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Friday, September 19, 2014

Yay for Friday. This cold still is kicking my butt, and now it has taken hold of Blake. He just wanted to be held yesterday, and sleep a lot. It was good for both of us, to take another day for rest. But oh how I wish this cold would let up. I miss running, I miss being able to exercise my muscles and have that feeling that they are loose and warm and stretched.

I was up on the dang scale about a half a pound. UGH!! I only have a few more days to make my Diet bet goal and I just can't fail this one. I am sure most of it is water retention as I did eat some salty things yesterday. But how disappointing to be right on the edge of the 150's mark and then go up on Weigh in day.

This weekend will be a quiet one, and hopefully both Blake and I will be getting better. I need to get back to running next week.

So this post was kind of whiny again. Sorry about that, I am just tired of being sick and I don't know what to do for this cold. Time, they say, time will make it better.

Gratitude: Grateful for a job that I can take time off to take care of me, and take care of my son. It is so nice to be able to have that time and still get paid for it.

Grateful for fresh veggies in the fridge to make a nice chicken soup yesterday.

Grateful for the washing machine and dryer. Blake went through a ton of sheets and blankets yesterday.

WINS: Ate within calories, but it was salty.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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MAGGIEVAN 9/19/2014 4:33PM

    I do find the flu injection very helpful. I will continue to get it. In the past when I got a cold I also got a very nagging cough for weeks and weeks. This year I had none of it. I do hope that every day now will be a big improvement for you. Take care and be blessed.

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CHRISTINEBWD 9/19/2014 12:09PM

    So sorry you are still sick! Gosh, this cold is hanging on for sure! Poor little Blake got it too, that is awful!

Drink lots of water to get rid of the salt and good luck with the diet bet!

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Still Sick, one pound to go, reevaluation of the next 3 months

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I am still sick, this cold just WILL not let go. It has drained my energy and drive. Is all I want to do when I get home is go to bed. And with a two year old that isn't possible, as he has the energy for three people. I am eating right, drinking a ton of water, and still I am not getting better. Not worse either, but not better. I haven't been running and I think that is affecting my mood too. I haven't ran in over a week but I just don't have the energy to go out and do it.

I am down to that last stinking pound, and I have been here before. I sure hope that the scale is my friend on Friday to give me that magic number of 20 lbs gone forever. I will make my diet bet on Tuesday for the weigh out. That is exciting as this was a $50 dollar bet, so even if I get back $20 or $30 I will have all of my credits back from the one I lost. I hate losing!! And it just goes to show that if you put your mind to it, you can do it.

The heater is done. emoticon It is paid for, in full, and I saved for it, and I did it. It will be installed completely tomorrow and things can get swinging for the holidays. Christmas is going to be awesome this year. And if I get to feeling better, which will hopefully be before the pumpkin patch opens, I am going to go get some fall flowers and do a cute display with pumpkins and pretty fall flowers. My first!

Reevalution for September thru December:

Looking back on some posts, on January 2, 2014 I posted a vision for myself for the same time next year... and I have completed a lot of that.

Vision for 2014 -
I am energetic, full of life and 20 lbs thinner. I am happy, able to play with my son, and my health has improved. I feel great when I wake up and am not using the snooze button. I have energy to get through the day and the evening without feeling like I am a total failure at life, at parenting, at being a wife. My motivation comes from within to feel strong and healthy and accomplish small goals. With the upcoming family gatherings I will make good, strong choices and stick with them. I will keep portions in control, but not deprive myself. I will say no thank you, and make sure to do all the little (cheesy things) that seem so insignificant but have proven to work. By Christmas next year, I will be the best that I can be for this year!

I am one pound away from being 20 lbs thinner, I am able to play with my son and my health has improved. 9 minute miles.... I am still using the snooze button, need to work on that one. And with the upcoming holidays, I will make good choices again. And stick with all of the cheesy things that work, portion control, one bite, drinking lots of water, eating a healthy snack before get togethers. And I am going to be the best me I can be by Christmas.

