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Friday, July 12, 2013

So it's been like *forever* since I've posted a blog!! Ok, only since January, but I'm just sayin'... emoticon

I've had so much going on recently--I got engaged emoticon to an amazing man, my best fried is getting married and asked me to be in her wedding--which is 5 hours away! I've been spending a lot of time with my mom in the nursing home since we had a "scare" not too long ago where she was admitted to the hospital's ICU and was very, very ill, I started my own business (on TOP of my full-time job!) selling fabulous Silpada jewelry, and then a mish mosh of summer baby showers, bridal showers, BBQ's, birthdays...Silpada Parties....YIKES!! Where's my wine???!!! emoticon

Details: My boyfriend of almost two years asked me to marry him on Memorial Day. We were having a BBQ and had some friends and family over. He came outside with the ring, got on one knee, said some really sweet things that made me and my BFF cry, and I said YES!! For the rest of the day, I was ecstatic...UNTIL....our Doberman puppy (9m old) ate a corn cob, got sick as could be, and had to be rushed to the Pet ER, which cost me over $800, but that's an entirely differnt story!!! LOL

As for the wedding that is faaar away---I used to live in Erie, PA back in the 90's. I moved there two months after graduating high school pretty much on a whim and with only $20 in my pocket, a bus ticket and a suitcase (I did have someone to stay with when I got there--I'm not THAT dumb...lol). That is where I met Diane. We had gotten a job at the same place and were at orientation together. The rest is history. We stuck together like glue for years but then circumstances out of my control (my mom got deathly sick) pulled me back to good 'ol Northeast PA. Of course we stayed in touch, but it just wasn't the same. We slowly drifted apart and only talked once every few months. Then about a week ago she sent me a FB message asking me to be in her wedding next July and she said, "it just wouldn't be the same without you." Yesssss....it brought me to tears. I love this girl like a sister and I've missed her so, so much. I mean, I've been to Erie to visit over the years, but we didn't always get to see each other. I'm so EXCITED! Of course, not so much over the "stiletto" type heels she wants the bridesmaids to wear but.....I'll take some comfy I-can't-stand-these-damn-high-heels-anymor
e shoes!!!

My mom is doing so much better. See, she smoked most of her life so she has emphysema/COPD (really bad) and on top of that she also has diabetes, colon polyps and a hernia (they won't operate on due to her breathing issues) and that's just to name a few. We had a huge scare a couple weeks ago when she was rushed to the hospital in horrible pain. Her red blood count was extremely low and they had to give her 4 pints of blood. That's when they found the polyps. I was so upset that the nursing home didn't see something when she was going to the bathroom...not to be gross....but REALLY???!! They assumed the black stools were caused by iron but, c'mon--at least TEST it once in awhile!! I'm not going to get started....!!
My Aunt, Uncle and Great Aunt came to visit from Arizona this week. It's my mom's brother and their Aunt and she was THRILLED to see them. We don't get to see them very much as they don't come "in" very often. It was so nice to spend some time with them. They own and operate a resort in Belize called Mama Noots Eco Resort and they have TONS of fun activities available such as ziplining, waterfall repelling, cavern tubing and more. I actually just learned about the place myself. It looks like I am planning a future trip as they said they would give family an awesome discount! Woo Hoo!

As for my second job as an Independent Silpada Rep, I discovered Silpada as I was browsing Facebook. I had never even heard of the "stuff" but an old classmate of mine kept posting how she was going on free vacations (to Hawaii, Niagra Falls, etc.) and how much free stuff she was getting and it really raised my curiosity. So I checked it out. I fell in love with the jewelry immediately! I did a little research into what I would have to do, how much money I could make, etc. and I liked what I saw. I'm having my first party this Sunday where I am the hostess AND the Rep--it's like my "launch" party to get my friends over for some 'girl time.' I'm really looking forward to it.

And like I said, the rest of my summer is a mish mosh of all kinds of events! My neice just bought a house and she is also about 6 months pregnant so they are having a "Reveal the Sex of the Baby" housewarming party. That should be interesting!!

