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Not sure where to go from here...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

So, I'm newly (and unexpectedly) single and it's time for a priority shift. I put all of me into my relationships so I think now I need to take this chance to put a lot into ME. It's not a messy situation, the usual, it's not you it's me, this is hard for me too, etc but I think it ended well. Still sucks a ton though because we have been together for a while. So, not sure what this is going to lead to and I not sure where to start moving forward again but I think throwing myself into some self improvement might be a decent start. Here's hoping....

  
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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/21/2010 10:07PM

    Time for new changes and new goals! Good to hear your seeing it in a positive light!

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TERJEGOLD 3/20/2010 11:45AM

    I'm so sorry to hear your news. But I am impressed with your positive outlook on the whole thing. Be good to yourself as you adjust to the change. HUGS!

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2BMYOWN 3/20/2010 1:09AM

    Well, from the advantage of my 'advanced age', that old saying 'every ending is a new beginning' is really true. Very sorry to hear of the big life change, but you're 100% right to make yourself a real priority now. In fact....relationship or not....we all need to learn to do that at some point or another. And if there is one thing I've had to learn along the way, it's that what is supposed to happen, WILL happen. Devote yourself to you for now, and the rest will take care of itself, even when it doesn't feel that way. You're making a wise start on your new beginning.

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SOFTBALLFREAK2 3/20/2010 12:07AM

    Sorry to hear, but if it helps I have been married for 25 yrs and just found out my spouse has had a girlfriend for the past 2 1/2 yrs and its not the first. I'm stuck cause I need insurance for health reasons. so if you want to talk I'll listen.. Good Luck emoticon

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One Word/Update

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Been busy here! Super busy! Life is crazy I'm I'm trying my best to hold on. Next week is my spring break and I'm working most of it but on Thursday and Friday I'm going down to the Illinois School For The Deaf and volunteering! Of course! I end up doing school related things over my Spring Break! This semester I have to complete 80 hours of internship to graduate so all the time I spend at ISD I can count towards that and since my classmate and I are staying the night there in the dorms that means a LOT of hours! Today we went down to get all of the necessary stuff done, background check, drug test, meet the people I'll be working with, tour, etc. It was all very interesting and exciting!!!

On the weight loss front, I seem stuck. I just can't seem to get out of this three lb rut! I even considerably stepped up my work out amount and no change. Ugh! Oh well, these things take time I guess.

Well now for something more fun. I totally stole this from one of my Spark Friends blogs...

One word...

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?
Coffeetable

Spouse?
Undecided?

Your hair?
Curly!!

Your mother?
Intelligent

Your father?
Intelligent

Your favorite thing?
Hugs

Your dream last night?
None

Favorite drink?
Coca-Cola

What room are you in?
Living Room

Your hobby?
Historical Reenacting

Your fear?
Spiders

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Comfortable

Where were you last night?
Home

Something that you aren't?
Cruel

Muffins?
Yummy

Wish list item?
Acceptance

Last thing you did?
Pet Dog

What are you wearing?
Sweats

Your pets?
At Parents

Friends?
Confusing

Your life?
Stressful

Your mood?
Undecided

Missing someone?
Yes

Drinking?
Tea

Your car?
Sunfire

Something you're not wearing?
Hat

Your favorite store?
Thrift

Your favorite color?
Green

When is the last time you cried?
This Morning

Where do you go over and over?
Northbrook IL

Five people who email me regularly?
Mom, Dad, Spark, Caitlin, Aunt Marsha,

Favorite place to eat?
Coffeehouse, Uncle Tom's, Victor's

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
With A Special Person...


Well that was fun...Back to now! Bedtime!


Love, Hugs and Sweet Dreams!

