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Finding my groove... Yoga, Cardio and Archery

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ok! So I'm finding my groove little by little, but still struggling... emoticon

I still hate being at the gym, and still absolutely HATE working out. (ay yay yay)... I just have to suck it up because I have to get my whole workout rhythm back.

I really feel like I needed the body rest (you know, as I lost my groove in these past 2 months), but after my medication for the anemia, I realize it was much more exhaustion related. I mean, that anemia left me barely able to move so many times. So now, with my medication for being B12 deficient as opposed to iron deficient (I have Megaloblastic anemia this time), I have a bounce in my step again... perfect.

So, anyway...

Last week I did Yoga at the gym, twice! Power Yoga on Sunday...that was my first time. And it's waay, waaaay, waaaaaay harder than it looks, lol. All the men out there that are skeptical that yoga isn't a good enough workout for them... ha, think again baby.
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Then, Thursday, I did regular Yoga yet again which was great. Thanks to KAYATLANTA2010 keeping me on track. She holds me accountable. I made it through this first week back towards activity because of her... thank you darlin'!

Also, I made it to the gym 2x out of my goal for 3x that week. Also thanks to KAYATLANTA2010. We stayed in sync all last week checking in on each other. So I missed one, but hey, it was better than nothing. Since I didn't want to go, my only goal for those gym visits was to stay for at least 30 mins... and I ended up staying about 45 at both sessions... so yay me. I hit cardio hard, running on the track and also getting familiar with the elliptical machine again, plus I did some weight machines too.

Unfortunately, because of the last 2 months of inactivity, I feel like my body is all soggy again, so I got to hit the weights. My trainer came back and offered me a great deal, but I'm not sure if I can afford it yet. Such is my life. (sigh)...
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So nevermind that.... Here's the fun part of my little blog report.

I went to my first ever archery class last week. Had a great, great time. Who would've thought I would be doing archery one day? I don't know. But I at least pride myself on always finding something new to do. I turned out to be NOT terrible...(laughing)... which is better than being terrible, at the very least... hee hee.

(in practice... I was so scared to let go so they took the arrow away from me, lol)

(aiming... not bad right?)

(and fire! By that point, I was like a pro! They ended up calling my Xena the dreadlock warrior princess, lol. It was sooo fun. )

I didn't burn as many calories as I thought to justify it as a workout, but I definitely had fun.

Cheers to always trying something new... and getting back on track. My goal for this week will be hitting the gym 3 times, plus yoga. I made it Monday so, I've got to fit in 2 more times plus a yoga session. I shall do it.

Hope you're having a lovely start to your week! Bless!
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LDY_ALI_79 7/27/2011 8:49AM

    You go girl!

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RUNJEWELRUN 7/23/2011 7:50PM

    Yay! Love your locs :)

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GITTYB 7/22/2011 6:31PM

    I adore archery! I haven't done it since, well, a thousand years ago, but I loved it as as kid! go you emoticon

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RUTHMIG 7/22/2011 9:45AM

    Missing one day is nothing, better than sitting on your a** all the time!!! lol I am trying to get my grove back. And i agree Yoga is very difficult, i tried the P90x version and i always run from it!! Oh i LOVE your hair, cant wait for mine to get that long! emoticon

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SHELLEY202 7/19/2011 9:58PM

    I love how you're incorporating new ways to be active. Archery looks like a blast!

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KAYATLANTA2010 7/19/2011 7:29PM

    You are amazing...it is incredible how you made the decision to move forward with exercise and just did it!!! I'm proud of you and also thankful for your help in keeping me on track. Sometimes, I haven't actually "wanted" to go to yoga, but I go because I know you're going. You've helped me take action on what I say I'm going to do.

I'll check in later to see how the rest of your week is going. I'm down 1x workout with another early morning workout planned tomorrow (Wed.) and Thurs. Yoga is Friday. Let's keep it moving!!! Thumbs up on trying something new with archery. You look GREAT!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/19/2011 6:36PM

    hey, who cares if fitness burns calories, it exercises the mind and its fun! glad you are getting your SparkOn!

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/19/2011 6:34PM

    I LOVE the archery pictures, you warrior you! Your form looks mighty fine from what little I can recall (I used to be pretty good at archery back about a hundred years ago, LOL!). It's tough getting back in the groove of activity, but you are doing it; 2X is still more than 1X which is more than 0X. Glad you know what is going on and have meds to help; WOO HOO for you!