Ok, so I've been talking about other things in my life, but I haven't even posted anything about weight....and as far as that is going, I'm definitely not doing as well as I should be, especially with two weddings coming up (my own and my friend's). But it's all good. I know what I need to do and I've already started (eating better, using my Gazelle while watching some crazy reality TV show, taking Mina on walks and increasing my water intake). The good thing about summer for me is that I don't feel as hungry--does that make sense? HOWEVER, I do get on a slushie kick (coke slushies are my fave)--and YES I know they are loaded with sugar...soooo I've quit slushies cold turkey and am looking into how to make my own low cal slushie!!!

Well, if you have stayed and read ALLLLLL the way to the bottom of this blog---I thank you and I hope you have an AWESOME WEEKEND!!

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SWEETMNTHING 7/24/2013 9:31AM

    Thanks for the update. I wondered what happened to you. Congratulations on the engagement and upcoming wedding. Sorry to hear about your momma. It's a good thing you live close to her. Spending more time with her these days is something you will never regret. Mom's are special.

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    I just popped by to tell you I missed you and saw this blog I had missed! Funny cuz I just popped by Skee's page this morning too.

HUGELY busy and eventful summer girl. Years ago I had a gordon setter that I had that same thing happen. Actually ate corn cobs (plural) AND chicken bones which I thought were the worst of it. NOPE. So glad Mina is fine. Sorry about the bill. I know all about THOSE. I think our kids should all be vets. They make a lot of $$$$ right?!*

Sweetie, I'm so sorry about your Mom. You totally don't need THAT stress. Glad you have your sweetie to help with it all. Totally miss you.

Who did the painting of Mina? LOVE it!

So sweet that you have reconnected with your BFF. I got goose bumps.

When is YOUR wedding? Scoop! Are you doing ok with a plan on your own or do you need some TLC?

Are you doing ok on your own with a plan or do you need some extra FLC?

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SKEEWEE2MEK 7/12/2013 9:34PM

    Hey Girlie! Congrats on your engagement and I'm glad you're having an awesome Summer! Sorry about all that your mom is going through. emoticon

You know they sell Slurpee makers at like Walmart now, right? Maybe you could add diet coke in the machine and get your slushee? I'm not a soda drinker, so not sure if it would taste the same but I thought I'd mention it while you brainstorm ideas for getting your fix emoticon.


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My Weight Bio

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I have NEVER been skinny. I have a "big bone" build and I am 5'7. However, I am at the highest weight I've ever been at up to this point and I have never felt more disgusted.

My parents never kept much junk food in the house and chips were only served at parties or for a quick dinner with a burger. My mom didn't bake so we never really had sweets either. And as far as genetics, my dad was always skinny, as was my mother (until she got in her 40's--she started getting chunky then!) So WTH??!! How come I never got to be thin like them?!! I did have my thyroid tested and the results were normal. So now I realize my weight came from my poor eating/exercise choices over the years--ya know...the usual reason!!

I can remember dieting when I was in my teens--using Slim Fast. But that failed after a few days-- I just couldn't do the whole not eating, only drinking crappy tasting fake shakes! When I got pregnant with my daughter, 17 years ago, I actually LOST weight since I was pretty much nauseated the entire day for months and just didn't have many cravings and ate minimal to make sure she was healthy. The same with my son who was born 23 months later. After his birth, I slowly started gaining weight....again.

I experimented with diet pills but I would forget to take them. I tried the Atkins Diet but couldn't stick to it--too many restrictions, I went to WW in 2006 and lost 30 lbs. I needed the support and accountability. I felt great! I got down to 230 lbs which, was still a lot but was my best weight in a long time. I felt like I had control over my eating, then my mom got very sick (almost died on a ventilator) and I started emotional eating.

