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Relay 4 Life tonight!!! WOOHOO!

Friday, June 08, 2012

As some of you may remember I participated in the relay 4 life in my community last year, had so much fun I am doing it again tonight!!!! I am SUPER PUMPED! This year I am team captain and although being sick slowed me down it did not take me out.

For any of you that do not know what this is, It is a 12 hour relay where although we act goofy and play games we stay up all night in honor of those who are fighting a battle with cancer and with those who have lost the battle. We raise money for cancer research and we light candles around the track in memory and in honor of those who have/had cancer. We do it all night because people with cancer experience a horrible 12 hours (give or take) after treatment and seeing the sun rise means they made it another day. We stay up all night and watch the sun rise in honor of those.

I am proud to be part of this! If anyone is interested the website is
This is dear to my heart as I have lost an aunt, grandma and my dad to this disease. My team has raised over $1100 for the cause. I am in Grand Bay NB and my team is RCL#22 Lads & Lassies. There is a wild west theme to the relay this

I hope everyone out there has an awesome weekend. I don't expect to be online as after being up all night I have breakfast duty, cupcake making duty, bar duty and then Sunday I have a birthday party booked for my "baby" who is about to be 6!

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HEALTHYMAMA4 6/17/2012 5:57PM

    Have fun! Yes, a wonderful reason to run!

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AWOOD1973 6/9/2012 1:51PM

    So glad you are so involved!!! Good luck acting crazy and staying up all night!
We've missed you on here! Nice to see you blogging again! :-)

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DROPOFHONEY 6/8/2012 8:11AM

    We do ours Tomorrow Night....
I'm from Belledune, NB
Used to live in Saint John for awhile.. :)
Have fun tonight..

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I am on my way back.....Relighting my SPARK!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Well to say it has been a tough few months would be an understatement! emoticon I was rushed to the hospital on February 24 and diagnosed with meningitis! Like WHO gets that? Apparently it is not that common in adults....guess when I say "when I grow up" it is not a complete lie..haha

Anyways it has been a long road of pain meds, which is still not complete. I am getting around better and although I am not off of the pain meds completely I am having alot more better days. I am thrilled to be able to say this. emoticon I even remember everything except the day I went to the hospital. which incidentally was a day I didn't remember 20 years of my life.

I am baffled that I have had a love of junk food and a HUGE aversion to fruits and veggies since I have been sick. I am making an effort to turn my eating habits around. I am going to get this done and get it right this time!

I am here and I am although not 100% I am back enough to make this happen. I am a bridesmaid in September at my brother's wedding and the dress is 2-3" too small on me right now. I know I can do this....I just need to do it! emoticon

So along with my Spark family and friends I am going to start tracking calories and fitness minutes. I am going to amaze everyone again. Please help me do this.

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AWOOD1973 6/9/2012 5:26PM

    Good Lord, Carol! I am so sorry that you went thru such an awful ordeal! I never gave up on you! I knew you would be back! You can do this... Baby steps!!! You did it once before and I know it will happen again!! Good luck!!!

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KURS10B 6/7/2012 11:33AM

  You have plenty of time. Focus on weight training more than cardio and you will fit into that dress in no time.

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Rough weekend, but not letting it continue.....bring on a GREAT WEEK!

Monday, January 23, 2012

emoticonThis is how I feel. I am exhausted and there is something to be said for not having a break. We have a week"end" for a reason, why are mine always worse than the week?
I went from one activity/commitment to another from Friday morning on.
Yesterday was the worse as far as food goes. I have never been a huge greasy food nut. However when travelling the dart circuit, healthy choices are not always available. With such a busy weekend, preparing for this was not happening! I had a bagel for breakfast, on the road. A whole grain blueberry muffin for snack, beef soup for lunch (good choice) then hunger hit......CHIPS.
Followed by McD's fries, a cookies-n-cream pie (not good! it was AWESOME) then pizza later that the junk food does not satisfy hunger for long.
I did play darts for the day, however I am disgusted with myself. I know that for the most part I could not control my choices....HOWEVER I feel gross.

emoticonToday is a new day. I am not going to allow the down falls of a rough weekend to ruin this week. i started today with bottled water and oatmeal. I am going to make this happen......I NEED TO! This letting go of yesterday is not a strong point of mine. Need to let it go and I AM!

emoticonSo cheers to a week of GOOD choices! and letting go of the poor ones!

Hope all of my spark friends are enjoying water, freggies and fun fitness minutes!