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/19/2011 6:16PM

    You know that I'm thrilled about you hanging in there. Uh-oh! Remind me not to make you upset. I may be able to run, but I'm sure I can't outrun an arrow. Maybe your aim isn't that good. LOL! It looks fun. I'll definitely have to give it a shot one day. *winks*

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MBSHAZZER 7/19/2011 6:11PM

    Aprile! You fabulous with that bow and arrow! Like a Greek goddess!

You are doing the right thing... keep forcing yourself to get moving and before you know it, you'll WANT to go to the gym or go for a run. It's not going to happen overnight, but if you stay consistent, it will come.

Good for you on the yoga! I HATE it! I know it's good for me, but I just can't! :D Glad you are enjoying it!

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DYA177 7/19/2011 6:05PM

    Hey sister girl, although I sometimes do not leave a note, I have been following you and your interesting blogs.

I know exactly how you feel. After my miscarriage in June, I really didnt want to do anything at all, even before the miscarriage, while I was pregnant. But, 6 weeks later, here I am trying to get my body back to working out. It's hard and one step at a time.

Kudos for you for trying new things. That's what life is all about.

Love the PIC!!!

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I was having such a good (after 4th of July) day today. Was feeling good and finally feeling like myself again... I even blogged about it an hour ago.

Now, it is just a memory. I am absolutely speechless by the news of the day.

Casey Anthony has been found NOT guilt and that @sshole Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been dismissed withOUT bail. Two blatantly guilty parties gone free for the violation of two innocent souls... and a little defenseless girl is gone forever without justice. If Casey is not guilty of murder than she is guilty of a slew of other things leading to the death of her child, at the VERY LEAST.


I am speechless... I just had to put this to the SP cloud. I hope I made the right decision blogging this, and no one comes down on me. I just don't know how to handle this at the moment. If I don't write and post, it's going to be pent up inside me until I see nothing but red in a moment...

After such a good day, this certainly is a sad, sad day...

Am I the only one?!?

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/19/2011 12:09AM

    You are not . . . This is a travesty.

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FLBEACHBUM14 7/6/2011 4:44PM

    My wife and I have followed this extensively since we live near Orlando and get Orlando TV stations on cable. We also agree little Caylee did not get justice. Even if Caylee did not intentionally kill her, I believe she DID kill her possibly by overdosing her on Chloroform to keep her asleep while she partied. But even doing it by accident in that manner still qualifies as 1st degree murder even if it was NOT premeditated. So she still should have been convicted. She did NOT drown in the swimming pool!

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SONYALATRECE 7/6/2011 3:25PM

    I wonder if she'll be kept isolated from other criminals because they certainly don't take lightly to murders of children. Wow!!! God is the ultimate judge and she'll certainly get her due in the end! BELIEVE THAT!!! emoticon

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MRE1956 7/6/2011 12:54PM

    If there were a place where ALL WOMEN AND CHILDREN can go where they can be safe and positively empowered, I'd be eternally grateful.....

This is NOT to be merely a MAN's planet - WOMEN AND CHILDREN MUST - I MEAN M U S T - BE RESPECTED!

This world is truly going to hell in the proverbial handbasket......Karma, take them away - P L E A S E !!!!!


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MBSHAZZER 7/6/2011 12:32PM

    Agree with you!

Also, regarding your other blog.... sorry to hear about your medical issues but it's great that you know what the problem is. Hoping you feel back to normal soon.

And you look FABULOUS!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/5/2011 10:32PM

    No Justice for the Little Ones, but Thank GOD that He is the ultimate judge, and the offenders have to live with this memory forever and be judged by Him!
Um, that includes me, so i hope i won't be judged for all the bugs i kill. (can't stand bugs!!) and i don't mean that to be funny, just saying what i'm thinking.

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HDHAWK 7/5/2011 8:55PM

    It feels like OJ all over again. So very sad. I agree with the above post. I wish they would require that she not have any other children. I know that can't be done, but really....I have a feeling she won't be living much of a life after this. The public will make her miserable.

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SHANTODD420 7/5/2011 7:16PM

    Feel so bad for little Caylee who never got to live a full life. It is disheartening knowing we will never really know how that little girl died. I hope the mother gets what is coming to her for all her lies and deciets to the world.

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SUSIEWHITE1109 7/5/2011 7:15PM

    It is distressing, to say the least. I'm not sure she's guilty, and I think that's the problem...how is the juror supposed to distinguish between "any" doubt, and reasonable doubt??? The most realistic explanation of all the evidence I saw (which was only part, I admit) is that she killed her daughter...but none of us will ever really know what happened.

