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Today I celebrate ME!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sometimes Life hits you hard...
... I am hitting back.
Today I celebrate me.
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EDDYMEESE 7/19/2014 4:27PM

    Wow, awesome!!! Congratulations!

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BOVEY63 7/17/2014 12:58PM

    You are amazing and so motivational my friend!

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GAL7288 7/17/2014 10:34AM

    That's great! Very powerful message. You look amazing btw :)

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MSILVER94 7/17/2014 9:44AM

    Wow!! What an accomplishment!!! Very much worth celebrating!

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LYNMEINDERS 7/17/2014 1:30AM

    What an absolutely gorgeous lady

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TEXASFILLY 7/16/2014 10:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are working your program and it shows! emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUNA89 7/16/2014 9:51PM

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/16/2014 8:49PM

    Angela, YOU ROCK!

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Been working out and eating right...

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Hello my friends. emoticon

I hope your still around here Sparking! emoticon

I do my best to check in when I can, Life has a funny way of interfering.

I am so busy eating right and exercising that by the time I fill my day with the rest of the things I have to do, its pretty much gone. emoticon

But that is supposed to be a good thing right? emoticon

So what's the problem? emoticon

Well there isn't one really...

... except I miss all of you. emoticon

I wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and cheering you on. emoticon emoticon

I am doing great. emoticon

Down to my lowest weight and smallest size. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I bought myself a size 8 dress. Now again is it a true 8? Who knows, but I know I feel like a million bucks in it. That is what counts.



I am eating more fruits and vegetables (juicing when I can to ensure I eat them all). I have reintroduced whole fats into my diet. This is all so outside of my realm of experience with dieting.
BUT I am making life changes and they are working for me.
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I work out and train... You know what?

I LIKE IT!



I bike.



I do bootcamp and tabatas...



I lift weights...

I do WHATEVER it takes to feel good about myself.
To make me a healthier person.

It seems to be working...



You can do it too.
Love you all.
Angela

  
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ELLIE381 7/10/2014 6:59PM

    emoticon You are doing a wonderful job. You look fantastic!
I love the new pictures. So excited to see them. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALIHIKES 7/8/2014 1:44PM

    Wow you look great! And impressive list of workouts. emoticon emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 7/5/2014 11:15AM

    WOOHOO!!!!!! You are an inspiration to me every day!
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BOVEY63 6/18/2014 2:59PM

    It is most definitely working. You looks AWESOME!!!
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JUDITH316 6/13/2014 11:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon job, you look fabulous, thanks for sharing these awesome pictures,,, cheering you on to the finishing line emoticon

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PLMITCH 6/3/2014 10:23PM

    Great blog and great pics! Glad you are doing well!

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LYNMEINDERS 6/2/2014 7:09PM

    Woohoo gorgeous lady./...you look absolutely amazing...go girl...so proud of you

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GAL7288 6/2/2014 9:30AM

    You are looking great! It is all worth it! Congratulations on your size 8!

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STEPH-KNEE 6/2/2014 4:08AM

    You are gorgeous and you look great in that dress! You are getting the job done and it shows! emoticon

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SWDESERTLOVER 6/2/2014 2:12AM

    You look great! Keep up the good work!
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LJCANNON 6/1/2014 11:14PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your progress!! It looks like you're doing GREAT!!

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TEXASFILLY 6/1/2014 10:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You look FAB~ulous, darlin'~ what you're doing IS working and it shows! emoticon emoticon BB~ emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/1/2014 10:36PM

    You are absoloutely awesome!
Stunnin!
Smashin!>Inspiring!
I want to be like ou!
You look lovely in the dress. Keep up the awesome work!

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It's been awhile....

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hi My Friends!
I think of you often, I truly do.

I log on and read as much as I can of your trials and tribulations, sending words or healing thoughts to each of you.

I think I have been lost in a miasma of who knows what.
At times I feel like I am spiralling out of control mentally as there are so many things going on.
Where to start...hmm...

At the start of the new year (maybe even slightly before) I started slipping physically too. It didn't seem to matter what I did, my scale would inch up and my clothes felt tighter.
I know it was mostly mental...meaning I was slipping into the doldrums.

When you live with someone who is in CONSTANT pain and you always have to keep a smile on your face (when sometimes all you want to do is scream) it eventually takes a toll.
I could feel those cement blocks pulling me down into the depths of despair.

