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Thursday, October 20, 2011

So I have not blogged in 2 years now. I figured I would let someone know what I am currently up to.

After losing a fair amount of weight (208 down to 173), I slipped into old familiar habbits. I stopped running and exercising all together and went back to eatting horribly. I have since gained all my weight back and then some, packing on 220 pounds. Last year (fall 2010 to be exact) I noticed that my friend's daughter was losing weight and looking great. I inquired as to what she was doing. She replied, "rowing". After doing some digging I found out that Lake Guntersville had started a brand new rowing club and that it was for anyone. I decided to give it a shot and I havent looked back since.

October 15, 2011 was my first Regatta (Race for Rowing). Well my first Regatta went ok, I had some new bruises to show for it. I was exhausted too. :) Our time was 21:40.78 seconds. We were beat by 02:15.27 which was the only other competitor in our division of Mixed Masters 8. The distance was 4500 meter head race (timed race).

As of right now I have not lost any weight but I have slowly began to build muscle. I am hoping to start a good winter regimen for staying in shape for rowing in the spring. We have one more race this year before the season is over. We are training almost everyday for around 30 minutes since that is all the time we have in the evenings with the sun setting so early. I have also managed to talk my husband into rowing as well so that might open up some opportunities for me to get a doubles team going for the spring races.

So thats whats been happening with me. I probably wont be blogging much but I will try to keep you all up to date with the big events.

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FRANCESCANAZ 10/24/2011 12:45PM

    emoticon Off to a great start!

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TXGRANDMA 10/20/2011 11:35PM

    Good for you for finding a fitness activity you like! I had to read your blog, because you have the same name as my sister in law! Good luck with your return to Spark People! emoticon

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SLCOLMAN 10/20/2011 5:37PM

    Sounds like you are enjoying your exercise :)

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My God is an AWESOME God

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Despite all the stuggles and business in my life, trouble with my parents, mom's troubles, family medical problems, and just general life stresses, God has blessed me with some truly amazing friends. We may not all like the same things, we may not always have time to see each other but when we do it is always enjoyable.

God seems to be working a lot in my life and in the life of my friends. I've seen some changes in a few people that is nothing short of inspirational. I have seen things coming together in ways I never would have expected. I just thought I would share this little bit of inspiration with everyone in hopes that maybe you will find the joys and hopes and happiness in the little things. Sometimes it makes the big problems just dissappear even for a short time.

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LUNAMOONA2009 10/12/2009 6:04PM

    Thank you for posting this. When I get wrapped up in my own problems I often forget about what I have to be thankful for.

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LUNAMOONA2009 10/12/2009 6:01PM

    Thank you for posting this. When I get wrapped up in my own problems I often forget about what I have to be thankful for.

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NOCALORIES 5/21/2009 7:08PM

    You have written a true statement. Our God is an awsome God. Thank you for putting it in writing so all can be reminded. You are a wonderful leader and a benefit to everyone who is a member of this team. You are appreciated for working to make this team succeed. Have a great day.

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GEEOHDEESGIRL 5/21/2009 4:32PM

    YES! HE is truly amazing! No doubt about it!!! :-)

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NOELLIEMAE 5/21/2009 3:16PM

    amazing :) I'm glad in spite of all the things in your life that could be getting in the way of your vision, you are able to stop and appreciate the miracles in other people's lives :)


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Thursday, May 07, 2009

So the only thing on my Goals for this year that I seem to be doing right now is getting my finances in order. Although, I agree its a big and important one but man I am still struggling with the rest of it. We are still house hunting and everytime I think we found a house we like my husband is too reluctant to make a move and we end up losing it. I have been running but my food is still troublesome. I have not been exercising my dogs, nor have I been able to do anything with my horses which is just rediculous. Its been so rainy here the ground is just supersaturated right now.

I still keep going back and forth with finding a house with land vs living in the city and a neighborhood. I dont want to have to board my horses anywhere. And if I get stuck with having to board its likely I will have to sell one of them due to not being able to afford boarding costs in my area. I know God has a plan for me, I just have to hold tight. Its just so hard, we have been looking since January and here it is May.