Julia


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CLEARLAKEDOG 3/13/2010 7:54AM

    Where is your cell phone?
counter

Spouse?
na

Your hair?
manageable

Your mother?
stunning

Your father?
deceased

Your favorite thing?
travel

Your dream last night?
None

Favorite drink?
vodka

What room are you in?
Living Room

Your hobby?
travel

Your fear?
Snakes

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Austin

Where were you last night?
Krzmarzick's

Something that you aren't?
thin

Muffins?
ok

Wish list item?
cash

Last thing you did?
Prayed

What are you wearing?
shorts

Your pets?
home

Friends?
few

Your life?
blessed

Your mood?
positive

Missing someone?
Yes

Drinking?
coffee

Your car?
highlander

Something you're not wearing?
shoes

Your favorite store?
grocery

Your favorite color?
Red

When is the last time you cried?
Thursday

Where do you go over and over?
away

Five people who email me regularly?
clients

Favorite place to eat?
Perry's

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
Napa


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Reached my ten lbs weight loss mark....and then didn't anymore...

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Hello! Not a ton new here to report except that I went to visit my Significant Other this weekend, we make the best of a long distance thing between Chicago and Bloomington, and had a great time! I had been doing a great job the few weeks before and saw some real results! I arrived late late Friday evening after work and Saturday morning I did a weigh-in there. I had hit the 10 lb loss mark! I was down ten lbs! First time I had seen that number in a looooong time. So naturally I dragged the SO out of bed and into the bathroom to show off and got a hug of congrats which felt really good...However, Trips up their tend to reek havoc on my diets so by the time I came home early this morning I had gained back 3 lbs!!! Oh well...still nice to see a lower number for once!

The better part of this whole experience was getting to share Spark with friends! Two very dear friends of mine came over that morning to go to breakfast and we got to talking about diets and I told them about Sparkpeople. One friend gave the website to her sister to check out and the other joined herself!! I'm excited that she did! So that felt nice. I hope she has even better success than I do on here! Loves her!


To Love, Hugs and To Sharing That Spark,

Julia

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ILOVETOCRUISE 3/7/2010 11:31AM

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JULES6186 3/3/2010 3:58PM

    Great Idea! I'd love to brainstorm over that next time we all meet together!

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ARPEDGIO 3/3/2010 1:49PM

    I'm glad you still feel the success of your loss instead of beating yourself up over a slight gain. You're not starting over. You're continuing on your journey. Weekends are really hard for me too. I always fall apart. We should come up with some weekend strategies and challenges for our group to help us cope.

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SPARTANJAI 3/3/2010 8:47AM

    Congratulations on your progress!

Congrats too on Spreading the Spark- in a few months they'll tell you that they've Spread the Spark and so on and so on.

Glad you had a safe trip and had a nice time with your SO!

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EMSCHLO1 3/3/2010 7:11AM

    I had the same thing happen. Just keep in mind that unless you ate 10,500 extra calories over the weekend, the 3 lbs. isn't real weight gain, but a fluctuation due to a whole multitude of possible things. So congrats on your 10 lb. weight loss! emoticon

Elizabeth

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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/3/2010 12:20AM

    Congrats on being down 10 lbs!!! I would take the 10 lbs loss. If you reached it, you will reach it again in a few days when the eating out visit fades. Traveling and going out on dates a lot on the weekends can be hard on weightloss. I guess you just gotta be as good as u can during the week.

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Workout Woes...

Friday, February 19, 2010

Here's the deal, I HATE working out at home! I just can't find the motivation! I feel like it would be much easier to work out regularly if I had a gym membership but sadly I can't afford that right now on my I'm-A-Poor-College-Student-Supporting-Hers
elf-Totally-By-Working-At-An-Itty-Bitt
y-Family-Owned-Restaurant Budget. So I'm pretty much limited to working out around the house and outside. I really enjoy outside but right now it's not the best option because it's so cold. Actually, it's not really the cold that bothers me but my street and all the streets around me are NEVER plowed so it's still covered in snow and ice which makes running difficult. I've seen some results with my weight loss but I really wish I could step up the process with more exercise but I get so bored so fast! Ugh! Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

Love and Hugs,

Julia

  
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CONFUSEDBIRD 2/22/2010 11:45PM

    I tried running outside today for some reason I thought the trail would look like the sidewalks.....nope. Running in snow is an amazing workout. Really really hard! Do you go to ISU or Heartland? I know you said you are going to school. Can you visit their rec center?

