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The Day After The QUAKE

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

So...I lied. I said I would work out today. Didn't happen. Not gonna happen. I am exhausted. You know...like "Funeral tired"...when you attend a funeral and you feel like you could sleep for a week afterwards? I don't like boiling my water...takes forever to get cold so don't really want to drink it...but I am trying. Food is hard to get. Grocery stores are getting pecked to death. They still haven't gotten all the people out of trapped buildings and the news is draining every ounce of positivity out of me. I finally had to leave the room. We have homeless guests staying with us tonight...one flies out tomorrow and 2 hopefully soon after. @ of them smoke which is giving me insta-migraines and I am already crabby and tired...so not handling that well.

My man is emotional and starting to get irritable and taking it out on me...which I have no response to because I know he is hurting for his city, his country, and his friends.

I think the news should report when they have new information...that's it! Stop replaying it all. Or play the happy ending stories. Not enough being shown of them.

Can you tell I'm pissy. :) I'm hungry, tired, and REALLY not good at channeling my inner Amish-ness...It sucks. We have electricity but trying to preserve I guess....I get told to, but the people staying with us can do whatever they want. Grrrrr.

Well..I am usually opposed to negative bitchy blogs with heaps of whining, but it had to come out. Thanks! Let your violins play. LOL

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TERRI289 2/24/2011 8:42AM

    You are strong, don't doubt it for a minute. Some complaining is so healthy.

Spark's got your back!! emoticon

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CAROLJ35 2/23/2011 9:11PM

    So sorry you have to endure this sad situation. Please know many are praying for all the victims of the earthquake. God Bless you all!

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KAZINMICH 2/23/2011 12:25PM

    I'm so sorry that you are going through this horrible tragedy!!! I've been seeing it on the news here, it breaks my heart. Be gentle on yourself, this is a very difficult time. I also cannot stand cigarettes and certain brands make me even sicker! I really don't understand why people smoke. I hope the smokers are gone soon so you can get a little peace in your own home.

I also do not see this blog as being negative one bit. The situation is negative, and you are dealing with that!!! I wish there was something I can do. If there is, let me know!!!

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SWAZY33 2/23/2011 9:33AM

    It's hard enough to have house guests under good circumstances so, I imagine it is VERY stressful time for all of you! I agree...that the media needs to stop replaying and replaying some clips over and over. People are already depressed and that does not help. I hope and pray that things get a little better each day and everyone is able to return to some normalcy in the near future.

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COOKWITHME65 2/23/2011 7:19AM

    Just came across your sparkpage. How terrible for you and everyone else in your city. The news back here in the states is also always replaying over and over again.

Good of you to take in those that are homeless but it is your home and since their smoking gives you ill effects can't you ask them to refrain from smoking in the house.
I can't imagine they wouldn't if you explained why.

I hope the food and water situation gets better soon for you. Wish I could send you some. I have a freezer and pantry full.

emoticon - Kristan

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CO-CREATOR 2/23/2011 7:17AM

    Sorry for what you are going through, I can only imagine how draining it must be. You are in my thoughts.

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CAROLIAN 2/23/2011 5:21AM

    i know it is a upheaval and draining but think positive and look to the future we are all thinking and praying for you emoticon

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TIBURONA 2/23/2011 2:23AM

    Living in Los Angeles all my life, I have been through many a quake. Things do get crazy, especially at first. The earthquake is only the start of the drama that comes to pass. Fires, trapped folks, collapsed buildings, and other woes abound and you do get to see them endlessly replayed in the media. The best advice I can give is to remember - This, too shall pass. Sooner or later the news will start showing the inspirational stories and other news of the world that does not center at the tragedy at hand - and life will go on.

In the meanwhile, turn off the news and watch or listen to something that makes you happy. Exercise by visiting your neighbors to check how they are. Do what you need to do to get your daily living needs met and prepare a kit for the next time an earthquake rolls your way (with some fun stuff in it, too).

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SAFETYSUE 2/23/2011 1:01AM

    I am so sorry for how devastating this is such a difficult time. I sincerely wish you all the best and hope your life will finally find some balance. It is hard to see the news footage and be so far away unable to do anything to help!