My mantra for this year was I AM WORTH IT!
I lost site of that a little bit, and forget that I am worth it, and I deserve to have some down time to feel better. I deserve to take care of myself so that I can take care of the other people around me. I need to put this back at the top of the list, as I have fell off the list for a little while.

Two days before New Years, I posted goals with action steps but I never followed through with the rewards, or what I was going to do for the rest of the months.
So I need to figure out my goals for each month, and add the action steps to get me through to January.

September - Lose that last stinking pound to hit the twenty pound goal I set in January.
Action - No mindless eating. Make sure I know what is going in my mouth, and make sure if it is a treat to enjoy it, not inhale it. Menu plan. (this is key for me) Bring lunch and breakfast from home. (This helps in the saving money category too).

Save Money - Managed to pay off heater, saved the money and got er done.

Organization - Ah Back to the kitchen I go. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it NEEDS to be clean/functional/and ready to use.
For the rest of September I will pick one day a week to go through one or two cupboards at a time and get this ready for holiday baking. Action Step: Be ruthless and throw out anything that you don't use. Make it mine, and make it useful and full of love.

Lose 7 lbs for the month of October.
Action Step: Bring lunch from home, no mindless eating or spending to eat out. Plan, measure, and drink lots of water.
Action Step 2: Get back into exercise plan, running 4x per week, this is the perfect time to up those miles. Sign up for a 5K, and strength train on Friday mornings.

Living Room/Scrapbooking/baking/kitchen table area:
Get the living room and my crafts area ready to finish up some old projects and start some new ones.
Action Steps: Get rid of anything that we aren't using. Either donate, put away or throw away. Including the toys.
Action Step 2: Dust, vacuum, and remove all the garbage, stuff from the coffee table. This makes a huge difference.

Saving Money:
This will be the last $500 payment for the heater. I didn't buy it on credit, but did have to take from another savings account and that has to be paid back. Easy peasy.

Lose 5 lbs.
Action Step: NO mindless eating, or spending to eat out. This is the start of the Holiday season, and I need to really stay focused.
Action Step 2: Allow myself a few treats in between. Don't deprive.

Saving Money:
This will be the 2nd to the last payment that goes into the Christmas fund. As my goal was $1300, I will be a bit short, but I will still have a Christmas fund that doesn't take credit.

Maintain - Don't gain!!
The month of December isn't about losing for me, it is about maintaining.
Action Step: Most of the time bring lunch from home, no mindless eating, and make good choices. Meal planning will be very important this month.
The month of December has several luncheons, cookie exchange party, a couple of Holiday parties, and I don't want to deprive, but not go over board either. So my goal is to figure out the party schedule, make sure I plan for the days with no plans.

Saving Money:
One last mini donation to the Christmas fund and I will be set to have a debt free Christmas.

One goal that I would love to achieve by year end is 30 lbs gone forever. I have worked pretty hard this year to get the extra weight off, and would like to see that 30 lbs out of here.

Gratitude: Today I am so very grateful for neighbors, friends, family. I couldn't do what I do without all of the help that I get. Grateful for the beautiful sunrise this morning. It made my day a little happier. Grateful to the makers of Theraflu and Mucinex D. They are getting me through my days.

WINS: Staying within calories, eating clean, drinking water. Got up and made it to work on time today.

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BEACHCALSIX 9/19/2014 12:33PM

    wow great goals, I'm working on financials too! Not easy with xmas coming!
You will accomplish all of them! GO FOR IT!

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    emoticon emoticon Heck, you have done LOTS! You made a decision to change up your summer plans and save/pay $ for the heater and you DID it! You still rocked a great summer and made lots of magical memories.

You have a great plan and you CAN and you WILL accomplish it all. Baby steps one day at a time.

This cold just won't let go but has no idea who it's up against! You are undeterred determined! Go Kelli! emoticon

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CHRISTINEBWD 9/17/2014 1:32PM

    I really like your plan Kelli! And I sure hope you win the diet bet! :) Only one more pound :) emoticon

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Headed into the weekend....

