KMIRANDA2000's SparkPeople Blog KMIRANDA2000's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm gettin there (picture) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Inch by inch, day by day, pound by pound...what a journey this has been. I took this picture of myself last weekend before leaving for the gym. I didn't like the picture at the time. Almost deleted it instantly. All I could see were the areas that still need work...loose skin, tummy bulge, big butt...and then I looked at it again this morning and thought...hmmm...I've come a long way. I need to really focus on the... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:01:39 EST Early weigh in brings much happiness!! My official weigh in is Tuesday mornings, but something made me want to get on this morning for a sanity check and OMG!!! I was 179.2 this morning! Never ever in my adult life have I weighed in the 170's. Last time I weighed this much I was in high school and that was after some stupid starvation diet. I am just in major shock, awe, and teffically motivated to continue on this path forever. Just thought I'd share. Wishing you all health and happiness. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:33:51 EST Me? SP's Motivator of the Day??? Although I didn't look like Miss America when I woke up this morning, I sure felt like Miss America when I checked my phone to discover that I was chosen as SparkPeople's Motivator of the Day. Wow! What an incredible honor. I have SparkPeople and all of you to thank for my success. It's been a long journey full of ups and downs, but since joining SparkPeople in June 2009 it's been mostly downhill weight-wise, but uphill health-wise...if that makes sense. <BR> <BR> You know how they say you d... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:30:20 EST It's been a long time since I Sparked!! Hi friends...even though I have taken several months away from SparkPeople, I hadn't forgotten how important it is to stay tuned into a healthy lifestyle. My health has been in the forefront of my mind and I have made great strides the past few months. Before the summer, I made a confession that I had regained weight and that I was very unhappy with that. I've had a lifetime of ups and downs on the scale and had never adopted a healthy forever lifestyle, but I'm very happy to report today tha... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:53:34 EST Vacation - Day Seven and a book recommendation Today is our final full day here in the Finger Lakes and I think we're just gong to take it easy. We've been going and adventure after another. Tomorrow is the long drive home so it's probably best if we rest up. It's been a great week. <BR> <BR> So for that book, it's not 50 shades of sister was reading that and said that the first few sex scenarios were intriguing but then it got old. LOL My book is called A Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock. ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:41:58 EST Vacation - Day Five Wowee!! We traveled so much the past two days. We started yesterday off with horseback riding which was fun, but my butt looks way too mig up on a horse! Next we went to an alpaca farm...cute animals. Finally we drove to Niagara Falls and got him at almost 2 am. Up early today and drove to see our former next door neighbor, Mrs. Fish. We've missed her so much and it was so good to see her. She cried when we left. Ready for a steak and potato dinner! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:41:00 EST Vacation - Day Three A huge challenge today. We went hiking...I prefer to call it mountain climbing, Honestly I cannot believe I did it. We hiked down a gorge and then once you go to the bottom, you have to come up. All in all we hiked for four hours. This was one of the most challenging feats of my life. So happy to make it back up to the top. Saw some gorgeous waterfalls along the way. Will definitely post pictures, but probably not until we get back home since the internet is a struggle here. <BR> <BR> Than... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 18:44:14 EST Vacation - Day Two Great day today...woke up early and hiked with hubby and my nephew PJ. We went far! Came back to the house, made a huge Father's Day breakfast for the guys and then headed to church. When we got back, we went up to the lake to swim. I wasn't so sure I'd go in the water. I'm weird about living things being in the water with me. I definitely prefer pools, but I braved it and it was so much fun. Dinner tonight was delicious. My only downfall was the popcorn while we were playing cards...such a w... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:01:40 EST Vacation - Day One It was a long ride, but we made it to the Finger Lakes, NY. Beautiful property. I'll try to post pics during the week, but the internet reception here is sketchy. My hope is to fit in plenty of exercise, eat well, and return home without a weight gain. Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:43:46 EST Jersey Shore I had a client here from Minnesota and when I was getting ready to leave the office she said " far away is the Jersey Shore house?" How could I disappoint someone when their wish is to see the Jersey Shore house? So off we went. Not only did we see the house, Karma, the Shore Store. We bought shirts there and saw Ronnie, the Situation and J Wow, too. Here's a pic of me in my work clothes on the beach. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 06:27:14 EST Jersey Shore I had a client here from Minnesota and when I was getting ready to leave the office she said " far away is the Jersey Shore house?" How could I disappoint someone when their wish is to see the Jersey Shore house? So off we went. Not only did we see the house, Karma, the Shore Store. We bought shirts there and saw Ronnie, the Situation and J Wow, too. Here's a pic of me in my work clothes on the beach. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:31:08 EST A healthy treat for my co-workers This morning on my way to work, I stopped in at Produce Junction. It's one of those places where you can buy fruit and veggies in bulk. I could never finish all of it before it goes bad, so I brought it in to work and made a lovely arrangement of peaches, oranges, blueberries and strawberries on my desk. I sent an email to everyone in my part of the office inviting them to come enjoy and they sure did! Office office donuts!! Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:16:17 EST One by one, my commitments are going bye bye Yay!! I was way overcommitted a month ago, but now a lot of my volunteer commitments are ending for the summer. I need the break! I have been so busy that this morning I made two wrong turns going to work. My mind was elsewhere. I actually laughed at myself when I realized I was off track...funny. <BR> <BR> Tonight is appreciation night for Bookmates. That's a program where regular people like me read to school kids. I've had this darling boy DeSean all school year and read with him every Fr... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:28:00 EST I impressed myself yesterday! I underestimated my endurance and strength. I still can't believe I did it! Instead of driving to my parents' house, we rode our bikes. 10 miles...go me!!! Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:29:30 EST Lovely Sunday morning Nice and relaxing...just the way a Sunday should be. Maybe a little bike ride today. <BR> Enjoy yourself today. <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> Kathy Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:33:00 EST I'm starving right now... and have no access to food. I'm in a board meeting. Lunch isn't for another hour. I had oatmeal early today, the snack provided was not worthy of the calories and I am ill prepared with a worthy snack. I know I'll survive, but you can bet that I'll prepare better in the future. Allowing myself to get this hungry is not conducive to making wise food choices. I'll drink more water and I will survive until lunch time, but lesson learned. Sat, 9 Jun 2012 11:36:04 EST Holy moly I'm tired!!! Had a full day board meeting here in DC. Had a couple food temptations, but resisted. Soft pretzels...a huge weakness for me. I passed them up. Funny, but one of my male board members said "You know those things are 6 points on Weight Watchers?" Ha ha ha! <BR> <BR> At dinner tonight I ordered the grilled cod and it was delicious. The saying is true..."Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels"...not that I'm thin, but I understand the saying now. <BR> <BR> Night all, <BR> Kathy Fri, 8 Jun 2012 23:13:20 EST I quit the clean plate club!! I no longer feel guilty if food is left on my plate when I'm done...yay me!! Thu, 7 Jun 2012 22:01:07 EST Portion control After all these years, it's still something I struggle with...portion control. I am way more conscious of this now than in years past, but I still sometimes eat to the point when I'm feeling uncomfortable. Anyone else? Wed, 6 Jun 2012 11:13:48 EST Wendy's has sweet potatoes now!!! Yay!! I love sweet potatoes and now in a pinch, I can get one at Wendy's instead of making one myself. Just skip the cinnamon & sugar and it's a healthy snack. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 21:00:14 EST I sure am tired today... need a weekend to get over my weekend!!! Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:02:18 EST A very special Sunday Today we celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary. We took them to a Camden Riversharks and then to a park where they renewed their vows. The five of us kids are really blessed to have such loving parents, <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My food choices were difficult today. I don't think I did horribly, but I did eat a hamburger and a few fries for lunch and then for dinner we had pizza. Did a lot of walking and stair climbing ... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 21:34:34 EST The day isn't over yet Got up at 5 to finish painting DD's bedroom before heading to 9am Jazzercise. Got my nails done, went grocery shopping, came home and napped for an hour. Went to 4 pm mass with DH, then over to mhy parents to help them move some heavy items. Went to Wendy's for dinner (hey...they sell baked sweet potatoes now!) and then came home. Waiting for DH's flight to come in and pick her up at 11:30 from Philly airport. Next stop...bed!!! Sat, 2 Jun 2012 22:24:15 EST We did it again! DH & I walked at 5:30 this morning and it was chilly out! Brrr...not really...probably in the high 50's but since it's been so hot lately it felt cold. Anyway, I'm not crazy about the less sleep thing, but I'm loving the fresh start to the day and the way I feel afterwards. <BR> <BR> Happy weekend all! Fri, 1 Jun 2012 15:10:31 EST Early morning walking Instead of walking after dinner, we walked at 5:30 this morning. Not sure I want to get up earler every morning, but it was a really peaceful start to the day. Thu, 31 May 2012 21:55:36 EST Lovin' veggies!!! I went to Whole Foods with a friend today. I was planning on getting a salad for lunch, but when I saw all the grilled veggies, I decided against salad and chose a beautiful variety of colorful veggies instead. I had roasted sweet potato, beets, brussel sprouts, asparagus, cabbage, and much more. I added a scoop of quinoa and a few slices of grilled chicken. What a satisfying lunch! Wed, 30 May 2012 22:18:06 EST Tuesday is already done! The work day flew by! Off for a walk with DH and then a dinner of turkey burgers, sweet potato fries and veggies. Darn those sweet potato fries. They're so good. I really need to make them myself instead of buying the frozen bag. <BR> <BR> Night all! Tue, 29 May 2012 17:08:29 EST The girl with no plans for today suddenly had too many plans! I woke up happy knowing I didn't have any real plans today...and then the phone mother. I had just talked to her the night before when she invited me to go out for the day with her and my aunt. I said no thank you...I really wanted to stay home and do nothing today. After a few minutes, she guilted me into DH and I quickly did our mile and half loop, I showered and before I knew it, my Mom was here. <BR> <BR> We went to Panera Bread for lunch. I got a cup of tomato soup ... Mon, 28 May 2012 18:06:13 EST A relaxing Sunday Started out with an awesome breakfast. Egg Beaters Southwestern style, rye bread, cottage cheese and strawberries <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm very hot outside today, but we did venture out to a nursery where they had some farm animals. Here's DH with Rosie the goat. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And here is the star of the show...Bob the baby emu. He's only a few months old and ve... Sun, 27 May 2012 18:07:05 EST Love ice cream? <em>76</em> <em>76</em> <em>76</em> <em>76</em> <em>76</em> <em>76</em> <em>76</em> <em>76</em> <em>76</em> <em>76</em> <BR> <BR> Me too and I just found an item that will allow me to eat the whole pint for 150 calories!!! It's called Arctic Zero and so far I've only been able to find it at Whole Foods. I chose Cookies and Cream and my DH chose peanut butter chocolate. I think they have 6 or so other flavors. They are a bit on the expensive side...$4 per pint, but I don't care. Gu... Sat, 26 May 2012 19:41:05 EST Sparktastic weekend ahead Started out with a delicious salad recommended by JERZRN. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Bed of spinach with chicken, strawberries and feta. <BR> <BR> Speaking of feta...going to the Greek festival tonight with Terri289! <em>647</em> <BR> <BR> See what I mean? Sparktastic!! Fri, 25 May 2012 16:54:58 EST Back to tracking my food It just works for me personally. Before it goes into my mouth, it gets written down or logged on my tracker. Makes me accountable. I write down my exercise and my water intake too. Whatever works, right? Thu, 24 May 2012 14:43:04 EST More drama at work but it was a great food day and a good workout tonight at Jazzercise. When we did a song and kickboxed, I had two women in mind and kicked extra hard. LOL <BR> <BR> Night! Wed, 23 May 2012 22:55:18 EST Things didn't go as planned today From the moment I walked into work today, I had staff drama. One gave me her notice. She wants to start her own business. One was complaining about another one and one blatantly skipped the staff meeting that is held every Tuesday at 10. When I asked her why she didn't come, she said it wasn't on her calendar. Hmmm...found out later that she was avoiding being in the same room with the other person. So childish. <BR> <BR> Then I went to donate platelets this afternoon and the tech couldn't ... Tue, 22 May 2012 22:13:22 EST Whoops...there goes Monday! Like a flash, the Monday work day is gone and I'm heading out and to Jazzercise. Have a good night all! <BR> <BR> P.S. Eat a healthy dinner! Mon, 21 May 2012 16:13:34 EST A whole new form of exercise for me (Video) I don't know what this video game was called, but I played with my nieces and nephews today and worked up a sweat!!! Sun, 20 May 2012 22:22:20 EST I love the Goodwill store!!! I found the most adorable shirts today for this summer.. <em>244</em> <BR> I am addicted to shopping