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What's Been Going On?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

It's been a while since I've posted a blog. It's actually been a 5 days since I've been on here. As I've mentioned to most of you over the past few weeks, I have not been doing so well. I got off track and am having a really hard time getting back on track. One of the reasons I think it's been hard is because I am actually happy where I am. I know I still have 10 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight, and 20 lbs if you count where spark has me set to, but I finally feel comfortable with myself. I'm fitting back into most of my old clothes and really happy about that. But in reality, my current weight for my height is still considered overweight. So I must get back to it. I did not attend any holiday picnics or gatherings, so I still had a healthy weekend, but I was determined that once the relaxing of the weekend was over I would get back to it. Then the colds started coming through the house. On the way to my daughters first soccer game Saturday, the baby started sneezing. BTW, here he is in his new soccer outfit big sis picked out for him...

Emily's game was great, even though they lost by one point. She played goalie the first half of the game and did really well. She also got a lot of play time in the second half and did great. This coming Saturday will be her second game and my middle sons first game.

So by Sunday morning it was apparent that the baby definitely has a cold. By Monday morning so did my husband and Emily. Sniffles, sneezes, coughs all the way around. Now today I feel it. The morning has been spent just laying around with Preston trying to keep him comfortable. Here he is this morning, although he does not look too miserable in this picture. But he has all his favorites, stuffies, blankets and the binky. Normally those aren't allowed out of the crib, but I am willing to do anything right now to keep him happy. The more he cries the more stuff comes out of his poor little nose...

So now I am just trying to eat healthy and keep the little one comfortable. Working out isn't much fun when your chest feels heavy and your nose won't quit running. Hopefully it gets out of the house just as quick as it came. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my middle son isn't going to get this. Tomorrow is our little mans second birthday and I sure do hope he feels better!! I can't wait to celebrate with him tomorrow!

Otherwise school has been taking up much of my once free time, so that has contributed to my lack of being on Spark as much as I previously had. But of course school has to be top priority, and I'm holding a 95% in both of my classes....yay!

So how's that for a bunch of rambling? My clear and focused thinking has been pushed aside by all the mucus in my head!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and is off to a good week!! Hugs to you all!

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THEMRSH 9/20/2010 10:43PM

  Welcome back! I know how you feel. We've been battling the cold here too. It's hit all of us and my son twice. He missed his first week of preschool because of it! I get what you mean about being comfortable. My slow down started when my trainer gave me my last evaluation and I saw how much success I had and instead of motivating me I just relaxed. Kind of like, I lost 25 lbs now I can chill. Well, I've been chilling for way to long now!!!! I'll keep my eye on you and maybe we can help each other get moving again.

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GPENSRAE 9/20/2010 4:25PM

    He is sooo cute! I'm lucky - when Cale is sick he's still his usual self just a little bit more cranky. Unless he has a fever...then all bets are off! Hope you feel better soon! I can't wait to hear how the birthday went!!!

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GAMMY98 9/9/2010 8:46PM

    Hi kiddo love pictures of Preston. I am very proud of your grades. Your look great so I also think just do maintenance for awhile and see if you feel you need to lose more. You look great I sure don't think you need to lose more.

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GRACENFAITH 9/9/2010 10:06AM

    Good Day, Beautiful! WOW...we have our first soccer games this Saturday, so I just pray I start feeling better soon. I am the only one who got sick in the house, so no rest for me. I still have to go to work (missed too many days for court last week), kids have practices, meetings, and so on. Keep up the school work. Personally I'm upset because I was going to start school again, but missed the deadline cause of other things coming up. It's amazing how we can be comfortable in ourselves, yet someone or something tells we needs to be something else...believe in yourself and don't let no one or nothing tell you otherwise. God is control, so he knows what he wants for and obey him. And now that I have no clue if anything makes sense I wrote...Have a blessed day and keep rockin' it!
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MUGSYMOM 9/8/2010 2:47PM

    Well hello friend! I, too, have been sidetracked away from doing much healthwise. Kids back to school, new job, etc. I know it's hard - just stay focused on what's important...everything else will fall into place. Great photos! Keep up the great job on the schooling too! Your priority is being a top notch mom and wife and you're doing a fantastic job! emoticon

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    Hey, welcome back!! Your kids are adorable! Hope your little one is feeling better soon. Glad school is going so well for you! As for the weight thing, you have done awesome and it's hard to stay motivated if you are happy with the weight you are at. Maybe you should just stay there awhile and see how it "fits"? Do maintenance for awhile. There's no manual saying we have to be a certain weight. If you are feeling happy and healthy, isn't that what this is all about? Anyway, my best to you. You have been a tremendous support and inspiration to me. Whatever you decide to do, I totally trust you to do what works for you. emoticon

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FITJEANS 9/7/2010 6:28PM

    1st I want to tell you Awww he is so adorable, and hope he gets better. It is def the weather changing my little boy got sick a couple days ago as well and i've just been fighting it like crazy. I am glad you are back b cuz I missed you and your awesome blogs. Dont worry you'll get back on track bcuz you have alot of emoticon fight in ya.

