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Crazy Day

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Well today was kind of a mixed bag. I did get up at 5:15 and go to the gym- it kicked my a** because I have not been going lately- but I felt great afterwords. Packed a healthy lunch and snacks. Work was insane- the person who had the job before me left everything a disaster and I spent all day straightening out her mess. The day went really fast. I accomplished a lot, but have a lot more to do this week. But Saturday is an all day scrapbooking day with my friends- I can't wait!!!!! Got home and stayed on my Fly-lady system today. ( cleaning routine-for the organizationally challenged- check it out) so the chores are on track. Now for the dinner disaster- They were doing maintenance in our building and the water was turned off- my dinner plan called for pasta- so instead I ate BK that my kids didn't eat and a bunch of other crap- I hate it when I do great all day and then screw myself at dinner.

Overall I give today a C+ could've done better, but could've done worse.

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LIQUEURLADY 2/2/2010 3:47PM

    Sounds like you had a GREAT day! You got to the gym, you accomplished a lot at work, you got your chores around the house accomplished --it's all good! Hope you're having a terrific day today! emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 2/2/2010 11:38AM

    Overall, it sounds like your day was much more successful than a C+!!! One meal does not negate all of your efforts for the day. Be kind to yourself!

I'm so proud of you for getting up early and going to the gym! emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 2/2/2010 8:51AM

    Positive thinking..... you did awesome overall! Keep it up!

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CASUSK 2/2/2010 1:05AM

    C+ is passing Jules. Your doing great, and it was just one meal. Tomorrow will be better. I applaud your getting up early to go to the gym, I still haven't got that brave yet.

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Starting a new job and the restarting the 28 day plan this week!!!!!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Hey all- I know you guys haven't seen me much lately, but I have a good excuse I promise. I got a promotion at my job and the last couple of weeks i have been doing some of both of my old job and my new job as I transition, Plus I have been teaching 3 scrapbooking classes per week and doing all the other basics of life stuff.

First the new position at my job- as you know I teach scrapbooking classes ( one of the passions of my life) well I have been promoted to education coordinator - basically now I am in charge of all the craft classes and demos at my store. More responsibility, but a dream schedule m- f 9 am to 2pm ( kids are at school from 8-2) half days on Saturday, no more closing shifts and no more Sundays. Basically, I get to be a wife and mother a lot more now. And I am so passionate about our classes and helping people be creative- I'm like a crazy person when it comes to being creative. and I get my own office:) I've never had my own office before- so psyched !!!!!!

Second, I am going on the 28 day plan- seriously I have beeen stuck in the 170's forever. I totally want to leave them and NEVER see them again!!!! So I figure, new schedule and good time to kick start my weight loss again- set up good habits right from the beginning. With my new schedule I will be going to the gym from 5:30 to 6:45 am before I get the kids up for school. I need the stress relief and the endorphins to keep my enthusiasm going.

Just a side note I was offered this job about 5yrs ago- but didn't believe I could do it- no self confidence- Sparkpeople has changed this in fact when one of my manager approached me she said- you have such a positive personality and so much energy - you will be great at this. So there you are, Sparkpeople kinda got me a promotion. Hoping to be here much more starting next week, just one more week of the 2 job thing.

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TRIPLE_EMME 2/1/2010 10:47AM


I'm so happy for you!

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CASUSK 2/1/2010 10:21AM

    That is so great Jules! I know this is going to be your month. You are so going to leave the 170's behind! Way to go on your new position. It sounds like you have a dream job. emoticon

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LIQUEURLADY 2/1/2010 10:02AM

    YAY you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 2/1/2010 9:17AM

    Wow!! Good luck to you!! emoticon

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The Spark Chapter One

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I know I already blogged once today but where is it written we can only blog once a day? SO now I am gonna blog about reading the first chapter of The Spark.

I have been a little less then committed lately to my healthy lifestyle. And one of my cute little spark friends have this great pic of herself kissing this book on her spark page so I went to Barnes and Noble and bought it this week. I cried as I read the first chapter the other night in the bathtub ( sometimes it's the only private place there is) I am such a firm believer in Spark people and the power of our community. Just reading about it makes me cry. I have tried to do it on my own and succeeded for a little while and then failed, and then failed......... I did the diet when you cut out all carbs, and failed ( really no carbs- I must have lost my mind) I tried that diet where you drink that orange stuff 2 hrs before you go to bed an it is supposed to make the weight disappear while you sleep ( hey desperate times, right?) and failed. I did the diet where you eat only "fat free" ( ever tasted fat free cheese? it is not cheese!!!!!) and failed. I did a diet where I restricted my self to less then 1000 calories a day ( I lost 30 lbs and quite possibly my mind) and failed. I thought I was just a failure. I mean 4 different diets + same me always = failure. SO one night while looking for a magic diet I came across sparkpeople. It was November 4, 2007. I half heartedly posted a blog and some semigoals and didn't join any teams or comment on anyone else s page, I was on my own and I failed I wavered in and out for the year and a half before I was really ready to commit. Because I have three kids and told my husband "I'm tired today" he looked me in the eye and said " you are always tired." I realized that he was right I was I remembered sparkpeople on June 28, 2009 and this time I participated fully. I joined teams added friends and blogged, I logged my food anf fitness and set real concrete goals. Now it is 7 mo. later and I am 63 lbs. lighter and happy, I am not tired anymore. I have started loving myself and my life again and plan on running in a race this September. I am no longer alone and I have not only lost literal pounds but lbs. of emotional baggage as well. So when I read chapter one and cried, I cried because a man I'll probably never meet helped me and so many others chnage our lives. I rekindled my spark.