Prayers for all of them -- that whole family -- what an incredibly AWFUL tragedy. So sad.

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DYA177 7/5/2011 7:06PM

    Any first year lawyer could tell that the prosecutors overcharged and overplayed the case. And those jurors wanted to go HOME!!!! Someone said that juror had a cruise for July 7th, and wanted to go. There goes the justice system.

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LINDA! 7/5/2011 7:04PM

    I feel exactly the same. I have been in a funk since I heard the news that the jury found Casey Anthony NOT GUILTY of murder, child abuse, etc. This is so disappointing. No justice for Caylee.

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MISSLISA1973 7/5/2011 6:49PM

    I haven't followed it closely, but from what I have seen and heard, it's hard to believe she was found not guilty. She certainly isn't innocent, that's for sure.

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LEAHKAY21782 7/5/2011 5:59PM

    Girl, I have an entire 30 minute rant of status updates on facebook. I have a feeling when she goes free, someone may take justice into their own hands though...

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    You are not alone. The justice system in America is crap and I am ashamed of it most of the time, especially in times like this. Karma will get them in the end, and if it don't, God will.

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IOWEIT2ME 7/5/2011 5:24PM

    Like you, I felt there was no justice for Caylee. I am totally surprised by this verdict. I believe that whatever her true guilt is, Casey will ultimately pay ...

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DAISY443 7/5/2011 5:16PM

    She was certainly guilty of something! Let's just hope she never has more children!

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    Now OJ ain't the only one who got away with murder.

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A Little Anemia but Lots of 4th of July!!!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

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So I already told you guys, I have officially "lost my groove". Still haven't made it to the gym yet.. despite all of your encouraging and "pushing" comments, lol. But have no fear, I'm feeling back to my old self. And will make the goal for this week's workout.

I've had bouts of extreme, extreme exhaustion over the past two weeks. So much so that one time my blood pressure and heart rate skyrocketed. The other time, every move I made felt like I was about to pass out. It was like blinking alone took too much of my energy. It's an awful, awful feeling... like you're sinking and just can't catch yourself before you fall.
Anyway, once again, I'm anemic! I've had bouts of this before and have all the regular meds and supplements to take when necessary. Plus one day I was so desperate I got a hamburger for extra protein and iron. But all the extra iron and folic acid and everything wasn't doing anything. So long story short, I went to the doctor Saturday and got tested again. Turns out it was anemia again, but this time I'm not iron deficient, I am B12 deficient, which is another anemic factor. Had no idea. So I got my sublingual B12 for the next month and it's made all the difference. TG it wasn't anything worse and I didn't need a transfusion or anything...

So little by little I'm getting back to my old self. Over the weekend I hung out with the moms. I took her to a play where we got all dressed up and had some great laughs. Then the rest of the time we took care of my ailing grandmother. She has dementia and needs a lot of care 24/7. (sigh) That's another story for another day...(another sigh) But between all that, we did get in a nice little barbecue. Hamburgers, corn on the cob and our homemade potato salad. Yum.
On another note...

My 4th of July was great. I went back home and just stayed in bed watching Murder She Wrote aaaaaall day...lol. It was a marathon! Leave me alone, lol.... I don't care how old and non-HD the series is, Angela Lansebury is THE BOMB! Didn't you ever see Bedknobs and Broomsticks as a kid?!? (laughing)... Ok, ok, I digress...

So anyway, I was feeling so much better that I got my little 4th of July on finally by the end of the day and headed out to a friend's party. Outfit, nails and accessories. Here's a sneak peak.

I had a blast. I ate too much including too many sugar cookies, but whatever... one day won't kill me. And I shot my first firework!!! I lighted it and it sparked immediately. Translation, I ran like hell for cover, lol. Then it made this great big sonic boom and shot way up high to burst into two pretty star works. It was awesome. It was like, ah, now I finally get the whole craze with the fireworks scene. It is exhilarating. There were fireworks everywhere in that neighborhood which was overall a great show to see.
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4th of July is my favorite holiday for many reasons. 1) Because it's in the middle of summer and the whole must-be-at-the-beach scene, 2) it's usually filled with family and friends (and minus those you're just pretending to like, lol, you know?), 3) then there are of course the fireworks!!! 4) plus plenty of food namely barbecue which is one of my favorites, and 5) the best part of all... there are absolutely NO GIFTS! (laughing) It's just the best.
Plus it's a wonderful time for reflection on exactly what we have in this country even though half of us are all mutts to a certain extent, lol (meaning, how everyone is heritaged to other countries). I am Jamaican American, but the American part has allowed me to be especially free and dream big.

