I was last there 2 1/2 years ago, I weighed 250. The Dr was amazed and said I don't have to lose more weight because I lost so much already. Honestly, it didn't bother me at the time, but now I am a little disappointed wit... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:57:41 EST 5% Fall Challenge Weight Loss Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506941 Happy Monday!! I found my old blog which was my 5% weight loss commitment from Winter 2012-2013! I looked up my last 5% challenge blog to see how much I have continued to do, and I also wanted to see what I still need to work on. Some things that used to be difficult in the past are now part of my daily routine. I can say no to butter and red meat as if I always said no to it - but it is still extremely difficult to say No to french fries and tortilla chips. <BR> <BR> So much has changed in ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 11:47:52 EST NSV - fitting into my old class ring! and my first spin class ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503309 The leaves are starting to change in my area. I love it, but that also means the cooler weather will be moving in again. It was a little chilly a few weeks ago, but then it has been over 80 degrees this week! I hope I don't get sick again because of this crazy weather! <BR> <BR> I got my HS class ring in 2003 when I graduated. ( I feel old!! ) We had our 10 year reunion over the summer, but I wasn't interested in going. Anyone I want to talk to from school - I still talk to! There are only a... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 09:25:58 EST Wrapping up Sept, October Goals & a new challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500207 Happy last day of September! The weather has been really nice and a bit cool. However, it is supposed to go back up to 85 this week so I hope I don't get sick again!! I reached my 1,500 fitness goal minutes for the month! I am so happy. I didn't think I would be able to do it because I was sick at the beginning of the month. Since I made it, I would like to reach the same for next month! I am still doing kickboxing twice a week and pilates once a week. I have 8 more pilates classes left. I di... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:01:49 EST New & Old Ways for me to stay Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497044 Happy Thursday, Sparkers! September 26th already?! What!?! Wow! <BR> <BR> My fitness minutes are at 1,275 right now. I would like to hit my 1,500 minutes goal by the end of this month! I have kickboxing Friday & Monday which will help a bit. If I want to hit the 1,500, I will HAVE to do some exercising on the weekend! <BR> <BR> Since I am not losing much weight & have been fluctuating on the scale the past few months, I have been trying to find new ways to keep my motivation level high. I ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:23:59 EST Am I boring? Maybe, but I am proud of myself anyway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488297 This blog was originally going to be able me being a boring person. I started writing about my friends with their super busy schedules. Bleh. But! I have had enough sad thoughts the past week. I deleted those paragraphs & here I am now. It is time I start feeling proud of who I am despite the things that make me not-so-happy. I am proud of who I am because I am doing the best I can with what I have. <BR> <BR> Since I was feeling a little lonely, I made a list of everything I have done the pa... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:06:48 EST Life is moving forward. I can't let myself be left behind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484633 Wow Sept 13th already. Friday the 13th! Oooooo! I wouldn't mind seeing a black cat though, because they are adorable :) <BR> <BR> Sometimes it seems like I am stuck or dragging my feet even when I am moving forward on paper. I have a lot of goals right now. I am reaching some of them, but I don't feel like I accomplished anything after I get there. I don't want to keep adding more goals, because I KNOW I Won't be able to complete all of them. But then again, I want to feel more satisfied. I... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:19:01 EST September Goals - Super Fitness for the next 10 weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474475 Happy September Sparkfriends! Here is a short blog about my goals for September! <BR> <BR> I reached my August goal of 1300 minutes - barely !!! I got 1328 for the month of August. Since I will be doing so much exercise this month, I want to reach a goal of 1500. Of course it is the 3rd already, and I am slacking BUT I should be able to do it!! I didn't get to play tennis, but I did try Frisbee golf and indoor archery! They were both very fun! I should be able to reach my goal with cardio k... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:57:13 EST (hopefully temporary) Dairy Free Lifestyle?! - yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469801 Happy Thursday Sparkers! I am at 1,178 fitness minutes so far in August - hopefully I hit my goal of 1300 minutes! I Will be going for a walk tonight if the weather is nice. Then maybe I will go for a run this weekend! I am watching the pups all weekend, so I can take them for long walks too! <BR> <BR> I am at 160 on the scale right now. I don't feel any bigger, and I am also not really upset with this. It could be the change in diet (see below) or it could be muscle? I nthe past two weeks I... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:50:21 EST 2nd Sparkversary! 92 lbs lighter, 200% healthier, and 500% happier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457117 <em>504</em> <em>252</em> <em>504</em> <em>304</em> <em>504</em> <em>9</em> <em>504</em> <em>381</em> <em>504</em> <BR> <BR> Most mornings come with a smile and a happy mood. At a restaurant, salmon or a grilled chicken sandwich with no cheese, mustard, and a whole wheat bun is the preferred meal. 5K training is once or twice a week & cardio kickboxing is every Wednesday. Who is this? It is ME! Sometimes I am still in shock on how much I have changed over the past two ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:24:52 EST Choosing another 5K - I may be running with someone?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446509 Happy Tuesday - sometimes it can be a Blues day. Other times is a Good News Day! Today I am have felt up & down all day! Crazy emotions day for me! <BR> <BR> I did my 5K training last night. I walk/jogged 2 miles in 22 minutes. I am pretty happy with that time. It has been a while since I was really out there! I have a new armband for my phone/music. It worked pretty well, except it started feeling really tight towards the end of the run. <BR> <BR> On the outside, I look like a real runner.... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 13:32:46 EST Fitness & Food summary for July. Plus August Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441123 Happy August, Sparkers! I put a few progress pictures at the end of the blog. I will take some more in a few weeks once I hit my 2nd Sparkversary! I don't have a lot of old pictures to choose from - I used to take pictures of many other things besides myself! <BR> <BR> I have to be honest with myself & to this community. I don't think I will reach my BMI healthy weight goal of 155 by my 2nd Sparkversary!!! Even though I really WANT to, I don't think I will get there. I have been trying to ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 13:30:38 EST Fun in and out of the Sun - pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429199 Hi Sparkers! I haven't had a lot of time to post on here lately. I am 28 now - but do I feel like 28? Most days I feel like I am 22. Other days when I feel really sore, I feel like I am 63! <BR> <BR> My vacation was a lot of fun. I went to the Buffalo Zoo, Niagara Falls (US and Canadian sides), a Lake Ontario cabin, Chimney Bluffs, beach, and mini golfing. We walked around so much on rocks, sand, gravel, dirt, etc. Even though I drank and ate a lot, I did so much exercise! I went kayaking to... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:08:23 EST July Goals and a big, fun To Do List! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409496 Happy almost 4th of July! My weekend was really fun although it was so busy! I posted some pictures of what I did below. Last week I helped my Aunt with a bridal shower project. I decorated the wicker chair with tulle and flowers - it took me 3 hours because we couldn't glue anything. I had to use wire to tack everything on tightly!! I put a picture of my cousin in the chair from the shower! Friday night I got so play some games & see the cats I used to have. The one orange cat, Sphinx, lets... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 10:14:45 EST Wrapping up June. July is coming so fast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404557 Happy Friday Sparkers! The end of June is approaching in a few days. I feel like I had a pretty successful month so far. I am tracking my food again, and I am being more strict in my food choices. I still snack, but I watch what I am eating. I ask myself if I am snacking because I am bored or if I actually feel like I need food. <BR> <BR> I had kickboxing last night. Now I have two different online deals at two places. Last night was the first intro class at the second place. They actually ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:38:05 EST My Motivation - Weight of common items - pictures attached http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402451 Since I started using Spark almost 2 years ago, I have lost a dishwasher!!! What I mean is, I lost 91 pounds so far which is the weight of some dishwashers! See below for some pictures of objects & their weights! I actually lost 94 pounds, but then I gained a few back! Without the help of this website, who knows what I would be doing right now. <BR> <BR> Random people tell me I am skinny now although I don't know if I believe them. I was shopping for clothes the other day, and a random wom... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:01:00 EST Cherry Jam recipe & Garden Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396339 Happy Thursday! <BR> Cardio kickboxing was awesome on Tuesday. I am definitely not as sore this time compared to after the first class! I have 8 more classes available at the one place. I also have 10 classes at another facility in a different town. By the end of August, I won't have any more bargain deals =( I can't afford to pay for their block deal because I don't have an extra $500! Even if I did the payment plan, I can't afford $150 each month right now. I wish I could force myself to ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:09:17 EST New Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392180 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> My weekend was pretty fun. Friday night there was a double rainbow! I didn't get a very good picture, but it was definitely a nice surprise to see! I went strawberry picking & tart cherry picking on Saturday morning. I froze half of the strawberries & I may try to make some cherry jam! I never did it before, but I am all about trying new things this year! When I woke up Saturday morning, I had a new kind of motivation. It wasn't forced - maybe that is why I feel diff... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:02:51 EST Need vs Want. Words vs Action. I Will vs Actually Doing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388165 Hi Sparkers! Happy Mid-June already! I am back from my Williamsburg trip which I took last week. We didn't get to see everything because of the 9 inches of rain we got from the Tropical Storm! I still had a good time though - some pictures are below. We went searching for toads/frogs in the rain. =) <BR> <BR> Lately I have been having a hard time with my journey. I don't have the urge to Spark as often as I used to. I still love this awesome community - but I have been focusing on other aspe... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:21:03 EST Scheduling Fitness & Fun despite the negativity. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373665 Happy Friday & Happy last day of May! This was another short week at work which is nice - but I can't believe it is Friday already! <BR> <BR> For about 4 years now, I carry a planner with me. Every day I write down what I did that day, when I worked, and what I have planned for the future. It is fun to look back and see everything I have done over the past year. For a while, I had a lot of exercise written down. Then I had tax season which didn't allow me a lot of extra time. After that end... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:58:12 EST June Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371738 Happy Wednesday! I had a super busy Memorial Day weekend! My boyfriend turned 30 so we did a lot of celebrating. We went to the aquarium with friends, played games, went to the Melting Pot, had a bbq, saw the new Star Trek, etc etc! Somehow I even had a lazy day - which was nice! I did gain 5 pounds in 5 days though! I ate A LOT of snacks and a lot at the Melting Pot- chocolate and dessert and cheese! Yikes! I am working my butt off this week to get back to 156 and hopefully I keep going and... Wed, 29 May 2013 17:16:02 EST Garden/Organic Party - Recipes & Pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363356 Happy Tuesday! I finally did Zumba last night! It was great. My shoulders and arms are a bit sore today though - but it is totally worth it =) After doing zumba, I really want to exercise more often. I feel really flabby lately, and I just need to push myself to do more exercise. Hopefully that will help me get to my healthy weight! <BR> <BR> The party on Saturday night was really fun! I had the Garden Trivia and everyone was laughing at how hard it was. It was a good time. Someone bought ch... Tue, 21 May 2013 11:25:53 EST Happy Wednesday! Random Blog - 5K results, Park & Craft Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357223 Good morning! I have a bridal shower next month. The first thing I did after reading it was wonder what the bride & groom registered for. The biggest reason I wanted to find out what I could buy them is so I can be creative with the gift idea. I don't normally like to just get a gift and give it. I like to jazz it up! I checked this morning to see what the two registries have. I might get a pitcher and put some recipe cards with it or decorate it somehow. I am not sure yet - I will have to th... Wed, 15 May 2013 09:48:08 EST Happy Monday! Weekend Update & Organic/Veggie/Fruit Recipes - have any recipe ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354971 Good morning. Hopefully everyone had a fantastic weekend. <BR> <BR> Saturday I went to the pet fair & went out to lunch with my Mom. Even though the weather was half rainy, I am glad they still had the