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It Aint Much, But Itíll do

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hello there. Remember me? Yeah, I was the one working hard at losing weight, tracking my fitness, my food, my goals for me and my life. Remember me yet? How about all the hiking I did? The goals accomplished? The workouts at home to dvdís, which are stashed in my closet, right next to the exercise bands? How about nowÖ remember yet? I vaguely do.

Iím not saying Iím back. Iím not saying Iím present and accounted for. But what I can say is Iím still around, slowly getting back to my new normal, just now I get to figure out how to start over on this stuff with a 1 year old in tow.

I know what your thinking- Just throw her in the stroller and go for walks; Get a carrier to carry her on your back; Itís not that simple. And if anyone has a 1 year old, or can remember what it was like to have a 1 year old, nothing is EVER that simple.

Since I had my daughter in 2011, a lot has happened. For some odd reason, I was (still am) retaining water. Itís gotten better, but every now and then it bothers me. I also sprained my ankle. THAT was fun! I then had surgery to remove my gallbladder. That was even more fun. Then my plantar fasciitis decided to act up, in a big, angry, ďI never want you to walk againĒ type of way. Add in the advancement in career, training, and just learning the things I didnít know prior to becoming an agent. Which by the way, I won the 2011 Customer Service Award from Grange InsuranceÖ Itís pretty big top honors since there are more than 1200 agents and only about 10 of us won. And of course there is my beautiful terror of a daughter.

So, those can be considered excuses. Or they can be minor set-backs, as I wanna call them.

Now that the sun is finally here, Iíve got my new orthotics and other stuff for my feet (still working on this one though), I finally feel I can address my weight-loss. It wonít be much, but like before as time goes on Iíll be right back in it, right back to wearing my smaller pants, eating better, closing in on my goals for weight-loss, life, and now my family.

It Aint Much, But Itíll do for now.

OH and here's some pix of my mini-me. Haven't posted anything new on her since she was born:

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/7/2012 2:06PM

    i've been missing also for health reasons and have to start over after gaining 15 pounds i thought of you often and wondered how you were doing you are something of a fighter I see minor setbacks then success . Your daughter is lovely . emoticon emoticon

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ROSEMARDORF 5/15/2012 1:01PM

  So happy you are back!! What a cutie your one year old is! Adorable! I have been wondering about you. What a nice surprise!!!! Yes I rember you! Enjoy your little girl;
they grow up so fast! hugs! Take Care! Congrats, on your award from the insurance company!!

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JULIE_MAY 5/15/2012 12:51PM

    Glad to see you back! Your daughter is adorable. You really have had quite a year, but your positive attitude will get you far. Congrats on the award!

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ERIN1957 5/15/2012 6:39AM

    Oh My Gosh she is adorable, I am so happy for you. I know all what you brought up. You will do fine and also I am so happy you are here again and in what ever capacity you can be.

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1BEARWIFE 5/14/2012 9:03PM

    I don't think ANY Mother can forget life with a one year old. Actually, we all remember the hellacious schedule with having a kid through the first TWO years. After that they get easier. Promise. But then, they become teenagers, and it all starts all over again.

On the Bright Side: You will survive. You will endure. You will go nuts.

Always your friend,
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NEILITHICMAN 5/14/2012 6:47PM

    What a cutie

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AMYJEAN911 5/14/2012 6:12PM

    Darcey she's gorgeous!! Glad to see you on here, despite all those challenges!!

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LTMURPHY7 5/14/2012 6:11PM


emoticonCute daughter

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She's here!!!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

February 18th, 2011 at 6:59 pm, I had my baby girl!

Karlene Isabelle:

6 lbs 4 oz, and 18 3/4 long when born.

And now, she's progressing very well. over 7 lbs and 21 in long.

And... I'm doing good too!

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ROSEMARDORF 3/27/2011 6:22PM

  WOW, you can tell my computer hasn't been working!! What great news; you are both beatiful!! Thank you for sharing the pictures!! Hugs!!

