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Update for week of 4/1/12

Friday, April 06, 2012

Well, spring vacation is coming to an end. What a difference from last year. The weather last year kept us home-bound and bored. I know I had company over usually do but I also know my children and I did not go to the park twice plus had two outdoor play-dates, like we did this spring break. Although both last and this year I put in workouts this year I actually made it to the gym twice. Another difference...I miss my brother terribly.

Now for some update about my weight loss journey. I finally loss the added weight gain from the holidays. emoticon And yes I do see the irony that there is another holiday coming up this Sunday. emoticon I hope when I am at the dinner table I remember I am small not tall. I have to eat like a 5'1" woman and not a 6'1" man. Otherwise it may take months to fixed the damage I caused like last time.

Wish me luck. And best of luck to all of you this holiday season. Be strong and stay focused.

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SNOOKUMS19 4/10/2012 6:26PM

    You are an inspiration! I'm still working on those 20 pounds I put on last year. Good to hear about your triumph! Keep Sparking!

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TDONOVAN41 4/8/2012 12:24PM

    Keep up the great work Anne. Thank you for remaining so faithful to our team! It's vital to our success to know we can count on you and other members of the team to be there for us on a regular basis. You are an excellent leader who knows when to encourage, but not shove us to keep going. It has made a huge difference in my journey and I, for one, am sincerely grateful to you. Hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family.

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LALEEBEEN 4/7/2012 8:57PM

    Holidays are tough when you lost someone you loved - hang in there.

Congrats on the weight loss.

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KAILYNSTAR 4/7/2012 1:49PM

    Great news about losing what you have gained. I know that you worked very hard to do something about that.

Yes, the weather has been different here for us as well. Still was in the house lots, but that has to do with my son having his wisdom teeth removed. He is doing well though.

Have a great Easter Anne.

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PROUDLILMOM 4/6/2012 11:49PM

    Great job on losing the weight from the holidays. I hate the holidays because of that and am dreading Easter a tiny bit. Best of luck :) Keep up the great work!

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Update for week starting 3/25/12

Friday, March 30, 2012

As you may know from my last blog, one of my team challenges is to blog at least once a week. I do feel blogging helps with my healthy weight loss journey. Again I been feeling mixed emotions of depression and anxiety. However, I am still choosing to look forward for a happier feeling.

There have been some strain and hurtful situations coming at me but at least no deaths or sicknesses. I have no control over what is taking place or the energy or heart to talk or write about it. This is a "let go, let GOD" situation. And I truly believe HE will carry me through. So, once again I am making the decision to focus on the positives in my life.

First, I loss another half a pound which totals 1.5lbs only another 1.5lbs to make up for the 3lbs gain from the holiday. Then I can work on the last 9-11lbs towards my weight goal.

Second, I am a substitute for the school district & I got called in for work twice. Actually some positive came from working at the schools. The teachers, staff and even students were happy to have me. This is a good thing because most if not all did not know I am a available sub. Everything is automated so it just calls the first person on the list. However, now that the actually staff from both schools know I am available they took down my number and want to call me directly. Phew, it is a good feeling when people want you. At work, I got a lovely comment from another woman. We were talking about Peri-menapause. And I said how hard it is to lose the weight. She stared at me and said "You are so slim what weight do you need to lose? Not wanting to make a big thing I just said "Thank you" But for my height I need to lose a little more to be in healthy weight range." This she understood, probably cause she was 3"-4" inches taller than me. The day was just full of little sweet compliments. One little second grade girl called me over to tell me "You kinda of look like Snow White!" emoticon Awe, Thank you! Another third grade boy like me so much he told his mom. She happens to be my son's den mom, so she has my e-mail. She e-mailed me writing "my son was very happy you were there today. He said you are sooo nice!"

Next, spinning class was really good too. I nailed it. I had a great workout. Of course, if it were actually riding a bike instead of stationary one the story would have ended differently. But again I WILL look at the positives.