My weight shot up again over the past few years, I tried more "dieting"--trying the 17-day-diet, which worked for as long as I could stick to it. But diets don't work for me. I'm too hard headed and stubborn and when I want something, I want it. LOL I found I do better eating what I want in moderation. However, over the past few years, the whole "moderation" thing totally has gone out the window. Plus, it really doesn't help with people always telling me "oh, you don't LOOK like you weigh as much as you do!" and the doctors telling me, "you carry your weight well" I used it as an excuse to eat as I wanted since, according to others, I didn't LOOK that big! ....yeah right.

I guess it also didn't help that when I went for my physical 18 months ago to become a Parole Agent they did an EKG, all blood work (cholesterol, sugar, etc.), hearing tests, eye test, blood pressure, etc and I came out healthy as a horse. All normal....which is good! But it gave me yet another "excuse" to eat as I wanted since...hmmm....I am "fat" but since all my tests are normal I must be ok!

I LOVE food. I love the taste of food, I love trying different foods, I'm a "meat and potatoes" gal...don't get me wrong, I do like veggies, but I rarely eat them. I LOVE eating out and we do....at least 3 to 4 times a week. And when we go out, I don't order fish or salads, I go for the cheesy spinach artichoke dip app (there's veggies in that, right???!!!) and a burger or steak. And I HATE diet sodas...yuck. About the only one I can stomach is diet Dr. Pepper (cherry). So of course I would order Pepsi or whatever other cola they had. Only recently to wean myself off, I started asking the waitress to give me half and half (half diet, half regular).

Right now...I feel gross. When I see pictures of myself I get disgusted looking at my double chin and fat-hanging-out-everywhere body. My clothes don't fit as good as they used to, my knees are starting to ache...which just started recently, and my spanx are not going to hold this muffin top in much longer! Overall, I feel horrible about myself and I'm just not happy.

The positive thing is that I HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHANGE IT ALL!!! I'm ready. Let's do this fellow BLC-ers!

Me at my favorite NY winery!

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X5X52000 2/27/2013 2:08PM

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JENS_DOIN_IT 1/27/2013 11:06AM

    Oh Eileen......We so GOT this! You know, it goes beyond weight. It's about health. Staying active, making smarter choices and just being present in this lifestyle change! We do these things our BODIES will know it and THANK US! emoticon

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    You are so flippin' cute Eileen. Cute and fun and lovable and smart and you have it going on girlfriend. A single mom to two awesome kids, a great job. You have done all that. YOU!!!! I want you to think about all you have done and all you are and totally embrace yourself and love yourself woman! emoticon emoticon I hear everything you are saying girl. Every word. I too love food and I want someone to find some reason that I don't lose weight. You know I used to half hope they would find something wrong that would be an eye opener for me instead of a bajillion auto immune things that have NOTHING to do with weight gain because then just maybe I'd get it through my thick head that it's better for me to lose. Then the day came when I was told I was borderline diabetic and I was @**#!'d cuz even THEN I wasn't as in your face wide awake you HAVE to do this as I hoped I might be. Nope. There is no pill, patch, potion for what we need girl. But on the other hand, we have what we need....each other! And for your kids and that hottie man of yours and for ease of doing your job and promotions and moving up that ladder with more ease emoticon and most absolutely important for YOU..... emoticon emoticon You CAN and you WILL lady. You've got this. Bring it!

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    You can do this.

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KIKA07DK 1/26/2013 1:57PM

    So glad you joined the Island/BLC this round. Together, we can motivate and help each other reach our goals emoticon

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MSILVER94 1/22/2013 10:41PM

    Well the first step is realizing that you are not happy and the second step is doing something about it! So you are definitely on the right track! You can do anything that you believe you can do!

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-SEVEN- 1/20/2013 10:50PM

    Oh Eileen... you are so freakin' adorable!! Girl, don't waste another minute hating your body. Work with it and do the right thing everyday to make it work well for you. That excess will go away and what is left will have always been there, supporting you as you go through your life. So love what it gives you, and lose what's working against you.
I can't wait to see your success. You can do it, my friend. Yes you can!!! Make it happen. Don't waste another minute in misery. Look up! We're here for you!
Muah!! emoticon emoticon

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KRZYKAT3 1/16/2013 10:12PM

    step one, admit you have a problem and need help! Think you got that one down!! I know I sure do after 50 some years of dieting and feeling ugly also!

