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I AM NORMAL....well at least in this case!

Monday, February 28, 2011

So...today I decided even though it was my "rest day"....I have been resting for a week since the earthquake...actually the day before!! And since my crazy Monday has basically turned into ZERO clients (some have rebooked for tomorrow and later in the week), I might has well just go and get back to it. But the more normal I act the weirder I feel...like people will think I am heartless and cold because a 15 minute walk from my house people are dead, the city is in total destruction and bodies are being recovered...but...I decide...It will be good for my sleep, my butt, my hips, my goals, and maybe even inspire others who may feel like me to get back to their lives. I do believe that living your life to the fullest means you RESPECT the people who no longer have that choice.

So....I pull up at the gym and the parking lot is full. Maybe it's because people needed parking spaces from nearby businesses (that happens). But when I looked in the window...THEY WERE MEMBERS!!! The gym was busy and I was happy...I hate Mondays normally because it's so busy...but today it brought me total AHHHHHHH...

My boss there and owner and I spoke earlier in the day and switched some hours around and I asked about saturday...she has another employee who seems to be very sensitive to what has all happened and she was trying to be kind, gentle and tactful with me and she said, you let me know what you want to do. I know some people are more sensitive to this than others...and she openly admitted that she isn't overly sensitive and traumatized like so many...I quickly and happily said ...THAT'S HOW I AM! I think if you haven't lost everything and/or someone, you really don't have a reason to be traumatized! If you are, you should probably move TODAY! Yes, it shakes ya' up..and yes you mourn and cry for the news coverage on victims for several days and then...you have to dry your tears, get dressed, pick yourself up and make a plan...How will I live my life today!?

So...I had a good workout...however a week off NEVER feels great when you go back....UGH!

Have a great night and a fantastic week!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 3/1/2011 4:14PM

    I am glad things are starting to get back to normal for you. When you think about it you actually could have a very big reason to almost celebrate and be grateful that nothing did happen to you or your loved ones.

I am a dog freak so I think having dogs pass would really impact me. I can relate to easy about loosing a pet. Anyway keep that chin up. You sound 'normal" to me.

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MSPRIS3 3/1/2011 3:22PM

    I made the mistake of "taking" a week off. Yesterday (monday) was my first run since last monday, it killed me and it was only 3.5 km.

Never again, mind you, the crappy food for the week probably didn't help the matter.

So glad to be back at it though 100%, I feel Normal again

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CLUMBOY 2/28/2011 6:54AM

    good for you! the world would never get back to normal after something like this if everyone wandered around being all traumatized. at some point you just have to put your head down and start trudging forward again. the sooner you do it the sooner you can process the bad stuff.
take care of yourself!

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SUZIEQS65 2/28/2011 5:07AM

    Have a great week. Just remember, we all deal with things differently, some of us more so than others...*S*

Keep on Sparking!

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Sunday Sanity :)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Well...I got more sleep last night since my man went to play at a wedding outside Christchurch. It was good for him to get away from home and do what feeds his soul (and makes some money) and leave me home alone for what I need...PATTY TIME.

I woke up and went back to sleep a couple times, but it felt good to SLEEP! I got up and took a shower ate some breakfast and then headed to the grocery store and bought food and items for Earl's mom since she is still without power and water. Then drove over to her side of town. Lots of clean up is going on and the city is really teaming up and doing so much good work. :) Especially teens and young kids....however saying that...there is always those scumbags that should be hung in the square. The looting and theft is one thing (which I don't agree with, but expect I guess), but there are people calling from cell phones saying they are trapped in some of the rubble and they aren't, coming to people's homes posing as relief workers and robbing them, and while 2 kids were crying on the news while hearing their mother had been killed in the earthquake, someone robbed their home....seriously! I said it had to be someone they know. They knew they weren't home cuz they were on TV and knew where they lived, etc. So sick. NZ police are not taking this lightly either. Plus Aussie, UK, USA, Japan, Singapore, etc have all military and rescue teams here and they are sworn in to make arrests.