Friday, September 12, 2014

Yay it is Friday and I am so glad. I am headed out to do some mini errands, and take a long nap this afternoon. So tired of this cold. I need rest, and thinking hot homemade chicken soup in the crockpot for tomorrow.

I only have a few more days on this diet bet challenge so I need to hit it really hard next week and make sure I am making good decisions and really eating healthy. I know I can do this, and it was an expensive one this time. I don't want to lose my money so really need to buckle down and get the cobwebs out of my head.

The heater/furnace issues will be fixed by next week, and that is one less thing to worry about. I am so excited headed into the fall and the holiday season with very little debt following me. I have proved to myself that I can save money, and I can NOT use credit cards for everything. This is so enlightening, and so empowering to me. I don't make a lot of money, okay I don't make as much money as I want to, and sometimes it feels like there isn't anything to live on. I am wrong, I have plenty. And this is the turn around to my whole entire life. Knowing that I am going to be able to save money this coming year, and still plan to live. I can't even put it into words how I feel about this, but yep very empowering.

Now to just finish up my organization/cleaning house goals that I set for this year. I need to review my January post to see what I actually had as goals, and then make it happen for the rest of the year. The end is coming all to quick, my baby is going to turn three on January 2. I can't believe that... the time is going by way to quick.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Gratitude: I am thankful to everyone who posts a comment on my blog. It is nice to just get feedback once in a while that I am going in the right direction.
Thankful for the sunrise this morning. It was spectacular.... even my son noticed.

WINS: Drank lots of water yesterday, managed to make it through the whole day. Managed to get up and get dressed today.

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ACRAIG921 9/12/2014 8:27PM

    It sounds like you are doing well. It is a great feeling having minimal debt. I'm still working on getting some debt down.

I hope you feel better soon. Homemade chicken soup sounds perfect!! Make sure you get some rest.

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MAGGIEVAN 9/12/2014 4:40PM

    What a victorious post. Good on you. I am very glad that you discovered that paying off on a credit card is the modern form of slavery. Time is moving fast. I agree with you and we all know that we have to make the best of it. Be blessed and have a great day, even with your cold.

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CHRISTINEBWD 9/12/2014 4:34PM

    So glad to hear that you are moving forward, in spite of a bad cold. Sometimes a cold will just take the wind out of my sails.

I am also learning how to do without so many wants. Getting retired, early, has been a real eye opener. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sick, Things on my mind

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I have been sick this last week, so not really doing much Spark of anything. I am tired, and just not feeling very good at the moment. I went to the doctor this morning, and it is just a cold, so I have to just wait it out. I was so hoping to get some really good drugs, and a really good nap. But no, I am trying to struggle through it.

So the new heater will be installed next week, and I will have saved all of the money for it. I am excited to be able to say that I did it. I sacrificed my summer to fix my stuff and I learned a few things along the way:

Save for a rainy day. You have to have some money put away for heaters, air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators and so on. My goal for next year is to have at least $1500 saved up for home repairs that are going to need to be done. I am going to need a new roof, a new fence and the list is endless.... so saving for a rainy day.

Needs vs. Wants: I was/am on a need to have schedule. Wants don't come into play, and I have had to really discover a need vs. a want. The bills, daycare, food on the table, are needs. A soda pop and a candy bar are wants. I was able to still indulge myself some, but the mindless wants had to go. The daily trips to the corner store had to go. I wasn't deprived in any way, just more conscience of what I was doing.

What I thought was very important really wasn't: I could have spent alot of money on an expensive trip home to see my neice. I really WANTED to do that this summer. But I found that having a few staycations and family visiting me was all around better. I got some quality time with my mom, quality time with my mom for Blake, and some very much fun quality time with Blake and my hubby. I cancelled my camping trip, which I am still missing, but we spent a day in the mountains which was much cheaper than a whole weekend of camping.

I learned more about myself: I learned that I really can prevail in a not so good situation and if I really focus I can be successful. It is all about what i put into it. I also was able to spend more time with my son, and my husband because I wasn't focused on the next big thing and just spending my money.