I think I was 40 something when I finally saw a picture of that said I was gorgeuos then gave them all away! lol I think my Dear husband got the last batch. I was overweight in that picture and not obese as I am now.

so let's continue on this journey togehter eliea. got stpe one done! what's the next baby step? loving you? giving up sodas? Fskipping 2 nights of eating out? I know you have the keys to your success and hope we find them together. I am still looking for many myself!

hugs lady, I am lining up beauty day on the isladn, hair, nails, what else shall we include? how about a full length mirror and endless closet of latest fashion in everyone's size!!! woohoo!

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EILEA73 1/16/2013 1:49PM

    Thank you all for you positive comments and information. I appreciate it all and it helps me to want to "keep pushing" even more! I LOVE all of you and SP for that! Motivation and accountability are key for me and I feel it even stronger than ever...!

Azulvioleta: Thanks for the info! I knew soda and artificial sweeteners are not good for you, but I didn't know the rest! I didn't mean to make it sound like I drink soda all of the time...lol. I only drink it a couple times a week, if that. My drink of choice at a restaurant is either water w/lemon or unsweetened iced tea w/an orange slice. I LOVE green tea! I buy the tea bags (blueberry green tea and orange green tea are my faves) and I have started drinking green tea in the morning instead of coffee about 4 times a week. Thanks again for your input!

PARA: Thanks for the kind words and compliment! That is one of my favorite colors...LOL I'm so glad to have met you this round of BLC!

JUDY: That is the Bully Hill winery. I am so glad we can buy their wine local! YUM!

MELGRAY: You couldn't be more right and this is something that I have been thinking about...I should NOT wait for something negative to happen to me before I start my lifestyle change! Today I could be healthy....tomorrow I could be laying on a stretcher...I don't want to take that risk.

SKEE: Thanks so much for the support! I completely understand feeling like "old friends" You are real...I like that about a person. I'm so glad you are an island sister this round!

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PARASELENIC 1/16/2013 1:15PM

    ZOMG you are soooo cute!!! That magenta color looks fabulous on you (*and off topic, but I am wearing the exact same color socks today!)

We are not victims of our history, we are stronger for it. You have a wealth of experience to pull from with your childhood home of junk food and adolescent diet experiences (I don't know any girl that hasn't had a few of those, regardless of weight or body size).

I'm like you-- tall and bigboned-- I'm over 5'8", and even at my lowest anorexic weight I had a 36" rib cage-- I will never be a small girl.

I love food, too, and my sig and I go out to eat often as well. This is okay. It's okay not to always make "salad" choices, too. This is YOUR JOURNEY with food. If it includes artichoke dip and coca cola, so be it. You can get healthy, you can lose weight with these things-- Your lifestyle NEEDS to fit with YOUR LIFE.

There are those that can't/won't do soda. There are those that can't/won't do gluten. There are those that can't/won't do red meat, dairy, ice cream, chocolate, poatoes, carbs, whatever. There are those that are healthy and active with those things, too. You can make a plan and develop goals that fit your life, you can and will achieve goals for life that are made with your tastes and desires in mind.

You're on track right now. Start with the first goals of BLC, track it if you eat it, and see what that means. This is the start, you have a lifetime to get it right. You are doing AWESOME.

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MSPATOOTY 1/16/2013 11:03AM

    Thanks for your honesty! I think a lot of us are kindred spirits where weight struggles are concerned. This jumped out at me: "I am "fat" but since all my tests are normal I must be ok". That's been me several times in my past. It's only since menopause has been creeping up on me that my tests have started to NOT be normal. Sigh.