So here are the pics... I'm in the high 170's. It was a lot of fun getting all dressed up for the occassion, something I have never felt like doing at a higher weight. So despite my self consciousness about my imposssibly short nails and stubby fingers and relentess thunder thighs, I went ahead with the outfit, nails and accessories and did it up in my own Aprile way. Red, white (silver) and blue... (smiling). So that was a success in and of itself...

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Embrace your independence in every way...

Lots of love SP friends. Bless!

P.S. I will be aiming to be back in the gym this very week. Stay tuned... :D
P.P.S. I'm still working on getting the guts to break out my heels again since I've lost all the recent weight. One day soon... keep reminding me! :D

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    Sounds like you had a lovely holiday. LOVE the dress and the nails are super cute! I'm glad you enjoyed your day

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ESHTEMOA 7/7/2011 5:45PM

    Love your blog; so glad that you're much better.Eat your greens often, and remember to take your monthly sublingual.Stay Blessed!

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MISSLISA1973 7/5/2011 11:13PM

    I'm so glad you went to the doctor to find out what was wrong. Definitely the right thing to do. It's good to hear you are starting to feel better.

And, BTW, you look darling! I love the nails and the dress. Both super cute!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/5/2011 10:28PM

    the b-12 is no fun. "back in the day" when i had problems with that, you HAD to take shots in the butt. no fun at all!

You look Wonderful as usual! you are shaped like a WOMAN! and that is a GREAT thing! woohoo!!!

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KARENA228 7/5/2011 7:02PM

    You're too cute, love your blogs. I'm subscribing and friending you. Glad you got the anemia figured out. Remember for an iron boost, your calaloo, spinach, kale, collard greens are great for you too. So eat your veggies young lady, lol.

I've been slacking but I'll get back into my groove as well.

Take care of YOU!

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MSILVER94 7/5/2011 4:28PM

    You looked super cute for yesterday!! I'm glad you figured out what was wrong with you and are better now!!

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MLTH125 7/5/2011 4:00PM

  Glad you got the Anemia under control. I have the same issue! I've been this way off and on my entire life. I didn't know there were variations of Anemia. I will find out which one I am on Friday. emoticon

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Lost My Groove

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ladies and Gents and dear friends -
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It's official. I have soooooooo lost my groove! Ha. Where in the hell did it go? I have absolutely no idea...!

It's been since mid May that I have not been in the gym or out exercising regularly which is highly unusual for me. I feel like my body, though slimmer now, is getting flabby again, lol. Haven't cared to walk, run, hit the weights or anything.

I am still eating rather well, but hate the gym at the moment. I have hit a plateau yet again, no doubt cause I haven't been exercising. But this time it's THE plateau. The one I knew would happen. You see, years ago when I had great weight loss, I got right to this level. 175-178 lbs. My body just loves this weight. No matter what I did, my weight just stayed here. And here I am yet again, just stuck stuck stuck... at 177, 175, 177. No forward, no backward. Just everyday 177, 175. I now hate the 170's... just like I did the 180's back in the day, ha.

Alas, the summertime is here and I'm just out having a good time on the weekends, and then during the week, all I want to do after work is be home and chill. Inside. Because it's soooo HOT outside in South Florida. And I mean HOT, most times with humidity, like today. And the evenings is usually the opportunity I would take to go to the gym, ride my bike or take a run. No desire to do any of the above. Boo...

So once again... I am at my mercy's end. Got to try again to take my own advice.

***1- Try again every day.

***2- Dress for success - so change into workout gear the moment I get home. But I don't even want to do that anymore. I just get home, take off my work clothes and prance around in the undies. No care for any other clothing. (sigh) Have to get over it.

***3- Take advantage of ANY inkling of wanting to workout, no matter the time or circumstance... (like when you feel to clean, you have to do it right there and then, cause you know that feeling is never coming back, lol).

***4- Search for my motivation to make it in once again. Gotta, gotta find it. What's my motivation anyway? I think I forgot, ha.

Before when this happened really bad, I hired a personal trainer. And the process of another person in the mix holds me accountable. And my PT was wonderful... and I did not want to disappoint him. Next thing I knew, I was in the gym at least 3-4 times a week outside of getting in my session with him. But alas, he still has not returned from being on military leave even though he was supposed to be back in June. Plus I really can't afford it, even if he was back. Ugh... can't even think about it at the moment.

