LOTUSFLOWER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LOTUSFLOWER LOTUSFLOWER'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/ What I'm going to do about it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765471 Main: Blog or share with the team on this question: What are 2 things you know you could be doing differently for your health and wellness? <BR> <BR> Bonus: Create a plan for eating better or working out more and implement it this week. <BR> <BR> I'm up 10 lbs. The Sunny challenge this week is to blog about what you can change. <BR> <BR> I know I can be eating healthier and working out more consistently. Lately I've let work consume everything...my time, my health, my life. Late hours... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:47:23 EST When your size 14s are getting tight, embrace kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744903 I'm still in post marathon bliss. And it's 9 months later. My body still wants to eat at the higher calorie range. That, paired with a big milestone birthday sound the corner...the big 4-0...well my body just wants to get fluffier. <BR> <BR> I have gained a good 10 lbs, and I had wanted to reach goal weight by my birthday at the end of August....that's not going to happen...and that's ok. But I want to get my eating under control....and the first step is this: I will embrace kale, spinach, r... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:11:43 EST I am More Than a Number http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710420 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1383962403.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After losing 100 lbs., I've maintained for over two years. That's the "glass is <BR> half full" outlook. The negative side is that I've been in a plateau for over two years. But the first one is more empowering, so I'm going with that. <BR> <BR> See I have 25 more lbs. to goal weight, and I wanted to reach that by my 40th birthday, which is at the end of August... <BR> <BR> And since over indulging say the hol... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 10:18:38 EST After The Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705033 Our yard is a terrible sight. After this long Chicago winter, and then the rain, we took a look at our mud pool of a yard and closely assessed. There were piles of old leaves that I raked, expecting to find more mud underneath. Mud I did find, but I also found life! There underneath everything dead, was one of my hastas, springing up from the ground. It was green and strong. I've find that hastas are virtually impossible to kill, they persevere, every year, even in our shady lawn. <BR> <B... Wed, 28 May 2014 09:13:12 EST My Strength Training Blog for Sunny Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702664 Workout <BR> <BR> complete circuit 2 times doing 15-20 reps each exercise <BR> <BR> Upper Body <BR> Bicep Curls <BR> Overhead tricep extension <BR> Lateral Raises <BR> Push Ups <BR> Dumbell Row <BR> <BR> Lower Body <BR> Squats <BR> Plie Squat <BR> Lunges <BR> Side Lunge <BR> Wall Sit (30 seconds) <BR> <BR> Ab Circuit <BR> Crunches <BR> Plank (30 seconds) <BR> Toe Reaches <BR> Oblique Raises <BR> Bicycle Crunches <BR> <BR> While Traveling: <BR... Sun, 25 May 2014 09:42:58 EST Quieting that Voice Inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640879 Main Challenge (30 Points): The psychological Challenge. A huge part of losing weight involves the psychological challenges we face. For example what we say to ourselves makes a huge difference. Many times we find ourselves saying these negative things to ourselves despite our best attempts to stay positive.We may say things such as <BR> "I don't have enough time to......." <BR> or <BR> "I can't keep motivated due to...." <BR> or <BR> "I have tried everything to lose weight and it never works... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 22:50:23 EST Losing my running and walking partner...and friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626578 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1947575560.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday my Sammy went to doggie heaven. He had an aggressive tumor in his nose that spread and surgery wasn't an option, and radiation is iffy (only 10-20% success and his life would have been full of appointments we couldn't afford, and I did my research, the best success story the dog lived 6 mo. Longer and then passed.) Sammy lived a total of 14 wonderful years, and lasted 6 mo. after his diagnosis. <BR> <... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:27:45 EST So...I was in a Fitness DVD....Dream Come True #5? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613282 I haven't blogged about it. I still feel a little strange about it. I don't like to brag, and sometimes talking about blessings in our lives can feel that way. I know it's silly. But I do feel like I need to tell others how God has worked in amazing ways in my life. He has brought me out of my pit...he has blessed me with an 100+ lb. weight loss. He has given me the strength to become a Leslie Sansone Walk Leader.....then a Walk Star...then a fitness instructor at my dream gym....to be ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 18:10:13 EST Things I love about my body...#s 5, 6 and 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611554 <BR> I love... <BR> <BR> My hair... <BR> <BR> My smile... <BR> <BR> And my rear ain't bad either : <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l502592204.jpg"> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:13:05 EST Things I Love About My Body....#4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609751 I love my collarbones. I didn't used to be able to see them...I remember the day when my hand was scratching my neck, and I was so surprised that I could feel a bone there! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1330554149.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177876956.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And I came across some old family pictures....compared to a recent picture after the marathon... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:30:00 EST Things I Love About My Body...#3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608667 I love my eyes. <BR> <BR> Without makeup... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1404725410.