I just want to give you emoticon , though, and encourage you to let go of the disgust with yourself. Self-hatred (and that includes hating what you look like) is self-defeating. Focus on the positive - your enthusiasm, your good health, your beautiful smile, your, and all of the things you CAN do just as you are.

You're a cool and gorgeous Azurita! And don't forget it! emoticon

P.S. Which winery is that? It looks familiar. My sister and I were in the Finger Lakes region a couple of years ago and went to several wineries. What a fun day that was! emoticon

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LISSAK27925 1/16/2013 10:56AM

    Loved your blog! So true and I can totally relate! I've been the Big Girl all my life...my parents and my sister do not have a weight problem. So I guess I got the "fat gene". My health is very good and I'm also told that I carry my weight well. The one time I was told I was Borderline Diabetic, I went and lost 30 lbs using WW. But I've since gained that back plus some. How is it that having something negative happen to you motivates you? I do not want to get to that point to where I have something negative happen before I do something about my weight. So I'm starting over and making little changes. I've actually made myself exercise everyday this week and I feel good about it! Thanks for posting! I'm here for support :)

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SKEEWEE2MEK 1/16/2013 10:28AM

    Hey lady! I feel like we're old friends at this point emoticon . I'm so glad you chose to share this. Those weight bios are eye openers, right? We are kindred souls in so many ways. Please know that you have someone who understands having other people say you look good, you don't look like you weigh that much, AND having all your medical tests come out just fine year after year. You almost WANT one of the tests to show you something negative so you'll have a reason to make changes. Sounds silly, but that's how I felt. The most important thing out of all of it though, is that we feel comfortable in our own skin and that we're happy with who we are. Taking on this challenge to finally drop the pounds means that internally we know we're not happy with our current selves, and we want to do something about it. So this is for you. And for the me people who are like you emoticon . I'll be on the island ready to support you whenever you need it! Let's kick butt!! And great pic emoticon emoticon

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Friday, September 28, 2012

TGIF!! The closing on my mom's house was today. I stopped at the house one last time before going to the bank to sign the papers and hand over the keys. I walked around from room to room reminiscing on all of the great times that were had there. I remembered the huge train set my dad used to set up every year for Christmas in the living room. He loved those trains. I remembered making anise cookies with my mom in the kitchen while listening to Bing Crosby sing "White Christmas." I went into my old bedroom that my parents had turned into a computer room and had a little laugh remembering how the walls used to be COVERED with pictures of 80s hair bands and fake spider webs!! My parents let me make that room my own no matter how much they disagreed with my decorating style!!
The good news is that the house was sold to my nephew. I'm sure he will take care of it and I'm just happy to keep it in the family. I know my mom is too.

My daughter and I went to the big Bloomsburg Fair yesterday where my Fitbit said I walked over 11,000 steps!! We had a really good time and it was nice spending mother/daughter time together.

I'm just glad it's Friday. I have a lot going on this weekend and next week. I am having a Tupperware party on Sunday, but boy did I pick a horrible weekend to have it! Most of the people I invited can't come. A big difference from a Pampered Chef party I had where a ton of people came and I sold over $1500 worth of stuff!! Oh well. We'll see how it goes!

Monday through Wednesday I will be in State College for my CIRT training (Critical Incident Response Team) so I will hafta apologize to my Azure sisters since I probably won't be on a whole lot. Not to mention it is me and my honey's 1st year anniversary Monday. Since I am going away we will be celebrating Sunday evening at an italian restaurant...shhh!! It's a surprise for him!

I've had an exhausting day and I'm a little moody emoticon so I'm going to call it a night! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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BUSYHSMOM3 10/28/2012 10:52PM

    Sounds like some great memories! That is nice that the house is staying in your family. Have fun celebrating your 1st year!!!

