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So, I never truly posted a "before" picture because in all honesty, I don't have a lot of them laying around. I busily found myself on the other side of the camera, but I stumbled across this and yikes!! For anyone who doubts it can be done, DONT!! It just takes rime, determination and the ability to forgive yourself for being human and making missteps along the way. The leg t is me at my highest of 252 +/- lbs and the right is me currently at 140, just 5 lbs from my goal. #SparkSuccessChuckle for the dayA beautiful start to what promises to be a fantastic Friday!She portrays my current mood at the moment. 🤣 Love my little fur princess! ❤Iive the relaxing feel of watching an afternoon storm roll over the island....A beautiful end to a soggy run. This is why I love running in the rain. It truly transform routine to anything but .... #running #RunHappyNSV, when You are up sick most of the night yet still get out the door and chalk up a 5.25 mile run. Rewarded with another rainbow too. #running #RunHappy #NSV1 million steps since May 1st, when I started using my new Garmin. Not so shabby. Thats about an average of 17,000 steps a day. #NSV #Steppin'UpNever give up!! Take that first step and out run the storm, you never know what your reward will be.Giggle for the day ....Forgot how much I love being out on my bike. So relaxing I tend to forget about time and distance. D ONT get me wrong, I would rather be running, but until that ligament heals I am glad I have my bike. #biking #getlostI love a sandwich for lunch. It is quick, easy, filling and can be very low calorie. But, using bread makes the carb count hard to keep down, so I found these wraps at walmart. Low calorie, low fat, high protein and low carbs. #WinDaily chuckle...Really missing my morning runs, but this isn't so bad. Another bike ride in the books. Almost have my self convinced I want to do the Conquer the Coast ride in September. 60 miles along the coastal bend in Texas. 🤔It is so easy to lose yourself in the ride when it is so open. I always carry my phone, mace, plenty of water and a repair kit.Talked my darling hubby in to a nice coastal bike ride with me. I don't know if he knew this is what I had in mind. Put me over 100 miles for the week.Still missing my runs, but feeling energized.Good night sparkers!!Posted a photoGoing on 3 weeks of no running. Biking is getting boring and so is walking. Ugh. I wish I was a swimmer and had access to a pool. Guess it is time to drag out the old fitness DVD's. In the mean time, going to further my knowledge.Another 20+ in the books before the heat and wind kicked in full force. 86 degrees and 16 mph was enough for me. Have a Terrific Tuesday Sparkers!!My yoga buddy.Be proud of every victory, no matter how small.So I found this tea at my local HEB (these stores are a treasure trove) and yum!! It claims to increase metabolism, suppress appetite and promote weight loss, which I don't really believe that a tea can do all that but it is CHOCOLATE and you can't go wrong there, right? I like it as it is calorie free yet has a nice light sweetness to it for those times I have a craving. Going to try it iced next. 😁My lunch visitors. These little guys come daily and frolic in our water fountain, anywhere from 4-12@ a time, along with a very dedicated pair of doves.Looks like my workout buddy needed a break.Morning run. Recovery has been rough. Going from running 10 miles to barely being able to eek out 3 is tough on the psyche. Thankfully I have such a beautiful view to motivate me each morning I lace up. #Running #Recovery #RunHappyHard to believe that within the next 24-36 hours we will be experiencing a potential cat 3 hurricane. Prayers for all in the path of Harvey.The moment you realize you grabbed regular yogurt instead of greek yogurt.My favorite afternoon craving buster. Vanilla coconut today. #TeaTime #CravingBuster #TexasProudA beautiful day in the coastal bend today. Even with all the clean up going on, this is a welcome respite.And I am off to the gym for a date with my trainer. Arms and core today. Woo hoo.... have a fantastic FridayMy poor little girl was up sick all night last night. After some hives on her belly and a trip to the dogster it is decided she has had an allergic reaction to something. She is on benadryl and resting now.Good morning Spark family. Hope this week proves to be a success for us all. I am off to start week 2 of boot camp.Week 2 Day 2 boot camp done. Finished it off with 20 rounds of stair runs. #FeelingStrong #StrongIsTheNewSexy #GettingItDoneUnlike some of the other walking partners, mine isn't very energetic. She barely made it to the crash pad before landing after her morning walk. ❤Been craving spaghetti lately so that's what's for dinner .... spaghetti ... SQUASH .... with turkey meatballs and sugar free sauce. Pardon my fancy China as I am dining alone tonight and broke out the good paper plates. 😁My morning. Pictures don't do it justice, but my morning here on the Gulf coast are stunning.A beautiful, albeit a muggy, morning for a run. Slow and easy was the name of the game this morning.Mixed it up a little today. 4 miles along the bay with some hills tossed in for grins.Dining alone again, but that's ok be abuse dinner is yummy. Spaghetti squash with turkey sauce. For me this has become a HUGE victory because there was a time when hubby worked late or was deployed, I would just grab something out and eat in front of the TV and mindlessly munch until it was all gone.Beautiful morning for a beach run with the early morning surfers. Cowabunga dude!!Small lunch today in preps for dinner plans. Lots of fiber to keep that full feeling going. Watermelon, carrot sticks and greek yogurt with some dill ... tasty.My day so far. 