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JLDACQ 1/23/2012 1:54PM

    Weekends.... the 2 days of the week where all the last 5 days' worth of work come undone. *sigh* I hear ya.

That said, if these tournaments are something that come up often, it's time to come up with a game plan for these weekend affairs. I know it can be done, even though I haven't had to do it for a while. There are a lot of strategies you can use to get through the event, including carrying your own water bottle wherever you go (my frequent comment is "Where did I leave that bottle now??"), bringing fruit and veggie snacks with you, using the line "I'm allergic" or some other white lie excuse when offered food, and asking organizers if they're planning to order veggies with the food they're offering.

A few years ago, office luncheons were a nightmare for me, because it was always sandwiches and only sandwiches, and I can't do bread at lunch (not worth the afternoon butt-dragging). I asked the support staff ordering the meal to include at least a small garden salad, or better yet, a nice large salad that others can pick from. After that, the salads always came, and what's more ironic that it's now the food that disappears first.

Now the big question... were YOU one of the organizers? :-P

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GREENSCRAPCAT 1/23/2012 11:12AM

    Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again. I am really trying to do it this week as well. Sounds like you are on your way!

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Want to rejoice, but too disgusted.........

Monday, January 16, 2012

So I go shopping today. I need an outfit, dress something for a dinner/dance this weekend. My father-in-law is stepping up as the president of a professional association. I HATE clothes shopping! I maybe losing weight, the sizes maybe smaller BUT I still see how much I have to lose, not how far I have came.
It has become evident that I may have to have skin removed as a result of losing weight. The more I lose the looser the skin under my belly button gets and the further it "hangs". It is gross. I am disgusted by this and more embarrassed than anyone will every know or understand.
I have dresses on my body today, zipped and all that were a size 12. If it were not for this "hanging" I would have love 2 of the dresses. But alas, I have this horrible sagging bunch of skin......I never considered for once that losing weight would not be the only thing I would have to do to fix my problem areas. NEVER did I think I would have to have a surgery to fix what I have done to myself.
I wanted to celebrate the size 12, but I just cannot.......

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HEALTHYMAMA4 1/21/2012 1:04PM

    Agreed! Spanx! Go for it! Keep up the good work!

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AWOOD1973 1/20/2012 3:53AM

    Listen to the 2 wise women that have already commented. We all have something that we don't like about our bodies, whether we are a size 2 or a size 20! You have done an AWESOME job losing what you have and that is definitely needing a celebration. You will continue to lose too, but for now, find that easy and quick fix. You will be amazed at how your clothes fit and will be able to enjoy that time in Vegas, like you deserve!

Hang in there, girlfriend. You've come a long way!!! emoticon Happy, happy weekend to you!!

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TEACHLIZARD 1/16/2012 6:46PM

    I agree with JLDACQ, Spanx! It's a wonderful thing.
I know and can fully understand how you feel, but you need to celebrate your success and be proud! You have done an amazingly hard thing. If losing was easy, the world would all be tiny sizes!

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JLDACQ 1/16/2012 5:49PM

    Wait! Don't panic! Surgery can come a lot later!!

Just do what millions of women have done before us -- buy a girdle, or better yet, a Spanx foundation garment. Really. Yes, REALLY! It's the quickest fix I can offer, and if you can find one for less than $50, be sure to let me know the name of the store!

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A productive day?

Monday, January 09, 2012

emoticonEver have a day where it seems like it mut have been productive, but it don't feel like it? Today I got the kitchen living room and bathroom leaned up. Went to the dump. Baked chicken breasts, chopped, weighed ad measured into 3oz packs for lunches. Made a homemade beef stew, dumplings and homemade rolls. ( my sister in law and nephew came for dinner) I had a visit with a friend and went to the grocery store. I have the kids ready to go back to school tomorrow........ Sounds impressive don't it?
emoticonSo why do I feel like i got nothing accomplished? Likely partially because i have the dishwasher rnning, but never finished the pots. I feel asleep after dinner with my youngest son (from an allergy pill induced fatigue)
Tonight i did day 4 of the january challenge. Who would have thought 12 minutes in chair could really work your core muscles THAT much!? WOW!
Well off to curl up with my eReader for a bit before bed.......kiddoes back to school in the morning and I am back to work.....

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TATTED4X4 1/10/2012 10:24AM

    It seems like it was a blah day to you. We all have days like that. Today will be better. I hope. :)

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    It's really a bummer when you feel like you haven't quite nailed it, but it sounds to me like you did awesome! Hope tomorrow is better :)

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