My man seems tired and cranky so I am staying clear basically..I keep trying to make him laugh but I know he's tired and sore and sad...etc. So I'm just doing my own thing right now and feeding him! LOL

They have made all international calls free so I talked to my best friend in Illinios for almost 2 hours! LOL It felt nice and it was needed. She is NOT a computer person and not a Facebooker so she doesn't hear about me through "normal" channels! HA HA
That was a great catchup and now I am working on planning this week's meals. I will see some clients this week, but most are too shaken up and some don't have power and water and their weight is the last concern - rightfully so...but my true committed ones are coming to my place or rescheduling or coming to get product, or texting me what's available and asking me what to eat! LOL It makes me smile.
I start at the gym on Wednesday so that'll be nice extra income until things pick up a bit more.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. It's Sunday night here so the weekend is almost over, but it doesn't matter. real work will take forever to really get back to normal...however my eating will get back on track tomorrow. I went to the store and got sorted today. A break, natural disaster, and splurge/excuse are okay once in awhile, but once I actually can drink the water, buy food normally and my gym is open...ummmm....I don't have any excuses anymore...HA HA....so back to it tomorrow.
Be safe and have a great weekend. xo

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2BHEALTHYAT50 2/28/2011 4:06AM

  I call myself slavemum just coz i feel like im always running after my kids. They know i m only joking. I live in Lincoln, so havnt been affected as much as last time. Ill have to admit both my husbands and my eating has gone out the window. We are eating what evers in the pantry, the rubbish included. I dont really want to go out shopping we arent sure when my husband will be able to start work, so im trying to make do with what weve got. My husbands been out help cleaning up the silt while ive been looking after my elderly mother.
I dont think things will ever really get back to normal, but i know i need to get back on track with my eating too. Well hopefully we wont get any morning wake up calls tomorrow. These quakes dont like us sleeping in.
Take Care

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1DRWOMAN 2/27/2011 10:09PM

    Thank you Seawave!

1SLAVEMUM....I saw those pics...they are crazy!!! Been going around facebook for several days! Just shocking! What part of town do you live in and why on earth do you call yourself a slavemum??? We need to change that! :) XO be safe and stay positive! xox

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2BHEALTHYAT50 2/27/2011 3:02PM

  Picks of Christchurch before and after the quake. Pull line across to see our city buildings.

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SEAWAVE 2/27/2011 8:54AM

    I'm glad to hear that your life is starting to regain its normal rythm. Hang in there! Positive thoughts being sent your way!

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Saturday After Earthquake

Saturday, February 26, 2011

What a Lazy and unmotivating day! I did have a client come see me today. I have been unable to go see her this week since the earthquake because of the lifted roads and all the silt and liquefaction on them...I have a car with low ground effects and it would tear it up. Plus the city asks us NOT to drive and clog the roads up preventing important service vehicles to get through quickly.

So...Just laying around watching TV....although I am proud to say I was home alone a lot today and that fed my soul because I needed it Monday when my man went out of town for work....suppose to be gone until Friday...then the earthquake happened Tuesday and he came home...I never got my Patty time. So today and tonight he's been gone and I got a bit of Patty time and recharged a bit. I watched maybe a total of an hour of NEWS...which isn't news anymore and then it was The Biggest Loser, Extreme Home Makeover, and American Idol that I had recorded on My Sky...until now...it's 11 PM!!! LOL I feel better! I can flush, shower, and watch NON QUAKE TV! Positive vibes all around.

I did watch my man weep today for someone he lost and I know there will be more in the near future...he knows everyone and my heart breaks for him. Again...It is SO sad and terrible here, but it's not my home, so I don't feel as connected and completely crushed like the people who have only known this as home. I haven't lost anyone or anything in this quake or the last one. HOWEVER I have suffered loss while being here in New Zealand when my Oma and Opa died in the states and I couldn't afford to hop on a plane to get home and we were robbed twice in 4 1/2 months....plus other things. I have been through so much here and in the states and have a very healthy view of death in mine, and others opinion, that I survive, mourn, and move on. I don't forget, but I don't waste my life being sad and depressed and saying "what if"...that would kill my grandparents all over again. Who wants to live like that. Is that how you honour your loved ones who have passed. Dr. Phil asked a lady who lost her daughter if she thought the amount of time she grieved was in comparison to how much she loved her daughter. Would her daughter be happy that 10 years later she was alone, depressed and suicidal. Why are you focusing on the 1 day she dies instead of the 25 she lived....

Honour yourself, your loved ones, and your future generations...live your life the way you REALLY want to and were created to!

I posted something on my FB weight loss page and it took me a bit to make sure I didn't offend the kiwi peeps...but being healthy and at a healthy weight is important each day but during times like this, even more. The spaces people are trapped in, the pace of running to escape, the condition of your heart and blood pressure, your immune system(they've had to move people due to possible cross contamination - no flush no water no power isn't the cleanest and best environment for health! It's something to think about. you can't control EVERYTHING, but why not give yourself the BEST and GREATEST GIFT to yourself and every single person who loves you...GET HEALTHY! Nourish your body with clean food and move it, and challenge it to strengthen it. It will take care of you of you take care of it!