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-SEVEN- 10/12/2012 11:57AM

    How great you were able to have that "last look around". It's wonderful that you have some happy memories there. Time rolls on and forever changes things, sending you in new directions. That's how it goes, and it's sometimes hard to cope with that! You sound ok though, and I'm happy you can have that burden off of you as well. It's nice that family will still be there- makes things a little easier.
Hope you had a great anniversary dinner as well. I know this is a little late, but I just stumbled on your blog while visiting your Cabana boy... er... I mean your awesome Germany decorated page! emoticon

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JENS_DOIN_IT 9/30/2012 11:24PM

    emoticon It's amazing the memories we have! Those memories that shaped us, groomed us, to the people we have become! Thinking of you friend!

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    Sweetie, no one can ever "close" those memories. Hold fast to them. It has been a bittersweet time for you and you've had A LOT going on. Take a deep breathe and forge ahead. Enjoy your anniversary celebration (mum is the word) and know that you have a loving support group here and that your Island Sisters are cheering you on girlfriend! Together we CAN! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITNFUNJEN 9/29/2012 2:39AM

    Loved hearing your memories! Those are precious! Happy Anniversary! Enjoy Sunday night. And good luck on your training!

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FRAN0426 9/28/2012 11:37PM

    So hope you will be able to visit the house since your nephew bought it, that would be nice--maybe someday he will have the family over for a holiday---and you can once again remember the wonderful times there. Just reading your blog brought back wonderful memories of my growing up in the home I grew up in.

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FITLIKENIC 9/28/2012 7:06PM

    emoticon Good the closing is over, those memories are YOURS Forever!

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101 Things I Want To Do in 1001 days....

Sunday, September 16, 2012

1- Lose 50 lbs
2- Try a new food--DONE (Indian food--LOVE IT!!)
3- Travel by plane
4- Walk 5K
5- See a Broadway musical
6- Volunteer at our local soup kitchen w/the kids
7- Get another tattoo
8- Get my basement cleaned out
9- Take the kids on a vacation
10- Go for a walk at sunrise
11- Start/grow a garden
12- Finish redecorating my bedroom
13- Do something for my best friend just because--DONE! 9/27/12 bought her a giant coffee mug she has always wanted!
14- Spend the day with an old friend
15- Visit somewhere historical (Philadelphia, Gettysburg)
16- Celebrate my birthday in a big way
17- Kiss in the rain
18- Bake and deliver something to someone, just because
19- Inpsire someone
20- Have a board game night with the fam
21- Work on my scrapbooks
22- Get my Christmas shopping done....EARLY!! (DONE! 11/16/12)
23- Surprise my honey with something fabulous
24- See 10 classic movies I've never seen
25- Be a member of an audience for a TV show
26- Decorate a cake
27- Stop swearing for at least a week
28- Go camping with a bunch of friends
29- Make every recipe in a single cookbook
30- Learn to say "I love you" and "I'm sorry" in five different languages
31- Go snow tubing
32- Grow my own tomatoes
33- Go on a hike
34- Eat at the Melting Pot Restaurant
35- Visit Las Vegas
36- Cook a meal with the kids
37- Try a new ice cream flavor (DONE! Milky Way Fro-yo 10/12)
38- Play a video game with my son
39- Take my daughter to see NYC's Christman Spectacular
40- Read a book
41- Take my honey to his first Bazaar
42- Go to the beach
43- Pleasantly surprise someone (DONE! 10/12 my mom's roommate w/her favorite snack)
44- Plan a family get together with extended family
45- Buy a CD
46- Try sea bass
47- Take a yoga class
48- Take a spinning class
49- Play paintball
50- Go to the drive-in
51- Try three new fruits 1. Jicama (10/12)
52- Park at the end of the parking lot and walk
53- Couples massage--(DONE! 10/12--Rejuve)
54- Write a postcard/letter to seven different people to tell them what they mean to me
55- Offer help to a stranger--DONE!
56- Have a snow ball fight
57- Visit five local restaurants I haven't been to before 1. Pasquale's (11/12)
58- Go on a picnic with my honey
59- Watch 101 movies I've never seen before
60- Get my eyebrows threaded
61- Get a hot stone massage
62- Go rollerskating
63- Send out Christmas cards--on time!!
64- Work a full month without taking time off
65- Bring lunch to work every day for a week
66- Transform my backyard
67- Stay at a bed and breakfast
68- Do something artistic
69- Organize the pantry
70- Clean out and donate old clothes
71- Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
72- Host a party--DONE! Tupperware Party 9/30/12
73- Visit a zoo
74- Have a night picnic outside
75- Refinish kitchen cupboards and counters
76- Buy flowers for my mom's roommate in the nursing home
77- Take my mom out for dinner
78- Compliment someone every day for a week
79- Get a gun permit
80- Write a Will
81- Do something outside of my comfort zone
82- Get dressed up for Halloween
83- Have a yard sale
84- Start a Christmas Club account
85- Buy an Ipad
86- Teach my honey how to swim
87- Do archery
88- Re-do the bathroom
89- Take a home improvement course
90- Prune my trees--DONE!!
91- Take my daughter somewhere overnight..just me and her
92- Learn a new dance
93- Organize my dining room (DONE! 9/12)
94- Get a physical from my Dr.
95- Actually burn all of the candles I have
96- Finish a bottle of vitamins without missing a single day
97- Buy new drapes
98- Get a facial
99- Bathe in a large champagne glass (Poconos)
100- Go fishing
101- Inspire someone to write their own 101 in 1001!!

