STAY39's SparkPeople Blog STAY39's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Random pics Hi friends! I just thought I'd post some random pics from the past 2 months. <BR> <BR> This first pic is my 10 year olds very first Boston Red Sox game! We had an awesome time! And no we didn't have those great seats- we just snuck in for photos. Lol! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The next photos are from King Richards Faire which is a renaissance faire in our area. We had a blast! <BR> <img src=" Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:54:45 EST Our trip to NH My DH and I took my boys up to Jefferson NH for a trip to Santa's Village. Has anyone ever been there? I love that place so much! It is such a great atmosphere with Christmas music playing, elves everywhere, adorable little cottages to play in (schoolhouse, church, elves house, etc...), fun rides, Santa, very pleasant employees and the smell of fresh baked gingerbread throughout. If anyone has kids or grandkids under 12 I highly recommend it. Plus, it's reasonably priced. So we all had a wond... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:19:49 EST My concession (and confession) blog My concession (and confession) blog. <BR> <BR> Hello my spark friends. Warning-this could be long and pathetic. For the past 5 weeks I have been in a friendly competition with my wonderful spark friends Maxynne and Michelle. This competition was my idea and the intent was to try to lose as close to 5% of our weight by today's date. The person who lost the least amount would have to write a blog explaining why and post a day of selfie. Again, my bright idea. I really thought this would motiv... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:55:45 EST My 1st official 5k to kick-start 2014! Hello friends! <BR> <BR> I haven't blogged in a while but I had some inspiration today so here it goes. This morning I ran my 1st official 5k of 2014. It was the same race I started out 2013 with. I couldn't find anyone to run with me and DH really wanted to take the boys fishing (opening weekend) so I decided to go it solo. It was awesome! A beautiful spring day, perfect for running, not too sunny or windy. <BR> <BR> I did not have my best time today. I finished this same race last year ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:31:19 EST Spring please! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:39:19 EST Just more random laughs! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:47:04 EST Just felt like some winter fun! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:50:10 EST My 1st Spark year! Hello my dear spark friends! This week was a big one for me. On Monday I started a new job. I was in the same position doing the same type of nursing for the past 15 years. For various reasons, it was time for a change. I am now at a new hospital learning a whole new scope of nursing. It was a very difficult decision for me as I don't usually like change. I was really set in a comfort zone-- but that zone, while very comfortable, was no longer making me happy. Well I have had a great first w... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:27:29 EST What I got for Christmas! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was just too funny not to share. I am sure a lot of us feel this way right now. Let's be honest- This is the week to make the plans that will be enforced after Jan 1st! Let's do this! Let's make 2014 a great and healthy year! Here's my plan: <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:11:04 EST random family photos to share <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:49:40 EST Jingle Run 5k I ran my last official 5k of 2014 today and it was the best one yet! I feel so happy right now- that runners high is definitely flowing through my body! It was probably about 35-38 degrees and the rain had stopped, sun had come out, and there was very little wind. The day couldn't have been better! <BR> <BR> I had gone out on a practice run in the cold earlier this week to mostly make sure my cold weather gear was just right. I felt so good during that run and had really improved my time so ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 14:54:22 EST Tis the Season... This is what we spent our day doing. Now it's time to shop. <BR> <img src="">. <img src=""> <BR> Happy December Everybody! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 19:18:40 EST Have a wonderful day spark friends! <img src=""> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:01:33 EST Just for fun. This is how I feel this weekend (for no good reason) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this is for Michelle (MSHEL7)- it's on girl- let's battle today! <em>246</em> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:38:32 EST Planking challenge This is my challenge for this month. Planking! I have been wanting to try this but have been scared. I have absolutely no upper body strength or core strength so I am hoping I can find it. My only worry is my back muscle issue. I definitely felt it when I did my 20 seconds this am so I am hoping it will help it and not hurt it. I also wanted to post this for my Spark friend Michelle. You can do this with me girl! And anyone else who wants to try. I set this photo as my screen saver so I will ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:50:51 EST Happy Halloween my spark friends! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And On a different note! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:05:52 EST My very eventful (but not in a good way) morning run! Warning- very long blog! <BR> <BR> This morning I went out to run my normal 5K route in my neighborhood. I was really having a great run. It was a beautiful day, perfect weather and I felt like my pace was really good. I was really feeling awesome. <BR> <BR> But then it all changed. <BR> <BR> As I approached my 2 mile marker I see a car facing me at a stop sign intersection. The car lingered there for a bit making me think they were waiting to see if I was going straight to let me pass ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:30:17 EST Finally- my Disney Trip Blog! I've been meaning to write a blog about my trip to Disney World last month but have not had the time. I also never knew where to start (or end) so here goes nothin! We had the most perfect trip! I do a lot of planning before heading to Disney which is necessary for our trip to run smoothly. And just like the time we went in 2010- everything worked out great. This trip was special as it was my little 4 year old's 1st time. In 2010 he was only 18 mos and we left him home with my parents- a deci... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 06:23:04 EST Beautiful day for a 5k! This morning I ran my 3rd "official" 5k of the year and I was able to beat my best time again (although not by much- but I'll take it)! I finished in 38:12 which is 15 seconds better than my last timed race in April. I was aiming to come in under 38 minutes but I do feel I pushed myself so I will have to be happy with this and keep on trying! I came very close to vomiting after the finish line so I know I gave it my all. Lol! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> And more important to me- I never stopp... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 12:36:28 EST Sick of being sick I just had to blog about this new emoticon! I feel that it was made just for me right now: <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Isn't he cute! <BR> <BR> <BR> I just want to say <em>304</em> To all of my wonderful friends for all your goodies and well wishes! It means so much to me! I just started an antibiotic today so hopefully that will do the trick. <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 19:53:46 EST Color Me a Rad 5k (photo blog) My 9 year old and I got to run the Color Me Rad 5k today! We had such a great time! Of course it would have been nicer to actually run with him and cross the finish line with him but I can't have it all! That little punk left me in his dust! This was his first 5k and I wasn't expecting him to be able to run the whole thing but run it he did and at a pretty fast pace too. He kept up with another friend who is an avid runner and I just went my own pace. It wasn't a timed race- just a fun one an... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:07:23 EST Home from Disney... Hi friends! I had the most amazing, wonderful, magical and perfect Disney World vacation! Hopefully I will soon get to blog about it and post pics but for now I am just settling back in. <BR> <BR> While we were away my next door neighbor's home was hit by lightning. So crazy! They lost so much, computers, TVs, refrigerator, and their hybrid car which was unfortunately charging at the time. Neighbors across the street lost their washer and dryer. We lost our computer modem and router. All in... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 20:30:17 EST Update Well I can breath a little better today (literally). I slept really well and this head cold/allergies seems better today! My back is easing up and I called for an emergency massage tomorrow (still hoping she can take me). <BR> <BR> I got lucky (in a sense) at the vet this morning. The vet thinks my cat got bit by something when he escaped outside this weekend. The back of his neck and eyes were all red and swollen, poor guy! She was able to give him some Benadryl, Steroid and Antibiotic all... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:27:38 EST My family Hi spark friends! I wanted to share my family with you so I set my page to private and will post this blog for a few days and probably take it down. I am just a bit uncomfortable with keeping my kids pictures up. Don't know why- my mom has them plastered all over Facebook! Lol! <BR> <BR> Me and hubby (Matthew) pic from 2012: (we are highschool sweethearts- together 22 years! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Family 2009: <BR> <img src="htt... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 17:32:42 EST My Results Are In! Today marks the official end of this friendly little competition with my sparkfriend MOMINE. We started this approx 8 weeks ago back on July 9th. I must start out by saying that I am so proud of us both for truly committing to this and for cheering each other on the whole way. We blogged every Sunday about our progress and were checking in on each other 1-2 times per week to say hello and provide support and motivation. We have both come so far! I want to say a HUGE thank all of our spark f... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 11:56:28 EST Sunday check in Hi All! Not sure where to begin here. I guess I'll start by saying that I really did give it my all this week. When I look back at my weekly goals I did stay within my calorie range 6/7 days. I worked out hard 4/7 days, I ate my freggies and drank my water. I am feeling great! But, alas- I am still weighing in at 201. So close yet so far! <BR> <BR> I was feeling optimistic at the beginning of the week because I had 1 day seen a 199.8 on my scale last week- so I thought for sure I was "pull... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 06:36:54 EST Sunday check-in Hi all! I had pretty good week! I had 1 bad day on Tuesday but luckily (with the help of my spark friends) I was able to brush that off and move forward the rest if the week. <em>304</em> <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> Miracle of miracles- I lost 1 whole pound! My weight is now 201! I am so excited to be at a new low weight and inching closer to Onderland! I have one more week to go in this competition. Can I lose 1 more pound in 1 week? Honestly I am allowing myself to be a little bit opti... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 12:23:30 EST Time to cha-cha <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I so needed this today! Just Came across it and fell in love with this! Usually this totally sums me up. Yesterday, I just happened to have a bad day and let myself get in a negative place. <em>234</em> I don't want to bore you with the details (and excuses) but I basically just got off my routine for various reasons (excuses). <BR> <BR> So Tuesday ended up a bad food day (pizza and ice cream involved) and co... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:59:56 EST Sunday check-in Hi friends! I have great news for this week- I lost 1 whole pound! <em>244</em> I am seriously so excited! My mind was in a great place this week (2 weeks in a row- crazy!) and I slowly watched that scale drop each day. This was exactly how it went- 202.8, 202.6, 202.4, 202.2, 202.0!!!!!!!!!! <em>104</em> I just feel awesome and hope this trend continues into this week. It's funny how you get to know your body so well that you can actually feel the 1 lb difference! <BR> <BR> MO... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 06:26:30 EST Quick pic Life is good! We got to go sailing on our friends boat tonight. Our second time out this summer. It was wonderful! I love living by the ocean! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am having such a hard time getting my pictures to post upright. It's driving me crazy so if anyone has any thoughts on this- please help! Thanks! Wed, 7 Aug 2013 23:06:16 EST Sunday check-in Good morning and happy Sunday everyone! I am happy to say that I truly had a great week- both with exercise AND nutrition! I just felt in the zone this week for some reason. I stayed within my calorie range almost every day and never felt "deprived". I feel blessed that I had a week like this and I will aim for that again this week. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> There is good news and bad news with my weigh in. Good news is I have hit a new low- 202.8! <em>334</em> Loved seeing the new #! ... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 10:26:46 EST Sunday check in Just as I expected my weigh in was not great this morning. Back up to that famous #= 204! I definitely had a busier week with more get togethers with not great food options- and desserts- too many desserts! On the positive side I had a great exercise week and felt I really pushed myself. I was hoping that would balance me out more but silly me. I may have gotten too confident that it would. Time to refocus and keep those darn daily calories down below 1700! This is such a challenge for me but... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 06:32:13 EST Sunday check in Hi! Today I weighed in at 203.4. I'll take it! I am just so happy to see 203.something instead of 204.something. It's amazing how much one little number can make an impact! I had a great week (except maybe thursday). On Thursday we had to go to a family celebration held at an Asian buffet. These are not easy to navigate when you are trying to watch calorie intake. I do feel I did well having a little bit of this and a little bit of that but those little bits do add up! I did not leave there f... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:56:27 EST Finally- 15 lbs down (with pics)! I am FINALLY able to proudly proclaim I have lost 15 pounds! I am so very excited! It has taken me exactly 6 1/2 months- which I know is a long time- but I never really put myself on a "time-line". I just decided to start embracing a healthier lifestyle one day at a time, one small change at a time. I've got a long way to go to be in my goal weight range (~155-165) but I already feel so much healthier and confident. I know I will get there, even if it takes me years. <BR> <BR> My next mini-... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:11:10 EST My Birthday! I'd just like to report that I "survived" my birthday without too much damage. We went out to a beautiful restaurant for dinner with our good friends. I kept my calories low for breakfast & lunch in preparation for this. I had 1 glass of Sangria, 1-2 bites of the 2 apps we ordered & my entree was a petite salmon over baby spinach with other veggies- delicious & just enough. I had saved my calories for what I really wanted- triple chocolate mouse! I ate most of it and though I did enjoy it- I... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:28:10 EST Sunday check in This is just a quick Sunday check in blog as promised in my "competition" with my sparkfriend MOMINE. <BR> <BR> Positives of this week were: my freggie intake is awesome (thank you summer), I am sticking to my fitness plan, my water intake is great, and I 90% avoided cookies (those suckers are stubborn)! <BR> <BR> Negatives are: my calorie intake needs to be reigned in. I tend to average 1800-2000/day and need to aim for 1600-1800. This is such a struggle for me! I have been staying up wa... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:03:15 EST Neurotic mom? Today I took my 3 boys and 7yr old nephew to see Despicable Me 2- which was an awesome movie. The sad part is that movies are just not the same for me anymore. It is almost the 1 year anniversary of the Aurora shooting and that is all I can think about at a movie theatre now. I watch the exits, I watch the people who get up during the movie, I cannot just relax and enjoy. Maybe I am being a bit neurotic? It's easy to do when you are responsible for little innocent lives- especially in this cr... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:46:26 EST Friendly competition.... Hi friends! This is just a quick blog to put out there that I have agreed to do a little "friendly competition" with my good spark friend- MOMINE. I have STILL been unable to break through this plateau I've been on for 3 long months now so I am trying a few different things including this so please wish me luck and cheer me on. I will blog an update of my progress every Sunday and the loser has to send the winner a luxery spark goodie (plus blog about it). Here goes nothin! <BR> <BR> I hav... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 09:55:02 EST Deck of cards workout I just wanted to share the great workout I did this morning. I did the "deck of cards" workout where you assign 4 different exercises - 1 to each suit- then go through the whole deck doing the # of reps the card indicates. For me today: hearts= running length of yard fence to fence (probably approx the length of Olympic swimming pool, clubs= squats, diamonds= jump rope, and spades= kettle bell lifts. <BR> <BR> This was such an intense workout! It took me about an hour (I wasn't trying to ra... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 18:02:24 EST So naive! I learned quite a lesson yesterday. I was stuck with doing a work out at home (not my favorite) so I really thought it through the night before. My plan was to work out for 30 minutes in my backyard. I wanted to start with lunges (never done before) with kettle bell lifts from one fence to the other. I thought I could do this 10 times. Then I was going to do some jump-roping and squats with kettle bell lifts. If I had time I was going to do some stepping up onto a chair with kettle bell lifts... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:31:16 EST My Update Blog I think this will just be a blog full of random thoughts to update my spark friends who might be interested. I haven't blogged in a while and feel like I have been "hanging by a thread" as far as my spark efforts go this past 1&1/2 months. I haven't been the best spark friend lately and I am sorry about that! The spring season has tried to get the best of me. Such busy schedules with my 3 boys in 3 different sports and all the end of school year activities/events/projects. I have very limited... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 20:22:27 EST my 1st picutre blog- my 5K I finally uploaded my pictures from my official 5k race day on April 14th. <BR> <BR> Here I am before the race: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I am coming to the finish line. Please ignore the "ugly face" as I was sprinting and totally dying plus trying to hold back those tears of pride and joy: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and here I am crossing the finish line with my 3 boys run... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:59:11 EST Quick sweet story Thought I'd take a quick break from my crazy cleaning day to tell you a nice quick story. Saturday was my wedding anniversary so my DH and I went out for a nice dinner at a new seafood restaurant near my house. Beautiful place, great food, lovely night. At the end of the dinner we were waiting for the check when the waitress brought over 2 chocolate covered strawberries with "Happy Anniversary" written across the plate in chocolate. Then she says "everything is all set, your father was in and... Wed, 8 May 2013 11:15:40 EST My Scary Stressful Week! Well I have had quite a stressful few days to say the least! There is a lesson to be learned so I figured I'd share. On Wed my poor DH woke me up at 2am telling me his heart felt funny and he couldn't sleep. I am a cardiac nurse and could tell by putting my ear to his chest that he was in an arrhythmia. I insisted he go to the ER right away but he is a guy and wanted to shower first. Of course by the time he was ready to go his heartbeat was normal again. So he spent all day Wed in the ER but... Sun, 5 May 2013 11:14:59 EST Just keep running.... Ran my 5k at the track today in 35:33. Guess last week wasn't a fluke! I am just elated! I feel so good after a run- that "on top of the world" feeling is so addictive! Just adding this to my " <em>244</em> " jar! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:38:59 EST Great 5k run at the track! Today the track was calling me for some reason. I usually run my 5k route in my neighborhood but I just felt like switching it up I guess. Well, switch it up I did! I somehow was able to run my 5k in 35:23 which beats my personal best by more than 3mins! This is crazy! I used the stopwatch on my phone and checked in after each mile and was shocked to see I was running them in under 12 mins each. <BR> I am attributing this to the fact that the track is a bit more motivating because you ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:10:19 EST I did it! My 5k accomplishment!! I did it! Today I ran my 5k! My official time was 38:27 which I am extremely happy with! I was hoping to come in under 38 but I'll gladly take this! It means i averaged approximately 12:35 per mile. More importantly (to me) I was able to run the entire thing and never had to stop to walk! What a perfect day it was! Sun was shining, I felt great, & my husband and kids were there to support me and cheer me on! When I saw them in the distance at the finish line I welled up with tears of pride an... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 13:26:37 EST Quick Kitty Update Just wanted to update my great news! My kitty Grover is going to be just fine! The doctor called with the biopsy results which showed that the cyst was benign and they got all of it! Joy and relief! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 08:33:13 EST The Power of Spark Streaks I started last week in a bit of a funk after a 3 day long weekend which included 2 birthday parties and Easter. Lots of food, drink, treats, no exercise, no sleep, etc... It took me until Wednesday to "snap out of it" and get my butt back in gear. Due to this I missed usual my Monday & Tuesday workouts. I wasn't too bothered by this because we all have days (weeks) like this and I have been soooooo consistent for 3 months. Then, on Saturday I looked at my spark streaks page! I love to look a... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 16:31:17 EST 5k Test Run I was able to run my 5K outside today as the weather was decent enough- FINALLY!! It was my 1st time taking it outdoors (& off the treadmill) this season. My 5k is next weekend so I was starting to panic. I finished it in under 40 mins which I am happy with because I did slow to a walk a few times. It takes a lot to adjust to outdoor running. The wind was so cold and I still have a lingering chest cold. Stupid me went out in only a t-shirt (plus pants of course-lol!) Anyway I have definitely ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 11:54:14 EST