fair open! It was great to see the dogs do the agility course! After the 5K yesterday, we went to the flea market. It was nice to be outside for half of the weekend!My 5K went well. It was the PERFECT day! It was sunny with a nice breeze. It was 60-62 degrees which was great. The race was in ... Mon, 13 May 2013 10:31:12 EST We should all give ourselves a big pat on the back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344402 It has been super slow at work this past week. Quarterly payrolls are done. April 15th is long gone now. The accountants still have work to do, but I have none right now. Since I have had free time, I have been browsing on Spark friend blogs again. I noticed about half of the blogs mention the words "scared" "worried" and/or "upset". <BR> <BR> We are all on Spark for a reason. Some of us want to fit into a dress for a wedding. Others want to lose their freshman 15. There are other Sparkers ... Fri, 3 May 2013 12:53:37 EST Official 5k race time: 33:53 - new PR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340654 Happy Tuesday! and Happy last day of April! Quick update for me! <BR> <BR> I finally got the results for the 5K race I did on Saturday. I think I did well because my family was there to support me. They did the 1 mile walk before the race and then waited for me to do the 5K. I had my music this time, so that definitely helped too. I got a new PR! I know the time doesn't matter too much because the main point is that I completed another race! But I am glad I did better. 33:53 woohoo. My old b... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:25:22 EST Why can't I find running pants with waist string? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336490 That was definitely a strange Blog Title - but it is true! I have been growing out of my old workout clothes again. Most of my tight-fitting workout pants are too big. When I run, they slide down. Only one pair has a string where I can tie them tight. I have been trying on new pairs of pants, and none of them have string on the waist! Even when I try on the smaller size, I jump up and down a few times and the pants just start to slide off of me. When I ran the 5K a few weeks ago, I had to lit... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:59:06 EST I have more free time but my Sparkpeople motivation is missing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331488 Happy spring everyone. It has been a while since I posted. <BR> <BR> I got all of my blood work results back - I don't have lyme disease. My iron is at 20 and it should be 40 or above? Also I have low Vit D. I have been taking iron and Vit D for the past 2 weeks. The Dr told me the Vit D would give me more energy in a few weeks. I don't know if I have more energy, but I do feel happier. Even in the mornings when I wake up, it is easier to get out of bed. Now I even smile in the morning inste... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:32:57 EST Happy April! I love this weather - Different goals this month & outside pics included! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308749 Thank you to everyone who has supported me! I really appreciate it. Every compliment and piece of advice and support really helps me going forward! Thank you! <BR> <BR> Normally every month I post my goals for the month. I have been very busy with work and my personal life. Instead of posting my normal goals, I just want to post about what I would like to accomplish this month and what I have planned. <BR> <BR> I have two 5K races. One is 4/7 and the other is 4/27. Since I have been on the ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 10:59:40 EST Walk in the park = tick bite & symptoms after. Yuck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299685 I had a pretty good weekend. The weather was sunny & not too bad on Saturday. I went to the park after work and walked around for 2 hours. Unfortunately, the next day I found a tick on the back of my neck. I did a quick check after the park, but apparently I missed one. Ugh! It really hurt when it was taken out. A few hours after taking it out, I started getting really tired and got an awful headache. I had a 99 fever - which isn't too bad... but I did have the chills for 2 hours before bed. ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:27:36 EST Adventure Weekend: Ice Skating & Rock Climbing Pictures included http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291166 I have been super busy with tax season. It is tough having just one full day off a week. One month left until it is over! The extra money is nice, but I still feel like I don't have enough time to relax sometimes! <BR> <BR> The weather was nice last weekend but then it snowed over the weekend a little bit & it is cold again! I haven't been home much to use the treadmill & I don't really want to run outside when it is so chilly! I know - excuses! <BR> <BR> Even though I haven't ran too much... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:23:42 EST