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CHATIONE1 6/23/2009 7:56PM

    I hope you can find a place where you can keep all your critters!!! emoticon emoticon

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

The house we went to see 4 times had an offer made on it this week. Looks like that one will no longer be an option. We have one other one we are looking at but we dont know anything about pools. Its a really nice one with a really nice patio and although it has extra yard for additional fencing for the dogs, the logistics of getting the dogs out to that part of the yard is tricky. We would have to walk through the pool area to put them in their section and the pool has a 4 foot privacy fence so we would not be able to see the dogs while they were in their yard unless we looked from the house. I just dont know. The house is perfect though with 4 bedrooms and a really nice floor plan. The only problem is that they are asking WAY too much for the location and square footage. If they came down a lot we might actually have a shot at it. As of right now though we just couldnt make a counter offer. We have about 4 more bills that need to be paid off and/or I need a raise or more hours.

Mom's situation is still unsettled. There was another hearing on Tuesday but the judge has yet to make a decision and so far the farm may be auctioned off either in April or May. Either way my mom is a mess and the house is a mess and animals are running amuck. She doesnt need to stay there even if she did get a settlement she cant handle it. So I am still in search mode to find a place for my two horses.

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RENATA5 1/1/2010 1:03PM

    Carol, I've read your blog rather late. So sorry to hear you and your mom were faced with these challenges. I hope you and your mom have been able to make some positive life changes over the past year.

I wish you all the best emoticon

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SLCOLMAN 3/18/2009 6:38PM

    A lot of stuff all at once :(
Hopefully things work out and settle down!

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HIONLIFE93 3/16/2009 9:25PM

    Carol, Praying that God directs you in the right decision. Only advice is not to bite off more than you can chew. The markets are such that you should be able to make quite a deal. When I went for pre-approval they stated a number that I knew I couldn't handle. I kept looking and although we sold our house and had to live in our travel trailer for over a month, it paid off in the long run. We purchased a house that I knew we could afford and the owner had totally refinished the inside of it, looked brand new. We've been here four years and I am so grateful that I listened to God's wisdom and not the banks.

Praying that God will show you where you need to be when the time is right. Will be checking up on you from time to time and see how you're doing.

Stay focused on your goals.

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ESSDZEE 3/12/2009 9:11PM

  That's a whole lot of stuff to have to deal with at once. They say that when God closes a door He opens a window. I will keep you and your group in my daily prayers. Sometimes knowing that people care about what happens to you can be a comfort in itself. I wish I lived closer (I'm in NC).

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NOELLIEMAE 3/12/2009 7:11PM

Rough times :( sorry about the other place.. you guys will find the perfect place here shortly ;)


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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Ok so my last blog was in January. I guess its time for an update. I need to change my goals around too. I will no longer be moving my horses onto my in-laws farm. My father-in-law said something to my husband and he told me just to not even bother with it if he was going to be like that. Dont know what was said, dont want to know all I know is he obviously doesnt want me to do it so I wont. Now to find somewhere else to put them.

Got another notification on the possible auctioning on my mother's house. The first one fell through or lawyers held it up but appears they have rescheduled. I will need to find a place before the for my horses. I have already removed my riding equipment from the property. We have been doing everything we can to get my mom moving but she is so picky and stubborn.

Defying Gravity, well this was terrible. I failed at losing weight for this Scale Back Alabama challenge and will be deeply embarrased to weigh in next Saturday. I feel like such a failure and I have lost all motivation to even keep trying to lose this weight. I do a little here and there but for the most part I have fallen back into old habbits. Even my workouts have fallen off and my running was nearly non-existant last month.

House searching, we are still looking around trying to weigh our options and waiting to pay off my car. I was hoping to have already done that by now but things keep stalling. We have a house in mind that we have been to see 4 times now and I hope its still around when we can make an offer. Also we are scheduled to look at 2 more houses tomorrow.

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SLCOLMAN 3/12/2009 1:49PM

    Sorry that things are rough right now.

Hang in there! I hope that things find a way to work out for you, the horses, your mom, and the whole housing situation.


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SPARKCAT1 3/5/2009 3:06PM

    I was really hoping to get rid of these last pounds with the encouragement of Scale Back Ala, too, but it isn't to be.....i think i lost 3, but at least my Christmas weight is gone! Hang in there!

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NOELLIEMAE 3/4/2009 3:57PM

    WOW! you are CRAZY busy. Sorry about your Scale Back progress... /I don't think anyone on my team will make their 10 lb goal. :( Our office's OTHER team is rockin' it though. They've lost an average of 15 lbs a piece! I wish they could slide ME 5! I wish I could help with some of your other woes :( sounds like a poopy place to be right now. Hey! you want to meet up for the 10K next month?! I'd LOVE to have a buddy for the race!


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