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I'm handing myself a do-better slip

Friday, October 31, 2014

I'm not entirely sure what a do-better slip is but it's an expression that I've heard before and I like it so I'm giving myself one. After getting settled into my new apartment and going back to work, I had high hopes that I was going to ease back into a rhythm of eating well and exercising consistently. Well that didn't happen. I've dealt with ovarian cysts in my past and they're back, so I've been in pain. Between that and a general bloated, frumpy, and fatigued feeling, I haven't been exercising with any kind of consistency. That has got to stop. Just because I don't FEEL like exercising, isn't an excuse. And pouting doesn't help; it's cute on babies but not on me.

I gained a few pounds back, plus I'm not helping my Fall Challenge team here on Spark People when I only exercise 10 or 15 minutes a day. I can do better than this. And here is the Mafia Baby to put me in my place:

And then there's the regular-guy Jersey baby who don't take no guff from no one:

Hee hee these make me laugh. Anyway, I'm going to dial it up a notch and do better. For now, Happy Halloween!!

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BLESSEDBEING 11/24/2014 12:14AM

    Sorry I missed this. Hope you are finding your way back on track. Take care, dear emoticon
Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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IDLETYME 10/31/2014 3:19PM

    This is a super cute blog Jen. Great job! I know you will do better this coming week and make your team proud!!!!!! emoticon

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WATREKKIE 10/31/2014 9:47AM

    Too too cute.....she's got my nose- LOL!! Hang in there sweetie and don't forget to be gentle with yourself. ....

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JULIA_211 10/31/2014 8:12AM

    emoticon OMG! These are so cute! You sure brightened my day!

Jen, I would like one of those Do-Better slips! If you are willing to give it another shot, so am I! emoticon

Have a great Halloween and weekend! Stay away from those frightening sweets! emoticon

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Here's what's going on ...

Saturday, October 04, 2014

I see that it has been about 2 years since my last blog post so I'm a little late. LOL emoticon I took a break from being active on here, just popping on now and again to look up some health info, then I got a harsh reality check about how out-of-shape I really am. emoticon Then, my Sparkfriend Vicki emoticon told me about a challenge team and got me and invitation and it sounded like the kind of accountability that I needed so I got excited about it right away, emoticon making me ready to come back on here and be active. I was making some good changes in my life when out of nowhere, I got thrown a curveball. emoticon The apartment next door to mine caught on fire and 6 apartment units, including mine, were declared uninhabitable so we had to leave. No one was hurt in the fire and most of us only had smoke damage to our belongings; also, the apartment complex that I live in required all residents to have renters insurance, so everyone at least had that to fall back on. Some of us were more devastated by the fire than others, but all in all, there is so much to be thankful for. (As a little aside about some being more devastated than others, you just never know what people are going through in life. What seems like a little bump in the road could be the last straw for someone who was just barely hanging on.) I am so blessed to have my family, who has been my rock through this and so many other hurdles in my life. (My mom is on SparkPeople too; she's Idletyme.)

I wanted to come on here and let people know why I'm not posting things and replying to everyone who reaches out to me. My life is kind of on hold for a couple more weeks and then, hopefully, I will move into my new apartment and get back to a routine. I still come on here a couple of times a week to log my info for my challenge team, but I'm not doing much else for now. Soon I will be active on here again.

I hope everyone is having a good start to October. I'm loving the cool weather we just got, here in Texas. I will talk to everyone again soon.

Bye for now!!! emoticon

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WATREKKIE 10/30/2014 9:55AM

    sending tons of LOVE and BLESSINGS, sweetie!! I really feel for you, having lost a rental house 4 years ago. We too were lucky that no one was hurt, but oh, the devastation.

Take time for YOU!! You know we'll always be here... emoticon

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BLESSEDBEING 10/28/2014 9:53PM

    I'm so sorry I missed this! It's great to hear from you, and that you have had support at this very challenging time! emoticon My thoughts and prayers are with you emoticon and I'm sending love emoticon and positive energy emoticon your way!

Wising you the best now & always! Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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SIRIUS2014 10/5/2014 11:00AM

    Sorry for your and your neighbor's losses. Your background is so lovely. Time out to gaze at the stars from a safe place. I hope you will be back soon. emoticon

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Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Be safe and have fun (and save me some Reeces Peanut Butter Cups.)

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IDLETYME 10/28/2012 11:04AM

    Those are great pics!!! I like the dog with the glasses and the pearls!!!
Happy Halloween to your too!!! emoticon

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MAGGIE275 10/28/2012 10:04AM

    Absolutely wonderful!!!!!!!!

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VTORIA3 10/28/2012 8:47AM

    Love these pics! But, ahem....I don't see Yoshi or Zazu among your collection?

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THINAGIN2 10/27/2012 7:09PM

    Have a "spooktacular" holiday! I love Reeces, too!

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Taking a (hopefully) short break

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I just wanted to let my Sparkfriends know that I'm going to be absent for a bit. I'm going to take a short break from SparkPeople and hopefully I can re-group and get back on here.

(I have gained and lost and regained and lost and regained my weight back and can no longer fit in my wagon.)

I was on a medication that made me feel really good, emotionally, but it had a painful side effect (jaw clenching that gave me headaches and neck/shoulder pain every day) so my doctor put me on something new. The painful jaw clenching is gone but now I have new side effects, like fatigue, irritability, and inability to focus. It seems like I have to trade emotional comfort for physical comfort or vice versa. I have an appointment to see my doctor for a follow-up soon and will see if we can try another medication.