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VHALKYRIE 3/13/2011 9:09PM

    She's beautiful, Darcey!

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KAYOTIC 3/13/2011 5:25PM

    precious pictures! I bet she's even cuter in real life! Welcome Karlene Isabelle!

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ANIMAI27 3/11/2011 12:50PM

    WOOOOHOOOOO!!! Congrats. Glad that both of you are doing well!

She is beautiful!!

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A_ROBY 3/10/2011 11:19PM



I'm so happy for you!

Amanda (we are both on the 10 day challenge team)

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WENDYWITKOSKI 3/10/2011 8:45PM

    Congratulations! She's beautiful!

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/10/2011 6:51PM

    she is as beautiful as you. you are going to be the best mommy ever. i am so tickled happy overjoyed and now crying happy happy tears for you both. she has such a beautiful name also.you will be walking and hiking around with her before you know it. again i am just so overjoyed.

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ANGIEEB1229 3/10/2011 6:21PM

    oh she's adorable. Congrats :) Glad your doing well too.

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LISAWILLBEFIT 3/10/2011 5:52PM

    Congrats she is adorable.You must be so proud.

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CHOCLAHOLIC 3/10/2011 4:42PM

    emoticon Darcy...
What a BEAUTIFUL new member to our team! Love her name!
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Baby party on the deck tonight!!!!!

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MAUIMA 3/10/2011 3:49PM

    She's adorable!!!!! You look so happy!
Love the name!


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WOODHEAT 3/10/2011 3:15PM

    Fantastic Darcey!!! She's beautiful!!! Stop by at "the Deck" and introduce her to everybody!

Life is good!

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1BEARWIFE 3/10/2011 2:08PM

    What a very pretty little princess you have, Darcey! Hope she grows up to be as pretty as her mommy!!

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KELPIE57 3/10/2011 1:28PM

    She is beautiful! Well done, and just enjoy!

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PENNI68 3/10/2011 12:43PM

    Congrats!!! Beautiful!!

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ERIN1957 3/10/2011 12:41PM

    OMGosh what an absolute angel. Oh Darcey she is perfect!
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JOYATLAST 3/10/2011 12:14PM

    Oh, Dear Lord! She's beautiful!!!!!!!!

I'm always stopped cold at the presence of a life that just wasn't here yesterday.

Here come the water works.

{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}

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ERIN1957 3/10/2011 12:13PM

    OMGosh what an absolute angel. Oh Darcey she is perfect!
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MOM2OR 3/10/2011 12:09PM

    She's adorable!!! emoticon

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2010: My Year in Review

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Yes, the year isnít over yet. But I donít get much time to be on here anymore. Actually, itís not that I get much time, itís trying to squeeze a few minutes in between working, baby thinking, and sleeping.

So, I have the time to do this now. Hereís my year in review.

This year I tried. This year I traveled. This year I saw. This year Iíve experienced.

Not all of it was good. Not all of it was bad. But none the less, 2010 has been an interesting year.

I started out pretty optimistic. I made a chart of my yearly goals. I put forth the effort to start the year off right. ButÖ as life will have it, Life got in the way. Now donít get me wrong. I really did try. The first part of the year.

I joined the YMCA. I went religiously. I went with my mom. I went with friends. I enjoyed going to the YMCA. My workouts were consistent. On top of that, I did videos. 30 Day ShredÖ. AhÖ I love it!

I mapped out in my head what I wanted to do this summer. I had trails and camping and hiking and outdoorsy stuff to do.

I had planned financial stability.

I had miles to go on my bike.

THEN- Life got in the way.

I love watching my niece play softball. So tournaments were the norm in the Spring time for us. Her team had the opportunity to go to the World Series this year. I, lucky ole me, had the chance to tag along.

But then, out of the blue, the biggest surprise of all time came- the little stick was positive, and the nurses were positive, and the doctors were positive- I was pregnant!

Two months of dealing with nausea, food cravings, exhaustion, I still managed to pack my stuff up and fly to Virginia! My first time flying! What an experience. I still prefer driving, but manÖ what an experience.

