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Changed my name again

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Apparently I am very undecided when it comes to my Spark username. But hey, I've been here awhile so I'm allowed to change things up, right?

I wanted it to be amber512 to include my month and date of birth, but it said another user already had that. So I added a *. So does that really make it much shorter? Only by one character I guess... lol

Has anyone else ever changed their name? Or am I the only one that is picky? =P

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LOLLIPOP62 2/21/2009 2:08AM

    I thought something looked different! No I haven't done it yet. I may when I celebrate my 2 yrs here. I usually only change up my spark page pics, colors and background etc. But go ahead, make changes, feels great sometimes!

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    I don't even know how to do this .. how is it done?

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    Nope, you aren't alone! People change their name all the time. I even changed mine once already! ha ha

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I broke the arctrainer!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

So my go-to machine at the gym is this thing called an ArcTrainer. It is sort of a cross between an elliptical and a stairmaster. I can really get my heart pumping on it and it's just plain fun.

But today, I must have been a little bloated...because I broke it! I was humming along to the song on my MP3 player and reading this book about grammar and all of a sudden, the right side comes off. I caught myself and laughed because I couldn't figure out if that had really just happened or not.

The weird part to me was that I cracked a joke "Whoa, that scared me. Hey, but it got my heart rate up!" instead of getting embarrassed or anxious. I'm always anxious in social situations, waiting for myself to do or say something embarrassing. Then, something actually embarrassing happens and I don't seem to care!

The manager came over and apologized and made sure I was okay. Luckily, I'm perfectly okay. It just really scared me! They started working on it right away so it wouldn't do that again. Maybe it was God's way of saying "Hey, you need to switch up your routine!"

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LISAMONSTER85 2/22/2009 7:56PM

    At least you didn't get hurt. If it was me... I would have been so embarrassed and left the gym not to return for a long time!! I'm so paranoid. It's also nice to see that people use ArcTrainers... whenever I mention it no one knows what it is. That's my favorite. I do hate the elliptical, but not as much as I hate the stationary bike!!

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DNJEN471 2/16/2009 5:14PM

    Good for you on not being embarrassed, after all it was not your fault. Maybe a sign you should switch it up though, LOL!

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    Hey you broke it with your smaller body .. that says something! You are the one that's ran it into the ground .. I love it when a machine has to be fixed because of use.

OH and I am super glad you didn't get hurt! Keep up the good work. And maybe you are needing a change up .. so girlfriend .. change it up!

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JIBBIE49 2/12/2009 9:45PM

    Glad you didn't get hurt.

My son, Nathan, goes to the Oncologist tomorrow about his Chemotherapy treatment, so I'm hoping he doesn't get too sick from it. His scar from the Testicular Cancer surgery is healing well.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/12/2009 1:11AM

    The important thing is that youa re ok.
It sounds kinda funny.
Amber size 1 broke the Arc Trainer.

Oh well.

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2 Year Anniversary

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Well it's my "sparkiversary" or however they spell it. I joined Sparkpeople two years ago today. So I decided to take the time to sit back and reflect upon what I've learned in the last two years.

1. Only I can decide if I am meeting my goals or not. I can not rely on what other people think. Some people think I should lose more weight, some people think I should have stopped a long time ago. But the only thing that matters is what I think.

2. Having one bad day doesn't mean I should beat myself up. It's when I have beat myself up in the past that one bad day turned into one bad week or even one bad month. Basically, I've learned to stop taking myself so seriously. I had one bad day. Who cares? Leave it at that and move on. Because tomorrow is a brand new opportunity to be as healthy as I can be.

3. Physical exercise doesn't have to be a chore. Find something that you love to do! I sometimes forget this one even now. I think that I should do other things so that I don't get burned out on one thing. Which is important, yes, but I have decided not to change too much unless I actually am tired of the exercises I've been doing. I know what I think is fun, so I'm going to stick to it. I'm not going to force myself to do things I hate unless I actually want to switch up my routine!

4. And the final thing I thought about was, I am important. I know that it feels good to help out all of the other people in my life. But not to the point where I neglect myself. I am important! I have to do some things for myself. I am an important member of society and I can't help out all of the people I want to, if I am not also taking care of myself.

So here's to me! Two years ago I was a very different person and two years from now I'll probably be just as different. I hope to be a stronger, smarter, more courageous version of the person I am today.

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DNJEN471 2/11/2009 6:59PM

    You have accomplished so much! Proud of you!

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BLACKIE2 2/10/2009 1:37AM

    what an inspiration!