🤣🤣This view and a 7 mile run ... no better way to start a Sunday! #running #RunHappy #LoveMyLifeWelcome to Remmi Grace ... She is my 40th (great) nephew/neice but I still get excited with each addition. I have no children of my own so I love them all like they are my own.110+ minutes today; 4 mile run in the a.m. and a 4 mile walk to end the day #moveitSpent the day exploring San Antonio and enjoying the riverwalk. 20,000+ steps. So, I got talked in to doing Zumba this morning after my run. Not sure what I was thinking when I said sure.... it is the first time I have ever done zumba but I actually had a great time and looking forward to the next one. Moral of the story; Dint be afraid to step out of your box and try something new.Happy #NationalPetDay Yes, it's upside down, cuz that's just how she rolls. My little stinker.In the middle of our move and I think some of us are already enjoying the new digs. She loves the porch in the morning with the sun and gentle gulf coast breeze. Perfect relaxation situation.I got an amazing shot of the sun coming up this morning at the start if my run. Just didn't have time to share until now. An easy 3 miles then leg day with the trainer and STILL in between houses so working at both. Hope everyone is having a great hump day.Managed to squeeze in a run this mornong. Leg work yesterday showed today. 😯 It was rough, especially mile 2 which was all against the wind. Now I am off to do some upper body and then shampoo carpets and clean our old house and get it ready to turn over on Monday. 🤗Heaven! I bought the man of my life a new smoker he has been eyeballing, just because I love him ... (And he tolerated my need to move to a new home) ... so, this is what I got for Sunday dinner. Smoked turkey. Delish.Ended our day yesterday with a walk on the beach with this little stinker. She was a hot mess when we got home but she had such a good time.Haha. My running partner today. Not sure who he belongs to, but he made me feel very slow and sluggish. LOL. It was a slower run today, but I got it done. Not sure why, as the weather was percect. Now, off to piloxing. Have a terrific Tuesday sparklers!Good morning Sparkers! Here is to a terrifically successful Thursday.86% humidity,18 mph winds and 3.25 miles. That's how we run in South Texas. Have a fantastic Tuesday.LUNCH! My darling man bought me sandwich press to in his words..."make my lunch hour more enjoyable" ... he was right. I like putting my protein of the hour in between a folded piece of Joseph's pita bread with a source of cheese and being rewarded with a toasty little slice of heaven. Today it was ham with brie and a couple cranberries. Yum.Another windy run. I put off to today what I should have done yesterday. This is my punishment. Ah, but the silver lining is that it's great training. TGIF!!Finished the night last night with a walk along the bay. It was beautiful. Hope everyone is having a blessed Sunday.When one of your photos become a gallery wrapped canvas it is an amazing feeling. It never gets old ... Still as exciting as the first time. 🤗 #NSVMorning run and then yoga on the beach. Followed by zumba and piloxing at the gym this afternoon. Havijng this scenery every day is soul soothing.My newest adventure? Paddle boarding today .... So much fun.Excited for my first Beach to Bay relay. It was so nice fianlly meeting @LORI_LIFTS at the expo. Lets talk about that Harbor Half.What a great rime we had Saturday. My team truly worked as a team. We all stuck together and finished strong and united. Nothing sweeter than crossing that finish line together. #running #RunHappy #teamworkI even got to enjoy a cold one at the finish line with my man, once I found him. We were on different teams, so finished seperately. It was my first race "without" him.When you and your workout partner have different goals. She is a stinker.When you and your workout partner have different goals.Today's workout includes, water, sun, surf and sand.A slow steamy run this morning. Will be squeezing in some Matt pilates at lunch hour.My old trusty scale, that I have had for going on close to 8 years, started to misbehave and figured it was time to invest in a new one. This one is so slim and compact and weighs in Oz., Fl. Oz., Lbs., Grams and ML. I would be lost without my scale. I weigh practically EVERYTHING to get a more accurate calorie count.Our backyard, and front yard, are completely under water. Rain, rain .... no running again today. That's o.k., still recouping from this illness. A day on the couch with a good book is in orderI just did it!! I am now a student studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer. Ack!! I have been flirting with the idea for a while, but when my gym extended an offer of employment if I take the leap, how could I not?! Excited and nervous.Lunch. I have started using small desert plates for my meals, especially lunch so that it appears to be more.Finally got my book today. I already started reading online but excited to have the hard copy!!These are my babies. Lulabelle and Cat.Arm day at the gym today. Slowly, but surely, they are getting some shape (not just round) and definition. Even my bat wing is starting to tighten up a little. Not bad for a 50-something ....30 minutes of circuit training followed by a 3 mile run. Now, lunch!! Then off to study for a couple hours. Seems like there isn't enough time in the day sometimes. Read for the weekend.Posted a photoGreat workout today!! All upper body with some core and legs tossed in as assisters. Have a Sparkling Wednesday yall.This girl cracks me up. She may not be much of a walking partner, but she is a definite mood booster.Fresh off the boat for dinner last night. Delicious.Its what's for lunch after a good intense workout. Covers carbs, protein, fats and fiber.Ann