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2FUN2B_LAZY 9/7/2010 2:28PM

    Aww, I hope it does get out soon! Have you disinfected like crazy?! That's what I was doing while I had the flu.. forget resting -- I didn't want anyone getting sick with it haha. I hope everyone gets to feeling better soon, and I hope it gets easier for you as well!
P.S. Colin came back from Texas with the worst runny nose, so he is going on almost 2 weeks with it. I don't know how to get rid of it. I've tried the humidifier, benadryl (usually dries up his nose but not this), etc.. nothing works. Any tips?!

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JSTCHLIN 9/7/2010 1:31PM

    Sounds like fun. NOT! Well the sickness part I was referring to. As for the soccer part, that's great! And Happy 2nd Birthday to Preston! And the weight thing, well you have been doing such an awesome job and now with school kicking your butt, great job on the 95% so far, you are still making it happen. So hang in there and don't worry about the numbers game so much. You feel good and your old clothes fit, that's great!

Take care and stay healthy


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CUTIECAT1 9/7/2010 11:16AM

    Hi Beth,

Sorry to hear everyone is battling colds - so early this year!

Hang in there, i know you will get back on track. Dont overdo it if you are sick, you will be rockin it when you feel better!

Congrats on your GPA - awesome!!! emoticon



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Chicken Help Needed!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

OK, so the family is having chicken tenders tonight at dinner. I decided to be good and make myself a boneless, skinless, chicken breast. I just finished thawing it, threw it in the baking dish and went to put the vinaigrette on it that I use to marinate it in. Guess what!? No vinaigrette. So now I have no idea what to do. Any suggestions? We have limited spices and things of that nature here. Any ideas from basic kitchen foods how to make it a little less boring? Obviously I can just bake it as is...but what fun is that?

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JOYFULMOMTO5 9/8/2010 6:35PM

    My favorite way to bake chicken breast is with sliced tomato on top, sometimes I add olives & capers for a meditteranian taste, with a drizzle of basalmic vinegar. The tomato keeps the chicken moist & is d-lish!

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MUGSYMOM 9/8/2010 2:51PM

    Just quick idea (although this was posted a while ago) - I brush on some Hellman's mayo lightly on the chicken breast. Then I take some Rice Kripsies cereal and smash about 1/2 cup. I then roll the coated chicken in the cereal. Add some salt and pepper and whatever spice you want. PUt in dish and squirt a few squirts of butter spray on the chicken and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Not bad at all! emoticon

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BAKER1009 8/24/2010 12:28PM

    I do have salsa. Not to sound totally stupid here, but can I just put salsa over the chicken and bake it like that? I am not a chef, lol!! I see pictures of chicken with salsa over it, but I didn't know if that was a finishing touch or if you actually bake it that way. I need to get some basic cookbooks and start learning some more things!

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FITJEANS 8/24/2010 11:48AM

    Hmm everyone ideas sounds delicious emoticon emoticon. Hey baker do you have ne barbeque sauce that is low in fat,parmesan cheese, or salsa. All 3 are low in fat you will be amazed how low it really it is. nonetheless i know you will make a great dish what ever ideas you choose. Take care baker emoticon talk to ya latas!

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BAKER1009 8/24/2010 11:43AM

    I have ranch, but that is the only dressing I have. I was thinking maybe I'll just sprinkle some garlic powder or salt, or whatever that is up in the cupboard, over it.

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GPENSRAE 8/24/2010 11:40AM

    With that being said you could probably do the same thing with ranch...just brush some over the top of your chicken and tada...baked ranch chicken. (I've tried this, but I don't know why it wouldn't work)

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GYPSYGOTH 8/24/2010 11:40AM

    anything with some acid and salt will help tenderize and add flavor. lemon juice? regular vinegar? some other kind of dressing? i've used every dressing under the sun to marinate chicken and it usually comes out great!
BBQ sauce is nice, too, although high in sugar and salt. hot sauce is yummy (but also high in sodium).
good luck!

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GPENSRAE 8/24/2010 11:39AM

    Do you have any italian salad dressing? Just put a few TBS in a zip lock bag and marinate the chicken for 1-2 hours in the fridge. It's delish!!! You could also just bake as it is, but saute some onions in a little bit of olive oil until they are a nice brown color, top with 1/2 slice of bacon crumbled and 1 TBS of cheese for smothered chicken. Very low carb and not too bad for calories if you go easy on the cheese and have a low calorie side.