Lastly. I took a Rikichi healing session last evening. My first, so I was clueless as to what to expect and would take place. I've been waiting for about a month for this class and it was worth it. The people were kind and friendly. There was a lot of food for thought, which was then discussed. Afterwards, of course, the "energy healing" began. It is easy for someone like me to believe in this because I believe GOD is energy & my source of strength. And I believe the holy spirit flows through me too. This might help with those with different belief...I feel the energy at gym on the exercise floor and the classes too. This is the reason I prefer the gym over the home workouts. And outdoor workouts are great too, with all the energy from nature surrounding you and the sun (or stars) above you. (Hope this help those who believe differently) So, yes it is easy for me to allow the energy to flow through me. The young lady, who was my partner, said she really felt the unease and pain in certain areas of my body. She really got what was running through my head. Physically and emotionally. When I told her that, she was very happy because she is fairly new to this healing. At first I was taken aback how she could read/feel me, but hey I was there to heal Right?. And a part of healing is to let go then let the energy flow to do its healing. Yes, it sounds like my mantra "let go, let GOD". Did it solve all my problems? No, but I feel I can face them better with all this wonderful energy and strength behind me. Less stress and less anxiety always helps any situation.

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TERRYT55 4/1/2012 1:18PM

    Hi Anne........I'm so happy you have a job. Even better that you like it and the people you work with appreciate and like you. Love that you look like Snow White....


Take care and have a great week!

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LALEEBEEN 3/30/2012 9:24PM

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KAILYNSTAR 3/30/2012 6:30PM

    Awwww! You look like Snow White! That is SO cute!

Good to hear that you're being a sub and getting some extra income.

I hate going into public places because of the energy that I feel from others. There is too much and it invades me! I have to admit that the class you're taking is intriguing.

Less stress and less anxiety. Yes that would be good for all of us.

Hang in there and just let things be.
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SNOOKUMS19 3/30/2012 4:25PM

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SHEILA1505 3/30/2012 9:35AM

    Hugs xxx

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BOBINVA 3/30/2012 8:49AM

    Smile and the whole world smiles back at you.

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ROEBUNCH 3/30/2012 8:44AM

    Thanks for the encouraging blog!! i too need to make "Let go and let God" be my mantra emoticon

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Update

Friday, March 23, 2012

One of my team challenges is to blog at least once a week. I do feel blogging helps with my healthy weight loss journey. So, even though I really am quite down as of late, especially since yesterday late morning, I decided to blog at least for an update.

A lot more sad, depressing & quite hurtful situations have been coming at me since last Friday. None of which I have the energy or heart to talk or write of just yet. So, I am making the decision to focus on the positives in my life.

First, the scale finally went down a pound. Second, my children got some wonderful progress reports this week. And to make matter more exciting both P/T meetings were full of academic, behavior/responsibility, including art, PE, and music {last one for DS} compliments for my children. Both children' teachers could not say enough, showing off test, writings, etc. I guess for proof, like I would not believe them other wise, LOL. These particular test and other examples of their work were not giving to me but held in the teacher's files to be passed to the next grade teacher. My favorite was when we were told almost exact words for each child was: Your son/daughter gets along and is like by all of their classmates. He/she is always willing to give a hand, comfort and put a smile on their follow classmates' faces.
The teacher's went on to tell us how respectful and courteous they are as well. A pleasure to have in their classroom. The teachers said that DH and I are doing a wonderful job. We was so proud of them. I could have cried, and yes I did, afterwards!

The grace of GOD to have given me DH, and our beautiful children.

I know I am blessed even though my distress!

Oh, BTW: I truly appreciate all my spark buddies too.
And to my original team mates from SP Class of May 2nd-8th 2010. Thank you, thank you, thank you! emoticon emoticon

  
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KAILYNSTAR 3/29/2012 2:29PM

    Anne,

You know that I'm here for you. I know that I haven't been on Spark as much, but that's to do with the kids being home all day and my son with his wisdom teeth removal.

I'm sorry that things are not going so well for you personally. It seems that whenever that kind of stuff starts happening, it just piles up more and more.

I hope that things will be better for you soon.

Great to hear your kids are doing so well in school.

Nothing is better, than having a supportive and wonderful family. You are truly blessed.
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SHEFFIELD09 3/28/2012 2:47PM

    Sorry to hear you have hard things happening right now but keep focusing on the many positives in your life! Awesome job raising awesome kids!!! : )

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TERRYT55 3/25/2012 11:48AM

    Good for you, Anne. It's great to hear so many positive comments about your children. Hoping you have a much better week.

Take care

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ONENEL 3/25/2012 10:07AM

    Good Job!! It is a great feeling when others notice the great job that you are doing as a parent.
Getting to know you, I have no doubt how wonderful those children are.
Great attitude- focusing on the positive. You have to be one of the strongest women I know.