I was watching an obese man being pulled out without a shirt...and it really got me thinking. They had tried to squeeze a water bottle through rubble to a woman and the large bottle of water didn't fit...so they had to send in a small bottle...but she was tiny when they finally drilled and cut a hole for her a bit of a time later. What if she would have been extremely overweight, asthma, high blood pressure, etc. The hole would have had to be larger and she may not have made it by the time they got to her...These are the thoughts that crossed my mind. Not sure what that means exactly...but when your head is in wanting to help people be healthy and you have been the big fat girl with a pretty face...grrrr....my heart just screams to them even if they can't hear it! Why not give yourself the best possible chance in life you can!?
Make today count! As Jillian says - WHY FAIL WHEN SUCCESS IS AN OPTION!?
Good night and thank you again everyone for your thoughts and prayers and love :)

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SEAWAVE 2/26/2011 4:19PM

    I agree - we honor the people we've lost by living, not by living in grief and depression. It is difficult, and there is emptiness and loss, but we must move on. I do hope things settle down and that the recovery for your area is well underway soon. I can't imagine the waiting to find out about loved ones -- that is the hardest part, in my opinion.

And I totally understand what you mean about needing "Patty time". My son was off school one day recently, and it seemed so odd and disorganized to have him about!

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KASEYCOFF 2/26/2011 2:52PM

    I totally agree with you about mourning, but going on: family and friends who die before us would not want us to grieve for the rest of our lives. If anything, they would probably encourage us to get the most out of life that we can!

Good blog, hon...

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KAZINMICH 2/26/2011 2:28PM

    Everything costs more the fatter you are. Clothes cost more, your car takes more wear & tear and costs more mpg. Furniture needs to be sturdier, and even when spending a lot of money, they still get those dents from sitting because of the constant weight. I'm still overweight, and still considered obese. We are working on it. My husband, as of today, is down 40lbs, I'm down 30 and my daughter is down by 12. I feel like I've just been getting by the past five years - not really living. You bring up a great point. Health care is more expensive. Fortunately we don't have any conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. That's one reason we decided we have to do something now - we are lucky, for how much longer would we be this lucky by continuing our current lifestyle? What would happen if there's an emergency and we need to be brought to the hospital on a stretcher? I had that happen once when I was a little smaller and it's embarrassing! Thank you for the reminder!!!

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KRILEYFARM 2/26/2011 6:06AM

    You have been through so much. So glad to here you are safe and such a wonderful outlook. What a horrific situtation you were placed in, however the Holy Spirit was with you through it all.
God is so good..
I will keep praying for you and your community.

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Almost Feeling Normal..Well for me anyway

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 4 of the rescue and recovery after the earthquake Tuesday.

Today we got to flush our toilet and shower! It was great! :) Funny huh!? We still have boil our water and not over use it...but that is easy!

We had Earl's mom here today and she doesn't have power or water on her side of Christchurch so she came here and she is sleeping here now. It forced me to do what I love which is FREESTYLE COOK!

I went through what we had and this what I made for lunch...it was the shizzle! I was inspired from my salad in the states when I lived there from Red Robin! I think it's called the Fiesta Polo Salad.

I diced, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, red onion, tomato, and a bit of avocado. Added grilled chicken (spiced with chilli and lime seasoning) and corn, and then made a dressing with greek yoghurt, garlic, lime juice, and smoked garlic salt. It was SOOOOO good. They were surprised I think. I cook totally different things than they do here and mix things they would never put together...so it was cool.

Then I was forced to do it again at dinner! LOL Earl invited a VERY hot friend of his over...VERY Built Brown Tongan Boy! :) Nice legs...I digress...LOL
I asked Earl to get some pasta sauce he didn't...he forgot. Gave him a list and everything...he left it in the car! LOL

So...I found and used the following....I cut an onion and garlic in pan with olive oil and softened...then added mince/ground meat (turkey), in the blender I mixed 2 cans of diced tomatoes, 3 roasted red peppers (they were in a jar), garlic, paprika, basil, all seasoning, NYC Black Pepper, and a pinch of salt and sugar. I blended it and once meat was cooked, I added the sauce to cook and simmer!!!
IT WAS A HIT! SO FUN! They ate almost ALL of it and there was heaps. Brown Pacific Island boys have big appetites!