Virginia was hot, humid, but fun. But you remember that little pregnancy thing? Yeah, it prevented me from REALLY enjoying it. That and the blazing 100 degree weather. There were times that I was off and ready to go with the group, only to be sidelined with a serious case of morning sickness.

But once I relieved myself of that for the moment, off I went. Albeit by myself. Which in a way, I enjoyed more than maybe doing it in a group. I saw some things that none of the others saw (yeahÖ they saw things I didnít get to see too). But in my excursions, I hopped in a cab for the first time. Iíve never ridden in a cab before. Until Virginia! It was the trip of a life time for me. I even spent my 27th birthday down there!

So, back home, I generally stopped focusing on some things. Particularly Spark things. I was pushing and pushing and pushing myself in the beginning to stay focused and stay on track. Once home, once reality kicked in, the track was no longer my focus.

Fast forward- I am now 8 months pregnant. Am I enjoying it? Not in the slightest. I hate everything about pregnancy. I hate the symptoms, signs, pains, discomforts. I hate the questions, touching, and the attention. I hate the constant mind battle of wondering what will happen if. I hate everything about pregnancy.

But while Iíve been pregnant, a few things have come along. Some people have really surprised me at how open, caring, compassionate they are for our friendship/relationship. On the other hand, pregnancy can really bring out the true colors of some.

In the end, I only completed one goal- Pay off two loans/credit cards. I paid off 4.

In the end, I havenít lost 70 more pounds. Instead, I gained about 14 (at least, according to the doctors scale). But I gained a few more ďlife points.Ē

I didnít do a class workout. But man was sitting under that Virginia sun a workout in and of itself!

I didnít ride my bike 50 miles. Instead, I flew 3,000.

I didnít get to do my summer of backpacking, camping, and trails, viewing the world from the mountains. Instead I viewed the world as an expecting mother, looking for the best for the future.

So as I look back, no, I didnít complete my goals for this year. But the great thing about life- sometimes life has its own goals for you, and sometimes, you just have to bend.

This coming year, Iím making one goal- to survive! Ha!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/23/2011 7:32PM

    you may not know it but your goal for the year was to take care of you and the baby and you have done well. you knew when to back down and you knew when to rev things up you have done well next year with that baby by your side will be another year when you really shine just like this one.

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ERIN1957 12/23/2010 11:21AM

    Oh Darcey I so enjoyed reading your blog, it is well written. Thank you for sharing and oh my, I love how you are looking at everything. You are doing awesome in ALL areas of life and I am very proud of you. Miss you here, but know that you too are living life.
Blessings to you this holiday season and very much so in the new year!
Hugs, Erin

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ROSEMARDORF 12/21/2010 11:55PM

  Hi, There very good to hear from you!! You flew for the first time, rode in a cab.
All things you can say you have done!! Paid off loan; and plastic!! Yes you have had a difficult year!! Yet, you kept going!! That is awesome!! I know about morning sickness, and it is not fun!! When you see your baby; it will be worth it!!
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CHRISNOEL 12/21/2010 2:48PM

    Darcey -

I wish you the best!!!!!!!!!!!!


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JOYATLAST 12/21/2010 1:50PM

    Learning to bend is very very wise!

There will be time for more goals and I have no doubt you will achieve every one!! I love your spirit, positive outlook and determination. Your baby will benefit from your life lessons!!!!

Congrats on paying off the plastic.

I'm sorry the pregnancy was difficult. But so much good is right ahead of you!!


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1BEARWIFE 12/21/2010 1:31PM

    Dear Darcey,

You DID complete your goals; just not the ones you wrote down. You have had a difficult year, and yet, you have never quit. Therefore, you are still a WINNER!! emoticon

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Coming Along

Monday, October 25, 2010

I spent my saturday evening putting the crib together. I couldn't do one thing until the crib was together. But that seems to be the story of this pregnancy when it comes to setting things up.