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FITNFUNJEN 9/18/2012 1:06AM

    Awesome! Love it! I want to do a lot of those too!

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JENS_DOIN_IT 9/17/2012 3:18PM

    AMAZING! I want to do this!!! emoticon

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KRZYKAT3 9/16/2012 10:14PM

    whew! 101? I will start and see ho wlong it takes me to make the list!!

Good job, island sisters are full of creativity, LOVE IT!

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HIKINGFIT 9/16/2012 6:18PM

    great list! I like #82 and will go for it myself this halloween. ( i almost always go to a halloween party but i haven't dressed up as anything for years! )

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ZANNACHAN 9/16/2012 12:24PM

    I love these! I have mine on http://dayzeroproject.com/ (I'm Zannachan, surprise surprise). I'm about 15% of the way through my list in terms of completion, but I have a more that are in progress and I still have over two years left.

Thanks for sharing your list!

(And "I love you" in Spanish is "Te amo." "I'm Sorry" is "Lo siento." *grin*)

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    There is a site for this and I have/had a list. Big smile maker! Now to see you check them off as you make them happen Island Sister! emoticon Lots of great memory making here!

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    Wonderful list! Thank you for sharing.

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VEGAS2010 9/16/2012 8:35AM

    That is amazing. I need to do that! All of that!

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GINNJEN1974 9/16/2012 6:39AM

    Now that is a great list

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My 12 Week Goals/Plan

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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Goal #1: Exercise at least 5x a week. This will be the biggest challenge for me, especially on the weekdays, because between my super busy schedule and then the lack of energy after a long day, I just don¡¦t always feel up to it.
THE PLAN: I refuse to let my team down so my plan is to bring gym clothes to work with me and get on the elliptical at work for at least 30 minutes (this will be a bigger challenge than you know because my ex also works out at our work gym at the same time I take my lunch¡KLOL). It¡¦ll be ok, I promise ƒº I can also take my dogs for a walk and since we live in a great neighborhood, it doesn¡¦t matter how late we go!! I¡¦d like to try yoga and the Zumba classes at the new gym me and honey are joining, but I don¡¦t know what kind of time I will have on the weekdays for this so I can¡¦t make any definite promises! But it is definitely an option!! I also have a Wii with a couple of the Just Dance games and Zumba. I love them and I have to start doing them. Oh yeah¡KI also bought Turbo Fire a few months back but haven¡¦t gotten a chance to try it yet. See Eileen!! You CAN make time to exercise!!!