Now I have fought off those thoughts before and once I gave myself a good mental B'slap, I pulled up my big girl panties and cut those suckers off.

I am at my lowest weight now and am exercising every day.
In 40 days I lost 17 lbs and over 10".
My mindset is better able to handle all that is going on in my life and I feel prepared.

I started running again.
Not well, but running.
I did my first of the season outdoor 5K yesterday, dragging my puppy along with me.
That was a sight to see! LOL!

I am cycling and lifting weights.
I feel stronger every day.
Definitely happier every day.

My DH had surgery a week ago to try to rectify the pain he is in. It will be awhile before we know if it was a success or not.
Praying that it is.

Our son comes home from University today for the summer. I can't wait for that!
It will be nice to have him back again, although I know it will be an adjustment on all our parts.

I will try to blog more as I go along.
I know you will be seeing more of me but 'less' of me in the future.
I am in control and losing.

Love and hugs my friends!
Angela




  
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SLIMLILA 5/12/2014 8:58PM

    Girl, you look so good... Glad you got back on track, can't say the same, have been tied up with this sprained(For 3 weeks) and then casted as a broken ankle.

I can't wait to get out and walk, well, just to be able to walk upstairs at this time would be great.

Hope the surgery was able to make an improvement for you dh, I'm sure you will be so happy to have your son home for the summer.
Take care. Continued success on your healthy journey.

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BOVEY63 5/5/2014 5:18PM

    You look amazing Angela! great job on pulling up your big (not so big though) pants and making it through the trials and tribulations.
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Sending prayers that all goes well for you hubby!
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L*I*T*A* 4/30/2014 11:27PM

    you looks amazing.....................
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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/30/2014 7:23PM

    I'm so sorry that you haven't been feeling well! BUT, you look flipping amazing! emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 4/30/2014 5:24PM

    Look at you you gorgeous lady.....woohoo...

Well done for pulling up your "big girl panties.....
Woohoo....17lbs in 40 days...thats awesome and you are looking amazing/....go you...
You can so do it....

I know what it is like trying to get everything done in a day when there is so much going on around you....
Deep breaths....run with the "must do's" and sort out the rest into priority places.....
Not everything has to be or needs to be done.....

Just some thoughts.....

Love you heaps....
Praying for you all....

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/30/2014 4:04PM

    I need a good B-slapping myself. To actually get more active and go to the gym. You are looking terrific. Kewep up the good work.

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LJCANNON 4/30/2014 3:04PM

    emoticon It sounds as though you are handling "Life's Curveballs" fairly well. I firmly believe that Exercise/Activity helps with handling "Life" much more than most people believe.
emoticon Keep Moving and Lifting!! Praying that your DH's Surgery was successful and that you both have a Fabulous Time with your Son!!

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TEXASFILLY 4/30/2014 3:04PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You look FAB~ulous! emoticon on taking off the pounds & inches. You are my heroine! emoticon Love you, gal~ BB~ emoticon emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/30/2014 2:31PM

    You look great. Sounds like you are getting back on track. Your pup is adorable. I pray the surgery helps your Hubby. emoticon

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GAL7288 4/30/2014 12:45PM

    You are doing great, even though life is throwing curve balls at you are going through them like a champ! Keep up the good work!

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A New YEAH!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hi my friends!
I have been very busy with life and decided to write one blog. It is posted on my art site and if your interested, here is the link.
Love you all.
Angela

www.artentwined.com/1/post/2014/02/a
-new-yeah.html

  
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SYLPHINPROGRESS 2/26/2014 11:51AM

    Miss, I was just at Kit's page to leave a note and saw yours about this blog. I followed the link and, Angela, I'm sending best wishes to your husband. I'm also telling you that you must begin to approach the galleries. Your love for painting and your talent can enrich the world.

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BBAMMOM 2/23/2014 10:28AM

    Loved your blog entry...YEAH! LOL
I'm keeping your DH, and you, in my thoughts and prayers. Love you!!

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LYNMEINDERS 2/23/2014 4:18AM

    I understand time wise....I am stuggling to keep up with spark after coming back from holiday and along with Uni starting again I just don't have time to get round everything....

Great to read your blog....
Left you a comment...

Prayers coming for you and Hubby....
Love & Blessings


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MISSILENE 2/22/2014 5:16PM

    Yeah yeah. Lovely as ever. Hugs and love.

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NORASPAT 2/17/2014 8:20PM

    Superb artwork, Well done. Take care, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Pat in Maine.

