KOKITTY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KOKITTY KOKITTY'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/ Happy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353597 Today was an absolutely spectacular day. And the great mood and happy feelings lasted all day long without fail. <BR> <BR> This morning was the Boulder Prix 5k, a qualifier for the Bolder Boulder 10k on Memorial Day. I already have my registration for my wave in the BB, but I was signed up for the Boulder Prix from a race 3-pack I got last year. The race was hillier than I expected, and I thought I was going to do poorly since I'm sore and haven't let my body rest as much as I should the las... Sat, 11 May 2013 23:57:47 EST Rainy Day Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349224 I'm feeling somewhat bummed about the rain today. Usually I love rain. But today I was loving the sunshine. I was excited to run after I got off work. I had the perfect plan: Get off work at 5, get home by 5:30 and walk the dogs, run from 5:45 to 6:25, meet my friend who's in town visiting at 6:30 for coffee, then go home, prep what I need for my bootcamp tomorrow morning, and go to bed by 9:30. <BR> <BR> What actually happened: Get off work at 5:10, fight traffic home and get home by 5:50, ... Tue, 7 May 2013 23:11:07 EST Summer Lovin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345289 Summer is right around the corner it feels like. Each weekend the weather seems warmer, sunnier, and I'm getting more and more excited to get out and be active. I'm feeling more motivated to eat better so that I'm not feeling sluggish when it's hot out too! <BR> <BR> I'm excited for the Farmers Market to begin so I can buy fresh local veggies, ripe peaches and apricots, delicious corn, and fresh bread. <BR> I'm excited to go hiking, to take long walks outside in the sunshine whether they're ... Sat, 4 May 2013 11:50:21 EST Three Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327066 Amidst a stressful day I wanted to take some time to find at least three things about my day that I enjoyed or was grateful for... <BR> <BR> Bootcamp in the morning. It feels good to be working hard again, and being done in the morning gives me an energized feeling all day that I enjoy. <BR> <BR> Cuddly puppy. At first the dogs were getting in my face, which was starting to get frustrating. But I just made the bed up with fresh blankets for bed, and my pup is already warming it up for me an... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 23:51:08 EST Boot Camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327021 Two days of 6am bootcamp done. <BR> <BR> It's not as hard as I thought it would be to get up and get moving for class. Granted, I've actually been going to bed at a semi-reasonable hour the last few nights, which I'm sure helps. <BR> <BR> KISAKATT had suggested I be sure to have everything prepped the night before. I've put that into practice so far, having my bag ready to go, so all I have to do when I wake up is toss on my gym clothes and head out. Preparedness is not always my strong sui... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:59:10 EST Boot Camp or Bust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320257 I've been whining about missing my boot camp class a lot lately. I'm just not as good about working out when I don't have a designated group activity. Especially when it comes to strength training. All I've been doing is running, which is great in that I've been running regularly, but sucky in that I'm not giving myself variety. I miss my Monday night gossip sessions with KISAKATT at our bootcamp, even though I enjoy the Swing dance class that has replaced it for now. <BR> <BR> Was really st... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:45:27 EST Spring Fever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305365 I'm so excited it's Spring. Summer is right around the corner, and all I can think of is green grass, mountains, colorful flowers, warm days, and delicious fresh foods from the Farmers Market. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Easter, and while I don't celebrate traditionally (grew up Jewish, currently practice no religion) I can't help but want to BAKE! And run! It's supposed to be a beautiful day. I have new trail running shoes I haven't gotten to put to any use yet, so I'm hoping to give them a try t... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 12:56:23 EST Spring Abs Personal Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303608 I have decided to make this Spring a personal 'Spring Abs Challenge'! Time to eat clean, work harder, and prep that midsection for those Summer bikinis! <BR> <BR> This is my status for today. I am sick of my tummy chub. It's gone down significantly, which I'm super happy about. But I haven't worked as hard the last few months to get rid of it. <BR> It's Spring. Time for some Spring (body) cleaning. Time to buckle down and eat healthier, eat within range, eat more fruits and veggies, more wa... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:14:10 EST Fizzy Soda and Other Tricks of the Trade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298178 Figures that after I talk about how I've been overeating, need to get on track with eating less and eating better, I get sick. Food poisoning I'm pretty sure. <BR> <BR> I was doing a great job yesterday with staying in my calorie limits. My choices weren't unhealthy (maybe not the healthiest though? Lean cuisine meals that were low-cal). I was perfectly within my range at the end of the day. Until I got super sick to my stomach and spent my night puking up everything I had eaten yesterday. <... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 11:51:59 EST Less is More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296820 With week 5 coming to a start tomorrow for the 5% challenge I'm feeling both inspired and frustrated. <BR> Week 5's focus is on tracking your food and staying within limit of your goal. This is something I desperately need to do. My calorie intake has been much greater than I would like, and it has shown in my weigh-ins. It's a simple fact - I have been eating too much, and not enough of it has been healthy choices. <BR> <BR> It's time to eat less. Not just less, but better quality so that l... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 01:28:55 EST Motivation. Status:: Need More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282885 I have not been doing great with my challenge goal so far. I don't know if it may be because my initial weigh-in was on my scale, and the following two on the Wii-Fit, or if I'm really just doing a terrible job. Which is likely. I've only sort of been watching my eating, and I've done a few runs here and there but nothing over 2 miles and no workouts at the gym. <BR> <BR> I'm going to continue to use the Wii-Fit for consistency. I'm going to work harder at going to the gym, and running furth... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:55:03 EST The Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282863 Wagon, oh wagon, why can't I keep up with you consistently? I feel like I got off the wagon to hunt deer, couldn't carry back all 430lbs I caught, and have been dragging behind desperately trying to catch up ever since. <BR> <BR> It's been the last few months really. Since I got a boyfriend. And it's not something I can blame on him exclusively. I stopped going to the gym as often. That's my own fault. I started eating out more with him and not watching my portions, overeating sugar because... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:32:04 EST 5% Challenge - Blog 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279615 It is not easy to build new habits. I'm sure everyone knows that. It's a lot harder to plan even when you say you're going to, especially when life is busy, work is busy, things get frustrating, etc. <BR> <BR> But to quote words of wisdom... Just do it. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 00:39:37 EST 5% Challenge - Blog 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278110 Yes motivation please. Sigh. Today was not a good day for motivation. Time constraints mixed with frustration caused me to make a quick and poor choice for lunch. Dinner is going slightly better (baking now), making sure to add fruit! <BR> Moral of the story is I've been cranky today and not focused and I could use some motivation and support. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 22:36:56 EST 5% Challenge - Blog 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276798 What can you improve upon? <BR> <BR> Planning! I still haven't gotten in a good grocery run, and planning, especially my breakfasts, would help me with my new habits a lot. Hard to say you're going to eat fruits and veggies with every meal when you don't have any in the house so you keep having coffee for breakfast instead of some fruit and yogurt (or a smoothie!) Thu, 7 Mar 2013 00:12:54 EST 5% Challenge - Blog 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275234 My habit of drinking water/eating more freggies....How are you doing day by day? <BR> <BR> I'm being a lot more mindful of what I drink. I've ordered water when I went out with the boyfriend, and make sure to have a bottle on hand throughout the day. I could certainly up my intake, but I'm doing much better than before. <BR> As for the freggies, I'm still struggling a bit because I eat on the go a lot. I'm not a good planner so I don't tend to remember to do things like make a lunch the day... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 00:09:35 EST 5% Challenge - Blog 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273705 What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> <BR> Making my boyfriend buy me fruit! :P But for real, just trying to remember how gross I feel when I eat poorly, and how much better I feel when I make smart choices. I'm trying to be better about using my food tracker consistently so I can see my glasses of water and freggies go up as I eat them. Gotta love the tracker! Tue, 5 Mar 2013 01:25:46 EST 5% Challenge - Blog 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271138 My new habit I want to form : making fruits/veggies + water part of each meal <BR> <BR> How will you do that? <BR> What's worked for me in the past is planning my meals and building them off of the freggies. So instead of saying "Hey I want soup, how can I add veggies to it?" I will look at what I have and build an item from that, such as "I have an avocado and corn, I could make a southwestern wrap for lunch with that!". <BR> To help make that happen, I need to start by grocery shopping, a... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:14:44 EST 5% Challenge - Blog 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270583 What new habit do you wish to develop? <BR> <BR> I want to include water and fruits/veggies in each of my meals. Far too often my meals are made up of carbs, sugars, not enough nutrients, not enough healthy filling items and too many unhealthy non-filling items. I want to make balancing my meals a habit, not something I have to go out of my way to consider. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 01:15:48 EST Winter 5% Challenge: The WHY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242729 The Winter 5% challenge is almost here! Time to take a look at the reasons I want to continue to lose weight... <BR> <BR> Health. Family history. My family has a pretty colorful health history, and in order to stay as healthy as long as possible I want to be in great shape. I want to avoid sickness and disease, as well as be able to push my body to do things like climbing mountains or running half marathons. <BR> <BR> To look good naked, in a bikini, in my clothes, etc. I still want to be r... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:17:13 EST Boyfriends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239371 For a long time I have been off and on with the world of dating. Then back in December I met someone pretty swell, we've hit it off, and been together going on 2 months now. I was really excited when getting to know him because the topic of health and fitness came up often. He had lost 60lbs over the last year and was running a lot, something he was excited I did too and that we could do together. He is a member of the same gym as I am as well. Lots of things that make for both of us keeping ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:44:43 EST Hello 2013, I'm Scared of You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207512 Well Hi there everyone, happy 2013. Let me start this blog by apologizing for being MIA the last month. It has been a mix of being super busy with work, family, and a new man. I am lucky, he has a membership to the same gym I do... but it has also been freezing cold (think high of 12 degrees today) so spending the evening cuddled in front of his fire has won out over working out a bit more often than it should... <BR> <BR> I AM excited for this year though, and for getting a good focus movin... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:13:36 EST Motivation. Status:: Pumped! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159329 I just weighed in this morning and I have officially lost 20lbs since I started strong with SP back in May. I'm super excited, feeling quite motivated, and I wanted to share that with everyone else! Taking a cue from KISAKATT, here are a few motivating images I love to peek at for a burst of extra motivation! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l237542361.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1806539663.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 13:15:07 EST 6 Months From Now (Revisited) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143077 I wanted to revisit this visualization from Spark Coach, thanks to KALISWALKER and her inspiring blog! <BR> <BR> Let's do a visualization exercise. Spend 30 seconds visualizing how you want to look and feel 6 months from now. What small steps can you make today to make that vision of your future self a reality? <BR> <BR> Six months from now...End of May. I'm at my goal weight, feeling fit, stronger than ever, and healthy. Running the Bolder Boulder with no major holdups (10k), hiking mount... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 01:05:03 EST Ideal Bookshelf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142115 Today I read on a favorite blog of mine about bookshelves and how much they can reveal about you. It mentioned a book called 'My Ideal Bookshelf', where creative thinkers (think movie stars, chefs, writers, etc) share their favorite books. It got me thinking about my favorite books, my ideal bookshelf. The one where if someone looks at it they have an instant idea of who you are, what you like. I found this idea charming, the idea of an ideal bookshelf.... so I put together a list of my perfe... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 01:22:09 EST December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139954 It feels like November is not going to end well. This may have something to do with the fact that this past weekend I had high goals for accomplishing a lot, including lots of fitness - and instead I spent my weekend nauseous beyond belief and sick on the couch. I must have slept somewhere around 20 hours or more between Saturday morning and Sunday evening. My appetite was non-existent as well, so I attribute this weeks weight loss to sudden illness more than anything else. I'd rather have lo... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 02:00:32 EST Fall Comforts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136838 This cold weather has me feeling ready to cozy up with a big cup of tea and a movie. It's not super cold outside, but in my office it's ridiculously cold. My fingers have been ice all day. I even resorted to putting on one of the dental assisting coats (as hideous as it is) to warm up. <BR> I've been sleepy today too (lack of sleep or low body temperature from cold?) so my mind has been wandering at every spare moment to cozy comforts of Fall... <BR> <BR> Cuddling on the couch with the kitty... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:42:48 EST Remembrall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134672 Since this is a rough week for me as far as time, I want to take a few minutes to help myself focus. Center myself. Remind myself why I'm on this journey. What I'm trying to accomplish. What it means for my health. <BR> <BR> The last time I saw my Doctor she mentioned I had gained weight. That because of my family history, which includes breast cancer, high cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, high blood-pressure, and alzheimers, my weight staying in a healthy range was utterly... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:11:38 EST Focus, Be Strong & Succeed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132160 This week is going to be rough. The engagement party I'm hosting is on Friday. I have a few crafts to finish, a few things to cook and prepare ahead, and with my focus on that I know it's going to be rough to not feel overwhelmed and be sure to fit in my fitness. I like this kind of overwhelmed - planning this event has been fun. I'm looking forward to the prep work. I'm excited to share the results with people and (hopefully) have everyone enjoy it. That's why I like to cook - to see people ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:28:17 EST Busy Bee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129511 It's the weekend! And it's going to be a busy one, but that does not phase me. I am actually looking forward to all the things I will be doing this weekend. It's great to just relax, but relaxing doesn't always have to be sitting on my couch watching a movie. Relaxation can be partaking in fun and enjoyable activities too! <BR> <BR> So this weekend, I will be relaxing with lots of crafting, and time well-spent with friends. I also have to work a few hours on Sunday, but even though its work ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 11:52:20 EST Fat vs Muscle Worries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123595 I've been doing well this challenge. I've been losing every week and I am definitely on track to make it to my 5% if not more before the challenge ends. I hit my 15lbs lost since starting in May with SP, and was able to reward myself with new cool weather running gear. This is all awesome. <BR> Yet I can't help but be a bit disappointed because my measurements haven't shifted much since the challenge started. My waistline and hips aren't any smaller, my thighs no less round. It makes me worr... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 12:58:53 EST Success Inspires! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121786 I decided to weigh in today, instead of my usual Saturday, on a whim this morning. I weighed in down 1.8 lbs from last week. YES! I only lost .2 last week, so this totally made my day! Hitting 145 means I've officially lost 15lbs since my start at 160 this past May. Halfway to the weight I'm aiming at that I'm satisfied with - 130, then not much further to my goal! <BR> <BR> This success inspired me to do a few things today... <BR> <BR> First off, I dropped my car off at AAMCO to get the ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 18:28:55 EST Count Your Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120972 When you're worried and you can't sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep, and you'll fall asleep counting your blessings. <BR> <BR> Bonus points to people who know where that/s from! <BR> <BR> I'm not worried, at least not anymore today. It may have been a hectic and stressful day, got off work late and had my first day at PT job, didn't have enough time between the two to eat a proper dinner... but despite the afternoon being a whirlwind of busy and frustrating and hectic, I wil... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 00:11:49 EST Examining Pitfalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118517 While reading an article on SP today I came across a tip to avoid your pitfalls. Recognize them and strategize to avoid them. <BR> <BR> My pitfalls lately... pumpkin flavored baked goods. Starbucks (especially the seasonal drinks). Donuts. <BR> <BR> I avoid donuts. I try to avoid the baked goods section at the store. I avoid donut shops. My problem with donuts is I crave them when I'm nowhere near these places, so it's a matter of ridding myself of the craving before I go seeking them out... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 23:28:09 EST Food Horoscope! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116236 I was sifting through the articles on Spark and came across Food Horoscopes! I'm a Pisces (Mar. 11th) so I went straight to the last page to read mine. I was surprised at how spot on it was! <BR> <BR> Pisces: February 20 – March 20 <BR> The Pisces sign is naturally drawn to the arts and this applies to cooking as well. A meal becomes a work of art in your hands. Food has to taste good and look good in your book, so you give each meal a little flourish to make it extra special. You love to s... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 00:24:34 EST Clean is Calm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114639 Today I really want to clean my house. Now, I have several other things to do today in preparation for Kelsey's Halloween party, such as make chocolate dipped pretzels and finish my costume. But I want my house cleaner. <BR> <BR> I made a small mess in the kitchen last night when making dinner and since it was late I didn't bother cleaning it up yet. I will empty the now clean dishwasher and clean my mess off the counters. I will also sweep the kitchen. And my bathroom. <BR> <BR> Ugh my bat... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:19:37 EST Julie & Julia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109331 I am spending my evening watching the film 'Julie & Julia'. It makes me want to cook. Cook French food. I'm not even a big fan of French food. It's too rich for my tastes. But what I do love about the movie is the overall message and focus - working towards something. Julie Powell is working to find some direction in her writing, therefore she decides to cook her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julia Child works towards learning to cook because she loves it and wants to share... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:55:54 EST Planning Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107705 This week feels like it may be a busy one. It may not end up being so, but just in case I want to take a moment to center my thoughts, consider my schedule, and plan for my workouts this week so that I can continue my trend of losing each week for the Fall challenge with my Starfish! So far I've lost 1.5lbs on both week one and two, and that's a trend I would like to keep up. The goal for this week is to go from 147 to 145.5/146. <BR> <BR> I've already meal planned my entire week to fit my ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 22:19:31 EST Poetry & Family History http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105108 Today I wanted to share with you all a poem. My favorite poem to be exact. This particular poem is likely one you have heard of, one everyone is familiar with to some extent. It graces motivational and inspiring art work across America. It reminds us all that the choices we make in life are what define us. And for me, it resonates a strong feeling of family history, charm, and complete adoration for my Grandfather. <BR> <BR> Let me explain a bit where this is all coming from. I follow a lif... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:15:14 EST Domestic Goddess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104979 I have a plan for today. It's an extra day off for the weekend, and therefore a day I want to make the best of. Besides my interview for my part time job this afternoon, I have no plans. What's a girl to do when she has a whole day to herself? <BR> <BR> Be a domestic Goddess, of course. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it's the Fall air, or maybe just that my condo needs a good cleaning, but I am totally feeling the cooking/cleaning vibe today. When I woke up I made fresh coffee and immediately st... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:04:45 EST Positive Things for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104039 Today is my Friday. Time to do my best to find thanks and appreciation for a few things today! <BR> <BR> Despite how slow work was today, my boss didn't send me home early. As a matter of fact, SHE went home early and left me to stay and close. A full 8 hour day today! Yay! <BR> <BR> My morning started with a good breakfast and good coffee. Yesterday was bad coffee, so this makes me very happy. <BR> <BR> Tonight is Yoga. I'm really doing my best to give this instructor a chance and recogni... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:31:16 EST Solutions Aren't Always Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102602 I'm working on fixing things. 'Things' being the serious lack of hours at work, and therefore pay. This had made it impossible to afford things like groceries, gas, and dog food after paying my necessary bills. My parents have helped a bit, grandparents too, but I don't want to rely on that help or expect it regularly. Its already been 2 months of struggling, watching my credit card balances going up just so I can eat. <BR> <BR> Since I have no clue when these low hours and un-wanted 3-day w... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:02:36 EST Sneaky Evil Calories!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100567 Today I packed a lunch of healthy red-pepper soup, less than 300 calories per serving, to bring to work. Once I got to work I remembered that our Sonicare representative was coming to do what we call a lunch and learn - where she buys us all lunch and tells us all about her product/service during our lunch hour. It's nice because we don't have to clock out (yay paid lunch!) and we get fed for no charge to us! <BR> <BR> Well she brought Smiling Moose Deli. I've never had it before, despite se... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:15:57 EST Sunday Funday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098614 Its Sunday, the last stretch of my weekend. I prefer my weekends to my workdays (who doesn't?) so despite having no plans I want to make the best of it! I want to work to create a happy and satisfied mood that will carry me through the day. <BR> <BR> I will... <BR> <BR> - Take the dog to the park and enjoy watching her play and be happy <BR> <BR> - Start my morning with some delicious tea and finish cleaning the kitchen! <BR> <BR> - I feel happier and calmer when my house is clean, so I s... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:53:10 EST One Cup of Positivity to Start the Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097450 In a great mood this morning! I woke up earlier than anticipated, yet feeling rested and cheerful this Saturday morning. I believe good moods should stick around as long as possible, so I feel the desire to think on more good things and feel thankful for them today. I want to keep the momentum going as long as I can! <BR> <BR> I'm happy for two of my good friends, who officially got engaged last night! <BR> <BR> I'm excited because they asked me to throw their engagement party (on their wa... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:58:52 EST Building Excitement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095357 For a little added motivation, I want to look at some of the ways I plan to reward myself and enjoy reaching my weight-loss and strength-building goals. (And I like lists, can you tell yet?) <BR> <BR> Shopping! Many of my clothes will be a bit big, if not ridiculously big, so I will get to look forward to adding new and more flattering clothes to my wardrobe. Fun! <BR> <BR> Relief - my cocktail dresses and some of my old jeans will fit me. I know they say not to hold onto clothes that don't... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:08:28 EST What Makes You Awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093427 My friend KISAKATT posted something great on Pinterest that inspired me - a quote that read "Do more of what makes you awesome". I thought this would be a good exercise for me. After all, things have been rough lately, and while there was a turn today that made me quite happy I figured it won't hurt to focus on myself and show a little appreciation! <BR> <BR> So without further ado, what makes ME awesome: <BR> <BR> My Positivity. I'm an optimist, and I always strive to be the same for my fr... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 23:56:59 EST Autumn Running Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090225 As Fall was approaching, I found myself with a strong desire to prepare for running. Not just running in general, but cool weather running. This is the first year I've ever consistently ran, much less would venture to call myself a runner to any extent. And while it was fun to do all the runs and 5ks this Summer, it was also an unusually hot Summer here in Colorado - therefore casting my hopes forward towards nice cool Fall runs. <BR> <BR> I imagined my Fall runs to be the kind of pleasant ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 16:19:23 EST Bad Things, Good Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087327 Things have been rough lately. I'm not talking about my Puerto Rican vacation - that was a much needed break and quite enjoyable. I'm talking about everything around it. I need to rant and regroup. This blog entry is mostly for me, so be warned there is whining ahead! I will try to end things on a positive note though for those of you that stick around... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Bad Things <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> . My purse and all my grocery money disappeared from my house. The money my ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 01:12:21 EST Fall 5% Assignments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084596 I didn't even realize there were Fall 5% assignments, but now that I know I want to catch up and get focused! So here we go! <BR> <BR> Assignment #1: <BR> My exercise plan is to work harder and create a solid balance of cardio and strength training. Longer workouts, harder workouts, whatever I need to do. <BR> I will take the time to plan out my meals at least a day or more in advance so that I can be prepared and avoid poor choices. <BR> Each day I will check in with my teammates (Starfish!... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 00:52:08 EST