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ROEBUNCH 3/24/2012 7:29AM

    You have a wonderful attitude for going through difficulties!! You truly are an inspiration emoticon

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SNOOKUMS19 3/23/2012 5:12PM

    We are here for you my friend. Gratitude is such a healthy part of life. I hope your stresses lessen soon. emoticon emoticon

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LALEEBEEN 3/23/2012 5:07PM

    I'm sorry about your troubles of late. Hang in there.
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BOBINVA 3/23/2012 4:41PM

    So sorry you have been down and had to deal with a difficult situation.

You do have so many blessings. How great to keep them in focus.

Hope you are able to cheer up soon. We all enjoy your sparkling sparky personality.

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90th Birthday Celebration

Monday, March 12, 2012

Yesterday my family and I went to our aunt's 90th birthday party. She is an adorable, sweet lady who smiles a lot. She also has dementia. Her five daughter choose to celebrate their mother's special day because she was a wonderful mother. She took care of her five daughter all on her own when their father passed away many decades ago. FYI: She did an amazing job. They are the most good people one could ever meet. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

We all have been attending a lot of funerals this past year. And at each funerals we all think of the annual family reunion pic-nic we have and are grateful for it.

The daughters realized that their mom may not be lucid enough to understand what was going on or why, but with all the deaths (most of my spark friends know what I am talking of) they choose to celebrate life. And that is another reason for the celebration, to be able to enjoy family in a joyous atmosphere.

It turned out to be a wonderful time with a life time of memories to cherish.

  
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SHEFFIELD09 3/15/2012 5:19PM

    So nice hearing about folks who can really appreciate what they have been given!

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KAILYNSTAR 3/13/2012 1:44PM

    Yes, a gathering of family was a nice idea. I myself went to my Grandmother's 95th at the end of October.

Spending time with family and reminiscing and then joking around is always something to cherish later. I'm so glad that you enjoyed yourself.

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CBAILEYC 3/13/2012 9:58AM

    It's good to be able to gather and celebrate life. What a welcome change!
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ROEBUNCH 3/13/2012 9:06AM

    what a wonderful thing her daughters did!! And what a milestone, 90!! Glad you had a happy family memory emoticon

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HEIDE69 3/13/2012 7:44AM

    It is so great to hear that you had a great time and that you can celebrate with family!!!!

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TOOTHFUL99 3/12/2012 10:47PM

    What a great idea! It was good therapy for your family!!

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BOBINVA 3/12/2012 10:32PM

    So glad you had a wonderful time.

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TERRYT55 3/12/2012 9:29PM

    So happy you had a wonderful time sharing cherished memories. There is nothing better than getting together with family especially for such a momentous occasion. Thanks for sharing.

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Happy Birthday Ralph!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Today would have been Ralph's 51st Birthday. I love him so much I don't even know where to start to honor his first B-day in heaven.

As I already mentioned I am making cupcakes in his honor. I will be attending mass today and light a candle as well.

They say pictures speak a thousand words. Here is just a few pictures to express my love for Ralph.


Ralph beside me as usual


Michael and Ralph: brothers by choice!


Ralph holding Logan and Sylvia at their pirate b-day party at NYSC!


Logan, Sylvia, me, Ralph and grandma Sylvia at our home.


Ralph...always smiling, cracking jokes and making people laugh!

  
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BOBINVA 3/9/2012 6:41AM

    Will say a prayer. What great memories.

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SNOOKUMS19 3/8/2012 8:14PM

    Oh my friend...once again so sorry for the loss of your brother. I just cant imagine having my brother. Hug your family closer today. emoticon emoticon

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KAILYNSTAR 3/8/2012 5:50PM

    Very nice idea Anne.

You miss him so...
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CSIENK 3/8/2012 11:20AM

    Celebrating with you. Sending hugs your way for what must be a hard day for you. You were lucky to be so close.
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ROEBUNCH 3/8/2012 9:03AM

    praying for you today emoticon

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TOOTHFUL99 3/8/2012 8:51AM

    Happy Birthday, Ralph! It's fond memories like these that keep him close to you. Enjoy your cupcake!

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PROUDLILMOM 3/8/2012 7:45AM

    So sorry for your loss. It is very hard when you lose someone, especially around their birthday. Hang in there. RIP Ralph.

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MRE1956 3/8/2012 7:02AM

    Sorry for your loss ....... may Ralph be at peace, and you as well as you continue on.....

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RRP546 3/8/2012 6:53AM

  losing someone is always hard but if you celebrate them like you are doing they never die they will be with you forever

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