May you find your way to balance this some how into your life and find a way to stay on track in your quest for a healthy happy life style.

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6.3 Earthquake Hits My City Today

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Today was a VERY long and sad day for Christchurch New Zealand. We had a 7.1 earthquake in September and today we had a 6.3, but it wasn't as deep so the destruction was terrible. It happened a little after lunch and many people have died. The Cathedral which Christchurch is known for has almost fallen completely, and the sadness is overwhelming. The aftershocks are not letting up...every couple of minutes there's another one. We have to boil our water, not use toilets, everything is closed and the city is in ruins.

We are fortunate as we have power and water, etc. Some people don't have that and have lost everything. I located all my fur babies thank god and right before it hit today, I was talking to my best friend Toni and all of a sudden she said "Oh S#!T Patty" I felt the rumble and the line went dead. She works where the most damage was and I was searching for her all day. She is safe. Thank god. We are safe...very shaken, tense, stressed and exhausted. My man came back early from his business trip and he doesn't handle this stuff well at all...plus it's his home and country...his heart is broken. I am a transplant from the good ol' midwest and I even feel the devastation. It feels like September 11th on a smaller scale. Sad.

I haven't drank all my water today because I don't want to pee or use all the water! :) I didn't go to the gym because I don't want weights falling on me and the aftershocks were insane. Tomorrow I will figure something out. I WILL work out.
I di stay within my calorie range and did really well with eating...Although probably didn't space meals out well enough! :) But I feel I did good with what I had.

We are not suppose to leave our homes and traffic is chaos. Maybe tomorrow it will be better. The city ran out of ambulances and people used their personal cars to transport injured. 65+ confirmed dead so far...

Please keep this city in your thoughts and prayers and hope the aftershocks stop...we just need a break from them to regain sanity and a sense of calm and hope. there are people trapped in crumbled buildings and it doesn't look good. Other countries are sending help thank goodness. We need it.

Have a good night, kiss everyone you love every day if you can - you never know what the day will bring. XOXO

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CAROLJ35 2/23/2011 9:15PM

    Must be a very scary situation! God Bless you all!

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CAROLIAN 2/23/2011 5:24AM

    been watching the news praying for you all to have the strength to get through this trauma lol carol emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 2/22/2011 6:45PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you!

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REDSHOES2011 2/22/2011 2:32PM

    I was shocked to see this on the news. Been sad seeing the headlines so far away lately.
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TWOTIMESS 2/22/2011 2:14PM

This is a sad day, indeed.

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FRAN0426 2/22/2011 1:59PM

    My heart aches for all the devistation Christchurch New Zealand is facing from the the earthquate. With what has happened, your workouts can wait, staying safe is formost at the present. Prayers for all in Christchurch, and for the aftershocks to stop.

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TIPYRAIN 2/22/2011 12:38PM

    Glad you and yours are safe! Mother Nature is very angry with the human race. That's how I think of it! I come from Hurricane territory. I understand the devastation and my thoughts are with you. How scary about your friend!:( Glad you found her alright!:)

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KAZINMICH 2/22/2011 12:32PM

    wishing you the very best for your family, friends and loved ones. So sorry for such a tragedy!!! It's so scary!!

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SUNSHINES3 2/22/2011 11:28AM

  Hi There

I am following this on the news. I wish you all the best.


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PATTYCAKE17 2/22/2011 11:01AM

    So wonderful that you were able to blog and release some of the tension, fear and strife, as well as let us all know the situation up close and personal. I'm grateful for your survival, thank God, and will be praying for you and the others caught up in this tragedy.
Psalm 91; He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty...He shall be your refuge and your fortress.... in Him shall you trust.
Take care of yourself and all who come your way. Many blessings. Continue to be brave. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NUGGETTEMOM 2/22/2011 9:57AM

    We will pray for you and your community. How sad. emoticon

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MINICOOPER452 2/22/2011 9:30AM

    I've been watching the coverage all morning. So sorry you're going thru this turmoil. Incredible that you're thinking about your workout and water......that would go out MY window as fast as the breezes.....hehehe.....shows your commitment. So, so sad about the Cathedral, such a beautiful structure. Even more sad about the people. Praying constantly for you and yours.