early morning run along the shores of our beautiful city yesterday. If you look close, you can see the cityscape in the background. This is the first competitive run I have done in close to 6 months. It felt good.Didnt get enough yesterday so another 5+ miles along the waterfront this morning. I absolutely LOVE my city. Nice hilly terrain and fresh gulf coast breezes made for a fresh start.Good morning sparkers!! Today the man and I celebrate 21 years of marriage. Where did the time go. He has struck with me through thick and thin, literally. I couldn't ask for a more supportive man to take this journey with me. No worries on food today as we always go out to a special location on this day. Just going to enjoy it and this beautiful day that the Good Lord has blessed us with.Couldn't ask for a more beautiful morning for a run. Happy Tuesday Sparkers. May the start of your day be just as awe inspiring.A hot, humid and windy run to get the day started. Now, off to zumba and then some strength training. Have a sparkly day my friends.So, these just got delivered by my all time favorite man about town (the FedEx driver) and OMG, I am in love. I am torn between wanting to go run in them right this minute and wanting to preserve them in their beautiful pristine condition. They have another pair of limited editions for breast cancer that i want but not sure how hubby's reception of this pair will be yet.. LOL.Rough weekend with a sick puppy. Very little sleep and not a whole lot of exercise. Had to clear my mind this morning and was given the gift of Gods therapy, a string of pelicans included. May you all have a sparkling Monday.Awe!! My princess is feeling so much better and getting back to her old self. This is her best friend. When she gets on him she chews his head and licks it and then jumps off and slings it around.Three months come to a conclusion today as I sit for my proctored exam to get my training certification. Hopefully when I walk out of that room I will officially be a ...
CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER.
I am so excited to start this new journey . I have learned so much over the past 3 months and I truly feel that I can make a difference for someone else who may be at the beginning of this journey and struggling.Yeah!!Its official. I am now a trainer in training with Ultra Body Fitness. So excited , a little nervous and very ready to help others along the journey to reaching their goals.Good Morning Sparkers. What a magnificent day here on the Texas coast. Have a wonderful Wednesday.It was a beautiful start to a Friday this morning. Finally, no clouds and rain in south Texas1st annual Run the Runway at Corpus Christi International Airport. What an experience. Placed 4th in my division, was a tough field of ladies, and 195th out of a field of 718 runners. Not so bad .It's a work in progress, but i am starting to notice the muscle under what use to be fat and flab. Ignore the lose skin, but after 120+ weight loss over 5p, I will take it. A lot of hard work and patience pays off.Posted a photo3 hour kayak trip today! My first. So fun.My view today.Off the beaten path.First half for 2018 on the calendar. Very excited. It will be a long weekend in San Antonio for hubby and myself to take in some of the sights and get a good run in. #Running #RunHappy #AlamoHalf #RunTexasThat moment you put on new running shoes and grow an inch and you realize that maybe the old ones were way past their expiration date. They will be retiring after getting me 600+ miles down the road. #RunningProof that tracking dedication works. I have been struggling lately, but rededicated myself to tracking and I am rewarded with 3.5 lbs down this week. I am now 5.5 lbs away from my goal. I started out at 252 lbs, and it has been a long hard journey with lots of ups and downs, but thanks to spark and all the great people connected to it, I stayed the course and success is within reach #SparkleOnTough beach race this morning. Stomach cramps and just not feeling it, but still managed to place 3rd. I am #407 ... 😎My steps for the month of May. WoW!!A nice 3 mikes along the beach and a 2.50# loss on the scales. Great way to start the weekend.So, I found these today in my local grocery store. They are little Apple filled buns and quite tasty. Only 70 calories per bun 14 carbs, 0 fat, and 50 mg of potassium, which is something I have a hard time getting enough of. You can also warm them ... yum. They also had a berry one which I might try later.Lunch today! I has become very slack about tracking my food and staying within my calorie range from time to time. This week I planned every single Neal and snack on Sunday and so far I have done wonderful.Finally dusted off the bike and took it for its first soon around the island. Holy wind batman!! Not the best ride I have ever done, but it has been about 6 months, so not to shabby. #cyclingWhat a beautiful ending to a terrific run! Have a great day! 5 glorious miles and one minute of reflection. #running #runhappy Nice beach run this afternoon and then a nice relaxing cool down with this beautiful view...Lunch ... and then to the beachBackyard visitorSunset on the BayBridge to ParadiseCaptured 1st Place in my age groupweek 8 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 3/8/2015week 6 of my streak for "Walk/Run 10 Miles per Week" earned 3/8/2015day 95 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 3/8/2015First 5k 10/25/2014 35:18 finishSmoky SkiesOur tough little man MooseOur little Princess LulaBellePtarmigan LakeTwo Medicines LakeHiking August 2013My first try at snow shoeing December 2013First Hike of the year June 2014Hiking July 2014At the entrance to Ptarmigan Tunnel August 20132000 feet up ....Along the trail
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