LOVEMYKIDS874's SparkPeople Blog LOVEMYKIDS874's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New me, new do! I decided I needed a new change for my journey. I went and had my hair done and chopped off 9 inches! I love it! <img src=""> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:59:21 EST It's been a long time It's been a loooong time since I've been on SP but I've decided that it's time to get back into the swing of things. It's been a rough couple of years that have been the best and worst of my life. I went through a horrid divorce 3 1/2 years ago. I have my girls most of the time, which I am so incredibly thankful for. <BR> In the craziness of the last few years I met a wonderful man that has stuck by my side through everything. We got married a couple weeks ago and had an amazing day! It was ... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 10:52:56 EST I need some ideas I have my family bowling party next weekend and I was told to bring a dessert. I have no clue what to make. Any ideas would be wonderful and helpful. I'd like to bring something that is low in calories and healthy. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:30:55 EST Springing To Action week 3 Challenge: Vision Board This weeks challenge was to make a vision board. It's taken me a few days to figure out what I wanted to put on my board, but I'm happy with how it turned out. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> *The upper left picture is a reminder that I am more important than any number on the scale. <BR> *The zumba cargo pants are going to be a reward and what I'm striving for through this 17 week challenge. <BR> *The running picture is a reminder that I'm ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 23:27:08 EST Workout Game Challenge I decided to do a different type of a workout game. I didn't want to do a TV game so I really had to think about it. It's taken a couple days to get it all together but I'm going to do a ringtone/ text tone type game. My goal is to accomplish this every day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:49:22 EST My birthday present I got the most awesome birthday present! <BR> <BR> My boyfriend took me out to lunch and then we were talking about the biggest loser competition that he's starting at work next Friday. I'm going to participate with him but obviously just do it all at home. So we picked up the treadmill yesterday and went looking for new running shoes for him. I found new running/zumba shoes too! So I got a pretty cool birthday present too! I love them and can't wait to try them out! I got Asics GEL-Lyte 33... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 15:57:14 EST Zumba was AMAZING I went to my friends fitness studio this morning. I knew once I got there that it would be a great workout. All the lights were off and the disco lights were all going. My shoes were even glowing in the dark. <em>41</em> I knew that both my friends that own the studio are the best that they come but I was reminded once again WHY I should be going to En Fuego. They seriously know how the zumba! I've been zumbaing since 2009 and have gone to many other instructors but Addy and Sarah are the... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:28:46 EST Springing Main Challenge week 1 Well, here goes. My name is Ginger, I'm from SE Wisconsin. I'm a mother of 2 wonderful beautiful little girls. They are 7 & 8 years old, their names are Morgan and Madalyn. I'm going through a divorce right at the moment but once things settle down I'm planning on going to school for dental assisting and then onto dental hygiene. One of my favorite workouts is going to zumba. I am getting a treadmill this week as well so I'll be able to start walking as well. I also really like participating ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 01:08:31 EST The Electric Run I'm so excited for all of my 5K's but this one will be amazing!!! My bestfriend of 6 years will be participating in it with me. It's The Electric Run. It's set to lights and music throughout the entire 5K. This will be her first ever 5K. I'm so excited to participate!! We get to get our glow on! The the glow packets have already been ordered! Yay! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:16:37 EST The color run is on my 2013 list I just signed up for the color run in May. I'm so excited to do this run! My boyfriends daughter is going to be a color runner with me! Im going to surprise her tomorrow when I see her and give her her confirmation letter. She should be pretty excited!!! yay! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 01:58:08 EST I love my days with my girls I had a wonderful few days with my girls over the weekend. I wanted to share some pictures of my girls. They are growing up so fast! We don't get alot of photo op time so when I get a chance I take some pics. :-) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Madalyn and Mommy <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Morgan and Mommy <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:30:43 EST Samson stomp and Romp 5K On Sunday I participated in my 6th 5K. My boyfriends daughter wanted to run/walk it with me. It was her first 5K. While it was bitterly cold we got through it. Layers and layers of clothing and jackets but we finished in 35:12. I shaved 3 minutes off my time from last year. I was pretty happy with that. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My boyfriends daughter and I before the 5K <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Jan 2013 03:17:54 EST It's been awhile. Lots and lots of changes... Well, it's been one whole year since I've pretty much updated on SP. For the past 9 months my life has been in a whirlwind. I am now going through a divorce and have my girls 50/50. So to say the least I did not have a good year in 2012. I however have lost 30 pounds and am continuing to lose weight. I am still running/walking, attending crossfit when I can. Just trying to get through one day at a time. I have now found a full time job so that is keeping me busy along with everything else. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:01:52 EST Crossfit and Body Pump While I LOVE crossfit I had to put it on hold for the time being. It's just so expensive and I just can't afford it right now. :( We have Body Pump at the Y and since I have a free membership (I work there so it's a pretty great perk!) I really should just go to BP there. <BR> <BR> I will eventually go back to Crossfit, I just don't know when. It will most likely be before the Dirty Girl run in August. I need to be ready for the obstacles that will be on the course. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:28:31 EST First race of the year Yesterday, January 15th was the first race of 2012 for me. <BR> <BR> I was really excited for this race up until this past Friday. I think alot of my doubts were coming from the snow and colder temps. <BR> <BR> I had my stuff all laid out lastnight after taking pics of all my UA goodies. So I knew I was all set for this morning. My alarm went off at around 630 and I was on my way to getting ready. I woke up to a tweet wishing me good luck and away I went. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:07:05 EST In An Instant Copied this from a fellow sparker. <BR> <BR> <BR> In An Instant <BR> <BR> In an instant, you can go from discouraged to joyful. In an <BR> instant, you can change from lazy to ambitious. <BR> <BR> In the blink of an eye, your whole outlook on life can <BR> profoundly improve. In one small moment, disappointment can <BR> be transformed into positive resolve and commitment. <BR> <BR> When you are ready to change, and willing to change for the <BR> better, you can do it just like tha... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:34:48 EST My half marathon I've been planning on running my first half in May, right? I hadnt heard anything lately so I went to the site to see what was going on. OMG! I'm soooooooo upset!!!! When I signed up and paid (back in December) my cc didn't go through, I thought it did. =( And of course NOW the half is completely FULL as of the 3rd of February. So it looks like I'm training for nothing now (well not nothing but still I'm so mad at myself for not checking more into it, I just went back to my cc statement and i... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:15:19 EST Half Marathon Training I didn’t run too hot today! But that was expected on my part. My training called for 6 minutes running and 3 minutes walking repeated 4 times. I went a bit longer (about 4 minutes longer), nothing too exciting 2.1 miles done. I should have rolled my shins before I started because if I went too fast then my shins started to hurt. Darn shin splints! So then I had to slow it up a bit. My knee hurt a bit after Saturday’s run and then again today. I think it’s just my body’s way of getting used t... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 22:59:00 EST Training I'm going to start training for my first marathon (not sure yet what I'm going to run either the 1/2 or full). I will decide when I'm training. I am looking forward to completing one of my many goals! Thu, 18 Nov 2010 17:45:03 EST My 5K Recap I don’t have any pictures of me running, but I did take one before I left this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got down to the zoo at 640am. Registration started at 715am. I was already registered but I wanted to get a good parking spot. So I just went with it. I didn’t have anyone there cheering me on or anything so I didn’t get any pictures of me running. =( I was suppose to run with a group but they all road together and ... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 14:39:00 EST 5K tomorrow morning I’m getting everything I need ready for a very EARLY morning tomorrow. Thankfully though we get an extra hour of sleep…yeah right I won’t be able to sleep AT ALL!! So here are some pictures of my running attire for tomorrow. I have everything I need all layed out and ready to go. My ipod is all synced and ready to go too! We have the jingle bells to wear as we run. I will probably put them on my shoes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> a... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 21:26:54 EST What a truly inspiring journey This is such an awesome journey. Watch the video and I'm sure you'll be inspired too! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=player_embedded </link> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 23:31:17 EST Weigh in Day Today is weigh in day again. I am happy to report that I lost 1 more pound. Not exactly what I was expecting but it's been than staying the same or gaining, so I'll take it! <em>30</em> I'm down 4.4 in 3 weeks. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:37:50 EST Today is Weigh-In Day! I am happy to report that I lost 1.6 lbs this week bringing my total weight loss (since I started over again 2 weeks ago) to 3.4. <BR> <BR> I am in a 6 week challenge on a forum that I'm on. So far so good! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:13:28 EST This is what my exercise week looks like.... So while I was at work this morning I went through the fall guide and highlighted different exercise classes that I'm going to be doing on a weekly basis. This is what it looks like! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Monday am~Beginner Yoga <BR> Monday pm~Zumba Express or <BR> Monday pm~ Bootcamp <BR> <BR> Tuesday am~Jog/WAVE (water exercise) <BR> Tuesday am~Aqua Zumba <BR> Tuesday pm~ Zumba or <BR> Tuesday pm~ Beginner Yoga <BR> <BR> Wednesday am~ I work from morning until mid afternoon <BR> We... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 21:34:38 EST Trying something new tomorrow! So tomorrow starts my week of exercising regularly. I am so excited to be back into the groove of things! I am trying something I've never done before! Yoga! I was talking to a trainer this morning at work about the Power Yoga that we offer, her husband teaches it. He is BUILT and is an AMAZING instructor! But the downfall of that is that he is a very hard instructor. So after I was talking to Nicola she told me to try Yoga at our other location...twice a week until I can hold the poses for a... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 21:22:17 EST Today's the day That I start my day shifts at work. While I will be doing the exact same thing it will be different. I'm so nervous...and I don't know why, but I am. <BR> <BR> I have my water all packed up, and my snacks are all ready to go. I have some veggies if I get hungry. While today is only a 3 hours shift it will be busy and different. If you can please think of me today! I will update after zumba tonight. =) On the bright side of things I get to go to zumba anytime I want to at night. =) Wed, 8 Sep 2010 12:31:54 EST Board Challenge I am on a forum board and we are having a weight loss challenge. This is week #2 into it. It's a 6 week challenge. So far I have lost 1.8 pounds. It's not great, especially seeing what some of the others have lost but for me a loss is a loss and for that I am happy. I will keep you all up to date on my weekly weight loss. The weigh in day is Tuesdays. Tue, 7 Sep 2010 23:50:14 EST September Update Now that the girls are back in school I am going to get my routine and eating habits layed back down the way they were. I am a person of ROUTINE and need to have that in my life. I was given the opportunity to work during the day. I have worked nights for 2 years now. While I am excited for this change, I do not do well with all! I am looking forward to being able to spend time with my husband and 2 girls. I will be able to go to the gym some days during the day & night (if I choose)... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 23:46:52 EST Seeing a little progress! I'm making progress! Not alot, but some! I've been really struggling with trying to get back on track. But I'm getting there....slowly but surely! I have been trying to get my zumba in more and more and if I don't zumba then I'm swimming laps at the pool. The past few nights my husband, girls and I have been going on nightly walks. It's been so nice to spend some time with all 4 of us (my husband works 7 days straight so the majority of the time I'm home by myself with the girls). I've been ... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 22:17:34 EST I'm back! So I just bit the bullet and went back to exercising and eating better! I went and swam laps tonight at the Y. This was my workout... <BR> swam 20 laps=0.31 miles, burned 989 calories! <BR> <BR> I am planning on going back tomorrow morning and swimming more laps. I love to swim over anything else. When I was younger I swam on a swimteam and LOVED it, so this is right up my alley! Biking has been a newer passion of mine too. So I think if I can switch it all up some I will be in pretty good ... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 00:39:34 EST Starting over So I am going to be starting over...yet again! Since Morgan has been out of school my routine has changed so much...for the worse. <em>39</em> I know that I'm not getting in my exercise like I was but I didn't think that I would gain almost all the weight that I have worked so hard to lose...back. <em>39</em> I have felt horrible the last 2 or so weeks. I now know it's because I haven't been on my "routine" like I was prior to school being let out. The majority of my days are spent runnin... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 11:09:53 EST What a month!! :( Support, ideas needed, please! So since my oldest has been out of school, this working out/ eating healthy routine that I was IN is NOW gone!! :-( They are in alot of different stuff this summer (to keep them busy). I run around town most of the morning and just can't find time to workout. I miss my "yearly" routine. I know summers are always busy and crazy but I miss my routine so much. September can't come fast enough. <BR> <BR> So what kind of different ideas do you all have for different types of exercise (besides go... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:28:09 EST In one week I will be in my FIRST 5K. I am excited, nervous, scared to death...but once I finish I will have this feeling of accomplishment! For that I am excited! Sun, 30 May 2010 21:40:32 EST What's with me? I don't know what's wrong with me! I have been in this funk the past few days. I NEED to get back to the gym...haven't been in 3 days. And I need to log my food intake again. It's so easy to get out of the habit of logging my daily intake. I'm struggling ALOT with my weight, I'm not really moving downward at all. I honestly don't know what I'm doing wrong, I just know whatever I'm doing at this minute is NOT working and I NEED to fix it! I've noticed when I've been working out for days and da... Wed, 26 May 2010 00:17:49 EST First 5K My first 5K will be on June 6th. <em>334</em> I wrote a blog last week about doing this. I registered this morning and am OFFICIALLY registered! I'm excited, nervous, anxious, nervous (again) and the emotions go on.... It will be an amazing feeling once I finish it! My mom is going to do this with me! I can't wait! I registered as a runner so that I can get the timing chip. I'm sure that I will walk/jog/run. So I've completely stepped outside of my comfort zone and I am getting it DONE!! I'... Wed, 19 May 2010 13:25:33 EST Food Blog for Monday 5/17/10 This is working pretty good for me so I think I just may keep it up! :) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 49 calories <BR> watermelon 1 cup, 20 oz. water (not pictured) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: 453 calories <BR> tuna salad 1 cup, 2 celery stalks, watermelon (again) 1 cup <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> snack: 60 calories <BR> light string cheese 1 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Mon, 17 May 2010 23:39:11 EST Food Blog for Sunday 5/16/10 I am going to do a photo blog of what I eat help keep me more accountable. <BR> <BR> Here is what was on the menu for today! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1 cup strawberries with 2 tablespoons cool whip light topping <BR> forgot to take a picture of the cherrios, blueberries and milk 312 calories <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 1 cup strawberries, 2 tablespoons cool whip light topping, 1 cup fresh spinach, 3 oz mushroo... Sun, 16 May 2010 22:23:19 EST ABC's on getting to know me A - Age: 31 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: king <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: cleaning the bathrooms <BR> <BR> D - Dog/Cat's name: Murphy <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: putting my contacts in <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Purple <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: silver <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5 ft 1 in <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play: violin (used to play and can still play if I had to) <BR> <BR> J - Job title: MOM, front desk reception <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s): 2 girls <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 15 May 2010 16:44:43 EST Why is it?!?! Why is it that people have to be just so down right mean?!?! I had someone call tonight (at my place of employment, I answered the phone) and said that there was this really "fat" women behind the desk and they needed to complain about her. Yes, she was talking about ME! I almost burst into tears right then and there. I mean I know that I'm no skinny minny but just the rudeness of people. Haven't they ever thought that those words may hurt someone? <BR> <BR> I will overcome my weight issue.... Fri, 14 May 2010 23:52:59 EST Going out of my comfort zone On June 6th I will be running in a 5K. I know that this isn't that big of a deal to most people but I have NEVER EVER done anything like this before! I know it's only 3.1 miles but WOW! I can't believe that I am actually doing this!!! :-) Thu, 13 May 2010 16:02:18 EST Started something new I know how hard this journey is going to be....but with my goals in mind I CAN DO THIS!!! I KNOW I CAN!!! <BR> <BR> So, I started something new today! I went to spinning. Oh my goodness! I thought I was going to die but I made it through and feel so much better about my first accomplishment. I will be going once a week to spinning and the other days I will be going to zumba, exercising on the cardio machines (c25k on my podcast), going to jog/wave (I love swimming) and Monday, Wednesday, Fr... Thu, 13 May 2010 13:21:47 EST My intro... Here it goes... <BR> <BR> My name is Ginger, I am a mom to 2 little girls. Morgan is 5 and Madalyn (Maddy) is 4. My husband- Greg and I have been married for a little over 7 years. <BR> <BR> I have been "over weight" for most of my life. I am 5'1" and started my journey this past January with Weight Watchers. When I met my husband in February of 2001 I weighed 145-150. When I had Morgan I weighed 225. After that I dropped down to 191. 7 months later I got pregnant with Madalyn and at the e... Wed, 12 May 2010 16:12:53 EST