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or with makeup... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1879287052.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After a workout... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2046977540.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or with glasses... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l34171362.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...or shades.... <BR> <BR> <img ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:15:54 EST Things I love about my body...#2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607439 I love my arms. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1891011083.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l953045815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do I have flab? <BR> <BR> Heck yes. <BR> <BR> Some call them bat wings. <BR> <BR> I really don't like that term... <BR> <BR> But you know what? <BR> <BR> I like them. No, I LOVE them. <BR> <BR> I see a definition. I am getting stronger. <BR> <BR> And I remember a time when they were ALL flab. <BR> <BR... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:55:53 EST Things I love about my Body....#1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607334 In my sunny gals group the main challenge this week is to fall in love with yourself again! This week, every day write a blog about one thing you love and admire about yourself. We tend to be hard on ourselves. We are our own critics and worst enemy. It can be a physical or character trait. It could be something you've accomplished or something you're proud of. Brag about how wonderful you are! <BR> <BR> I'm focusing on my body as its one of my resolutions to love my body...no matter what s... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:46:02 EST My Favorite Workouts (picture blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582515 For the sunny gal challenge this week we need to blog about our favorite workouts: <BR> <BR> Here are mine (and I love the workout "dice" I got as a goodie when placing an order with Sparkpeople!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675571093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2037966340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l68020705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 00:21:04 EST I Choose Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578586 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1172563501.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok, so I resisted it. I didn't want to pick just one word to define my 2014. But ever since I wrote my resolutions down, one word stuck with me and wouldn't let go. Joy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1869817868.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Various things happened that I saw as signs that this word was to be mine for 2014: <BR> <BR> I changed my cover photo on Facebook to a quote that I f... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:22:02 EST My New Year's Revolution and Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578111 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778659391.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love the New Year. I love setting goals and then looking back at the year and seeing how far you've come. I believe in the freshness of a clean slate, like the snow that is falling outside my window right now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l138457053.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SARK, an artist and author, said that we should look at instead of making "resolutions", to start a revolution ins... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:07:27 EST My Big, Fat, Healthy Year in Review (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576971 In 2013 I didn't lose any weight. Not one single pound. For that matter, I also did not lose weight in 2012. Since my 100+ lb. weight loss achieved in October 2011 I have successfully maintained my weight loss for 2 yrs (that sounds a lot better than "I've been stuck in a plateau for 2 yrs., doesn't it?"). <BR> <BR> No, in 2013 I'm ending the year a few lbs heavier (thanks Christmas!) but a whole lot STRONGER. in 2013 I achieved so many things I honestly never thought I could. <BR> <BR... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:43:43 EST The 5 lb. Christmas Gain will not defeat me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573721 I felt it, these past few days. The extra giggle of my stomach, the ache in my bones. I knew that it had happened. The dreaded holiday weight gain. I had managed to maintain over Thanksgiving, which was my goal, however I know that I slipped and fell off my plan during Christmas. I have time off of work,and that means wonderful family time with my husband and kids, but also more eating,more time lounging, and less time focusing on reaching my goal. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale this ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:08:13 EST My Sunny Secret Santa Gift! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571608 I love my sunny gals, they are like family to me. I met one of my best friends through this group, Blaize. When I saw where my secret sunny was from, I knew that Blaize was my secret santa! We were supposed to wait until Christmas to open gifts, and I did. <BR> <BR> I got a beautiful handmade card and a super cute scripture mug, it says: "Be strong and courageous...for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be af... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:41:45 EST It's Good To Be Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527483 Ran for the first time this morning since the marathon -- I took a week off as prescribed by many, and I was plain depressed -- had the post marathon blues BIG TIME. Next time (and yes, there will be a next time!) I'm going to run anyway after a few days post marathon. It was difficult to get into it this week. <BR> <BR> But this morning I went for a mile run and I feel great! This weekend is the Hot Chocolate 5K and I'm running it with my Dad, who said he really wanted to run a 5K with... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:50:36 EST I Am A Marathoner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517431 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1925245065.