Goal #2: To only eat out once or twice a week (and eat healthy when I do!). My honey LOVES going out to eat and does so at least 4x a week and every weekend. He makes decent money, so he is able to do that. HOWEVER, recently he has mentioned he¡¦d like to lose some weight as well since he is diabetic. BINGO!! Here is my chance!! Last night for dinner I made chicken and veggie shish kabobs and he only ate one plate of food compared to his 2 or 3!! He usually would also stop on his way home from work for fast food burgers as an ¡§appetizer¡¨ to dinner. We talked about it and he agreed that not buying food at restaurants would save us a lot of money and since we are planning a basement remodel, the extra money would be a plus!

Goal #3: Keep track of what I eat every day. I¡¦ve been doing fairly well at this but I¡¦ve found that if I ate super crappy on a certain day, I would skip it altogether. I will make myself accountable for what I eat. No matter what.

Goal #4: Lose 25 lbs. by the end of this challenge. I was looking over some SparkFriends pics and by reading the captions I could just feel the excitement of her weight loss as her weight spiraled downward (15 lb loss, 20 lb loss, 25 lb loss, 50 lb loss, 60 lb loss). It made me remember the kind of excitement I felt when I lost 30 lbs on WW. (Thanks former Azurita--Chrissy!!). I really have to thank her for renewing that inspiration and bringing that feeling back to me!!

Goal #5: Plan my meals. I have really been slacking at this and since I get up in the morning with just enough time to get ready and scoot out of the door (I am absolutely NOT a morning person!!), I have forgotten to set something out to defrost more than once, which usually led to the ¡¥ol¡K¡¨oh well, guess I gotta order take out tonight.¡¨

Goal #6: My plan is to eat more protein, fiber and fruits and veggies. I¡¦m horrible at eating freggies on a consistent basis, so this too, will be a challenge in itself for me. I know I can do it though, because on SAC 3 we had the Eat-As-Many-Veggies-As-You-Can-In-One-Week challenge and my number was in the 30¡¦s!!

**I wanted to get these posted¡KI will probably update as I go though!!***

Rewards: No more swollen ankles.
Pants will fit better.
More energy!
Will look better in my clothes.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

~ELLE~ 9/15/2012 1:09PM

    Good luck on your goals!! All those changes will pay off!! You can do it!! emoticon emoticon

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KPACE7 9/14/2012 10:47PM

    Great goals! emoticon emoticon

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JENS_DOIN_IT 9/14/2012 9:42PM

    Amazing goals you have set! I LOVE that you are allowing yourself to change them as your needs change! emoticon

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BEACHLVRMI 9/14/2012 3:25PM

    These are great goals! You can do it!!

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ZANNACHAN 9/13/2012 2:20PM

    Good Goals! You can do it!!!

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KRZYKAT3 9/12/2012 10:15PM

    wonderful planning, you can succeed at these goals easily and you will have more engery when you are done..

Let's rock the school room!!

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SMERTZ 9/12/2012 8:18PM

    emoticon Loved you goals, they inspired me to rethink my goals.

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BEACHLVRMI 9/12/2012 9:06AM

    emoticon These are some AWESOME Goals! You can do it.
Here is to Azurita's...we can do it!!

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SWEETMNTHING 9/12/2012 8:28AM

    Great goals! You can do it. I can completely relate to being tired after getting home from work, but I feel better once I start working out and get my second wind. While you're doing Zumba/Just Dance on the Wii or doing Zumba classes, I will be doing Zumba class or DVD's too. So we're doing it "together" sort of!

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TJCADDO 9/12/2012 7:18AM

    Just Dance and Zumba on the wii emoticon I am going to be doing some of that too! Wishing you great success during this 12 week Challenge.

I can hear our bartenders cheering us on!

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DUMBBELLE84 9/11/2012 11:25PM

  Great goals! Planning your meals will really help with the fruit/veggies thing too. You can do it!

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 9/11/2012 10:20PM

    Best of luck on your journey!

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FITLIKENIC 9/11/2012 10:19PM

    Rewards: Looking BETTER, Feeling BETTER, and Energy Levels Skyrocket! Go YOU!

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