So, here I am. Plateaued and without groove. I just don't care to work out at all. I think it's mainly because I lack the energy too. I just get wiped out so much quicker lately. Odd.

Are you going through this right now? Or is it just me? I sooooo need a push...lol...can anyone please come over here and just give me a good shove? emoticon emoticon
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MBSHAZZER 7/4/2011 2:36PM

    Aprile, sorry to hear you are in a funk right now.... it can be hard to motivate in South Florida in the summer. I would suggest signing up for a race, but there aren't too many in the summer.

I love your advice to yourself. And you know, even if you don't have a "real" personal trainer, you should just pretend like you have one. Put it in your calendar and "fine" yourself if you don't make your scheduled workouts each week. It could be motivating.

Hang in there!

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SUNSHINE667 6/30/2011 1:37PM

    I feel ya, I am stuck in the 170's too! I just keep moving along because i am losing inches more than scale weight which is better. I hope you get your spark back soon you have worked too hard to get where you are now to give up now. We all get that way too, but hang in there. We are cheering for you!!!!
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Change some things up girl and go grab the bull by the horns. I have had to do the same thing...
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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/30/2011 9:48AM

    Gotta Love that honesty! i think sometimes our bodies and minds need that break.
maybe you can work on a NEW goal/motivation collage to get you going? go buy a couple of fashion magazines, fitness magazines, some paste and a big piece of cardboard to glue your favorites to.

take your camera out for an inspirational shopping trip. get pictures of the clothes you would like to see yourself in and maybe even buy an item of clothing for a challenge. i had a pair of jeans hanging inside my closet door for 2 years, just DARING me to fit in to them. hopefully you wont have something that takes to years to get to though!

Keep us posted on how you are doing!

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KAYATLANTA2010 6/30/2011 9:17AM

    Hi sweetie!
Consider this: Let's partner up and commit to attending at least 1-2 yoga classes per week. Doesn't have to be hot yoga! I just remember your excitement and energy when you were doing yoga. We can even start off with just one class a week, and keep in touch on our adventure. Let me know if you'd like to try!!!

Thinking of you...

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BTRTHANEVA 6/30/2011 7:52AM

    Hello, (Chris)Stella here, trying to help you get your groove back!

I just went through my own funk, losing a job which I felt defined me for the past 12 years, and a hefty paycheck. I was wallowing in self pity. I gained 10 pounds in a couple of months. I was committing acts of self saboutage. I knew what I should have been doing, but chose the opposite option. We had just fenced in the yard, so I didn't even have to walk my dogs anymore. I had an excuse for everything. Then I took a long look into the mirror, not just on the wall but also into my soul. If I didn't respect me, who else would?

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up my dog's leashes. They were literally overjoyed, jumping over each other, tails waggin' furiously. We've resumed our daily 4 mile walk, only now I'm just excited as they are. I resumed my weight training. Thankfully, my muscles started firming up post haste.

I've taken back my control. I'm taking care of myself. I'm the right thing. But most importantly, I FEEL GREAT!

I'm sure you remember how your p/t was working you before their deployment. Won't it be great to show them how good you look when they get back? Get your exercise program back on your to-do list! Make yourself your #1 priority! Make YOU happen!!!

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FRUITYCHERRY 6/30/2011 2:28AM

    Sorry to hear you are in a funk! What ever happened with hot yoga? Thinking about you, friend!

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GODZDESIGN95 6/29/2011 8:01PM

    I hope you find your groove again. I call it my mojo. Hey I am watching soccer this time again but it is not as exciting this time for me. All those i have rooted for lost! emoticon

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ALESHABEE 6/29/2011 6:40PM

    What about not going home after work but straight to the gym? I know that for me if I go home I'm toast, lol.

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/29/2011 6:25PM

    Morning workouts are the best for me. I have my gym bag packed at night with what I'll be changing into after working out and the workout clothes laid out, coffee ready to brew first thing. I get dressed and out the door ready for the gym before my brain has fully awakened to protest too much. Some people sleep in their workout clothes; whatever it takes to get the job done! How about an accountability partner HERE, someone who will ask you what you did to work out that day, hmm? Not the same as a PT or someone in person, but it can be motivating, too . . . just a thought. You will figure out what works for you and break through this, I believe in you!!


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RAWKNRUN 6/29/2011 5:59PM

    Get it together girl, as I always say to myself when I am in this situration, FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT!