It made me even more grateful for what I have, not murking myself down in depression because of the things I don't. Again.

Other things on my mind today are a friend of mine is going through a hard time, and I don't know how to help. I just want to tuck her up safely, and I know that she needs to develop her wings and fly. But dang it is so hard to just stand by and see her hurting like she is. And I can't offer her anything except some support and a babysitter now and then. I haven't ran into this kind of situation before either so I am kind of at a loss. Hopefully I am doing the right thing, and just being a sounding board will help.

Grateful: For having cold medicine, for Sarah for opening up a place in my heart for her and her family, and for the feel of fall in the air.

WINS: Not much here, drank water today, managed to stay awake all day, stay focused.

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    emoticon this blog.

What a summer you had! What a great year it's been so far overall!

You grew in so many ways. Your relationships are stronger. You were committed. Reflective. Introspective. Faster. Stronger.

Huge smile maker to read. All except this cold that just won't let go. emoticon

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CHRISTINEBWD 9/12/2014 4:55PM

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BRENDA_G50 9/11/2014 5:54PM

    Sorry to hear you've been sick. emoticon In case you were wondering if you were doing the right thing for your friend, an astounding YES!!! It does help to have someone to talk to that you know in your heart really cares. Sometimes being able to vent to someone you trust helps you work things out in your mind to see where you should go from there. You're a good friend!!!


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Weekend Rewind

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I had a very good end of summer long weekend. It started on Friday afternoon with a trip to Jackpot to do some gambling and get a few hours of me time. It was fun, but got back very late. Later than I had actually planned which messed up my plans for Saturday. But what a great time!!

Saturday was a very lazy day, made the husband and kiddo a French toast breakfast and cleaned up the house a bit. Took a long nap with the kiddo, and then played outside, with the neighbor baby. Blake loved getting to play with his friend. I missed the walk with some Spark friends that are local, and oh I wish I had gotten up a little bit earlier. I was really looking forward to it, and my wonderful husband did not realize that I had plans, and came in and shut off my alarm. He figured I needed the sleep.

Sunday was a clean house, do laundry, grocery shopping kind of day. I have a list, and a plan for this week to eat some healthier dinners. I made spaghetti and salad for dinner and boy was it good. I used some fresh oregano and fresh basil in my sauce, and it turned out really good.

Monday we took the baby and went to Robie Creek with some friends. Had a cookout, and did smores. Oh how I love smores. Blake got to roast his first marshmallow, and he did great. He listened the whole day, did what we told him most of the time and thoroughly enjoyed playing in the dirt. He was one dirty baby when I got him home last night. But he just had the time of his life. My husband and I got some time to go target practice, and just had a very nice time up in the Mountain Air.

Yesterday was my last day of cheats. I am tired of doing this to myself and not losing, not getting anywhere really and the Holiday's are just around the corner. I saw a post on facebook this morning that there is only 18 Saturday's left until Christmas. Time to get a move on, win this diet bet and get into my Christmas blouse this year.

Gratitude: Grateful for a very wonderful husband who stayed home with Blake and let me go to Jackpot, grateful for friends that invited us to the cabin, and grateful for a holiday weekend to get to spend quality time with my family.

WINS: 3.1 mile run with one mile being a 9.8. Staying within meal plan and calorie counts today.

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CHRISTINEBWD 9/2/2014 10:43PM

    Kelli, I really enjoy reading your blogs! Reading how much you are grateful for the things that are so good in your life is very heartwarming! I also can remember having a little guy in my life and how much fun it was to see life through his eyes.

Yes, I do wish you could of made it in time for the walk but there will be other times for all of us to walk together on the beautiful greenbelt. We are all so lucky to live in the Treasure Valley!... Oh Kelli I almost forgot to tell you on that Saturday I woke up at 4:00 am and couldn't go back to sleep. I think I was super excited to meet everyone... too bad I was brain dead by the time I got to walk with Barb... too funny!!! (I hope she didn't notice!!!)

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