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ILOVETOCRUISE 2/21/2010 10:58AM

    Maybe some of your friends could join you in walking. emoticon emoticon

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BETHGREINER 2/19/2010 10:56PM

    I joined Netflix since I can't afford a gym membership either. They have instant watch workout DVD's that I love and I can't use the weather as an excuse any more! Good luck to you :-)

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EMSCHLO1 2/19/2010 5:56PM

    There are nautilus and free weights available at ISU without joining anything. You can do them on your own. The rooms are in the basement of Horton and there's hardly ever anyone there. I used to go there when I took my Nautilus class for between class workouts. I loved Nautilus. There used to be open pool hours, too, but I don't know about that since the work on the new building.

The YMCA (I don't know about the YW) has scholarships that pay for memberships. You have to fill out a form that you can get by calling there.

I am taking classes now through BroMenn and OSF's wellness programs and they're fairly reasonably priced as are Heartland CC's various exercise classes and those offered by the park districts.

Also, Wii Fits are showing up on Craig's List and eBay now. Maybe you could find one cheap enough to be a possibility? Or try a pawn shop. I like mine. My living room is just rarely clean enough to use it without killing myself!

Elizabeth

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ITSNOTBECCA 2/19/2010 4:48PM

    I am in your boat. Exercising at home is just not for me. I managed to run 76 miles outdoors in January in Michigan. When your streets aren't plowed, drive to somewhere you know is plowed: along major roads, high school tracks, county or state parks...it might not be as convenient as rolling out of bed and running out the door, but it's an option. I bought some Yaktrax for $20 and they really help me when the roads aren't clear. I've seen other people slip and slide, but I haven't felt unsteady at all with my Yaktrax.

I did cave in and spend the $50 to access the community college gym for the rest of the semester. After 3 single digit and snowy runs, I was staring at the falling snow and just couldn't bring myself to get outside. It's really run down and the machines are often broken, but maybe I'm just used to the gyms at the University of Florida, where they were free, plentiful, and open 24 hours. The community college gym is open from 7 to 7, which isn't really useful since I work 8 to 5. It's up to you to determine whether what's available to you is worth it. It is worth it at least to look into what facilities your college has.

Good luck!

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Surrounded By Chocolate! Used to be my dream!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

So the big V-Day has passed and with it came a weekend away with my dearest friends....and a LOT of food. I ate plenty too. LUCKILY, the girl hosting us and a few more of my friends are strict vegetarians so there was a ton of fresh fruit, vegetarian chili, and other not so bad for you stuff so the calorie intake could have been much worse. Still, self control wasn't exactly the word of the day. Oh well.

Worse than that though is with Valentine's Day came well-meaning gifts of candy! Wonderful gifts but a dieter's nightmare! Allow me to set the scene, I am currently sitting up in my bed while typing this. To my left is a heart-shaped box of chocolates (Russell Stover!), multiple old fashioned fruit flavored candy sticks, two chocolate bars and a Fun Dip from the SO, (Thanks, Honey!) to the right of me is another heart-shaped chocolates box (Hershey's Pot O'Gold Assortment) from my dad, and a whole bag of Hershey's Bliss smooth and creamy milk chocolate from my mom. Ahhh Temptation! How am I to deal with it all? I'm a total Chocoholic! Yeesh! I really need to get this stuff out of my bedroom.... Plus, I got a bunch of fun cookie cutters from my mom and the SO over Christmas and Valentine's. Now all I want to do is use them and make cookies!

On another completely random note, I was walking through school today and there where posters hanging everywhere about it being Random Acts Of Kindness Week. Now, it's a bit sad that as a society we need to advertise a week set aside to be kind to one another but I really liked the quote they had on it.
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" -Plato
Good words to remember! So go out and do a good deed today, and tomorrow, and the next day and remember we are all in this together!

Love, Hugs and Kindness! (and maybe a LITTLE chocolate!)

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