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KARENA228 6/29/2011 5:58PM

    Hi April,

I live in South Florida too so I feel you on the weather thing. I exercise strictly indoors during this time and I go in the morning to make sure I get it done.

I could be your South FLorida/Broward County buddy if you like, if nothing else, i could write you every day and tell you to get to the gym ASAP! LOL, if that will help.

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DEBBIE_C 6/29/2011 5:49PM

    emoticon Everyone deserves a minute to just say ahhh! This is just a "push pause" moment for you. Look back at what you have accomplished! Celebrate it and then plan that next goal/reward. You can do this! The good thing about a plateau is that it gets our attention. Without those moments we go from satisfaction to complacency. From complacency we start to backslide. You WILL NOT do this! Love yourself too much and value your accomplishments thus far; way too much to let it be in vain. Time to shake up the routine! Pull up those boot straps & go for it! Runner take your mark! Get set! GO...

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APRILBLESS 6/29/2011 4:55PM

    Yes, ladies, you're so right... I just HAVE TO DO IT. ugh... when oh when will this mojo return?... lol.

I have never had anyone to rely on, or to even just workout with on with this journey so, finding someone to workout with is, unfortunately, out. Sidenote: So to everyone with husbands and wives and boyfriends and girlfriends and family and BFFs and stuff, cherish them. You're very very lucky.

But I think I might try the morning routine. Hmmm.... Sleep in or exercise... hmmm... And, yes SCHEN, flying Trapeze, absolutely!

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BAHAMIANJENNI 6/29/2011 3:58PM

    Hi April, LOVED your blog (as usual). I know that you can do it, and a morning routine would be a good mixer or, when u r at home, comfortable do a workout there (not the same as the gym, but better than nothing).

It's not just you, we ALL have our issues and challenges, mine is emotional eating. And eventhough I am still exercising and eatign pretty good full meals, I am snacking horrible (had a snickers today and wished I had cookies to go with it. I haven't seen TOM since my grandmother died in April and so I'm a bit concerned about that, but ..... like you I know that I will find my groove, I just have to pursue it. You can do it April. emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/29/2011 3:51PM

    I concur with losing the mojo. I'm still kind of exercising, but certainly not going as diligently as I once did. I agree with Laura that the morning workouts are the best because it's nice to get it over with, but my sleeping pattern has been so off the radar as of late that I just can't drag myself out of bed at 5 am when the alarm goes off. But I need to stop making execues because I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. I guess the bottom line is just we just have to do it, every dam day, Just freaking do it!

P.S., I'm coming to South Florida at the end of the month can we finally do that trapize class???

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BTWCOACH 6/29/2011 3:49PM

    You can do it, April!!!!
Just think of all you have accomplished so far - all that running!!!! Time to find another race to sign up for, then there is no excuse!
Find another person to workout with or find a running group to join. They will keep you going! That's what I had to do. It really helps - ALOT!!!!

I know you can get going again - you have the determination. No just do it!!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 6/29/2011 3:31PM

    I don't think its just you, I think it is happening to all of us. I think if you want to get into the 160s you are going to have to set the weights aside for 2days a week & go 45mins-1hour of cardio 5days a week! How do you get there? Well you already started your list now make it happen! God bless & come don't disturb this groove! lol


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SHELLEY202 6/29/2011 2:58PM

    I know what you mean! I'm still exercising, but I've been eating horribly since early May. Just have to kick my own butt into working on goals again.

As far as working out, what about finding someone to exercise with? Still gives you some accountability like with your trainer, but it's free.

Hang in there!

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APRILBLESS 6/29/2011 2:39PM

    POOHLA711-yes, I'm soooooooo trying... :D

LAROSE - I like that idea... I've never done a morning routine. Maybe that WOULD be a good change to get me going... hmmm...

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LAROSEBAUGH 6/29/2011 1:57PM

    Oh man, it's so hot here, I totally feel you. I find that going in the AM before work is the only way I can work out these days. Once it's 4pm and 118 degrees, all I want to do is go home! Maybe start a morning routine? I know you can do it!

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POOHLA711 6/29/2011 12:34PM

    So... if you're at your body's "comfortable" weight having not exercised in over a month... just think of what's going to happen when you get back to sweating! You are going to kick that plateau's behind! Get out there and do it!

I've got the opposite problem as you... I'm running like crazy (training for my first marathon), but my eating is out of control! Please hold me accountable for what goes into my mouth!