I have all that I need. Well almost all. My main buy that I haven't bought yet, that I don't want used: Car seat. Everything else seems to be coming along nicely, getting them for free or a cheap price.

Either, back to the point. I put my crib together. I've been kickin around the idea of painting things or something on the walls. My theme I've chosen for the baby: Bears. I think if you ask my mom, she would probably say "that doesn't surprise me."

Here's what i've done:

So I know it's not exactly in the essence of workouts and diets. But I'm looking at it as a release of pent-up frustrations, which can then cause many other uncertain problems. The painting couldn't happen until the crib was put together. The crib couldn't be put together until something was moved. Something couldn't move until something else was done, etc etc etc. So this pent-up frustration of not being able to create a nursery for my soon to be little one came out into art.

And now, I feel better. The room is coming along, just like everything else.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/31/2010 4:57PM

    wow that is amazing you are such a good artist and when the baby is older and she or he sees what you did they will really feel loved and special and isn't that what is important.

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ROSEMARDORF 10/28/2010 12:46AM

  Great Job getting the crib up!! Good to hear from you!! Your painting is very good!! I really like it!! Take care of you, and baby!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KELPIE57 10/26/2010 12:07PM

    So she'll have a start at being an Outdoor Person! emoticon emoticon

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JOYATLAST 10/26/2010 1:04AM

    It's perfect! You are so talented, Darcey! It will no doubt cheer you and the baby.


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KAROUSELL46 10/25/2010 11:21PM

    No it doesn't surprise me at all. Your love of bears. emoticon emoticon

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1BEARWIFE 10/25/2010 3:03PM

    Love the bear art! I was at a meeting yesterday when someone said "Every thought is a force". So you met your thoughts head on and got the room starting to look like a nursery. What a force!! I vote that you make the entire wall into a jungle scene. "Our" little darlin will no doubt love it!!!

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NOTFATCAT 10/25/2010 1:56PM

    Very cute wall painting. You did a great job. Keep painting.

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LISAWILLBEFIT 10/25/2010 1:08PM

    Sounds like a lovely room and the bear is cute.I loved putting the crib together it made it feel more real.Lisa

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Oh Boy! Oh Girl!

Friday, October 15, 2010

After telling everyone in person, and texting everyone, I thought I would let my Spark family know:

According to the ultra-sound.....

well, they're not 100% sure. LEGS WOULDN'T OPEN!!!

But the tech was semi-certain it's a girl because there wasn't any major indications of the boy parts, but can't see the indications of the girl parts. Said it's easier for the most part to see a boy than a girl.

So, I guess I'm having a girl maybe?

Here's a pic:

And Her two little feet:

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LISAWILLBEFIT 10/17/2010 5:39PM

    Congrats although i would noot buy only pink i have met alot of people who bought girl things to have a boy.Lisa

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KAYOTIC 10/16/2010 11:29AM

    How fun to see pictures of the little one! Congrats again!!!

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ERIN1957 10/16/2010 9:34AM

    true story; a friend's daughter was told 3 times that she was having a girl. Oh they bought so much pink, fur items even it was crazy what ever one was doing, named her and called her by the name before birth. Items engraved, made with her names. Plans made for having her tubes tied right after surgery her just wanting one child, her girl. Labor, pink in hand off to the hospital...her son was born, surgery cancelled, items...being saved for a future daughter. Hmmm I find this sad.
Darcey you are surely nothing like this. I know you will be so happy with what every your little bundle is. God will bless you with a baby and that is what will be the greatest blessing in your life.
My very best to you and your baby whether wearing pink or blue.
Hugs, Erin

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KELPIE57 10/16/2010 2:06AM

    So good to hear from you, and girl or boy, honestly, it's' your baby....that is the important thing! let us know if you are feeling any better, we do wonder you know. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/15/2010 9:04PM

    i am very happy for you and know you will make a great mom and take her on many spark adventures. i picture you hiking with her on your back or running pushing her in a stroller,or biking with her in one of those tandem side cars. and camping together under the stars. you will have many awesome adventures together for us all to share,

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