Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spark Vacation

It's hard to stay focused when I see my cruise is just a week away! I am going to enjoy myself on the cruise, and not worry about tracking nutrition. This is what is making it hard for me to stay on track right now. I know that what ever I lose right now will potentially be back in a week, after the cruise. It's a silly mind game and it is winning.

Thankfully, my silly mind game has only afforded me a two pound gain but I am getting a little tired of the "yo-yo" in weight this past month.

I've come to the decision that since I'm having such a mind over matter dilemma, my spark vacation is starting now. I am going to come back to SP on November 1st with a fresh new attitude! Bon voyage!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

An Engagement

One of my best friends got engaged this weekend. She called me last night to share the great news! I am so happy for them! She asked me to do their engagement photos and I'm honored. I can't wait!

She lives out of town but will be coming in town tomorrow and will be stopping by my house tomorrow evening. I've texted a few of our close friends and I'm going to try to surprise her with a little celebration. We're all very happy for her! I'm going to make a pie, a friend is bringing ice cream, and I'll be providing wine.

With our cruise next week, it seems like there is one thing after another deterring me from my weight loss goals! At least, after we return from our cruise, I will have a friends wedding to use as a new goal date! I could use some fresh motivation!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Some Routine

In my last blog I mentioned that I would bringing some routine back in to my life. This week is still up the air as far as my husbands work schedule goes. He may be working third shift, or he may be working first. We aren't quite sure. Either way, I am going to be prepared. I made a list of meals for the week and bought my groceries accordingly. Being so organized with meal planning and grocery shopping not only helps our waistlines, but it actually saves us money, too! I bought groceries for the entire week at only $54. I even threw in a couple of things that weren't on the list. This is a huge improvement because before we could have spent anywhere from $125-200 a week on groceries just because we didn't plan ahead. Making a list and sticking to it is the way to go!

Dinner Plans:

Sunday: "Poor Boys"
Monday: Steak w/ Beans and Broccoli
Tuesday: Cola Chicken w/ Rice
Wednesday: Chili
Thursday: Creamy Chicken and Pasta Bake
Friday: Fish w/ Rice and Broccoli

I'm making "Poor Boys" for dinner tonight. It's my moms recipe, which means that its easy, cheap and yummy! If you're looking for a healthy meal, you may want to turn away now.

Poor Boys
Servings: 4
Nutrition per serving: 490 calories; 18 carbs; 34 fat; 28 protein

1 lb. Ground Beef
4 slices American Cheese
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 large Potatoes
Tin foil

Parboil potatoes. Split ground beef into four equal patties. Spray four sheets of tin foil with non-stick spray. Slice potatoes, place on tin foil sheets, equally. Add beef patties to tin foil, top with cream of mushroom soup. Fold up tin foil around food and place on the grill for 15 minutes on med-high heat (or until meat is browned). Add slice of American Cheese to each. Grill on low for 5 minutes.

Like I said, easy, cheap and yummy! Not exactly the healthies option, but then again, this is a recipe from my mom. I like to use it at least once every month or so.

Plans for today include cleaning, laundry, cooking and well... more cleaning! I love starting the work week off with a clean house. Nothing beats coming home on a Monday evening with not a thing that needs cleaned! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!

Friday, October 14, 2011


I am craving some routine right now. My husband started working third shift and it’s been an adventure so far. I’ve been trying to cater to him while I’m home, because this is a big transition for him. I’m trying to help him out as much as possible. Now that we’ve got a couple of nights under our belt, it’s time to get a routine going. My husband’s schedule changed to third shift Tuesday-Friday and Saturdays he works at 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. We just keep telling ourselves this is temporary. If anything, this change has brought us closer together. We really cherish the couple of hours a day that we get to see one another while he is awake and I am home.
Now it’s time for the confession. I have to confess that I have been feeding my emotions the past two evenings. I would get home from work, eat dinner and then say “good night” to my husband, who would then take a 3 hour nap before his shift started. I just wanted to get out of the house, to avoid waking him, so I went to my mom’s house. Big mistake! By the time that I got to my mom’s house, they were done eating dinner and there were leftovers. Mom’s home cooking leftovers. Of course I had a plate. So basically, the past two nights, I have had two dinners. I am realizing it, confessing it, and moving on. I am not going to my mom’s house tonight. I am going to start working on a routine, instead!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2 weeks!

2 more weeks until our cruise! I can say that sentence out loud yet, it's still hard to believe!