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I Got Accepted!!!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

I got accepted I got accepted I got accepted!!!!!!!
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OMG - Everyone - Had to share with my Spark fam!

Picture all week long, me at work, disgruntled and frustrated in my job, in my coworkers and office visitors, dreading the day's work, annoyed by my boss and just not caring anymore in general (about the J-O-B). And so every day for weeks, I've been coming home from work and going to the mailbox looking for a letter, THE letter.

It all started with me recently knowing I needed to change my life, do something drastic... My job is a dead end which is not what I signed up for. On top of that it doesn't pay well which has made my life such a struggle. And every day the owners make clear action showing that their employees are not their first priority. "Well I hear ya, loud and clear!"

I don't need to make a million dollars, but in my evaluation of "doing something new," I would like to be a professional of some sort WITH the ability to earn a decent living. And help people. So, finally, after a lot of soul searching, I feel ready to go back to school (since finding a decent, new job hasn't panned out after two years of looking and applying and interviewing). Hence I spent my Spring 2011, post-marathon energy searching and applying to different schools and programs.

I'm almost 30 and I still don't really know what I want to be when I grow up, ha. You know what I mean??? Some people just KNOW. I'm not one of those. So all I've been able to do in my "search" is go off what I know I "DON'T" want to do... And that's a long list, lol. But I finally realized that I could use it constructively to eliminate possibilities, and form a plan. So I started it.

I don't want to be a:

Lawyer (those two really upset my mom,lol)
Ambassador or Foreign Worker (b/c of my degree in International Business)
Soldier (and so I love all who are serving in our military, cuz I don't want to do it, lol)
Teacher (though maybe a post secondary professor one day)
News Journalist/Anchor
Massage Therapist
Physical Therapist
Agent (of any kind)
Hospital Administrator (actually NO to anything having to do with a hospital, ha)
CEO (of someone else's company that is)
COO (ditto as above)
Computer Programmer
...the endless list goes on...

So finally I stumbled upon a medium that I could grasp. Family Therapy. As I work in radio, I can still use my voice, to communicate and reach people seeking help in their relationships. More so, I can have my own practice, set my own hours and pretty much invent myself any way I want as a therapist/ businesswoman. Yup, that's right up my alley. And the profession is certified and packaged to allow you to be licensed and accredited. And the field is growing.

Plus I don't have to test and attach diagnoses to people (like Psychologists)... I don't like that...putting people in boxes. And also I don't have to prescribe pills (which I absolutely hate the thought of being a part of that whole big business "keep em medicated" regime, I don't like that either though I know it's needed with many patients.

Also I don't want to be in school forever, especially for something I won't enjoy when I'm finished. So no law medical dental pharmacy or whatever 10 year long schooling for me. This Masters in Family Therapy (MFT) program is a two year program, plus two more years on top of that to be licensed, as you need your clinical hours. But you can practice after the two years.

So I immediately applied for it and was pleasantly surprised that I got through round one and round two even with my business degree (and without, say, an undergrad psych degree). I had my graduate school interview on May 20th. I was nervous. The interview was looooooooong. It was all day. 8:30 to 4:30. I had rounds with three different professors, plus made contact with two others. I guess meeting them personally and it being less formal than I thought, allowed me to ask them candid questions and be myself. They informed me that I got passed those rounds because they encourage a well-rounded group of students from different educational backgrounds. And in talking with them, I learned a lot more about the program that met my future interests.

By the end of the interview day, I wanted it bad. It was deep down in my gut. They said they were only accepting 40 students out of I think we were about 60-70 strong to show up for interviews, plus all those who couldn't make it (like those serving and who were international students). So maybe out of 80-100.

But it doesn't matter now. To one of the best, hands-on programs in the country, I got accepted! I am so unbelievably excited! My life has been tough lately and this is what could finally change my life down a new direction, a direction I want...finally. To just do something drastic.

Now before I accept 'Acceptance', I will have to weigh the pros and cons of getting an MBA degree versus this MFT degree. I'll have to sit down and start making that list soon. But right now, all I know is that, you have to gun for the options. And so far, now that I'm accepted to this MFT program, I have that option.

Thanks for stopping, and reading, and sharing in my joy for a second.

I got accepted!
I got accepted!
I got accepted!

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PAMLUVCHILE 6/22/2011 5:48PM

    Yeah...you go girl emoticon.