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LJRW170 1/25/2010 12:55PM

    I got the bok about 3 weeks ago, but haven't picked it up to read it yet. Why, I don't know. I read about the creator of SP, and am truly in awe of someone who's so generous with their time and money, simply because they wanted to spark people to get healthy.

I'm so glad you wrote this blog. Take care!

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TRIPLE_EMME 1/25/2010 10:58AM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts after reading chapter one.

You are such an emotionally honest blogger; I love that you share with all of us.

Chapter one really touched me, too.

We are lucky that we have each other. The support and friendship really helps to make the journey FUN!


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MISSIEH1 1/24/2010 6:56PM

    Your blog is such an inspiration. Good luck on your continued journey.

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KITYHOWL 1/24/2010 10:02AM

    It's true, I also have been on and off with sparkpeople and I just got the book. I always wake up to a diet coke, today I'm having water :)And this is the first comments I have written. I feel like I'm ready today to do something positive towards making my goal. Thanks for your post as I can relate and starting to change :)
Good luck! emoticon

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MICHCLEARY 1/23/2010 6:29PM

    Isn't it great??? I'm chasing you for real..I'm down 62 lbs now! I wish I could bottle up the new feelings that I have. I was lost in that overweight body with fatigue and sadness etc.

Thanks for the motivation you have shared with me these last four months. I love you page, and your story. I wish you well on your continued journey. Glad you got your spark on!

Michelene emoticon

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CASUSK 1/23/2010 6:27PM

    This is so awesome. The constant diet/failure program, you could have been writing that for me. You have made such incredible progress and you keep me motivated. I always feel lucky to have my spark friends. A bunch of people I've never met in person are the best form of support I've ever had. I'm going to have to order the book now.

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Julie Lately.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ok, so I have had a really bad case of the stomach flu not once but twice this week- I lovingly refer to this as STOMACH FLU - THE SEQUEL:) Yet somehow I have managed to teach 3 classes this week - I am so happy about this because my classes are my favorite part of my job- I love to inspire others - it inspires me. I also may have an opportunity to start a new position at my job which would mean no more nights away from my family except for classes and no more working Sundays. It will also mean more responsibility and more of a challenge. I am up for it , if it's meant to be it will happen. One thing sparking has taught me it is to not be afraid of a challenge. My new self confidence has made me more brave and willing to put myself out there. I have been reading The Spark and the cycle of one change creating so many more is completely true in my life.

I also found a great new artist for my mp3 player- His name is Chester See. Just such heartfelt beautiful music- if you get a chance check him out:)

So in conclusion, even though physically I feel like crap, mentally and spiritually I feel really great. Hope you are are hanging in there too.

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TRIPLE_EMME 1/25/2010 11:00AM

    I'm glad that you're feeling great mentally and spiritually!

I hope the physical part catches up.

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MICHCLEARY 1/23/2010 5:41PM

    Glad to hear you are doing better! I just finished chapter 5 of The Spark today. I'm really enjoying the book.

Keep us posted on your job changes. It sounds like you are doing great there. I will check out Chester after this post. I'm always looking for more music for my play list. Right now I really love Lady Gaga's song "telephone". She sings it with Beyonce.

Have a great week! emoticon emoticon

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Sometimes things happen that are outta your control and that sucks!!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ok, two of my best friends are two of my co-workers. The one is also an assistant manager at the place I work. Well the other friend got fired this week, and she is blaming my other friend for not warning her that it was coming. The manger friend says she didn't know it was coming since the 2 other managers didn't tell her since they know she is her friend. There has been a facebook "unfriending" and canceled plans with the three of us. I love them both and they are both hurting and it sucks. Sometimes things happen that we can't control and people we love get hurt and it really, really sucks.

Update: My two friends are now friends again And my fired friend is bouncing back and seems to be doing much better.

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TRIPLE_EMME 1/14/2010 10:15AM

    I'm sorry to hear that this is happening.

I hope you can remain neutral and that things work out between them.


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MICHCLEARY 1/13/2010 10:15PM

    Wow that is stressful and awful. Sometimes when people are shocked they don't respond well at all. Fear and anger don't help us make wise decisions.

I hope it will all work out in the end. Even if your friend did know her job could have been in jeopardy if she would have talked about it before she was allowed.

I am sorry you are going through that. You'll be in my thoughts and I send you peace and well wishes.


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CASUSK 1/13/2010 9:46PM

    Wow, that does suck. I hate to be between friends that are fighting. Just remember you are Switzerland and stay neutral. I hope it gets better soon.

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