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READY4LIVE 2/9/2009 8:42PM

    Congrats on reaching two years! Your such an inspiration =)

I love the hopeful note at the end

"Two years ago I was a very different person and two years from now I'll probably be just as different. I hope to be a stronger, smarter, more courageous version of the person I am today. "

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    Congrats on sticking to your healthy lifestyle for two years. You have made some awesome changes and are constantly changing into the person you are creating. Good job and here's to two more years!

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AATKINSON13 2/8/2009 12:51PM

    You rock, Amber!

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MDTWEETY 2/8/2009 10:55AM

    Great blog, Amber! Happy Sparkiversary! I wrote a similar reflection blog on my Sparkiversary last year. My 2nd Sparkiversary passed and I didn't even notice. LOL!!
Have a great week! I'm so proud of you - you've been an inspiration to me on this journey. :)

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JIBBIE49 2/8/2009 12:29AM

    emoticon Working toward year 3 now, I am sure!!

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ETTEZEUS 2/7/2009 11:00PM

    Happy Sparkaversary! You are doing fantastic and have a wonderful attitude. And you look great on top of it!
Keep it up! YOU are important!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/7/2009 6:26PM

    Happy, Happy sparkversary, Amber!
Good job!
I won't judge you and say you need to lsoe more or you ahve lsot enough. You are right it is up to you and you alone.
Here's to many mroe years with SP!

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MOM2ACAT 2/7/2009 5:48PM

    Happy Spark Anniversary!

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CURVYCURLS 2/7/2009 5:32PM

    Congrats on making it 2 years! These are all such great points, I finally came to terms with #2 a few weeks ago and it has made a big difference in how quickly I get back on track. Great work!

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Super Bowl

Monday, February 02, 2009

Well it was a great day! I wasn't rooting for anyone in particular and it was actually a really interesting game. I'm really not a sports fan, but there was plenty of suspense this time around to keep me interested. I made some Hungry Girl recipes for the day and my best friend came over with some food of her own. My husband and I haven't had a weekend where we could just relax in a very long time. It was nice to just sit back, watch the game, and not have to worry about getting a million things done.

I also was glad that I thought to cut up veggies to eat the dips with. Although I did have a few tortilla chips with the bean dip, the spinach dip went great with baby carrots and celery!

I tried to take some pictures of the food, but some of it went too fast to really get a good picture of it! But I hope you enjoy anyway! =)

The Hungry Girl onion rings went fast!

Veggie Wheels

No Pudge Brownies

Bean Dip

Spinach Dip

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    Oh yummy .. looks way more appetizing than the pizza we had!

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BONNIEBEE 2/2/2009 1:43PM

    oo, oo---I should have been at your house!!!
All I had was popcorn! But I behaved myself!

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MDTWEETY 2/2/2009 9:04AM

    I keep meaning to try the HG onion rings!

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XSUNSHINEEE 2/2/2009 4:35AM

    All of that stuff looks like it turned out so yummy! Glad to hear you had a fun Superbowl Sunday with your hubby! That's how it's supossed to be :)

I am also not surprised that the onion rings went so fast - they're definitely a favorite here too.


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JIBBIE49 2/2/2009 2:17AM

    Food looks so good.
I didn't watch the game, but looked at the commercials on the web. I like the one where the Grandpa Clydesdale came to America and got the jobs. So funny.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/2/2009 12:55AM

    Looks like you ahd a good time and the foods look wonderful!

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February 1st

Sunday, February 01, 2009

It's a brand new month! I have been having a hard time lately. The stress and anxiety have been killing me. And what's more annoying is that at the moment I really don't have a lot to be stressed and anxious about! No more than the usual stuff, that is. So why has it been bugging me so much lately? I have no idea. But I believe I want to start getting back into yoga. I really need the flexibility training, and I think it would help me so much mentally.

I still do my daily Bible study, but sometimes I realize I am rushing through it in order to get things done. So my goal for this month is to slow down. To slow down and truly revel in what I'm doing at each moment. I don't want to just rush through life without taking the time to appreciate it.

Have you made any new goals lately?

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    I like that goal of slowing down. I do the same thing with everything I need to accomplish. I don't marinate in the experience, rather I hurry through it to get to the next thing. I might follow in suit with you!

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JIBBIE49 2/2/2009 2:16AM

    My goal for February is to release 10#.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/1/2009 3:00PM

    I like your goal. your anxiety can wellb e related to Winter. During that Christmas snow season, it really sucked. Being new to Oregon and never ahving a snow experience i really freaked out with the feelings of being buried alive in that white stuff. I ahted the trapped feeling.Tomorrow is Ground hog day. 6 more weeks until spring. I need to relax a bit too and smell the flowers.

Have a great month.


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