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Haven't felt much like blogging lately

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Its been awhile since I have written a blog. I have been trying to stay on top of my teams though, updating there.

Good News:
*I am down a lb this week. Finally the scale moves the right direction. It has been weeks possible months since I have seen it decrease instead of increase. Hopefully I can remain going in the right direction.
*My job interview last week went really well. They want someone to start the 29th. I was expecting to hear from her end of last week or this week and I rec'd an email from her last night. She need clarification on which location of a job I had a few years back was (I actually did the books for both) and then she wanted to know what the lowest salary I would accept as what I stated was too high for a student position. I went down $2 from what I wanted because I still have a lot of experience in payables. So hopefully we can agree on that. Least I know they are still interested in me :)
*My hubby got a nice promotion at work. More than we anticipated :)
*Paperwork for our new home loan has been submitted. We will be put on a 6mnth waiting list though. (USDA loan) but that's fine because in order for us to take on a mortgage payment I need to be working part time. Otherwise we would never have any extra money for gas or anything.
*My last official class was Monday...yay. My online final is open this week. So I can take it anytime by Friday at Midnight. My Spanish final is next Wednesday. Then done til September :)

Other news:
*My youngest will be in full day kindergarten starting this fall, so the preschool has put together 2 days for a full day of school and will teach them about kindergarten. His first day is Friday. I think he will be fine he loves school!!
*My daughter has her Spring recital on Friday too. Going to be busy that day!!
*Going on my sons first field trip out of the school with him today. I have to meet him at Buschs at 10:30. So that means I have 1hr half hr to spare. I wasn't going to hit Curves since I wouldn't have time to shower, but I decided I am going to go. Taking a change of clothes and will clean up in the bathroom.
*Doing a little better with my night time eating of cereal and ice cream. So that's a plus.

Well I think that is about it! Have a fantastic day friends!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/1/2013 10:42PM

    You have a wonderfully active schedule that should aid in your journey to improved health. May the stress reduce so that you have even better control of reaching your goals.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/18/2013 7:25PM

    Good to hear from you and from all accounts it seems you are doing well! I have my fingers crossed that they will hire you emoticon

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KATELOSS2009 4/18/2013 10:31AM

    sounds like you've got a lot of great stuff going on!!! good for you, making good decisions in the midst of it all.

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MAGGIE101857 4/18/2013 6:26AM

    Lots going on!!! Everything is going to fall into place for you and your family! emoticon

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LYNCHD05 4/17/2013 6:32PM

    Life can be exciting sometimes. You sure have a lot of good things happening.

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JBELICIOUS5 4/17/2013 5:34PM

    I hope you hear soon about the job!!!

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ADRIENALINE 4/17/2013 1:25PM

    Sounds like everything's coming up roses! Good to hear!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/17/2013 12:47PM

    Doing the Happy Dance for you! It sounds like life is taking a turn for the better all the way around.

Have fun with the extra free time with your son at preschool for longer & on the field trip!

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AMARILYNH 4/17/2013 12:21PM

    I'm so happy things are going so well for you!! This is a whole new beginning!! emoticon

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JUSTME29 4/17/2013 8:49AM

    Sounds like you have been busy but things are going well. Good stress is still stress though so make sure you are taking care of yourself.

Good luck on the job, it sounds like perfect timing since it would start just when you are finishing your semester. Congrats to your hubby on his job promotion too.

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MSANITAL 4/17/2013 8:03AM

    emoticon You are doing great.. life always goes smooth when we are feeling good about things and our selves.. Keep up the great work, good luck with the new job.. emoticon

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CANDEE412 4/17/2013 6:58AM

    Thanks for sharing, Looks like everything is working out. Good luck on you job.

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ELRIDDICK 4/17/2013 6:57AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Reflection 3/20-3/26

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Reflection 3/20-3/26

Good Morning Sparkies!!! emoticon

So last weeks weigh in really set me in motion. I am gaining too much and I knew I had to tighten down and get strict again. So after my Wednesday Curves visit I went grocery shopping at Sams Club and got a lot of healthy things. On Thursday I finished my shopping off at Krogers filling up on all kids of healthy options. I also planned a bunch of SP recipes from the cookbook. I haven't done this in so long! We made Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken on Sunday which was yummy!