Since I've had a few setbacks, I'm changing my cruise goal to a 5 pound loss instead of a 10 pound loss. I am going to try to get down to 235 lbs. I have been bouncing between 240-238 these past few days. I'm hoping to stabilize by the end of the week at 237 then move on to the last two pounds.

Tonight is my husbands first night of working third shift. I'm so thankful that this is temporary because I already know that I'm going to miss sleeping next to him. I'm just happy that he has a job in this transition between careers.

My leg is feeling better today, and my ms symptoms have been minor today. I've been working on stressing less since yesterday and I really feel like that is helping me.

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Relapse, Changes, and Prayers Needed

Post from yesterday:

This past weekend, I had a relapse of MS. I wasn't able to walk for a few days there, but my leg is feeling better today. I was seeing double, then my eye went blurry for an entire night. Scary stuff. I went to my neurologist today, but there wasn't much he could do. He wants me to get an MRI as soon as possible, but due to insurance, that's not quite possible right now.

My husband got in to this new program where he gets free schooling and will be a part of a union once he is picked up by a contractor. The union is trying to place 80 new apprentices and he hasn't been placed yet. So, he is basically in between jobs right now and just got a temp job that he starts tomorrow. It's third shift for three nights, second shift for one night, and first shift for one night. He also has school two nights a week. This is a huge change for us. I'm a little nervous.

Also, I came home after hearing about my husbands new schedule and my dog was bleeding from his "you-know-what". Our dog is our baby. I was able to call the vet 5 minutes before they closed and she assured me that it's not an emergency, but he should be seen in the next day or two. I'm thinking that we are going to need to get him neutered. I hope that will be the solution to whatever is wrong with him. Keep him in your prayers. The little guy means so much to us!

With all of this going on, my C25K program has been put on hold and my eating has been less than great. Losing this weight before the cruise feels nearly impossible, but that doesn't mean that I need to give up completely. I am still going to watch what I'm eating as best I can. I'm going to play these next few days by ear. Hopefully my leg will be as good as new, soon!

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Motivation to Exercise

Some motivation to get out there and exercise this evening:

"The difference between someone who is in shape, and someone who is not in shape, is the individual who is in shape works out even when they do not want to." ~ Unknown

“The mind will always give up before the body.” ~ Unknown

According to my C25K schedule that I made for myself the other day, tonight I will be running W1D1 for the second time.

Unfortunately, the track that I used on Wednesday is not available this evening. I'm still not completely sure where I will run tonight, but I am sure that I'm going to do it!

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

W1D1: She's at it again?!

Okay, this may be my third attempt at the C25K program, but this time will be different. It's going to be different because I'm going to take it at my own pace. Week one may take two weeks, or it may take three. I'm going to be lenient with myself, and really build up my endurance at my own pace.

Of course, the weather is going to be a big factor in this journey. My gym membership is on hold until December. We could be getting snow as early as next week, we never know here. Thankfully, yesterday was a beautiful day to start week one!

I decided to attempt day one on the track yesterday after work. I was lucky in that I was alone. The temperature was about 68 degrees with no breeze. The sun was shining, the air smelled like fall and there were leaves on the track to boot. It was a beautiful evening, and I was really excited to be outside, taking advantage of it.

My first three intervals of running weren't that bad. I was panting, alright, but I was making it through the 60 seconds without counting down for dear life! During the fourth interval, I got a cramp on my right side under my ribs. It wasn't horrible, just enough to slow me down a bit. The cramp stuck with me throughout runs 5, 6, and 7. It was actually stronger during my walks. The fifth interval was tedious. I started negotiating with myself. I remember thinking "you don't have to run past those bleachers over there, if the time isn't up by then, you can walk, but just keep running until then." I did that through runs 6 and 7, too. The great part was that by the time I came to negotiating with myself, my run was just about done and I didn't stop early at all. During the sixth run, through my panting, I actually talked aloud to the guy on the podcast. I said, "isn't it time yet?" at the time, I convinced myself that runs 6 and 7 were a few seconds longer than the rest. At the end of my seventh run, my entire body got stiff the second that I started walking. It almost made me topple over, my legs completely cramped up. I just kept walking and by the time that my last run came, I was ready to do it! That run felt like the shortest run of them all, oddly enough. It was great!

The picture above is of me right after finishing my last run. I was trying to smile and catch my breath at the same time. Not very flattering, but I was just so happy that I did it!

Oh yeah, and right after I was finished with my cool down, I went to grab my keys which were hanging on a post and I just about had a heart attack when I almost grabbed that green bugger pictured above. It startled me pretty good! I snapped a picture then slowly took my keys and walked back to my car.