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Mom's Coming to Town!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hi everyone...I hope you are all having a terrific Tuesday!!
My mom is about a half hour from my house, yippee!! We live about 4 hours apart, so our visits aren't as often as we'd like. Regardless, she is about to arrive and will be here until Saturday, so I might look like I've disappeared this week. Don't worry about me, I have not fallen off the wagon and started binge eating, I am just visiting with mom! I got my mom to join this site not long after I did, but she has had some struggles, so I hope to help her get on the right track this week and take it back home with her.

I hope all of you have a wonderful week! I will be on here some, just not as much as normal.

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CERIUSLY 8/17/2010 9:09AM

    So I heard you had a great time! I wish she and I could get together more often. haha Wait til she hears my new goal...I'm gonna walk to the farm where we grew up. Watch for my blog about it. Love you.

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JDTHUMPER 8/12/2010 1:31PM

    Hope it all goes well with you enjoy!!!

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GPENSRAE 8/11/2010 11:12AM's visits are the best! I live 5 minutes from my mom and am so thankful!!! She's my best friend! Enjoy your visit!

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KMIRANDA2000 8/11/2010 10:12AM

    Enjoy your Mom's visit!

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FITJEANS 8/11/2010 7:40AM

    That is awesome that you got ur mom to join, been trying to get my mom to join for about a month now. I am very close to getting her to join. Hope you have a joyous time with ur mom. emoticon

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LORISEVERANCE 8/11/2010 1:02AM

    Enjoy your visit! emoticon

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JSTCHLIN 8/10/2010 11:21PM

    Very cool! Enjoy the time together. Keep Sparking.

Take care and stay healthy

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ZANDASMOM1 8/10/2010 3:29PM

    Enjoy and have a WONDERFUL visit!!!!!

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BALLOUZOO 8/10/2010 3:27PM

    ENJOY!! Take care of each other!
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DIZIZZY7895 8/10/2010 3:15PM

    Enjoy her visit. I know how it feels to live that far apart. It sucks and you don't see each other often enough.

I hope you have a wonderful visit with your mom. I bet the kids are excited.


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Pool Party & The Weigh In

Friday, August 06, 2010

The pool party last night at our apartment complex was such a blast! My husband teases me sometimes because I say hi to everyone and spark up conversations at times. My daughter is the same way as me, and I swear she knows more people in the complex than I do! We have lived here for 2 1/2 years now, so we have gotten to know a few people, mostly by way of my chatty mouth! Anyway, last night we started out hanging with just our neighbors from downstairs (the fire people as we now call them!). We have really gotten to know them over the past 6 months and hang out at the pool sometimes and in their backyard. On a sad note, since the fire, the apartments corporate office has said they have to move out when their lease is up at the end of September. I'm saddened by this. Yes, the fire was very scary, but we all make mistakes in life. But now they are considered high risk and have to go. Honestly, this is the first "couple" friends that we've made since we've lived here and it's hard to see them have to go. OK, so I went off subject there. We started out hanging with just them in the one corner of the pool area. As people arrived, I said hello and waved them over. Before you know it we had like 18 people sitting with us and we were all having such a good time. There was a DJ and we were all playing these trivia games and what not. My husband won the one contest and we now have a gift card for the Olive Garden, woohoo!
When we got home my husband said what a great time he had. I pointed out to him that nobody would have been sitting with us if it weren't for my chatty mouth, lol! He said good point and smiled. I find it easier to talk to people now that I feel better about myself. I've also talked to people, but I find myself being even more social these days. And it's not about how I look, it's about how this transformation has made me feel on the inside.

I also had tons of compliments last night about how great I look. That of course was awesome to hear! And it also helped me to not grab snack packs of chips, Doritos and whatever else they had sitting there. I had one hot dog, minus the bun, and then had a healthy dinner when we got home. I wore my bikini and felt great in it. Yes, I still have my pouch, but I love it regardless (that pouch carried my 3 wonderful children). I heard a couple guys discussing my butt as I walked by them, lol! Didn't tell my husband about that one!

So as if last night wasn't enough of a mental high, this morning I step on the scale to find that I lost 2 pounds this week! I haven't had a 2 pound loss in a while, so that felt great. So the 2 pound loss is perfect to keep me on such a mental high! But that's not all! This loss has also put's me into the 160's! Yep, I'm now 169!!
I had usually average between 160 & 165 before, so I had set my goal weight to 160 (I am 5'7"). Spark has my goal weight at 150. Either one works for me! All I know is that I'm feeling wonderful and I'm glad I've stuck with this.