Monday morning woke up giving myself excuses not to go to Curves but I did and it felt great and I felt so much better after! Yesterday was a little hectic. Evelyn work up with 101.6 temp saying her throat, stomach and head hurt. Last week I over heard some moms talking about Strep going thru some of the classrooms so I got her in the doctor first thing yesterday. She was negative for strep but tested positive for Influenza B. So since it was early on they gave her Tamiflu. Jay is starting with some symptoms so they prescribed some for him too. Once his fever starts then I can start giving it too him. I had to call around to so many pharmacies and get them both filled at different places due to a shortage.

I didn't get any exercise in yesterday due to taking care of them and a homework assignment that I put off for other assignments thinking it will only take me half hour instead took about 5/6 hours yesterday emoticon

Today my lil guy is going to school. He only has a lil cough so I told him it is up to him. Today is the last day for him for spring break and they are having PJ day so hes excited...lol. Got to drop him off, hit Curves, do my Easter shopping (no I haven't gotten to that yet either emoticon ), pick up Evelyn's homework that she is missing this week and go back to pick up Jay. Going to be a busy 4 hours.

Todays WI stayed the same. Guess that's better than gaining although I was expecting a loss with eating better this past week. Guess we'll see next week.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 3/30/2013 8:51AM

    I hope that by now both kids are feeling better

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/27/2013 7:43PM

    **HUGS** Hope the little ones feel better soon. Hang in there.

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ANDYINBC 3/27/2013 11:36AM

    Hope the days to come get better! I hate it when my kids are sick!

Way to go on the healthier eating. I am sure that the weight will slide off as you stick with more of the better eating.

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JUSTME29 3/27/2013 8:42AM

    Sick kids are hard. I hope they both recover quickly.

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Reflection 3/13-3/19

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WI: up 1.6 lbs today...not what I wanted to see. So what is it...stress, depression, not eating right, not being consistent, not working out to my full potential? You guessed it...ALL of the above. The last time I weighed this weight I was giving birth! I am miserable. I just can't seem to snap out of it. But that's it. I have to get strict again on myself. So today I will be revisiting and revising my goals and program. Setting up a calendar of what workouts I will do each day. I need to go to the grocery store so I am going to set down and really plan out meals and my list. I have to get back on track. If I keep going the way I am going I will be the heaviest I have ever been. So here we go again...

You all know that school is one of my stressors. Well DH and I have decided that we need a bigger home. Currently in a 2 bedroom and the kids are at the age they now need their own rooms. I have looked into USDA loans for low-mid income families and not just waiting to hear if we have been prequalified. In order for us to take on a mortgage I have to go back to work part time. So things are about to get real interesting. I am trying to just apply for jobs and if its meant to be then things will fall into place...but me the worry wart cannot seem to stop doing this to myself.

So for awhile now I have been feeling depressed. Before it wasn't bad and I could just cop it up to stress and it didn't affect my daily life...well it is starting to now. Not sure how to snap myself out of it. And not sure if its the weight, stress, or what or maybe its just everything. Maybe its just genetics?? I don't know...

What an exciting reflection! emoticon

Sorry everyone! Have a great day emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/22/2013 7:34PM

    It sounds to me like you have a lot of change going on. Most of it is good change, but that still adds stress. BIBO (as we say on the Island, breathe in breathe out). Take it one step at a time. You are taking the steps you can towards your goals. I know it sounds trite but making small steps every day will lead to progress. You can do this!

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STOPPLAYING2011 3/20/2013 11:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Try to take retrospect of your life weigh your options and see which side will benefit you and the family the most for now, it is hard trying to manage all life has to throw at you which in turn causes major stress that takes a toil on you physically as well as mentally i,m praying that you will see the emoticon brighter side soon..... emoticon

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JUSTME29 3/20/2013 2:28PM

    I don't know what to tell you. You've got a lot on your plate, and you're not about to get any less busy it sounds like. If you're close to done with school can you put off the move for a few more months until you do finish? That way you can finish school before you have to go back to work, and then you can use your new degree to get a better job. If that's not an option, then I just wish you the best in trying to juggle everything. Sometimes I wish we got fitness points for all the juggling we do in our lives.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/20/2013 12:38PM

    You really have a lot going on! I hope that things turn out for the best. How many classes or semesters do you have to take until you graduate? It sounds as if you don't need anything else to cope with. I hope you put taking care of yourself as a top priority.