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WILLIAMV3 2/22/2011 9:27AM

    I'm so glad you are safe and that your friend is safe as well. I will definitely keep you and your country in my prayers.

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PHEFEY 2/22/2011 9:25AM

    thank goodness you are okay. you are in my prayers.
don't worry about working out, just take care of you. focus on what needs done right now-the rest will still be there later. emoticon

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DEBSDESTINY 2/22/2011 9:10AM

I will be praying for you, your family, friends and community. Saw the devastation on the news this morning and cannot imagine it. We pray the aftershocks will subside so that relief efforts will be unhampered and people can be rescued.

Glad to hear you, your boyfriend and pets are okay. Stay safe and keep us posted.

May God Bless you and Keep you Safe,

Deb in Florida

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BLESSEDMAZARS 2/22/2011 9:10AM

    Praying for you and your country. God bless! emoticon

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HAZELDREAMS 2/22/2011 8:56AM

    Prayers coming your way... hugs.. Please continue to do everything you can to keep you and your loved ones safe..

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SEAWAVE 2/22/2011 8:54AM

    I'm glad you and your family are safe. Am sending good thoughts and prayers for all of you, hoping for the aftershocks to stop and recovery to be quick.

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818VALERIE 2/22/2011 8:06AM

    heard about this on the news - devastating. Keeping New Zealand in my prayers

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LJR4HEALTH 2/22/2011 8:03AM

    OMG how horrible glad you are alright and yours I will pray for you & your community Stay safe Sending emoticon your way

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PAMINHALF 2/22/2011 7:52AM

  Praying for you and your community. Glad you are safe and sound.

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TERRI289 2/22/2011 7:47AM

    Glad that you are safe. Glad to hear that Toni and the furbabies are too.

Christchurch has been in my prayers since yesterday.....


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MRE1956 2/22/2011 7:41AM

    OMG......I've never experienced an earthquake so I can't even begin to imagine what you've been through......I will keep you all in my best thoughts......please take care and stay safe!


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CO-CREATOR 2/22/2011 7:35AM

    So glad you are safe. I will pray for your community.

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JHADZHIA 2/22/2011 7:34AM

    So sorry to see and hear this on the morning news :((( I just can't imagine living in a country that has such frequent earthquakes.. Glad you and your fur babies made it through unscathed. Stay home and stay safe..
Thoughts are with everyone over there, hope they get more survivors out of those collapsed buildings..

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RHONDALYN10 2/22/2011 7:23AM

    Praying for you and the entire country. I saw this on the news this morning and was wondering how many Sparkers it would affect.
You were right on with your closing sentence.
Glad you are safe.

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10 Things I like About Myself

Monday, February 21, 2011

I have been gone the last couple days..still trying to check in and earn my 100 points :) But After some yard work Friday, been basically in bed with heat packs as much as I could and sleeping with codeine! It's improving, and this week my man is away so I will be able to catch up on sleep. I love him, he loves me, and we sleep better apart! :) Sorry Dr. Phil!!! Dr. Phil disagrees with different beds and bedrooms....there was a statistic that 60% off all new houses are being built with 2 master suits. Oprah had someone on her show and they sleep and have separate rooms...they do their nookie and romantic time before bed, but when it's time to sleep they go to their own rooms!!! Earl and I recently had a trip for his work, and we both jumped up and down for joy when we saw 2 beds....we had the SAME EXACT IDEA!!! It was then we decided if we ever have a big enough bedroom...we are gonna Lucy and Ricky the sucker. We both sleep better and are happier sexier people after a GOOD night's sleep...I know I'm 100% more enjoyable to be around! SO...again...Dr. Phil says sleeping with your other half is the only things that is sacred and can be done with each other and that's important time....for the first time, I disagree.

Anyway...now that I've gotten that off my chest...LOL I hate not working out..hopefully tomorrow I will back onto it!!!