When I got home, I made shrimp with pasta for dinner. Easy and delicious!

After dinner, I stretched by our pond. It was relaxing and felt so good! The sun was going down, my pond lights were coming on. The crickets were singing and the sound from our small waterfalls made me feel like I could just sit there all night.

After stretching, I treated myself to a glass of wine and a lemon muffin. The glass of wine and muffin was a treat for taking my Copaxone injection. For those of you who don't know, that is the medicine that I am suppose to inject daily to help with my MS. I haven't been very consistent lately with my injections, so I am working on that.

This morning, I am a little sore, but in a good way! I'm very happy that I completed day one, and I am looking forward to day two! Bring it on!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sharing a Nightmare

I haven't had a nightmare in quite a while. Actually, I haven't had any dreams that I can actually remember in months. Last night, though, I had a nightmare that definitely kept me from getting a good nights rest.

From what I can remember, I was at my moms house, except there were a lot more rooms than she actually has. It's weird, when I have a nightmare it usually takes place at my moms house. I was running from a person. I don't know who they were though, or why I was running. I would run in to a room and quickly slam the door closed behind me. I was frantically trying to find a lock that wasn't there. I ended up having to keep the door closed with my weight as I searched around the room for another door. The person on the other side kept pushing, trying to get in. The door would open a crack and I'd have to fight back, pushing harder. Once I'd find another door, I would run for it, which let the person come chasing after me. I would make it behind the next door before they got to me, and the cycle continued. Finally, after many different doors with no locks, I ran through my moms kitchen, and I felt like I had gained a little distance. I was less frantic when I closed the basement door because I immediately found a lock. I stood back and heard the person banging on the door, trying to get in. They started talking aloud about different ways to try and get to me, but I couldn't hear the plans. I knew they would eventually find a way, but I was able to calm down on the steps, knowing that I at least had a little more time before they would.

When I woke up this morning, I felt like I had actually been running all night. I was so tired.

I keep thinking about my dream, trying to interpret it. I think that it may mean something that it was the basement door that finally had the lock. It's funny because I have always been weary of basements. For me to feel safer locked in the basement than to confront whoever was behind the door, means something. The fact that this all took place at my moms house, a place that I haven't lived since I was 18, means something too. Also, I really remember running through the kitchen. That was the most vivid room of my dream.

I wouldn't have been able to say this before my nightmare but I believe that I may be running from myself. My old self. The one who would rather eat dinner in front of the tv and stay there until it's time for bed. The one who use to live at my moms house, never exercise, and eat the delicious yet bad-for-you-foods. The person chasing me in this nightmare was the old me. If I wouldn't have had this nightmare, the old me may have finally caught me. This nightmare really woke me up.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

McDonalds Monopoly

It's that time of year! The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and McDonalds Monopoly is back.

My husband and I have the hardest time staying away from McDonalds around this time of year. We have already won 3 medium fries, 2 breakfast sandwiches, 1 medium drink, and 20 free prints at Snapfish.

My name is Kalyn and I am a McDonalds Monopoly Addict.

Thankfully, I'm not eating the winnings, too. Every winner that we get immediately goes in to my husbands wallet.

1 McDonalds breakfast and 2 McDonalds dinners later in the game, I am making it my goal to not eat McDonalds for the rest of the year. (With the exclusion of salads. If I forget my lunch, I need a trackable option near my office.)

In other news, I wanted to show that even though I have not been posting my weekly dinner plans, I haven't stopped planning them:

Even though I was running a little behind for work today, I made sure to pack food to bring to the office with me today.

Sorry for the dark and blurry pictures; I didn't have any control over the lighting and my iPhone doesn't take good pictures to begin with!

Speaking of pictures, I'm doing photography for a wedding this Saturday. I'm a little nervous but mostly excited. If you haven't seen my work before, do not judge it from my iPhone pictures on my blog! Haha. Maybe I'll post some samples on my blog sometime soon.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Both Feet In

I weighed in yesterday and I was not happy with what I saw. I gained 4 pounds since last week. Even though I'm thinking it, I guess that I can't blame it all on my business trip. Ever since I got back from out of town, I have been super busy and was guilty of ording dinner instead of making it. I recognize it and I'm going to do something about it. I feel like I have only had one foot in this challenge these past couple of weeks and I'm ready to put both feet in it again!

The cruise is 3 weeks away. It's going to be a struggle to lose 11 pounds now, but I am going to shoot for the moon!