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AMARILYNH 3/20/2013 12:07PM

    I don't have any answers, so I'll just send hugs and prayers!! Take care of yourself - when you have so much going on, especially when you have children, its easy to put your own needs on the back burner. Don't do that to yourself - you are important too!! emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 3/20/2013 8:34AM

    Hugs to you...you have a lot going on right now! I know owning is best; but, my first thought was maybe renting a bigger house (until school is done) would be more affordable and less stress for the whole family. Regardless, hang in there!

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NEW-CAZ 3/20/2013 7:53AM

    Depression can creep up on you when you least expect it, look after yourself hun and go for lots of walks in the fresh air - it's a surefire tonic. Trust me I know..
You got through a dark spell before and you'll get through this one, I'm here if you need to offload emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 3/20/2013 7:48AM

    You have an awful lot on your platter and it sounds like you are adding even more! I know that feeling; sometimes life just keeps piling it on. You are not alone in your struggles, my emoticon


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NUOVAELLE 3/20/2013 7:31AM

    There's nothing wrong with you. You're just trying to cope with family life's stresses. And that's a big, demanding and unstoppable battle! Try to focus on one thing at a time and, if possible, try to find a few moments for yourself.
As for the weight issues, you're still here. That means you haven't given up on yourself and your attempts. You just have to get into the right mindset again and do what you have to do. Be patient with yourself and focus on small steps each day. But don't even think about giving up!
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RIDLEYRIDER 3/20/2013 7:16AM

  Changes in your life are adding to your stress, no doubt.
All you can do is sit and make a plan, then wake up each morning and decide to succeed for ONE day. That day's success WILL lead to another, and if it doesn't, start anew the next day. Good luck to you, and never, never, never give up! emoticon

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Reflecting on the past 12 days...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Good Morning everyone! Hope all is well. I apologize for not being consistent and updating like I used to. Seems like I am always on the go and never have a chance to breath.

Reflection since last update:

I continued to clean the first weekend of the month trying to get the skunk smell out of here. Which it is pretty much gone out of my house but my dogs face still smells and when she breathes you can smell it pretty bad. Her vet said not to get her wet anymore just makes it worse. At Curves on Monday the 4th, one of the ladies I work out with is a vet tech and said the smell will linger on bella for the next 6 mnths and we will smell it eveytime she gets wet. YAY :-//

Last week I didn't have class for my winter break. Still had to have a couple evening meetings though for my online mgmt simulation with my group, but other than that we just sat around. MOnday the 4th I was the mystery reader for my sons preschool class. All the kids dressed up in the fav character costumes from their fav books (reading month so each day they do something fun) and I read the Little Monkey Lost which was a lot of fun. Thursday the 7th I had my BFF over which was awesome, we haven't hung out like that inlike 5 yrs. We grew up together and she was my MOH. So it was nice being able to hang out and talk for more than 5 minutes at an event. Friday I took the kids to my moms so just relaxed that night. Saturday I went and got my hair done. New cut, I got bangs, and for the first time ever, I got highlights. I love it. Pics are on my phone so I will have to post later. Sunday we had a lil incident that left me feeling pretty upset but it actually made some things come up that needed to be dealt with which I guess thats a good thing. I think a lot of the depression I have been feeling the last couple days is more of the time change and exhaustion. But I still think I am experiencing it for awhile probably due to stress.

I haven't got to Curves this week yet, Monday I was really bad, tired and sad. Today my son has a class wacky rodeo that parents are welcome to attend so I must forgo curves to go to that...luckily its from 9:30-10:10 so I will have time to get to class after wards. I am going to aim to try another one of my new ZUmba dvds tongihtt.

Need to really start focusing on my consistency and eating. I have really screwed things up for myself lately and no matter what I say I am going to do it doesn't last and I fall back down again. I must start doing more intense cardio at home. I seem to keep gaining weight. I keep hearing about the insanity workout and may order it. Maybe I need to switch it up again.