I read a blog tonight from JULIEANNCAN and it was just what I needed...an idea on what to blog about when you have an ordinary day and don't have much to say...so I joined the group as well http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
individual.asp?gid=49457 and here are my 10 :)

10 Things I like About Myself

1. My boobs :) They make my waist look thinner cuz they are so darn big! LOL
2. My warm and empathetic heart...I truly want everyone to believe they can change their circumstances no matter how dark they seem at this moment.
3. My no fear attitude about life...I really don't experience fear in normal ways...for me to feel fear it has to relate to something weird happening to my body...like finding a lump, or blood coming from someplace it shouldn't...or angry men actually...thanks to my past...but walking down a dark alley in Chicago? Nope. All alone in a parking garage? Nope. Jumping from a plane? Nope?
4. My belief in myself and ability to dream big....in NZ it's a rare trait that I have become VERY proud to possess.
5. That I truly am 13 going on 39! :) People tell me all the time they think I'm in my 20's. But I love Hannah Montana, glitter, and pink sparkly everything...sue me!
6. That I don't mind confrontation and nobody can seem to make me do anything I don't want to do! It's amazing actually! Nobody can make me eat anything or sway me to do anything unless I really want to! And if you try to make me...you'll be surprised...I don't budge. Even my decision early early early in life to NOT have kids...GOD...the crap I have gotten for that decision....not even for a second have I ever reconsidered...NO THANK YOU....thanks for playing!
7. My logic and common sense - common sense in not common
8. My creativity and love of colour...Fun to freak the taupe Kiwi people out with my makeup and clothing and jewelry...but they expect it cuz "I'm American" LMAO!
9. My god given talent for electronics...yup...I'm one of those girls that can hook up and figure electronics out without a manual most the time! :) And I can draw pretty much anything.
10. That I am tall...that I'm not so ugly you have to hang a steak around my neck for a dog to play with me, and that animals are drawn to me and I to them.

probably more like 10.75 things...but oh well...better to have too many than not enough in this one me thinks!
Good night....xoxox

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COOKWITHME65 2/23/2011 7:32AM

    Great list. Thanks for sharing.

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HONEYBEEBUZ 2/21/2011 12:58PM

    M, I have to be able to touch my hubby different times of the night... but firmly believe we are all different and all things to not fit all people! Great List..Rock On! I am so down with the glitter and sparkles......I am so all over that!

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CO-CREATOR 2/21/2011 10:41AM

    Great list! You seem to be a strong and confident woman. That's awesome!

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THEEXERCISER 2/21/2011 9:24AM

    Great blog! I think that it is important to remind ones self of the things that you like about yourself regularly.

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DOGMOMMY 2/21/2011 8:01AM

    And those are just 10 of the many things i LOVE about you!

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My Whys and Daily Affirmations

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Being part of the Biggest Loser Challenge Team, Our weekly challenge was to list our WHYs...Why are we on this journey to health and wellness....I also listed my affirmations because they help me focus!


1. It makes me feel strong
2. It makes me feel more confident
3. It helps me inspire and motivate my clients
4. It helps me attract more clients
5. I feel heaps sexier
6. I feel normal – not uncomfortable and yucky


8. It makes me feel like I can do anything
9. I hate the hospitals in Christchurch and I don’t want to spend any time there!
10. I am not sick and missing work all the time and spending money on meds!
11. I sleep better
12. I’m not as moody
13. Back and other issues are barely an issue when I do the right things
14. The scale and measuring tape reflect it well ☺
15. It’s fun to wow people or show people they were wrong about me!



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    I love your upbeat list and overall, thanks for sharing.

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Just an Ordinary Day

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nothing major to report...except I slept in a little today AFTER a yucky night's sleep...Had a great workout - 85 minutes worth - ate lots of healthy and yummy food at strange times and stayed within range of course...got my water in and then some...and had 20 points on the wheel today! Not bad of a day! :)
Glad Hump Day is Over!
Thursday is rest day and I have my favourite client! LOL I started week 5 of Jillian michael's Winning By Losing Workout and whoa...it's amazing how just changing up a couple exercises after a couple weeks can make such a HUGE difference! I LOVE IT!

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PHEFEY 2/17/2011 3:01PM

    sounds like a pretty good day!
I love it when I get high points for logging in emoticon its like winning a lotto-cept no money, or cars, or anything of realworld importance LOL

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