So...then I cleaned up and they sang and played guitars while Earl's mom played with the cats and I cleaned my office/room! :)
Now, it's 11:25 PM Friday night and I am trying to hurry up and get my 100 points in so I can go to bed.

I have sort of taken a relaxed approach to my eating until Monday when things will probably be open longer, easier to purchase and they feel it's okay to leave the house a bit. Right now they want us to stay home if at all possible! :)
So, with that, I am gonna do some quickie sparkpoints and go to sleep! :)
Good night and thank you everyone for thinking of me, your thoughts, prayers, good wishes, and love are beautiful like you!! xoxoxo

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2BHEALTHYAT50 2/25/2011 11:09AM

  I'm in Christchurch too. I know how you feel. I wasn't able to contact my son for a couple of hours who works in Manchester Street but luckily is ok. Fortunately our home is alright too.
It is awful. Its just like our whole life has been put on hold. The whole thing seems surreal. The city that i have lived in for 50 years has gone. I dont know my city anymore. But i consider myself very lucky when you look at what alot of people are having to endure.

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MSPRIS3 2/25/2011 9:35AM

    Glad things are getting better for you there. It must be very hard for you and your hubby's family

Your lunch and dinner sound awesome BTW

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Tired and Extremely Touched

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Last night was very rough night as anyone who read yesterday's blog would know.

I slept so well...I hit the pillow and was OUT! Still set my alarm for 6 AM this morning because I didn't know if I'd be starting at the gym today or if it would even be open and wanted to walk...plus not having clean water, everything takes a bit longer....so I got up, flicked my laptop on and had LOTS of e-mails. Many from my wonderful SP friends and family and then....there it was....OMG...I couldn't believe it. I was voted SP motivator....I just wept with pride and honour and it was so touching. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO WHOMEVER VOTED!!! WOW! After the whole ordeal last night and feeling the way I was, this confirmed what I am about and that people know I care and want the best for them. :) Seriously, I know it's silly, but I feel like being voted as a SP Motivator is one of the biggest honours you can have in this world. :) Thank you for making my tears, tears of joy, gratitude, and complete and utter AAAAHHHHHHHHHHH....xoxoxoxox

I quickly washed my hair in the sink (we are suppose to conserve water) and then popped makeup on my puffy tired eyes and looked for something purple to wear to my first day at Anytime Fitness :) Got ready ate breakfast, packed some Greek yoghurt and fruit (I was working 10-2) as a snack incase, and walked to the gym. It took me about 10 minutes and it was an amazingly beautiful day today. It was hard to even believe that just 15 minutes in the opposite directions there is pure devastation, death, and sadness.

The gym was open and only suffered a wee bit of damage. But computer systems were down, so they decided I should start next week. I was ready either way! :) Worked on hours for the next couple weeks, and then thought I'd walk up the road a bit and see if there was anything open to purchase food or water...but no. So I walked back through Riccarton and around the mall to see damage. It was too nice and it felt good to get away from the house, the TV, the news, and just enjoy the sun, the cool breeze, and the positive things. Then, I made my way home and tried to take a nap...still have had a migraine all day besides :)

We delivered water to people on the other side of town and the roads were just destroyed, cracked, lifted, HUGE holes, and liquefaction and silt everywhere. It was insane. What we thought wouldn't take that long took too long and we have more to do tomorrow. The death number keeps rising, but I still think they are underestimating a couple things... 1.) the power of the human spirit to survive and prove you wrong and 2.) they kept counting just the central Business district...NOT the whole city of Christchurch....so It'll be interesting. With everyday that passes, it looks worse of course, but you have to accept the worse and hope for the best and try to live life and get back to some sort of normal. I try and turn off the news every chance I get. I will try and get some more sleep tonight as well. I am still tired with headaches and due the low supply of fresh food and water available...etc I am sort of eating healthy when I can, but it's tough...so I need some rest so I can hit the gym tomorrow. I will also go see a client at some point. :)

To finish....THANK YOU again for the votes. I wish I could hug you all and give you all big REAL sparkgoodies!!! :) xoxoxox
Good night

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1DRWOMAN 2/24/2011 3:04PM

    Thank you guys!!! xoxox

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PHEFEY 2/24/2011 1:51PM

    Congrats! and glad to hear you are hanging in there. Everytime I see something on the news about the quake I send a little prayer up for you.

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DOGMOMMY 2/24/2011 7:31AM

    It's about time!! I clicked that icon months ago :). Congrats!

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