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847196092.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As I say that to myself, 48 hours after the Chicago Marathon, I am still in disbelief. Me, a marathoner? Even the hours leading up to the marathon felt surreal. There I was, getting my picture taken with my bib, among thousands of others at the expo that would soon be marathoners, too. Perhaps more then once over. <BR> <BR> <img src... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 00:34:02 EST Marathon Training: The Final Countdown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505837 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1899835275.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I ran the farthest I've ever run. 20 miles. It was the hardest thing I've ever done next to childbirth. At one point I cried. My running partner cried. It wasn't so much the mileage that got us down, it was all of the circumstances that surrounded the run. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1976166791.jpg"> <BR> Look at that line of orange! TWV representing! <BR> <B... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:45:04 EST Marathon Training Weeks 19 and 20: It Is Not About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479682 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l112715999.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog is not about me. <BR> <BR> Actually this journey, this marathon, is not about me. Not really. <BR> <BR> I'm running for Team World Vision to raise money for clean water projects in Africa so that those in need can have clean water. If you would like to support me or read more of my blogs you can visit <link>team.worldvision.org/goto/kathykubik </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 16:39:39 EST Marathon Training Week 18: Arriving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464996 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1055600562.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In church last week the pastor spoke about how we never "arrive", this is a journey that we are always on because we are never going to be perfect. Ever. But it's nice to day dream about, the day where we have everything we need and want. But, through Jesus, we already do. <BR> <BR> There isn't a secret recipe to arriving. No map, coordinates, instructions. You simply continue on the straight path, put one fo... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:19:34 EST Marathon Training Weeks 16 and 17: Saying Goodbye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458198 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l5433572.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found an old letter today written to myself, from myself. It was written 10 yrs ago about releasing a relationship in my life that wasn't healthy that I needed to release. But at the time I was coming from a place of fear. Fear of moving forward in my life, fear of starting a family. Fear of making mistakes. I was paralyzed with it. <BR> <BR> In the note I talk about how I never fully feel "complete" and so... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:03:49 EST Marathon Training Weeks 13-15 - Celebrating The Light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449472 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l998527797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Light cannot exist with darkness. It will cast a shadow over the light and block it out, much like a solar eclipse. I tried taking a picture of a rock my daughter made with scripture on it and my bible was casting a shadow over it. I had to keep inching the rock away from that shadow so I could get the picture I wanted, so that the rock could be seen in the best light. As I moved that rock, little bit by little... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 00:51:40 EST Marathon Training Weeks 9-12: God's Got This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418803 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1921700618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Week 9 marked the first official week of marathon training. Before this we were in "pre-training". So now everyone who is running the Chicago marathon, or a marathon on the same date, is in training. There's excitement in the air about it. <BR> <BR> Through my fundraising I won two free tickets to see the Spirit of the Marathon 2 movie. I went to see it with my husband, and some members of the team. This m... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:51:54 EST Weeks 7 & 8 Marathon Training: Losing Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389615 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1343219237.jpg"> <BR> I am realizing that my blogs are less about running and more about God. And I think that is how it should be, when one goes on a journey with the sole intent to become closer to Him, that the result is exactly that. I just honestly didn't expect it. When I answered that voice that said I should run a marathon, secretly I didn't think it was God talking to me. Maybe it was my secret wish, to run a marathon. That was... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 01:39:33 EST Week 6 Marathon Training: Running From God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374132 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l168519260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, after the promises from last week, about returning to God and He will return to me, you would think I had a stellar week, right? A week full of certainty in my faith. It was like I had been given the all knowing “nod” from God that I was on the right track! Everything should have been great. Until, it wasn’t. <BR> <BR> One thing I am learning in my journey is to surrender. To let things go, to let God d... Fri, 31 May 2013 23:26:17 EST Weeks 4 and 5: Marathon Training: Recalibrating Route http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360209 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1239279146.jpg"> <BR> "The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth" (Luke 3:5). <BR> <BR> In this blog I'm combining the 4th and 5th week of marathon training (woo hoo week 5!) because week 4 was a crazy/ busy week for me