I would like to loss 10-15 lbs by June 8. We got tickets to the weekend long Orion Music Festival in Detroit and we are staying in the hotel so we don't have to worry about driving or coming home. It is our mini vacation/early anniversary gift to ourselfs this year. I can't wait. I love Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers. THere is going to be like 30 bands and a lot of fun. It sounds so funny to say we are taking our vacation in the D..considering we live about 45 minutes away but thats fine...we are staying at a beautiful hotel that over looks the river at the Ren Cen.

Well I think thats about it. Lots of running around also. Never stop...you would think I would be skinny as a rail with all the running I do but no of course not...I keep gaining. I stayed the same last week but this week I am up .2 :( Muscle gain???!! I hope!!!!

Have a great day!

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MUSIC2HISEARS 3/13/2013 7:43PM

    Yeah, that skunk smell sure doesn't like to go away! Sounds like you've had quite the week!

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JUSTME29 3/13/2013 8:38AM

    You are super busy. I hope classes are going well for you this semester. That close to home vacation sounds just about perfect to me.

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ANDYINBC 3/13/2013 7:54AM

    You really have been so busy. Hope you do take the time to work on your consistency and eating. You will feel great when the routines are established and working for you.

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NEW-CAZ 3/13/2013 7:32AM

    WOW you've been busy, shame about the skunk odour.
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2 weeks since last blog...

Friday, March 01, 2013

Well the last 2 weeks have been a lil more busier than usual. Next week is my spring break so my professors are cramming us with tons of homework and tests. Nothing too unusual happened last week...just plugging along. Had a .2 weight gain on the 20th, not too bad. This week on the contrary has been terrible! And keeps getting worse. It started out just being stressful due to all the homework I have had and midterms to study for. Last week was my MGMT midterm and this past Wednesday had my written midterm in spanish and today I have an oral exam in spanish. Plus I have to write a 5-8 page paper tonight due by midnight that I couldn't start sooner because of all the other homework I have had the last 2 weeks. Well Tuesday night we had a snow storm. Of course all schools including the kids' were closed and most other colleges apart from mine. But that wasn't the bad part. My electricity went out at about 1:30 that morning. So I realized this at about 2:30 and couldn't go back to sleep. Had to take my midterm on 2 hrs of sleep. Didn't go to well. I did the best I could do considering the circumstances. Well last night was the topper. My dog needed to go out about midnight last night. I go to let her in and when I open the back door I smell a skunk...so I hurried to get her in...oh boy she got sprayed. Luckily is wasn't that bad of a spray and was confined to her face but it was horrible. She was itching at her face so I took a wet towel and tried to wipe her down...didn't have any tomato juice yet. Realized she had red splotches all over her face. At first I thought it attacked her and called Jason to come home from work. He called my mother in law who lives around the corner and she brought me some tomato juice until he got home. We gave her a bath and then when Jason got home we gave her another. So not much sleep again. Letting the kids sleep in because it woke them too. Just a horrible night. I am kind of glad I am number 2 to take my test so I can get out of there. I have the smell of skunk stuck in my nose. Jason smelled me last night and smelled nothing so I am praying me and the kids dont' smell.

WI this week didn't change...so thats better than gain :)

Wish I could come home this evening and drink my bottle of wine but I have to get that paper done then depending on the time...have a drink of 2...I really really need it!

Take care everyone!

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WARRIORGIRL121 3/12/2013 4:33PM

    Jen, wishing you the best with everything, hon! Also wishing you some relaxing times ahead! emoticon emoticon

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MIKAEELA 3/3/2013 2:48AM

    Good luck with your exams and papers! emoticon Let's hope that next week will be less stressful. emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 3/1/2013 11:36PM

    Wow, just wow!!! I hope you have a relaxing weekend.

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AMARILYNH 3/1/2013 1:20PM

    Ouch - so sorry about your week!! About all one can say about a week like that is it MUST get better!! And no gain is a WIN in my book!! emoticon

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JUSTME29 3/1/2013 8:56AM

    Darn skunks! We've got them around here too, but fortunately we've never had an up close and personal run in like that. Good luck on you midterms! I'm sure you were well prepared so even with a lack of sleep I bet you did just fine.

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NEW-CAZ 3/1/2013 7:23AM

    Quite a busy time for you hun and oh my.........your poor dog!!!!
Never experienced skunk scent but I imagine it's pretty apaulling!

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