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LDY_ALI_79 6/17/2011 12:21PM

    You're not alone, I had the same issue with myself! I was in college but it was tough to decide what I wanted to do for the next 20+ years. I'm an engineer and sometimes I find myself thinking about a career change. I didn't know the interviews were that long. Nonetheless, hats off to ya & congrats on your future endeavors!

Take care~

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TABTAYLOR 6/15/2011 7:41AM

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ERLYWA 6/8/2011 1:24AM

    Way to take charge and go after what you want! I simply MUST add someone with such a great attitude as a sparkfriend, especially b/c I want to see where you end up going with this journey! :)


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JUSTFOXXY 6/8/2011 12:26AM

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I am one of the fortunate ones who knows what I want to be when I grow up - the bingo caller at the local retirement center. I think it would be enormously fun.

But enough about my aspirations. I am very proud of you. Good job. emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/7/2011 11:43AM

    Congrats on this new endeavor. Best wishes!

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LASHAY74 6/6/2011 9:47AM

    I am so proud of you! I hear ya on the job front....and understand it! Omgosh that it so great! I feel your vibe and do know how ya feel! I remember when I got my acceptance letter! Yes this will change your life!

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IOWEIT2ME 6/6/2011 6:42AM

    What a beautiful thing! I am over-the-moon happy for you too! Congrats on making your life work for you!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/5/2011 9:35AM

    Woohoo! This is great news! I'm so excited and happy for you! Whatever option you decide, I am sure you will ROCK IT! That's what you do!

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MBSHAZZER 6/5/2011 9:10AM

    Aprile, wonderful news! The world is truly your oyster now! you have TWO fantastic options!

It is so important to recognize that when you are unhappy with something in your life, you have the power to change it. I love the way you just took control and are being the master of your destiny. Too many people feel like life just happens to them and end up spending years being overworked and underpaid. It just doesn't have to be that way.

Having had the pleasure of meeting you in person, I can say that I know whichever program you choose, you will be a success! You are smart and motivated and have a plan!


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SHELLEY202 6/4/2011 6:33PM

    Congrats! That's so exciting! Change and growth are always good!

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PSALMISTLD 6/4/2011 3:58PM

    Congratulations! I share your elation! I know the initial push to find something new, and you have kept my motivation to keep searching for my own "what I really want to be when I grow up" dream. I pray that you remember these moments when you need a push to keep going!
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CURVYCC 6/4/2011 3:05PM

    I so felt that working in a deadend, unappreciative job that underpaid you for all you did. I was stuck in a similar situation up until last month. I, like you, was just waiting for the change to come. Congrats on your acceptance. Visit my page if you are interested in my journey.

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    YIPPIE!!!! I am soooo happy for and proud of you, you are DEFINETLY doing it, finally finding something that seems to FIT. Hmmm, wonder what's next for you? More success I believe, keep it up.


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All of the above, so glad for you as you begin a new journey down a new path.

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the one less traveled on."

~ Robert Frost

God bless and keep soaring,
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MZMONILOVE 6/4/2011 1:13PM

    Chica, I've said it so many times before...you are amazing and oh so inspiring. When I read your status update yesterday, it made me realize: "ummm, whoa Moni you're a senior now what's YOUR next move?" You've inspired me to get the wheels turning...Keep me posted...

Congrats and keep pushing sweets you have it in you!

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FLOWINGWATER 6/4/2011 10:33AM

    So exited for you!!! Congratulations!!!

(I know what you mean about not knowing what you want to do - I'm 44 and having the same struggle.)

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LUCKYDOGFARM 6/4/2011 10:15AM

    Congratulations April!

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RAINSTORM17 6/4/2011 9:55AM

    Congrats; I am so happy for you and that you found something that you are truly excited about. Good luck and God Bless.

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PANDARAECASH 6/4/2011 9:54AM

    Congrats!! I also have no idea what I want to do with my life so I am right there in that boat also. I've moved up as far as I can in my current job, so I'm stuck here for now... wondering what's next...

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RUNJEWELRUN 6/4/2011 9:54AM

    That is awesome :)

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TRIGRAMPS 6/4/2011 9:52AM

    Very cool! Should be an interesting challenge!

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STEVENSAILE12 6/4/2011 9:46AM


I think it's great you've found something your passionate about. I too had no idea what I was going to do with my life when I was younger. Now I have a job that I like getting up to do. I think it's one of the building blocks to a happier, healthier life, you have to like what you do!

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GODZDESIGN95 6/4/2011 9:42AM

    Congrats!!!! My hubbie is into radio as a gospel music dj.

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