Anyway, I'm struggling right now to do what I need to do to take care of myself and feel like I need to go re-group and come back when I'm in a better state of mind. So on that note, I'll leave you with...

goats in a tree.

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A_NEW_JAN 10/29/2012 8:03AM

    Take good care of yourself. We will be here waiting for you when you return!

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JULIA_211 10/28/2012 5:10PM

    I'll be right here waiting for you. You do everything possible to get better. emoticon emoticon

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JAMARIGOLD 10/28/2012 1:09PM

    I certainly support your doing whatever you have to do to get into balance and harmony. I hope that your journey brings you back to SP, but wherever your steps take you, I wish you the very best. Take good care of yourself!
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IDLETYME 10/28/2012 11:17AM

    A break will do you good! Feel better soon!!!! emoticon emoticon Mom

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MAGGIE275 10/28/2012 10:02AM

    Take care my dear, dear friend!!! I shall miss you and I will be here when you return.
Warmest regards, Maggie
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VTORIA3 10/28/2012 8:46AM

    Take this time to take care of you. Our friendship has become much more than weight loss and fitness. Hop on soon when you feel like a chat. Keep searching for the right med, even though the trials are well, more than trials. You deserve the best and I hope a solution for wellness and the balance you need is found soon. emoticon

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SNOWMAIDEN 10/28/2012 7:38AM

    Will miss you being around but sensible decision. Wishing you well and thanks for letting us know. Take care...

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BLESSEDBEING 10/27/2012 10:22PM

    I will also emoticon And like my sister, whole-heartedly support your taking whatever actions you need to in order to find your balance. Hope to see you back here in the Sparkverse when it feels right for you again!

Sending much love emoticon and support emoticon and prayers emoticon your way. Take care, dear one!
Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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WATREKKIE 10/27/2012 7:49PM

    will emoticon !! and TOTALLY support you doing what's best for YOU!! Sometimes trying to work out the proper 'blend' of medications can be a real pain in the pazoo!! I've had to re-balance Rx a time or 2 and definitely empathize.

Take good care of yourself....we're always here for you, and even here for you when you're NOT here!! Please know we love you just the way you are, sweetie!!!

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Let It Go

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

There are people who will walk away from you. Or hurt
you. Or not love you. Or not 'see' you.
And hear me when I tell you this - when people try to
walk away from you: let them go. Don't try to talk
another person into staying with you, loving you,
calling you, caring about you, coming to see you,
staying attached to you. I mean hang up the phone if
you need to. When people turn from you, let them go.
They're on their way to somewhere or something else:
somewhere or something that does not include you and
let me tell why that is okay...

Your destiny is never tied to anybody or anything that
People leave you because they are not joined to you.
And if they are not joined to you, it's best they do
not stay. Let them go.
And it only means their part in your story is over.
And it's good to know when people's part is over so
you don't keep trying to push something that doesn't
need to be.
Let me tell you something. I've got the gift of
good-bye. It's the tenth spiritual gift, and I believe
in good-bye. It's not that I'm hateful, it's that I'm
faithful, and I know whatever I need, I will have
available to me, without convincing it to be a part of
my life.

If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong
and is not good for you, then you need to.....


If you are holding on to past hurts and pains......


If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and
see your worth.....


If someone has angered you........


If you are holding on to thoughts of hatred or


If you are involved in a wrong relationship or


If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets
your needs or talents.....


If you have a bad attitude.......


If you keep judging others to make yourself feel


If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take
you to a new spiritual level.....


If you are struggling with the healing of a broken


If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try
to help themselves......


If you're feeling depressed and stressed........


If there is a particular situation that you are used
to handling
yourself and God is saying "take your hands off of
it," then you need to......


Let the past be the past. Forget the former things.
Our Divine One, our Creator is doing new things for


I invite you to take an opportunity, during the next
60 seconds, to stop whatever you are doing, and send
loving, healing, abundant, happy, and warm thoughts to
the one who sent this to you. Know that they are
turning toward you, not away from you. They care for
you. They are not keeping you or judging you. They are
inviting you to grow with them, and to LET IT GO.

Finally, stop and think of those things or those
precious people in your life who were brought to you.
Take a moment to appreciate someone kind, someone
gracious, someone who loves you, and thank God and
pray for them.

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VTORIA3 10/11/2012 6:18AM

    This is a beautiful, gut wrenching blog, Jen. To letting go and healing, replaced by warm and loving thoughts. YOU were one of those "precious people" who was brought to me by some master design unknown to me. I enjoy our friendship so much. You are a blessing in my life. emoticon

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SNOWMAIDEN 10/10/2012 2:05PM

    Beautiful blog and so wise. Thank you.

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IDLETYME 10/10/2012 11:49AM

    What a lovely blog Jenifer - and so true. We don't need people who don't REALLY value us. Sending you lots of hugs and warm fuzzies from Me, Abbie and Gibbs!!
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MAGGIE275 10/10/2012 7:23AM

    Ah, dear friend:

Discard those things that lead to suffering,
Accumulate those things that lead to happiness.

Warm regards, Maggie

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PALEAN 10/10/2012 6:14AM

    Went right to my heart and needed to find this at this time. Fate works mysteriously. THis brought tears to my eyes and I thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to post...and I send so much goodness and blessings to you! Thank you!

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JULIA_211 10/10/2012 5:03AM

    You have my loving, healing and warm thoughts coming to you! What a beautiful blog post! Letting go of a lot of things today. emoticon

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