at work and I didn't have time to write. <BR> <BR> Along with the physical aspect of training is the spiritual. I'm on a journey and I can't have one without the other. When God gave me this God-sized... Sat, 18 May 2013 12:47:02 EST Week 3 Marathon Training: The Perfect Pace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348078 This week went great, I usually don't run two days in a row to avoid injury but the training plan had me running on Friday and Saturday, and I followed my plan and felt good about it. I have been feeling a pain in my right hip, so I've started incorporating stretches before running to extend my hips and encourage my running gait to be correct, I may not be extending my leg all the way back. <BR> <BR> My 6 yr old daughter came on my run Monday with me on her bike. it was really rewarding t... Tue, 7 May 2013 00:00:03 EST Week 2 Marathon Training: Honoring and Celebrating Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340081 To start off this week of training, I packed my running gear Monday so that I could meet up with my amazing friend Jenn (KITHKINCAID) to honor those who lost their lives in the Boston marathon tragedy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l233877465.jpg"> <BR> Martin Richard, the 8 yr old boy killed in the Boston bombing <BR> <BR> Lots of running stores around the country were having group fun runs to stand in solidarity, this one was through Ram Racing. I had the m... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:27:10 EST Week 1 Marathon Training: First Team Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329995 My good friend Jenn (KITHKINCAID) did an amazing thing when she trained for the 2012 Chicago Marathon, she wrote a weekly blog that summarized her training runs, nutrition, everything. If you are also training to run a marathon, I HIGHLY recommend reading her blogs (which I intend to re-read throughout my training). The link to her first weekly blog is below: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838051 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I decided ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 20:13:16 EST Shamrock Shuffle 8k Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327473 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1975660423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my favorite race. This race and I have a history (was once the very last person to cross the finish line, etc., etc.). To read more about that... <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4162019 </link> <BR> <BR> After successfully running this race the past two years, and hitting a PR last year, this year I almost didn't run it. After running my first half marathon ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:40:32 EST A God-Sized Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324406 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2120705536.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race." <BR> <BR> Last Saturday we had our first team meeting and running clinic -- I am getting so excited (and nervous) about beginning training for something so much bigger than myself. I never thought I would want to tackle a marathon, or that I could...but God gave me this desire to run, and it's definitely a "God thing" because serious... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:30:59 EST Dream Come True! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304676 When I first began my weight loss journey I joined a health club that is part of a local hospital near me -- I loved it because there were people of all ages and sizes, and they didn't discriminate. The classes were amazing, the facility is beautiful, always voted one of the best in our area year after year. When I started attending classes there and getting to know the instructors, I thought to myself that I would love to work there someday -- now mind you, this is when I was morbidly obe... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:28:31 EST Walk Concert in The Villages, FL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285956 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1527984028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been a certified Walk Leader for almost a year now, and every year a reunion is held. This year that reunion was also combined with Walk Concerts in The Villages, FL. I didn't know if I would be able to attend as being a single income family money is tight, but my husband and I talked it over and we decided it would be a great opportunity and I didn't want to miss it. I put all $ from my walk classes to ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:51:54 EST Workout Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274959 It was a sunny challenge last week to create a workout game, similar to Sparkpeople's Super Bowl game, to our favorite shows. I wanted to post here to share with spark friends. <BR> <BR> THE WALKING DEAD GAME <BR> <BR> Every time a zombie gets killed by a blade (knife, sword): do 25 jumping jacks <BR> <BR> Every time Rick gets moody or throws a tantrum: do 25 jab punches <BR> <BR> Every time Carl is on camera: jump in place/high knees <BR> <BR> Any time a fire breaks out: do 25 push u... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 21:19:30 EST Tinkerbell Half Marathon Race Report! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231029 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1084784305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A year ago I told my very good friend Blaize (INSPIREBYNATURE), who I met here on Spark almost 3 yrs. ago, and who has been my partner on the Sunny Gals team for the past 2+ yrs., that I wanted to run a half marathon. Not just any half marathon, but a half marathon in Disney. <BR> <BR> Back when I started running, about 3 yrs. ago, it was a dream of mine to run a 5k at Disney. I had never been to Disney, and it... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:50:09 EST My 2013 New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191745 I wanted to post this in my blog so that I could refer back to it: <BR> <BR> Pay off all my credit cards by August 2013 <BR> Start saving money for next Christmas and adding to our emergency fund <BR> Continue to save for retirement - meet with advisor, create a plan of attack. <BR> Reach goal weight (10 lbs. to goal weight, but I may try for 20 lbs.) <BR> Run the Disney Tinkerbell Half Marathon and the Chicago Women's Half Marathon. <BR> Balance on my work/family life. <BR> Strength train 3... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:48:43 EST My Shiny New Year (110 lbs. lighter) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184878 It was on New Years' Eve 2009 after the recent birth of my second daughter when I announced to my family that my New Year's resolution was to lose over 100 lbs. When I said it, even I didn't believe it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1984763271.jpg"> <BR> (I'm on the left with my two sisters) <BR> <BR> Oh I wanted to lose the weight. I just didn't think I could. So I expected the slightly awkward silence after I dropped my New Years resolution like a bomb i... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:35:49 EST My Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153199 Here is my vision board for the Sunny Gal challenge. It is focused on the half marathon I'll be running in January. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2029461765.jpg"> Sun, 2 Dec 2012 02:43:41 EST 3 5Ks and a 15K :) And a whole new life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151154 I'm catching up on some race blogs... <BR> <BR> SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE 4 CURE 5K - 9/23 (33:30 NEW PR!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1499341085.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l344924500.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2043322628.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l991437109.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is an emotional race for me. I lost my mother-in-law to bre... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:29:20 EST Thankful. A family gratitude blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138168 For our Sunny challenge this week we have to post 7 days of gratitude. I keep a family gratitude journal at home and it's a wonderful way to wrap up the day with my girls. Here are 7 days of thankfulness. <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for... <BR> <BR> &#9734; That people who want to be free are going to get help...a long time coming. - Jim <BR> <BR> &#9734; To go outside, and God, and really, really, really, really, really morning time, and I thank you for God again. -Marlo....and for M... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 08:40:33 EST Terrapin 5k Race Report (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001513 As some of you may know, a good friend of mine from high school passed away recently. After this happened, it made me look at my own life closer, and I wanted to live it more. So many times we say we don't have time for things, or say, "Oh, we will do this or that later." Well for the cup of coffee that my late friend and I kept saying we would grab, that time never came. <BR> <BR> After this happened, I made a lot of calls to my best friend since freshman year of H.S., Cheri, and I broug... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 04:02:34 EST NSV at the DMV (Photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987843 I can't tell you how much I dreaded showing my license - ever - to anyone. The checkout lady at Trader Joes, to verify employment, to prove residency, every time I had to take that thin piece of plastic out of my wallet I cringed. 8 years of this hatred for my Driver's License picture. We all can take bad pictures, but this one was bad with a capital "B"! First, I didn't realize I was getting my photo taken, the person ahead of me just got a reprint of their last photo, which is what I wa... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:47:11 EST Roadblocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976221 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44635451.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of our challenges this week for RockIt is to write about two of our roadblocks that may prevent us from reaching our health goals. Both of mine have the same core principal. <BR> <BR> FEAR. <BR> <BR> FEAR OF FAILURE: I am a perfectionist. I have to do things perfectly or not do them at all. This doesn't fare well for my dreams in life, which are 1. To get to my goal weight and no longer be "obese" and... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:31:51 EST I Am Officially a Walk Star! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962308 I just got a copy of Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home newsletter and I discovered that I am now officially a "walk star"! I'm the second story down, and the first story is my friend Nancy, who I met at the certification in April. <BR> <BR> <link>www.walkathome.com/walk-stars-storie<BR>s/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is a dream come true - what initially prompted me to start her program and lose weight was seeing a WAH newsletter with a picture of a Mom who lost 100 lbs. to be healthy for her 2... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 13:42:45 EST My RockIt! Plan For the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952068 MAIN CHALLENGE: For the main challenge this week, plan 3-5 workouts through out the week and complete them. Once you have your plan picked out, either post in your team or on your blog so that it is out there and we can help support you. Having a plan is one of the many steps that you can take to help you achieve your goals. Baby steps lead the way to your goals! Rock It! Ladies!!!!! These workouts need to be at least 30 minutes long and can be either strength training or cardio. Get it done ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:23:55 EST Reflections on SASS and my Rock It! Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948017 I started off the SASS Seasonal Done Girl challenge at 196 lbs. I had recently reached 100 lbs. down and I felt like I was going to reach my goal weight during this challenge. That was not to be. I ended the challenge weighing 197.5. Well, weigh in isn't until tomorrow...and I have a funny feeling I will end the challenge at the exact same weight that I started. <BR> <BR> I want to say it's a plateau. I've been here for a long time, and I know that in a weight loss journey such as mine... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:44:23 EST