there. It's like a treasure hunt. I bought 8 complete outfits for $45. If you haven't tried it, do it!! <BR> <BR> Other than that, went to Jazzercise this morning, had lunch with a friend and dinner with DH and DD. Goodnight all! Sat, 19 May 2012 23:03:58 EST It all came together today Thank you, God! I found a contractor who can do the job within our budget. This guy was my #1 pick but he had a job to complete all next week so ours would have had to wait a week. Well his other job needs to postpone for a week and we got that opening! What a huge relief. <BR> <BR> Also, there's been a legal situation I've been dealing with at work for the past couple of months and it ended this morning...the other party had decided not to pursue further action and they put it in writing.... Fri, 18 May 2012 22:12:48 EST A bit sore still, but back to working out I did give myself the night off last night...I was overexerted on Tuesday. The back of my arms and my right foot are still quite achy, but it's tolerable. I don't think I'll ever attempt another home repair/demolition like that. <BR> <BR> So DD has been home from college for a week and she is living in the living room (no pun intended) because her room is completely gutted. Its been difficult finding someone to rebuild the room. One guy gave me an estimate and when I called to accept, he sai... Thu, 17 May 2012 21:49:37 EST Oh my aching everything!!! I rarely take pain reliever, but I needed it this morning. After a full day of demolishing our daughter's bedroom and going up and down a ladder, I am sore throughout. I am doubting whether or not to go to Jazzercise tonight because my right foot is just throbbing. You know I never skip. Guess I'll have to wait and see. Hoping to bounce back from this one. Wed, 16 May 2012 11:43:56 EST I logged in heavy cleaning today I took the day off from work to gut our daughter's bedroom...OMG...everything hurts right now, but its done and ready for the rebuilding. Night folks. Tue, 15 May 2012 21:40:44 EST Weekend eating was decent for a change (and a pic) When I'm not on my weekday routine, I tend to get off track with eating, but this past weekend wasn't bad at all. In Lancaster on Saturday, I had a delicious Amish dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and lima beans (not something I think to buy at home). Yesterday for Mother's Day, we had a bbq at my parent's house. I had a hamburger, salad, and a bit of this corn & bean salsa. I found the recipe on <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=227577 </li... Mon, 14 May 2012 12:00:17 EST Mothers Whether she did a good job raising you or not, she probably did the best she could with the skills she had, so let go of any resentments. Life's too short. Happy Mother's Day, friends. Sun, 13 May 2012 19:58:34 EST Up early and ready to start the day! We're heading to Lancaster, PA of our favorite places to go...relaxing. It's a beautiful, sunny morning so it'll be fantastic there on the country backroads. Gotta go to Jazzercise first though...being good to myself. Enjoy your day. Sat, 12 May 2012 08:11:29 EST And so goes another work week... Here we are at Friday once more...a reason to celebrate...but not with overindulging in drink and food. Let's be good to ourselves this weekend. Let's try to get in more exercise, more fruits and vegetables, more laughing and more sleep. Can we do it? Yes, we can!! Fri, 11 May 2012 15:43:00 EST Just about bedtime it's been a looong day! My body is tired, but I didn't skip Jazzercise. I showed up and got through it. It wasn't my best workout, but I did work out for one hour which is more than I did a few years ago. Progress not perfection. Thu, 10 May 2012 21:49:43 EST Jury duty today It's never a good time to be called to serve, but thankfully it's one day only. Other things to be grateful for...they have free wifi and a little coffee stand so I can replenish my coffee when needed. For today, I'm okay. Brought plenty to read and of course, I get to Spark! <BR> <BR> Congrats all...we made it to Wednesday! Wed, 9 May 2012 09:38:37 EST My baby girl comes home today... and now she is officially a college sophomore. Did that time fly by or what? She's on her way home right now and has requested the "picky meal" for her homecoming dinner. The picky meal is all appetizers...yummy! <BR> <BR> Have a good night all! Tue, 8 May 2012 18:26:56 EST A day to myself and nothing to show for it and that's exactly what I needed. Goodnight. Mon, 7 May 2012 22:19:10 EST Celebrating Mother's Day today (pics) with my Mom and Mother-in-Law. We started doing this about 10 years ago...celebrating with our moms the week before Mother's Day so that on actual Mother's Day, I can do what I want to do. Works great. <BR> <BR> So, the moms came with us to church and then to teach my last CCD class. Then we jumped in the car and headed to get our daughter from college and went to the Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA. Wow! Everything was in full bloom and the treehouse exhibits were beautiful. Enjoy the pics! <B... Sun, 6 May 2012 22:05:17 EST