Alright, I think I'm going to reward my week with a trip to the gym and then straight to the pool! Going to soak up some sun as my one wonderful Spark friend suggested! (great idea Mike, thanks!) Then it will be time to come home for lunch and the baby's nap, and my schooling!

Oh, and on a sad note, I lost my pedometer last night, so I hope when I get up there today someone found it!! I feel naked without it!

Have a fabulous weekend my fabulous friends!!!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 8/11/2010 7:36PM

    What a wonderful job you have done so far. I love that you talked about being proud about yourself.....that is the best part about this journey is the wonderful feeling I have inside that seems to be dying to get out!!

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JDTHUMPER 8/9/2010 9:52AM

    Great job on your social out break! And the WEIGHT LOSS! plus all those feel good coments comin' at ya! I know how great they feel!

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GPENSRAE 8/7/2010 3:06PM

    Sounds like a good time! My hubby and I never socialized at all when we lived in an apartment. Sad, but oh well! Congrats on the comments! Awesome job!

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FITJEANS 8/7/2010 1:01PM

    way to go on the loss and love the fact that u r going to reward ur self by a trip to the gym and swimming. Very smart some people would reward their self with food. Very proud of you. emoticon emoticonmy emoticon

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LORISEVERANCE 8/7/2010 12:41AM

    I am so happy for you!! It's true what they say about a change/improvement in one area of your life then betters another area, then another, then another! You have worked hard for this and I am so happy for you! Congrats on the 2 lbs too!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JSTCHLIN 8/6/2010 10:21PM

    Sounds like a great time. Glad for your chatty mouth. I'm shy no matter what situation until I know people. My wife is social but only with her family really. She's not shy but doesn't socialize well I guess. IDK. And yes, do not tell your hubby about guys talking about your booty. Save that (I can't believe I'm telling you this)for an argument one day. Just never use names! Glad you enjoyed soaking up the sun.

Take care and stay healthy. Congrats again.

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2FUN2B_LAZY 8/6/2010 9:09PM

    How awesome!! I wish our apartment complex was as friendly as yours! haha.. Was it an apartment party? Also, congrats on the weight loss!! You are so close!!!! You have to promise to stick around past the time you get to your goal just so I have you around! haha

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SHIPESTA 8/6/2010 1:24PM

    nice job on the weight loss and I'm so glad you had fun last night and stayed away from the nasty foods! :) Oh how I miss hotdogs...I'm jealous! LOL I swore I was going to eat one on my birthday and then I didn't do it, I just don't know why I couldn't bring myself to do it...ugh. :) Keep up the great work and hopefully the pedometer will show up - maybe one of the guys speaking about your rear has it and is waiting for an opportunity to return it.LOL :)

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BAKER1009 8/6/2010 1:11PM

    No luck finding my pedometer. The office didn't have it, the lifeguard that was there last night was there this morning and she hadn't seen it. Preston and I looked all over...he kept saying "see it?", lol. Maybe it fell off on the car ride home, I'll have to check there tonight. I got my workout at the gym and then the baby & I had the pool to ourselves and we swam for about 20 minutes. Now he's napping and I have to get to my school work.

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ZANDASMOM1 8/6/2010 11:51AM

    Sounds like you had an emoticon and very successful night at the party!!!! I am so happy for you...and emoticon to have the comments on your butt!!! LOL!!!!! Congrats on your 2lb weight loss!!! That is GREAT!!! To go to a party, have a great time, and to wake up the next morning with a 2lb weight loss is incredible!! You go girl!!! You deserve it!! Enjoy your time at the pool today!! Hope you find your pedometer!! emoticon

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DIZIZZY7895 8/6/2010 10:12AM

    congrats on the loss!

way to go!

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I wish you enough...

Thursday, August 05, 2010

I got this in an email today. There is a rather large story with it, but I just put in the basics of wishing one another "enough" throughout life.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

I wish you enough my Spark Friends!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/5/2010 7:07PM

    love it

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    I wish you enough...the possibilities are endless.

Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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JSTCHLIN 8/5/2010 4:26PM

    Right back at ya!

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ALMMOM 8/5/2010 3:30PM

    How neat!!! Thanks for sharing.

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CHOESCH 8/5/2010 1:54PM

    I wish you "enough" too! Thanks for sharing.

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DIZIZZY7895 8/5/2010 1:26PM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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THREEE 8/5/2010 1:24PM

    beautiful...thank you...(and back at ya emoticon)

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    Very beautiful and timely...thank you.

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SAMIAM167 8/5/2010 1:00PM

    Very Beautiful!

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