KMEYERRING1's SparkPeople Blog KMEYERRING1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community LiveFit - Day 2 After my first weight training day, I feel really good today. A little stiff this morning, but I have a lot of energy and the more I move around, cleaning, the stiffness is going away. I think I might like this weight training... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:03:48 EST Through the Years During my teen years, I was a very active, social person. Playing high school sports, enjoying boating, skiing, tubing, swimming...spending a lot of time with family and friends. <BR> <BR> In my early 20's, my only ambition was to find a man to love me (all of me) and get married. I didn't think about my job, my fitness, buying a house...nothing besides getting married. At age 23, I found my soul mate and we married at age 25. <BR> <BR> My late 20's and thru my 30's was all about havin... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:01:42 EST Kicking My Butt Started a new weight lifting program today. My son is helping me. I AM SO WEAK !! <BR> <BR> It was hard but felt good. Push-ups are the WORST. <BR> <BR> My goal for today was to get in the Arms & Chest weight lifting and I DID IT !! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:23:17 EST Looking Within Finding quiet time in my house is a chore in itself, but today, I took the day off from work so that is can look within and become attuned to the true needs of my spirit. <BR> <BR> The past month, I acknowledged some difficult truths about myself. My triggers for mindless munching of junk food, sleepless nights, lack of energy and an overall "yuck" feeling. To sum it up in one word, it's WORRY. Worrying about things that have already happened or what will come tomorrow. Worrying stresses... Wed, 28 May 2014 11:19:06 EST Memorial Day Honor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:29:21 EST Holiday Weekend...WooHoo Although our weekends are crazy busy, I love 'em !! We spend a lot of family time together, whether it's baseball games, cheer fundraisers, extended friends & family parties... <BR> <BR> and with this weekend being a holiday, we even get a day to re-coup. LOVE IT !! Fri, 23 May 2014 01:15:47 EST Strange Dreams The past few weeks have been sleepless nights for me. Tossing & turning, strange dreams that wake me up and just random awakening throughout the night. It all seemed to have caught up with me tonight. Got home from work and feel asleep on the couch for about 4 hours. My inner clock is just all off-whack. Hoping tonight will be better. I would love to just sleep through the night with no interruptions. Tue, 20 May 2014 23:59:38 EST Forgiveness I forgive myself today for eating oreos. <BR> <BR> I forgive myself today for not making time to do the Bootcamp video. <BR> <BR> I forgive myself today for not making more time to clean. <BR> <BR> I forgive myself today for watching too much TV. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 00:05:46 EST Here I go again Well I've been absent from SP for about a month and am now at my highest weight ever. The weight gain seemed like it happened over night. Stress eating, lack of exercise, lack of energy, all the terrible things that are causing self-pitty has now brought me to an even more depressing place when I look in the mirror. <BR> <BR> I need motivation and I feeling of self worth. I've been told I'm fat. I've been told I'm old. I've been told that I don't know how to have fun anymore. I'm 44 an... Mon, 19 May 2014 08:30:07 EST March BSG week 3...A Special Goodnight Daily OM <BR> <BR> A Special Goodnight <BR> Creating A Nightly Ritual <BR> <BR> At the end of the day, as the sweet, dark stillness of night beckons us to lay down our bones and rest, we find ourselves at a clear transition point: Behind us lies the previous day and all that has come before; ahead of us, dawn heralds the unfolding of all that is yet to be. While many of us have morning rituals that connect us with our center and help us to set intentions, we may want to explore the magic a... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:34:18 EST March BSG Wk 3 - Inspiring Women Do you have a famous woman in history that you look up to? If so, why? Is there a woman in your life now that you look up to?? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-who-changed-world.html </link> <BR> <BR> I don't have any historical women that I look up to, but I do have women of today that inspire me...Angelina Jolee, Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan and Meryl Streep. <BR> <BR> I admire these women for their dedication and compassion for humanitarian causes and career acco... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:12:16 EST A & I March BSG St. Patty's Celebration Do you, or have you ever, celebrated St. Patrick's Day and, if so, how? <BR> <BR> We don't really have a St. Patty's celebration tradition. When me and the hubby were younger, we did the pub crawls, but haven't done it in quite a few years. We will attend St. Patty's gatherings if the holiday lands on the weekend. <BR> <BR> Nothing too exciting, but wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:21:16 EST A&I March BSG Wk 2 - Spring Name your top 5 favorite things about Spring. <BR> The smell of rain <em>257</em> <BR> Beautiful blooming flowers <em>126</em> <BR> Opening up the house for fresh air <em>436</em> <BR> Spring cleaning <em>542</em> <BR> Walks with my puppy <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> How does Spring change up your routine, if any? <BR> <BR> I have more energy when Spring finally arrives. I do more cleaning, I get outside more and stay outside longer. I don't go to a gym My winter workouts... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:15:20 EST A&I March BSG Progress & Goals February had many challenges. My calories were usually within range, but the fitness time was low...not an all time low...but lower than what I wanted. I was really hoping for an early spring, but the wonderful Midwest winter decided to stick around. <BR> <BR> March looks hopeful !! I can tell it's starting to get warmer, the sun is rising earlier and setting later. I already feel better. Been able to get outside with the puppy a bit. So my goal for March...FITNESS !! <BR> <BR> <img s... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 23:31:14 EST What's Your Zodiac Sign I am a Taurus...April 20th thru May 20th. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Taurus zodiac signs and meanings, like the animal that represents them, is all about strength, stamina and will. Stubborn by nature, the Taurus will stand his/her ground to the bitter end (sometimes even irrationally so). But that's okay because the Taurus is also a loving, sympathetic and appreciative sign. The Taurus is very understanding and when we need some... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:46:01 EST A&I February BSD Wk 3 Blog about your favorite type of cardio, how about your least favorite? <BR> <BR> My favorite type of cardio is dancing. Any type of workout that incorporates dancing, I enjoy doing. I think it's because it doesn't get old and the music is good. I like to move to music when I'm doing housework, so I'm getting two things done at one time. With the right kind of music, I can speed through the housework and it's done before I know it. <BR> <BR> My least favorite cardio workout is a basic w... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:49:09 EST A&I Feb. BSG Week 2: A-Z About Me A is for Age: 43 <BR> <BR> B is for Booze: Wine...always Wine <BR> <BR> C is for Cat: We have a black cat with green eyes...his name is Slick. <BR> <BR> D is for Dog: We have a 2 yr old puppy...yorkie/havaneese...his name is Sammy. <BR> <BR> E is for Eggs: Yes, I love them...fried, scrambled, boiled (mmmm) <BR> <BR> F is for Food: My favorite is Italian...with Wine...of course. <BR> <BR> G is for Goof off thing to do: jump out and scare my kids. <BR> <BR> H is for Hats: Never we... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:06:43 EST Early Valentines Hubby and I went on an early valentine date last night. A great seafood dinner and wine, then a movie. Dinner was grilled scallops and shrimp, asparagus and a California spring and berry salad, wine as Pinot Grigio (mmm) and the movie was American Hustle. We had a nice, quite time together, something that doesn't happen often with our busy schedules. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 16:38:01 EST A & I Feb. BSG Week 1 Blog Blog about your progress the past month and your goals for this month. <BR> <BR> Well the past month has been extremely slow moving. I took a break from SP for about 4 months then decided to recharge in Jan. February is going to be a big push. <BR> <BR> My goals for this month... <BR> <BR> Lose 5 pounds for the month of February...HOW??? <BR> <BR> Track my calories...every single cheating. <BR> <BR> Stay within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> With February being cardio month, get... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 18:20:53 EST Little Life Sometimes I realize that my life is just a very small part of the day and all the small irritations really don't mean ANYTHING, in the big picture. Today is one of the days I see this. A past friend has a son my son's age and her son has been struggling with cancer the past two years, yesterday they found more cancer spots. My heart goes out to this family and every time I read their updates and there is bad news, my eyes swell with tears. Since my son is his same age, I can't image copin... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:03:51 EST Tangled Self Starting my life-changing journey is not only about my fitness and eating habits. I've come to realize that I have strong triggers that I deal with in a not-so-healthy way. I need to learn how to deal with these triggers in order to make a health shift. <BR> <BR> How I hope to feel as a result of clearing what no longer serves and supports me, peace, freedom and relief. <BR> <BR> What I hope to let go of is...negative thoughts and a restless mind. <BR> <BR> What I hope to attrac... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:53:12 EST Brrrr The first weekend in 2014 and it's definitely a cold one. Planning on staying in and reading a good book...Fifty Shades...I'm on the second. <BR> <BR> New Years Eve was very nice. Hubby and I stayed at the Casino to celebrate, and with some good luck, managed to leave the next morning with winnings in our pockets. It was a fun night, lots of walking too so that was good. <BR> <BR> I'm still working on getting enough fitness into my days. I get a little but I need to do more, it's ju... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:29:08 EST Smiles What a nice night. Got to spend some one-on-one time with my son, which never happens now that he's 17. We talked and laughed. Watch TV together, ate dinner together. My daughter came home late from a friends house and hubby got home late from work. <BR> <BR> It's a stressful time for my hubby because it's year end. His customers are waiting till the last minute to decide how to invest/spend their profits. Lots of paperwork to get in before the 1st. Of course they all want to go for... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:52:31 EST Peaceful Sunday Well it's noon already and quiet here. Hubby is taking an afternoon nap and the kids are in their rooms enjoying their Christmas gifts. I've done some crunches but am still in my pjs. <BR> <BR> I'm just trying to stay positive and looking at the joy of each day. If I think too much about tomorrow or the future, it's too stressful. To go into each morning with no expectations, maybe I'll have less disappointments. Just take each moment as it comes. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:01:47 EST New Year...New Start The new year is almost here. What to start with? I need a lot of help in every aspect of my job, my eating, my exercise, my energy, my relationship with my husband. It all can use some very needed improvement. <BR> <BR> It's a lot to ask for a new year, but I need to tackle each of these with a positive, go-for-it attitude. Will improving one area of my life help the others move to a better place?...I don't know. So maybe I should blog about how each is going. <BR> <BR> Today... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:45:41 EST Insanity The definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and over again expecting different results. <BR> <BR> Be the change you want to see in the world. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 09:35:32 EST Getting back on track I've been gone for a few months and I'm ready to jump back in! I've had some tough months recently and have been feeling sorry for myself...binge eating, no exercise, depression. I've been punishing myself. It's time to stop and get back to enjoying my life. <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 16:35:52 EST Be The Change <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Tree of Life <BR> <BR> <BR> This tree <BR> Is not only a tree <BR> It is a freindly tree, <BR> that is always watching over you. <BR> This tree <BR> Is not only a tree <BR> It is a magical tree. <BR> That makes miracles happen, <BR> Hopes become realaties, <BR> And nevers become alwayses. <BR> This tree <BR> Is not only a tree, <BR> It is where everything started. <BR> It is the tree of life. <BR> <BR... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:22:31 EST September A&I BSG Asters..FALL, it's a wonderful time of year. The first day of Fall is Sunday, September 22, what do you like best about Fall/Autumn? <BR> <BR> I love autumn! The colors, the weather, the smells, the cool nights, everything about it makes me feel alive and loving life. <BR> <BR> Here a picture says a thousand words... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:31:24 EST You Are Special <img src=""> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:41:49 EST Don't Worry...Be Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday's don't last forever. <link> </link> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 07:33:29 EST Asters...A&I September BSG Week 1 Blog about your progress the past month and your goals for this month. <BR> <BR> Progress has been slow. I'm in the time of year when everything and everyone else's problems come first to take care...mine are at the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Now with August over, the kids settled in school, after school activities arranged and all yearly appointments taken care of, I'm hoping to have time to focus on myself. <BR> <BR> Making time for fitness is my number one priority. August was hect... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:05:24 EST Favorite Fitness Activity - A&I BSG Week 3 What is your favorite fitness activity and Why? Your least favorite? Is there anyway you could learn to like it? <BR> <BR> My favorite fitness activity is walking. I love to walk either around a track with my favorite motivational songs, or around the neighborhood early in the morning before all the mowers start. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My least favorite fitness activity is sit-ups and I don't think there is any way for me to lear... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:16:53 EST Why did you join Sparkpeople? For the A &I BSG Challenge, today's blog is "Why did you join Sparkpeople?" <BR> <BR> I joined because I needed something different. At first I just used the calorie tracker for a few months, then I created my SparkPage and joined a couple of challenges. From then, SP has been just what I need. <BR> <BR> I joined to start a journey to find myself, to understand myself better and of course loose a few pounds. But mostly I want to be happy and free from being disappointed. <BR> <BR> <img... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:02:39 EST Progress Blog about your progress the past month and your goals for this month. (A&I August BSG Challenge) <BR> <BR> The month of July was extremely busy. We had a lot of High school baseball, Cheerleading camp, vacation and a family reunion. I didn't keep track of goals or accomplishments so I'm not sure how successful I was. But August will be a much calmer schedule and I'm starting it off good so far. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> <BR> Track,track,track! <BR> <BR> 30 minutes of fitness a day! <BR>... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 13:13:02 EST Team Support First, I changed my page colors, I didn't know that my previous color choice was black on black so hopefully these colors work better. <BR> <BR> This week's challenge for A&I BSG July is to blog about "Write about why you joined the Aspire & Inspire Team." <BR> <BR> I joined this team because of the monthly Buddy Support Group challenges. These team members give so much encouragement and motivation it helps keep me focused. With my crazy schedule, focus on myself always comes last but eve... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:42:18 EST Summertime Memories A&I BSG July Challenge...Write about your favorite summertime childhood memory(s)... <BR> <BR> My favorite summertime memory is camping with my parents and their friends. When my brother and I were young, my parents used to go camping a lot. I loved the camp fire, s'mores, getting up at sunrise to take the boat out and ski. Mornings were the best for skiing, the water was so smooth, just like glass. I loved water skiing. Then coming back to the camp site for eggs and bacon and getting ba... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:03:08 EST Summertime Fun A&I BSG Challenge - Wk3...Write about your favorite summertime activity and/or vacation. <BR> <BR> My favorite summertime activity is baseball. I love baseball, love watching the game, taking stats, and my most precious...watching my son play. <BR> <BR> Our summer is consumed with baseball, no time for vacations. It's been this way since my son was 9 years old...he's 16 now. We usually take a vacation between baseball and football, but if baseball goes onto state, then football starts ri... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 17:19:52 EST Favorite Quotes Life is all about the little decisions you make everyday. You can't change the decisions of the past, but every new day is another opportunity to make the right ones. <BR> <BR> ~~Bernajoy Vaal quotes <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 03:34:05 EST Monday Inspiration <img src=""> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 03:10:41 EST A&I July Wk 2 Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SUNFLOWER TEAM <BR> <BR> List 5 things in your life that makes it complicated and/or stressful and what you could do, if anything, to make it less complicated and/or stressful. <BR> <BR> My daily stress comes from the following (I can only think of 4 big ones): <BR> <BR> 1) Work <BR> 2) Traffic <BR> 3) High School Coaches <BR> 4) Pushy Parents <BR> <BR> These stress triggers had caused anxiety attacks for... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 03:04:37 EST A&I July Wk 1 Challenge Blog about your progress the past month and your goals for this month. <BR> <BR> June was not a good month for me. Everything was off track, which only leaves improvement for July. <BR> <BR> I haven't given up nor did I quit. I'm just picking up the pieces and moving forward. <BR> <BR> My goals for July are to get back on track with my exercise, improve eating my fruits and veggies and increase my water intake. <BR> <BR> I really need to work on my guilty feelings for taking time out fo... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 01:54:57 EST Here I Go New Day...New Start <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 11:42:22 EST Changes Well this has been a crazy month, lots of changes for me. My career has taken front stage as we are going through an organizational change. It's consuming my time and I have to admit, my healthy journey has definitely taken a back seat. Not where I planned to be with my 1 year goal. <BR> <BR> My family life is good, BUSY, but good. I've been struggling to keep my family first (above my career) but sometimes I have to I can't be there cause I have to work. Just breaks my heart... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:11:54 EST What makes me feel like I've accomplished something today? Small things make me feel accomplished, satisfied, and gives me a warm feeling when I hit the sheets that night. <BR> <BR> Things like... <BR> <BR> waking up the first time the alarm goes off...not hitting snooze <BR> seems silly...but getting a "rock star" parking spot in my work parking lot <BR> finishing the laundry (very rarely this is huge) <BR> cleaning the weeds out of my flower garden <BR> shampooing my carpets <BR> a nice summer night at my son's baseball game <BR> tak... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:21:26 EST My Favorite Healthy Recipe My favorite recipe is very simple, mixed fruit salad. <BR> <BR> Strawberries <BR> watermelon <BR> cantelope <BR> bananas (added right before eating) <BR> pinapple <BR> grapes <BR> <BR> topped with glazed walnuts. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> very refreshing and light. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:56:32 EST May Flowers / June Sun My progress the past month was slow, turtle's pace. Consistency was low, I did a little here and a little there, but a nice routine was missing. <BR> <BR> I did spend a lot of time working on the inner me and I think I found a good place. A place where I can handle my stress with ease, knowing that what used to cause stress and pain in my life is just the world's constant chaos...always the phrase "this too shall pass" became my theme. <BR> <BR> Trying to maintain balance a... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 02:18:59 EST Wow...yesterday was a blow out Talk about emotional binge eating, yesterday was my worst. 2 little Debbie pies, peanut butter filled crackers, chips, cookies and Chinese food for 10:30 pm. <BR> <BR> It didn't help me feel better so I hope I learned something. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 18:58:34 EST Mini Boosters This is a good SP article with ideas of boosting your fitness on busy days. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1557 </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Drink a tall glass of water <BR> 2. Twist it out <BR> 3. Take a deep breath <BR> 4. Do 20 jumping jacks <BR> 5. Smile <BR> 6. Go outside <BR> 7. Put on a favorite song <BR> 8. Sit up straighter <BR> 9. Be grateful <BR> 10. Tell a joke <BR> 11. Do 10 pushups <BR> 12. Encourage someone <BR> 13. Set ... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:50:09 EST Things that make me smile... My kids <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My hubby (mostly laugh) <BR> A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together. ~James H. Boren <BR> <BR> My puppy <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A nice rainy day with the family <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And of course, beautiful flowers <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sat, 25 May 2013 12:30:56 EST