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BOVEY63 2/17/2014 4:43PM

    Awesome blog! And best Buds is amazing!!!
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I enjoyed looking through your paintings again - they are beautiful! Good luck getting into the show!
Sending prayers for your hubby!
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EDDYMEESE 2/16/2014 11:54PM

    Awesome! Your art is amazing and you look wonderful in your photo!

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L*I*T*A* 2/16/2014 8:23PM

    what talent you have!!!

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TEXASFILLY 2/16/2014 6:42PM

    Your paintings always leave me breathless in their beauty! Thanks for sharing, dear heart. Will keep your DH in prayer that Father will heal him of all illness. Keep the faith, sweetie~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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MERRIKATE 2/16/2014 5:50PM

    Did ENJOY the blog, Love, and left you a reply there!
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Little White Lies

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Little White Lies

We all know of those words that are spoken and thought to be so harmless. We hear them every day, in every context or situation. In fact we use them ourselves when conversing with others, or even using these little words when talking to ourselves.

Now we may justify using those harmless sounding words in a well meaning sort of way. The best and most used example of course is when we tell someone they "look good or great" and of course we totally mean the opposite. But hey! Who wants to come right out and say "honey that colour just makes you look washed up and down right done!"



Now come on if you were to say what you were really thinking 95% of the time you would be thought to be a real rude dude and not a 'friend'.



Now maybe it can be justified, we will never truly know the results of our little white lies in some aspects. We may say that something is fine and the person we said it to may become the subject of ridicule, causing emotional, possibly physical harm.

Think about it.

We may never know what may happen to that person as we continue on our path. We may learn later on that 'something' happened, but will we really know it could of been prevented if we hadn't 'justified' a little white lie?

No of course not. But consider the harm that could of been prevented if we were honest and it was accepted in the same way.

Now picture this...

You (or I as this is about me too) start telling yourself little words too soothe; too justify; whatever the reason may be.

You start to tell yourself little white lies.


"No those pants aren't too tight, they just SHRUNK A BIT in the wash."

"Yes, have that brownie (cake or cookie). A little bit won't hurt you, you gotta LIVE!"

"You can stop at one. You have WILLPOWER!"

"Oh your not feeling your best? Why not skip your workout today and rest, you will MAKE IT UP LATER."


If you start telling yourself little white lies they may get out of hand.



Now we can keep on 'justifying' our little white lies or we can ask ourselves...



WE need to wake up and stop the little white lies that we tell ourselves before they get beyond our control.

WE need to realize what and where we are going wrong and work towards REVERSING the harm we are doing to ourselves.

BEFORE WE FIND OURSELVES LOST.

I think I have caught myself.

I think I have caught myself in time.

Now I am going to fix it.

I may have been sliding backwards, but I have arrested my momentum.

I have ARRESTED my little white lies.

With proper action and due process I will lock down those little white lies and throw the book at them.

"My pants are too tight, because I have been a lazy, over-indulging LIAR."

To myself.

I think I have caught myself.

I think I have caught myself in time.

Now I am going to fix it.

ARE YOU?

Hugs!
Angela




  
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SLIMLILA 1/23/2014 10:47PM

    Awesome blog!!! Needed that!!

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BOVEY63 12/27/2013 5:23PM

    Wonderful, eye-opening blog!
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That last picture really does say it all.

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RABBITART 12/12/2013 12:08AM

    Excellent blog! Both my husband and I were just talking about this tonight saying we need to get back on track with out eating plans.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 12/11/2013 9:01AM

    Yes, this is an amazing blog! It really hit home for me so emoticon from the bottom of my heart!

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STEPH-KNEE 12/11/2013 1:08AM

    I loved this SO much and it is so true!! Every once in a while we need to tell ourselves that the one cookie didn't hurt us so we can get back on track. But it becomes a pattern, and then it is one cookie won't hurt, neither will 4, and the cycle continues! It can get out of control so quickly and how we talk to ourselves and our mindset on this weight loss journey in my opinion is more important than the physical aspects of losing weight. Great blog and thank you for sharing it with all of us!! emoticon

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KATIE5668 12/9/2013 11:21PM

    hmmm Shakespear I believe..
be true to yourself then you cannot be false to any man...but you can be tactful.
yes those folks that say..oh you are good..mean well..or maybe are a lil jealous?

honesty with self..important.
kindness & tact when dealing with others...important as well.

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SECRETKEL 12/9/2013 2:05PM

    Honesty, especially with ourselves, is so very important to achieve any kind of happiness in life I think. emoticon Great post!

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PJMOMMATO3 12/9/2013 8:10AM

    Well said!

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LITTLETEAPOT17 12/8/2013 7:17PM

    It couldn't have been said any better. Right where I am too now! No more lies!
Love you for speaking the truth my friend!

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SCOOTER4263 12/8/2013 4:04PM

    I started to write a comment, but once again it got out of hand. If you're interested, it's over here:
http://www.sparkpeople.com
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MISSILENE 12/8/2013 1:44PM

    Ah ha. Being direct and to the point is good. You know how direct I am. You will do fine. Don't fret my little pet. Also, you can get done cute dog clothes for Pip at Walmart. Hugs. Ilene. Ps don't worry. Be happy. emoticon emoticon

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ALIHIKES 12/8/2013 12:02PM

    Great blog, and something I needed to read. (My ski pants were too tight this morning) Now is the time for ME to get back on track!
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L*I*T*A* 12/8/2013 11:35AM

    so true...........
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NORASPAT 12/8/2013 10:38AM

    WELL DONE !!
My Darling mother used to tell my brother and I there are only LIES, untruths and definitely wrong.
We were homeless and her Mantra was and is mine too.
YOU WILL BE CLEAN HONEST AND EDUCATED.
She taught us well. I did alterations for mostly women and if they asked my opinion they got it. Most of them appreciated my comments and told me they appreciated my feedback. That was why my business was a success.
I can not comment if I know it will be dishonest.
THANK YOU NORA, YOU RAISED US WELL!
Thank you for this blog.
NO WHITE LIES. UNTRUTHS or dishonesty. JUST BLACK LIES in my world.
Pat in Maine. THANK YOU KATHY it has to happen.

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TEXASFILLY 12/8/2013 8:49AM

    Yes, I agree. When I get honest with myself, I find that the li'l white lies are all fear driven. Through positive self-dialogue, I am learning to let go of the fear that spawns the lies, and to trust the process of transformation. Thanks for sharing~ be kind to yourself~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 12/8/2013 8:37AM

    yep Ang... those little white lies got us into this mess didn't they! I think this kind of self - dialog becomes a habit and, like all habits, we have to work very hard to break them.

Together WE CAN DO IT!

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LYNMEINDERS 12/7/2013 11:34PM

    AMEN my friend..... so so true...thankyou

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MERRIKATE 12/7/2013 11:31PM

    Thanks for this one, Angela. Great timing, with the holiday season underway. YES! YESYESYES to self-honesty when our ego tries to trick us into old habits that do us no good. It happens to me subtly sometimes and very blatantly at others, this slippin' into letting myself off the healthy path.
For me, though, I MUST take close care to deliver the tough truth to 'Me' with calm and loving respect for myself.
Nothing gets me back into the bad habits faster than self-blame and disregard of my own power for good choices. Never did respond well to scolding!!
So I use gentle terms to deliver 'tough love', always with a strong foundation of affectionate reassurance that, 'Hey, Dear Heart, you know who you are. Say it, please: "I know who I am. I am not one who quits, especially when I've slipped a bit. I'm on track now. One step at a time, ON track. Yes! Yay, Me, on track for today!"
Usually, after one or more rounds of this, all's well again, and what a RELIEF that is!!
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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/7/2013 11:21PM

    This is so true. Great blogging.

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DOGLADY13 12/7/2013 10:50PM

    What kills me is when I am honest about myself and others insist on contradicting it. For example, "I need to work on getting stronger and losing weight so my back won't hurt so much." and the response is NOT "good for you. Way to take control of your health." Instead I hear "Oh, you are strong enough already." or "You look great the way you are. You don't need to lose weight." Ergh!

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SPARKITJEN 12/7/2013 10:44PM

    I think I really needed to read this today. I am often telling myself the little white lies... and they are getting me no where.

Thanks for this post.

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KATHY98665 12/7/2013 10:39PM

    OMG! I wrote about this not that long ago- and YES it is soooo important to be honest with ourselves if we want to make things happen. Being truthful about what we eat, how hard we work out, are key in moving forward and reaching our goals. It can be humbling, humiliating and embarrassing when we take that deep breath and "fess up" to ourselves, but it is needed if we are going to make lasting changes in our life.
Here is to honesty!

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